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Wi-Fi base station: Understanding and resolving a blinking amber status light
Your Wi-Fi base station status light blinks amber.
Here are some of the more common reasons that the status light may blink amber:
A persistent, blinking, amber status light indicates that your Wi-Fi base station may require your attention.
How to resolve a blinking amber status light alert
- The Wi-Fi base station has not yet been configured because it is new.
- The Wi-Fi base station has been reset.
- A new firmware update is available for the Wi-Fi base station.
- No IP address is available for the Wi-Fi base station.
- A Wi-Fi base station in Extended Mode is out-of-network Wi-Fi range of a primary Wi-Fi base station.
- The WAN Ethernet cable is unplugged from the Wi-Fi base station.
- The Wi-Fi base station lacks a path to the Internet (or local router).
- Internet access may be temporarily unavailable from your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
- Your AirPort Time Capsule has detected that the internal hard drive has reported a SMART error, and is failing (This requires firmware 7.5.2, and AirPort Utility 5.5.2).
Launch AirPort Utility to determine why your Wi-Fi base station status light is blinking amber. Apple recommends that you use AirPort Utility 5.5.2 for Mac
, AirPort Utility 5.5.2 for Windows
, or a newer version of AirPort Utility if one is available.
- AirPort Utility 5.2 or later opens automatically if your Wi-Fi base station requires your attention. You may also choose to launch AirPort Utility at any time. Do not use any version of AirPort Utility earlier than 5.0.
In Mac OS X, AirPort Utility is located in the Applications > Utilities folder.
In Microsoft Windows, AirPort Utility can be located by clicking Start > All Programs > AirPort.
Note: You may also locate and download the latest Wi-Fi base station firmware and software by clicking here.
- In the AirPort Utility window, locate your Wi-Fi base station and double-click on it to open the Summary window. Note: If you have more than one Wi-Fi base station, double-click on the icon for the Wi-Fi base station that has the amber circle next to it.
- When the Summary window appears, double-click the amber circle to the right of Wi-Fi base station Status to open the Status window.
- The Status window lists any conditions that require your attention. Respond to each item until there are no more items listed.
Important: You must reset the Wi-Fi base station using the reset switch to re-enable checking for the conditions you ignored.
- Eliminating the blinking, amber status light may require making changes to a specific setting, or putting a checkmark in the "Ignore" checkbox beside any option you don't wish to change. A checkmark simply tells the AirPort that you are aware of the issue and you have chosen to ignore it. For example, you may wish to leave your AirPort open without a password so that anyone can join your wireless network.
- Click Update to apply your changes (the Wi-Fi base station will restart).
- After the Wi-Fi base station has restarted, the status light should be green and not blinking. If the status light stays amber in color and blinks after the Wi-Fi base station restarts, you may repeat the steps above.
on Oct 03, 2017
this is a DSL router I think
Try pulling the power to the DSL Dlink wi fi router.
For 30 seconds then plug in back in and switch it on again.
If you have a DSL modem attached to the Dlink wi fi device then down power the DSL modem and wait 30 seconds and repower it up. Wait 5 minutes for it to resync with the dsl on the phone line.
As a side note
Have you had the DSL upgraded like from dsl -1 to DSL -2 if yes then check the dsl filter on the phone line sockets can handle DSL - 2
go to the P.C windows o/s I hope .
Go to command prompt
ping the routers ip address
10.0.0.1 or 192.168.0.1 is the most likely ip address
type in ipconfig
what is the default gateway (this is the router ip address)
Type in tracert www.google.com
Can you resolve the DNS name . and get an ip address
if no then DNS server issue check DNS server settings are they on AUTO . in modem or DSL router .
See if the IP hops get to the modem or to the ISP .
on May 13, 2017
I've had two d-link routers 'go off' this way. Ended up replacing them.
on Sep 13, 2015
I haven't come across this problem before.
Try resetting the Dlink back to the factory defaults and configure the Dlink again.
Power off the Dlink for a couple of mins. then power it up and press the Reset button on the back of the Dlink for at leasr 5 secs. until the LEDs flash, then configure the Dlink again. If you use different SSID and encryption settings etc., then you need to configure the wireless card in the computers with these settings
on Oct 07, 2012
if the lights are blinking while the internet is working then it means that the data is being transfered. ON/OFF rapidly means data transfer.
but if the link light is steady for a while and then starts blinking it means its trying to connect to the exchange.
so dont get worried about internet lights blinks.
Is that Useful?
on Dec 19, 2011
If you have a wireless router and it is connected to the DSLor cable modem then -
To connect to your wireless router, the router needsits wireless settings to be configured with the SSID, encryption key etc., alsothe wireless cards in all the laptops/computers needs to be configured withthese router's wireless settings. Then the laptops/desktop computers cancommunicate with your wireless router and access the Internet via the DSL or cable modem.
on Aug 12, 2011
Hi, Open your browser to 192.168.0.1
username is "admin" without a password
Press the wireless button and ensure that "Wireless Radio" is set to "on" and check if this solves your problem
on Jun 19, 2011
It is possible that a neighbor purchased a wireless access point that it on the same channel and they are competing. Change your wireless channel. You could also try a hard reset. Instructions at D-Link's website. Good luck!
on Apr 08, 2011
Yes, the status light indicates activity so it is normal for it to flash.
First, the obvious, it is possible that some of the videos are damaged...moving on...
It is a good idea to disconnect the power to your router for at least 30 seconds every few weeks. You should also do this to any hubs/switches between your computers and the router. Logon to router and try to set the MTU to 1492. Make sure only have one router between you and the Internet. Many ISP's refer to bridges and routers as modems so it is hard to tell. If your router connects to "modem" to access the Internet try connecting your computer directly to the "modem". If that works better then you have multiple routers "Natting". (Google: double nat) Finally, try a different router.
Scan your computer for problems using Malwarebytes.org. Install all available "messenger" updates and fixes. If you are referring to Windows Messenger it has been replaced with Windows Live Messenger which is a free download. (Google: Windows Live Messenger)
I recommend that you start with the easiest recommendation to follow and, if necessary, continue to the next easiest. Don't try to do everything at once.
If this helps, please vote for my solution.
on Jan 28, 2011
Make sure that your computer is able to go online through the modem.
If your computer is not able to go online through the modem then you will need to call ISP first.
If your computer is able to go online through the modem then you need to connect the computer to the router and the modem to the router.
open the set up page of the router and change the settings of the router according to the ISP.Click Here for step by step by instructions
on Sep 16, 2010
1.In Control Panel, click Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections.
2.Right-click the Wireless Network Connection, and then click Properties.
3.On the Wireless Networks tab click Add.
4.In the Wireless network properties dialog box, enter the SSID "(Name of the connection) ex. dlink1234" you configured for your wireless gateway
5.Fill in the rest of the fields, including the necessary authentication and encryption information based on the configuration of your wireless gateway. (WPA-TSK, WPA2-TSK, WPA-AES and WPA2-AES)
6.Click OK and your home network will be added to the list of preferred networks.
if you have a firewall in your laptop try to disable it. example Eset Security antivirus Firewall. Disable the Firewall.
on Aug 25, 2010
I think the problem is that your router has a firewall that your iPad can't get through.
You could try going to D-Link's web site and find directions to allow your iPad to access the internet.
=) hope this helps
on Jul 10, 2010
Define "no connectivity".
Does the iPad now have Internet access?
If you use an Ethernet cable to connect from a LAN port on the router to the network port on any desktop/notebook computer, does that computer get Internet access?
If you take an iPod Touch, and click SETTINGS and then click WI-FI, and then you select the SSID of your network, does the iPod get Internet access?
on Jun 10, 2010
1. Log into the router
2. On the configuration page make sure the "clone MAC address" is bulleted or checked.
3. Save settings / restart cable modem.
4. After cable modem restarts then restart the router.
5. log back into the router then go to the status page and make sure you have an outside IP address.
6. Open a browser (internet) to verify you have connectivity.
on May 22, 2010
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