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TP-Link Router Lights Meaning: Everything You Need to Know

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The status LED lights located on the TP-Link router inform us if the network and connection are functioning properly. These lights may be on, off, blinking or solid depending on the situation. This article will give you a quick explanation of the TP Link router lights. We’ll also explain what they mean and when they are indicating that there is a problem.

TP-Link Router Lights Meaning

What Does Each Light Mean on My TP Link Router?

And now, let’s see what each light on your TP-Link router means.

Power Light

It is not necessary to explain what the Power light means. However, you should know that this light is normally solid green when it’s ON.

2.4ghz Light

Today’s routers can work simultaneously with both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Each band has its advantages and disadvantages.  Although the 2.4GHz network is slower than the 5GHz, it has a much greater range. Other devices may also interfere more when the 2.4GHz network has been used. However, 5GHz offers higher speeds but a shorter range.

This light is reserved only for the 2.4GHz Network. This light indicates that the 2.4GHz network has been activated. When it’s off it means that the 2.4 GHz network is disabled.

5ghz Light

The light on this light means that the 5GHz network activates when it is on. Just like the 2.4GHz light, when it’s off it means that the 5GHz network is disabled.

You have two options: you can use the 5GHz and the 2.4 GHz networks simultaneously, or choose to use one of them separately. It really depends on what you need.

Internet Light

This is a sign that the TP-Link router connected successfully to the internet. It will usually be green. If you see the light blinking, this usually indicates that the network cable is disconnected.

This light can also be amber or orange in certain circumstances. This is a sign that there is not an internet connection but that the network cable has been connected to the port.

If you have connection issues and see an orange light on your TP-Link router you can find a detailed article that explains how to resolve it.

Ethernet Lights

You can connect multiple devices to the router using an Ethernet cable by connecting four Ethernet ports located at the router’s back. The appropriate Ethernet light will turn on when the device is connected to the correct Ethernet port.

If there are no devices attached to the Ethernet port, or if the device is turned on but not yet connected, the appropriate Ethernet light won’t turn on.

Ethernet ports on TP-Link router

USB Light

The back of your TP-Link router features a USB port that allows you to connect a peripheral such as a printer or external storage device to the router. The connected devices are accessible via WiFi.

The USB light will turn off if there are no USB devices attached to the port. When you connect the USB device, the USB light will begin blinking. This means that the USB device connected is ready to use when it is ON.

WPS Light

WPS (WiFi Protection Setup) is a feature which allows you to connect WPS enabled devices to the network, without needing to know the WiFi password.

The WPS button is pressed. WPS light will flash. The process usually takes 2 minutes. During that time, you will need to enable WPS on any device you wish to connect to the network. After the WPS connection has been established, the WPS light will turn ON for 5 minutes and then turn OFF. Of course, when you don’t use this feature the WPS. All times will be OFF

Last words

These lights will normally turn off, blink green or remain solid green. If they change color from green to orange or red it could be a sign that there is an issue with the connection or network.

Below is a list of things that you can do to fix network problems when your internet connection is down or the LED lights are changing color.

  • Restart the TP-Link router
  • Verify the cables and connectors to make sure they are not damaged or loose.
  • Verify that everything is connected to the right ports
  • Make sure your ISP is not down
  • Upgrading the router firmware
  • Reset your TP Link router to factory settings
  • Get in touch with your ISP support
  • Contact TP-Link customer support

Depending on your router model, the order and shape of the lights might differ. However, the symbols are the same so you won’t have any problems recognizing what is what.

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