TP Link is a well-known and highly respected global manufacturer of computer networking products such as routers and WiFi devices.
They make some of the best internet gear out there. Routers are trusted, reliable and used by millions of people around the world. Every now and then they run into issues like losing internet like so many other routers. Most of the time, the problem is not with the router itself, but rather with other outside factors like the ISP (Internet Service Provider).
Internet modems and routers have many icons and flashing LED lights on the front. Each has its own unique meaning.
Knowing what the LED lights on the TP-Link router represent when problems occur is useful as it provides more information about the status of our connection and activity.
In this article, we will discuss the TP-Link orange light issue, including what it means, potential causes, and of course, solutions.
What does the orange light on the TP-Link router mean?
If you see the orange Internet icon on your TP Link router, it means that the Internet port is connected but there is a problem establishing a connection with the Internet service provider. In simple terms, Internet is not available.
There are various reasons why your ISP is having problems. There may be work taking place on the network or there may be a failure locally.
When router settings are corrupted, you need to take corrective action. Alternatively, there may be firmware issues, which can also be easily fixed.
Let’s look at the causes of the orange TP-link light and methods to fix the problem.
How to Fix TP-Link Router Amber Light Issue
First, it is best to check some non-ISP related factors that could be causing the amber light. These are:
1 – Check the cable connections: One of the three cables could have a loose connection. This could be a power cord, Internet Service Provider (ISP), or cable. Make sure all cables are properly connected.
2 – Firewalls and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have been enabled. Internet speeds typically decrease when using a VPN or firewall.
3 – Internet speeds can be significantly slowed down by interference caused by congested transmission lines.
4 – Timely firmware update failed
If the amber light issue persists despite checking all of the potential factors above, please continue reading.
The orange light problem of your TP-Link router is a very simple solution. One of the methods below is intended to solve this problem for you.
Restarting the modem
An obvious solution to the orange light problem is to turn the modem on and off. Begin by unplugging the device from the wall outlet. Leave it unplugged for about 1 minute. If your modem is battery operated, simply remove the battery and reinsert it after 1 minute.
Once 60 seconds have passed, plug your modem back into the outlet and see if the orange light is still on.
If the amber light goes out, you should be online again and the issue has been resolved.
If the amber light is still there, continue to the next method.
Check your ISP network
Contact your ISP and inquire about any issues with their services.
As I mentioned earlier, your ISP could be the cause of the problem. Check with them to see if they have any issues with their services. There may be scheduled maintenance on the network that you are not aware of.
These issues can cause your TP-Link router to light up the orange light.
Internet Service Providers normally send maintenance notices via email, SMS and ISP accounts. Log in and see if there is a message about upcoming maintenance.
Clone current Mac address
A simple solution to the orange light problem anyone can do.
Check that your PC and your router are both connected. You can do this with an Ethernet cable.
1 – Log into your TP-Link router account
2 – Once connected to the dashboard, select Advanced in the top menu. Then you will have to click on Network which you will find in the left menu.
3 – Select Internet in the sub-menu section.
4- Go down to the MAC Clone Section and check the “Use current computer’s MAC address” radio button.
5 – Click to safeguard to apply the changes.
The orange Internet light should be off. If it is still orange on your TP-Link router, continue to the next method.
Upgrade your router firmware
Your router’s firmware may be outdated and it may not be connecting to the internet properly.
Each router firmware upgrade includes security fixes as well as performance improvements. In most cases, a simple firmware update is enough to get rid of the dreaded amber light on your router. Obviously, it depends if there is an update to download.
1. First, get the correct firmware from TP-Link website. Make sure you select the correct hardware version.
2. Download the firmware to your computer.
3. Go to your TP-Link router settings and select Advanced in the top menu.
4. Next, on the left, select System Tools so what Firmware update.
5. Click the Browse next to the New Firmware File field in the Manual Upgrade section.
6. File Explorer will open, locate and select the firmware file you unzipped to your desktop. Click on it, then select Open.
7. Finally, click Upgrade.
8. Allow the firmware upgrade to complete and the router to reboot.
Wait for the router to stabilize before checking the Internet light. Everything should be fine now. Otherwise, proceed to the next method.
MAC binding issue
A common problem that causes the amber light to appear on your TP Link modem.
Here’s what you should do to try and fix the flashing amber light issue.
- Disconnect the power and coaxial cables from the modem.
- Reconnect the power cable. For now, unplug the coaxial cable.
- Connect the modem to the router’s WAN port using an Ethernet cable.
- Turn on the modem.
- After 5 minutes, reconnect the coaxial cable.
- Check the Internet light and try visiting some websites after the modem connects to the Internet.
Consider reverting your router to factory settings if there are no issues with your ISPs or the new Mac address. All router settings return to default values after a factory reset.
If you need to resort to factory resetting your TP-Link router, be aware that you will need to configure the router from scratch in order to continue using your internet connection.
The reason is that once the factory reset is completed, all custom settings will be reset to their default values.
Here’s how to factory reset your TP-Link router
1 – Locate the Reset button on the rear panel of the router.
2 – Keep pressing the button with a paperclip or something similar, until the power light flashes. The button is very small and difficult to activate with anything larger than a pin or paper clip. This is so that the button is not pressed accidentally.
3 – The router restarts after releasing the button.
4 – On reboot, all settings will be reset to default.
When you are done configuring the router, be sure to check the Internet light.
If you are unsure of the default login information, please avoid resetting the router to factory settings.
Contact your ISP support
If your orange light still shines like the sun, despite all the recommended methods above, contact your ISP support.
Ask your ISP to remotely check or test your connection. You should provide them with as much detail as possible when describing the problem.
They will be able to send a technician to investigate the problem and make the necessary repairs.