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Cox router blinking orange: Quick Fix

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A router is probably the most critical part of your home or office network. It allows you to host wireless networks and distribute your incoming internet connection to different devices that you might have. However, routers aren’t perfect and keep failing from time to time. 

In this article, we’re talking about Cox routers blinking orange, the reasons behind it and what you can do to fix the problem.

What causes this?

More often than not, an orange blinking LED on Cox routers indicates a connection error. Other possible causes include the following:

  • Service outage from ISP.
  • Misconfigured DNS or IP settings.
  • Pending firmware update. 

Also read: Why is my Cox modem blinking green?

How to fix this?

Here are seven fixes you can try out. 

Restart the router

One of the first things you should do in these situations is restarting your router. Restarting internet devices can fix seemingly random issues that cause connectivity problems, including this one. Just turn off your router (and modem) and wait for at least 30 seconds before turning it back on again. 

Check the WAN cable for damage

If your incoming WAN cable is damaged, your internet connection will be disturbed. Check to see if the cable (usually coax) is properly connected and that there is no physical damage to the cable. If you find some damage, reach out to Cox support to get their help repairing or fixing the line.

Weak signals

Another possible cause of the issue is the presence of a weak WiFi signal on the router if you’re using it as a range extender or the presence of too many clients on one access point which can overload the router. You can either reposition the router to have better signal strength or try disconnecting a few devices. 

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Check for outages

Outages from your ISP’s end can also cause orange lights on your router. Check out the Cox service outage page to see if your area is experiencing issues. If you are facing issues, you can contact Cox to find out how long it’ll take for services to resume. 

Check for a firmware upgrade

Check to see if there are any new firmware upgrades or updates for your router and if there are, install them right away before trying again. More often than not, router manufacturers will publish frequent updates for their devices that can fix any reoccurring glitches.

Factory reset the router

Most routers have a reset button at the back which will reset the router to its default settings. If you’ve misconfigured some settings on your router or have been impacted by a bug or virus, resetting your router can fix these issues. Do remember that you’ll have to reconfigure the router with the credentials given by your ISP. 

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Reach out to Cox support

If all else fails, your best bet to fix the Cox router blinking green issue is to just get on a call with Cox support and get an in-field technician to come to help you with your issue. 

Also read: Xfinity router blinking blue: 5 Fixes


Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: