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How to fix Verizon router yellow light?

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Telecom providers have come a long way in terms of what services and products they offer. A lot of telecom providers also provide internet services to customers and cover the entire process, including lending out equipment. However, just like everything else tech, there are some hiccups that can affect their services from time to time. 

In this article, we’re talking about the Verizon router yellow light, its causes and what you can do to fix the problem.

What causes this error?

Since most routers don’t come with displays, they use different LED colours to indicate their status. A yellow light on your Verizon router is usually indicative of an internet connectivity issue. There are a number of reasons why this might happen, including but not limited to:

  • Connectivity issues from Verizon’s end.
  • Misconfigured router settings. 
  • Damage to cables or router.
  • Extender is too far or too close to the router. 

Also read: Why is my Verizon phone dropping calls? 9 Fixes

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 the Verizon router blinking white issue. Just turn off your router (and modem) and wait for at least 30 seconds before turning it back on again.

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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 Verizon support to get their help repairing or fixing the cable.

Check for an outage 

Well, apart from the obvious lack of any network coverage, you can log on to My Verizon, and you should be able to see a network notification at the top of the screen. If you don’t and you suspect you’re still impacted by an outage, enter “network outage” in the chat box and wait for a response.

You can also use third-party sites such as DownDetector to determine whether or not an outage impacts your area. 

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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.

Reposition the extender

If you’re using a compatible extender and it’s placed too close or too far away from the router, that can cause the yellow light blinking issue. The best fix is to place the extender at the recommended distance from the router to ensure optimal connectivity. 

Check for thermal throttling

If your router is placed too close to a wall or is under heavy load, chances are it’ll start overheating eventually. Overheating isn’t good be it your PC, phone or even your router. In such cases, the router’s firmware automatically throttles performance to lower the processing load on the router and cool it down.

This can result in poor WiFi connectivity and a yellow light on the router. The best way to solve this is to either disconnect a few devices from the router and stop any heavy downloads you might have going on or relocate the router to somewhere with more air circulation. 

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. 

Reach out to Verizon support

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

Also read: Verizon data not working: 8 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:

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