Red light flashing on wireless router

November 25, 2012 at 07:36:13
Specs: Artistx, 3.2 ghz dual core/4gb

Hi i have a belkin router and the wireless icon on it is flashing red. Does that mean that someone is trying to access my router...i often use the wireless part of my router with my iphone or friends laptops and it is password protected...i noticed that the red light flashes for about a minute then it is off...then they try again a few minutes later over and over again for over an hour

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#1
November 25, 2012 at 09:44:57

Make and model of you router?

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#2
November 26, 2012 at 05:18:51

Belkin N1 wireless router...sorry i wrote the post so quick i forgot

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#3
December 29, 2012 at 07:44:21

Anyone?
I asked a couple of neighbours and they didn't admit to trying to get into my net connection

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#4
December 29, 2012 at 08:19:07

I have no experience with that router but it should say somerthing in the manual about the light and what it's used for. If not, try emailing Belkin's support people and ask them.

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#5
December 30, 2012 at 02:27:06

OK will email as as i stated this is not my field and the manual is of no use to me because i don't understand it :0)

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#6
December 30, 2012 at 09:07:38

Here's the manual:

http://cache-www.belkin.com/support...

Go to page 9. What does it tell you about the wireless icon. It's either green or amber (not red). What's to understand?

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#7
December 30, 2012 at 09:44:16

The other question I would have is are you having issues with your computer connecting to the wireless?

Also, have you given the network key to anyone who would abuse it, if you have change it. Is it a secure network? (page 49 might help with that) Otherwise its probably not your neighbors. Also I would think that the security light would be another indicator. Is it blue?

:: mike


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#8
December 30, 2012 at 12:16:59

Agree with Curt. Seems you are confusing orange with red and there is absolutely no wireless connection to your network.

If you set up a wireless connection, that light should turn to a solid blue.

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#9
January 1, 2013 at 06:40:25

OK thats not the same manual i looked at or downloaded...didn't see that before....so mine is a blinking amber:so its what i thought. It said that a computer is having trouble connecting....so sounds like i was right that the neighbour is trying to access the router....fortunately i set up a username/password a while back :0) They will never guess it he he...they have been trying for only for a few weeks and i know it connects with whatever i use to access it like friends laptops when i fix them or my iphone.

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#10
January 1, 2013 at 06:41:13

No i don't give out passwords to anyone ever...l.just flashing amber :0)

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#11
January 1, 2013 at 06:42:35

I wasn't trying to do anything. The wireless component to the router is there. Have used it many times...I use the ethernet part of the router for every day use but when i need to do other things i have already explained then i use the wireless

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#12
January 1, 2013 at 07:26:07

OK thats not the same manual i looked at or downloaded...didn't see that before

I simply copied the following from your response #2:

Belkin N1 wireless

and pasted it in google and added "manual" to the end and hit enter. It's not rocket science but does require a little thought on the part of the party doing the search. Once the .pdf opened, I confirmed it was indeed the correct manual (1st page) before continuing on to read it. Again, not rocket science, just a bit of logic.

From the manual:

Blinking Amber: "Problem with wireless computer connecting properly to the Router"

.so sounds like i was right that the neighbour is trying to access the router.

You're making an assumption here. As my dad would say (and as I know all too well from personal experience) ASSUME makes an ASS out of U and ME.

This could be your smart phone, or the neighbour's smart phone set to automatically connect to the nearest/best WLAN. Don't assume nefarious intention. It may be quite innocent and could as easily be an electronic device of yours (do you own a wireless capable console game, DVD/Blueray player....etc .etc) as a neighbours.

fortunately i set up a username/password a while back

That's the point of an encryption key and a proper level of encryption. WEP encryption can be cracked in under 30 minutes with any one of multiple tools freely available on the web so you want to have WPA2 encryption. WPA2 encryption combined with a complex key means you're a whole lot less likely to get hacked than if you use WEP and a password like "password"

Just FYI. Wireless is what it is............a convenience. You pay for that convenience with a lack of security as well as susceptibility to lag and latency. What this means is, if you want to game or download/transfer large files, or steam video, your best network performance will come from a wired connection.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#13
January 1, 2013 at 07:33:38

Curt thats the second time you mentioned rocket science lol...that i am not but i would be repeating myself if i said what i did at the start....i have downloaded the manual and i did read it...this is not my field! So might be better not to be condescending...you'll get further by trying that!

No your wrong i am not that dumb. Everything is off and i live alone. So no your wrong there.

Password and username are set up ages ago ...whatever it is is whatever it is...a friend helped and all is done and fine.

As i did say i use the ethernet side of things for my home internet. I did say that before. The wireless side is for other people i am fixing their stuff. Could be a phone could be a computer....anyway i am repeating myself

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#14
January 1, 2013 at 07:49:42

If you are not connected, wouldn't the light be on because no one is connected? I would see what happens when you are connected. Does the light turn blue, and then when you are disconnected does it return to amber?

:: mike


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#15
January 1, 2013 at 07:52:03

Yes the light turns blue when connected...i wasn't trying to connect...i think a neighbour is...not me...not it doesn't turn to amber when turning off...that i know for sure. the flashing amber is something that happens and i am not doing anything. I am sure its a neighbour

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#16
January 2, 2013 at 08:06:16

i have downloaded the manual and i did read it...this is not my field!

These manuals are made to be used by people with no computing experience. They're written in very clear, simple language that the average 10 year old child would understand.

So might be better not to be condescending...you'll get further by trying that!

I didn't start out condescending. I tried to be helpful. But you seem set on claiming stupidity in the face of the above fact (ie: manual is written at a 10 year old's level of understanding) and I'm left feeling you don't want to do anything for yourself but would instead rather we did the thinking for you and spoonfed you answers. That tends to bring out the sarcastic/condescending streak in me.

You obviously missed the point of what mikelinus was saying in his last post (response #14). I'll quote him:

"If you are not connected, wouldn't the light be on because no one is connected?"

What he's saying is, since you don't use the wireless, but have a WLAN configured and enabled, that the wireless light is flashing amber because NOBODY is connected to the wireless network. Ergo your router thinks there may be a problem.

I suspect he's got the right answer. Connect one device wireless to your WLAN and then watch. If the wireless light never blinks amber with something connected then he hit the nail on the head and it was blinking amber, not because your neighbor is trying to connect to your WLAN, but because nothing is connected to the WLAN and the router is interpreting that as there being a problem with wireless devices connecting to your router.

Understand?

The wireless side is for other people i am fixing their stuff

Why?

It's still the same network so there's no benefit to connecting someone elses computer wirelessly to your LAN. If you were thinking it would keep your computers from potentially being infected by someone's computer you're working on, it won't because they're all on the same LAN.

If it were me, I'd just plug the other PC's in too and I'd kill the wireless. Then you never have to worry that your neighbor is trying to access your WLAN.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#17
January 3, 2013 at 02:55:50

Your missing the point mate. I am not a child and will not be spoken to like i am an idiot. Get it?! Stop it right now! You or anyone has no right to speak to me or anyone that way so don't presume stupidity where it is not!!!

Anyway i would be once again repeating myself. I read everything in other posts and reported as is. I see what i see and nothing more. If you are able to see into my house and see something else then thats quite a skill. Wow you guys are reading more into this than what it is . Keep it simple and re read what i said. It is the damn neighbour trying to tap into the router!!! Blimey i hate retyping what i have already said. It doesn't matter why i fix peoples machines. Or who or where. It I only stated that stuff to say i have wifi as someone said i didn't have that on the router. I also stated it to answer questions that have nothing to do with what i asked. as for the statement about killing the wifi...well thats ridiculous. I am testing pc's laptop's mobiles whatever for whatever reason....IT DOESN'T matter and has nothing to do with what i asked....forget it...sick of typing stuff and getting no where

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#18
January 3, 2013 at 07:54:49

Your missing the point mate. I am not a child and will not be spoken to like i am an idiot. Get it?! Stop it right now! You or anyone has no right to speak to me or anyone that way so don't presume stupidity where it is not!!!

No where in my responses have I spoken to you like you're a child or an idiot. I have tried to be helpful. I will admit to having been condescending in one response. But your behaviour before, and what you just said that I quoted above have succintly proved that you do exhibit childish behaviour.

It is the damn neighbour trying to tap into the router

You have NO conclusive proof your neighbour is attempting to connect to your WLAN. You're making an assumption.

Between mikelinus and I we detailed a simple and easy way to discover if it is indeed a case of an attempt to connect or not. All you have to do is connect a wireless device to your WLAN and leave it connected then watch and see if the light blinks amber. If it does, then either there is something wrong with your router, or, someone/something else is indeed attempting to connect to your router.

Alternatively, you could log into the management interface and check the logs on the router. They will log attempted connections.

Now, I'm done talking to you. You're obviously not worth the effort as you seem incapable of understanding plain English and simple instructions. Don't bother posting back in here with another childish outburst like your last one, I won't be back to read it and I seriously doubt anybody else will be either.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#19
January 4, 2013 at 06:32:51

Something about something not being rocket science, the word stupid was used and something about assuming. All are condescending....anyway men and women seem to communicate or not differently and me being a women i think that might be it....anyway ...no use answering things that i know were said....i geez....hate repeating myself...so boring/
Your are an arrogant person mate. Just shut up and go away as your not helpful

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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