When we talk about wireless routers we normally think about a router with two or three antennas and lots of led lights on the front side. However, these days, more and more ISPs rent modems with one unified button on their routers.
This button changes its color depending on the activity and the state of the router and the network. One such ISP is Verizon Fios and their Verizon and Verizon Fios routers and in this article we are going to see what it means when we see the Verizon Fios router blinking blue and how to fix that.
The blinking blue light on your Verizon Fios router means that the router is looking for a WPS-enabled device to connect to, i.e. WPS pairing mode is activated.
When the WPS connection is established, the light will stop blinking and will turn solid blue.
Although this is not an issue, sometimes you will see this button blinking blue even if you haven’t activated WPS or it simply won’t stop blinking even after the connection has been established. This behavior requires our attention and here are a few solutions that can help you fix this issue.
Let’s begin with the most basic troubleshooting steps.
Wait Until WPS Is Disabled
If you have enabled WPS by accident, the unified button will flash blue for two minutes. If there is no connection established, it will change its color and will blink red for the next two minutes. And finally, it will turn solid white.
Restart The Verizon Fios Router Or Your Device
Restarting the router or your device might fix this issue. If there has been a glitch in the settings it should be fixed after you reset the mentioned devices.
To restart the router, unplug the power cable from the electrical outlet and then connect it again after a few minutes. When the router boots up try to connect over WPS again.
To restart the device, simply turn it off and then turn it on after a few minutes. Try to connect it over WPS again. Just make sure WPS pairing mode is enabled on the router.
Reduce the Distance Between Devices
If your router and the WPS-enabled device are too far from each other there are great chances that WPS pairing will be unsuccessful.
In that case, the unified button will start flashing red. Move the devices closer to each other and activate WPS again. In case the devices don’t connect and the blue light keeps blinking, try the following.
Hard Reset The Verizon Fios Router
If this doesn’t stop, even after trying the fixes mentioned above, you can try to hard reset the router.
However, if you decide to try this fix there is something you should know. Resetting the router to factory defaults erases all the custom settings. This means that you will have to set up your Verizon Fios router again once the factory reset completes. Therefore, make sure you have the Verizon Fios router admin login details and the configurations from your ISP.
The reset button is located at the back of the router. Press and hold it for a few seconds until the LED light turns off. This is a sign that the factory reset has begun. Wait a little and the unified button should be solid white once it boots up. In order to synchronize your router to the coax network, it is recommended to restart the router as described above.
When you set up your Verizon router again, try connecting your device using WPS. In case they can’t connect, the next step is to contact support.
Contact Verizon Support
As always, when nothing else works, contacting tech support is the last solution. Get in touch with them and explain what’s bothering you. They can guide you through the steps required to fix the problem. If your router is not defective, we are sure that the support team will help you fix the problem.
However, if the router is defective it is time to think about replacing it with a new one.
Frequently Asked Questions
How To Enable WPS On Verizon Fios Router?
In order to enable WPS on your Verizon Fios router, you need to press and hold the unified button for about 2 seconds. This will activate WPS pairing mode.
Another way to activate WPS is through the router’s web-based interface. After you login to your Verizon Fios router, navigate to WiFi Settings, and then select WiFi Protected Setup. There you will see an option to connect using a WPS button or a WPS PIN. The pairing mode will be active for two minutes and during that time the unified button will blink blue until connection is established.
What Color Should My Fios Router Be?
When your Verizon Fios router is working properly and it is fully functional, the unified button will be colored solid white. The other colors are blue, green, yellow and red. It is good to know that the red and yellow colors usually indicate that there is a problem.
Although the Verizon Fios router blinking blue light really isn’t a bug issue, it is pretty frustrating when it won’t stop. Luckily, there are a few things you can try in order to fix it and continue using your internet connection as always. Just make sure not to rush things up and we are pretty sure you won’t even need to get in touch with support.