One of the situations you can notice on your Xfinity router, no matter which model you are using is the blinking WiFi light. Although a blinking WiFi light generally indicates wireless connection activity (data being sent and received), there are situations when this isn’t the case.
For example, if you notice that your wireless network isn’t working properly, but the 2.4 and 5GHz lights are blinking, then there is definitely something wrong and requires our attention. In the next few paragraphs, we are going to provide some solutions you can apply to fix the problem causing this behavior.
The following solutions should help you restore your internet connection to its previous state
Power Cycle Your Xfinity Router
Turn off the router. Disconnect it from the power source. Connect the power cable back after five minutes and turn the router on. Give it some time to boot and stabilize. In most cases, this solution will fix not only the Xfinity WiFi light blinking but any other networking issue you might experience.
If this doesn’t help, try the next solution.
Outage In Your Area
A service outage is a possible reason for the blinking WiFi light. The router detects the signal but can’t connect properly. If you want to make sure whether this is the cause you can visit the Xfinity Status Center and sign in. In case there is an outage in your area, you will see a notification informing you about that and the estimated time when it should end. You can opt-in to get notified once the outage ends.
You can also contact Xfinity support to check whether this is the case.
If an outage is a reason for your WiFi light blinking then you need to wait until it gets fixed.
Are The Cables OK?
Incorrectly connected cables or loose connections can be the reason behind the blinking WiFi light. Check each cable thoroughly and see if they are damaged or bent too much. Check the connectors as well and see whether they sit firmly into the correct ports.
If you have spare cables try to replace them and see whether that fixes the problem.
Is The Splitter Working Properly?
If your splitter is malfunctioning for some reason you can check that either by replacing the old splitter with another one or by plugging the cable directly into the router. In case the WiFi is still blinking and the internet connection doesn’t function as it should, try the next solution.
Reset The Router To Default Settings
If you are not too confident that you want to try this solution please move to the next solution.
The reason we are saying this is that during the router reset all the changes made earlier in the router settings will be erased. This includes the wireless network name and password, guest network settings, parental controls, internet configuration settings, and so on. This means that you will have to set up your Xfinity router after the factory reset completes.
If you decide to reset your Xfinity router to factory defaults follow these steps.
1. Locate the reset button on your Xfinity router.
2. Get a pen or a paperclip.
3. Press and hold the reset button for 30 seconds.
4, When the LED lights go off after this time, release the button.
5. Let the router reboot and once it’s up and running you will be able to access the router settings using the default admin login credentials. In most cases, you will have to activate it again and go through the setup process. But it should fix the issue.
In case the problem remains, it is possible that you are dealing with a defective router.
A Defective Router
Just as with any other electronic device, it isn’t unusual for the Xfinity router to start acting strangely at some point. Because of that, it can’t connect properly and the WiFi light blinks constantly.
Contacting Xfinity support is the best way to determine this. Just explain what the problem is, and if they can’t help you over the phone they can send someone to help you. In case the technician determines that the router is defective, it is possible to get a new one from Xfinity or you can invest in your own Xfinity compatible router. Your network should be up and running with the new router.
Frequently Asked Questions
A blinking white light on your Xfinity router usually indicates that the router isn’t able to connect to the network. The reasons for this are either a problem with the signal from your ISP or a malfunctioning router or issues with the current router configuration.
Whenever data is being sent and received over the wireless connection the WiFi light will blink. This indicates that there is an activity going on and we shouldn’t worry too much about it. However, when the WiFi light is blinking, but the connection isn’t functioning properly it is something we have to take care of.
This is practically everything you should know about fixing the Xfinity WiFi blinking light. If you have been experiencing this issue we hope that one of the steps described here has helped you fix the problem. Most of the steps can also work if you have any other issues with your network so feel free to read this article again in case you have similar network problems in the future.