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How To Fix Spectrum Router Red Light

Router Red Light

Blinking red lights on routers is widespread, and Spectrum Routers aren’t an exception to this rule. If the indicator light on your Spectrum Router is red for some reason, there is a very high chance your internet connection is the one to blame.

However, if your internet connection isn’t the root cause of the blinking, let me assure you that the fix is easy. This guide will help you fix the red light on your Spectrum device in no time.

Fixing Red Light on Spectrum Router

To fix the red light on your Spectrum device, you need to know what each light state suggests on your Spectrum router.

Firstly, you need to know two things. Every spectrum router light can either be red or blue at a given time, and secondly, each color can be in one of two states: Blinking or Permanent.

State Meaning
Blue Permanent Your router is connected to the Internet.
Blue Blinking Your router is trying to connect to the Internet.
Red Permanent Your router ran into a critical error and needs troubleshooting.
Red Blinking Your router is unable to connect to the Internet.

The mentioned graph represents all the states your router can be in. Once you can properly diagnose your router state, follow the below-mentioned methods to get rid of issues related to your Spectrum Router.

Method #1: Soft Resetting your Router (Red-Blinking)

Soft Resetting your router, also known as Power Cycling, can work wonders at times. Therefore, soft resetting your router is all you need to get it going in most cases.

To power cycle your router, you need to:

  1. Turn off the Router from the back of your device.
  2. Unplug the Power cord and ethernet cables.
  3. Wait 15-30 seconds before plugging it back in.
  4. Connect back the Power Chord and make sure all the wires are in the correct order.
Spectrum Router

Once your router restarts, the red blinking light on your Spectrum will switch off.

Method #2: Factory Resetting your Router (Red-Both)

If Power Cycling doesn’t work out for you, you can always factory reset your router. There are two easy-to-follow ways to factory reset your Spectrum Router:

  • Manual Factory Reset
  • Software Factory Reset

Manual Factory Reset

To manually Factory Reset your router, take the router in your hand while ensuring that the router is still getting power. Now go to the backside of your router and look for a small button marked “Reset” on it.

Reset Button On Spectrum Router

To reset the device, take a pin, pencil lead, or any other item with which you can press the Reset Button. Press and hold the reset button for 15-30 seconds for the router to reset. Once the router starts resetting, wait a few minutes for the process to complete.

Software Factory Reset

If your router is situated in a place where manually resetting isn’t possible, then Software Reset is perfect for you. To Software Reset your device, follow these steps:

  1. Go on your browser and put the IP Address of your device in the Search Bar. It is generally found at the backside of your router.
  2. Once you are at the Login Page, enter your Username and Password. The default Username and the Password would be given on the back of your router.
  3. Once inside your Router Settings, look for Factory Reset and hit confirm.

Once you click the Factory Reset option, your router will reset itself. If all goes well, the red light on your router will turn blue.

When you successfully initiate the Factory Reset, all the lights on the router will light up.


Seeing a red light on your Spectrum router can be very intimidating, especially to a user who isn’t very tech-savvy. However, most of the time, troubleshooting your Spectrum router can be done even by an 8-year-old toddler. By following this guide, you will be able to fix your Spectrum red light issue in no time and will be able to hop back on the Internet.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know my Spectrum Router is working?

You can check whether your Spectrum Router is working or not by seeing the indicator light on your router. If the Indicator light is Permanently blue on your router, your router is connected to the Internet.

Why is the Spectrum Router blinking red and blue?

The blue blinking light on your router represents that your router is trying to connect to the Internet. While the red blinking light tells you that there was a problem connecting to your ISP.

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