If you’re seeing a red light on your Spectrum router, don’t panic! It’s not necessarily a sign that your router is broken. In this blog post, we’ll explain what the different colors of the light mean and how to fix them.

What does the Spectrum router red light mean?

If you own the Spectrum Wave 2 router, there is one LED light on it, which can be blue or red.


A solid blue light indicates that the router and internet connection is working as expected, and a Spectrum flashing blue light indicates that the router is attempting to boot up and connect to the Internet.

If you notice that the blue and red lights are flashing one after another, this is an indication that your router’s firmware is being updated. There’s no need to do anything in that situation; simply wait for the procedure to finish.

Why is My Spectrum Modem Router Blinking Red?

A red light on your Spectrum router can indicate one of two things. If the light is solid, it means that the router is powered on but not connected to the internet.

A flashing Spectrum router red light indicates that the router is unable to establish a stable Internet connection.

Wi-Fi Router light statusMeaningAction needed
Blinking redRouter can’t connect to internetReboot hardware, check for line damage
Solid redUnresolved errorCheck ethernet cables, reboot or replace hardware
Blinking blueRouter attempting to connect to internetWait 1–3 minutes
Solid blueRouter is connected to internetNo action needed
Alternating red/blue flashesRouter is updating firmwareDo not disconnect or interrupt

How to fix the Spectrum router red light?

We’re going to go through all the possible fixes to solve your Spectrum red light issue.

Check Connections

If you see a red light on your router, the first thing to do is check all the connections.

Make sure that the power cord is plugged into the router and plugged into an outlet.

Check whether the coaxial and Ethernet cables are firmly and correctly connected, as well as whether they’re not damaged. The metal pins on coaxial connectors are quite delicate, so they should be straight and intact.

The modem’s Ethernet port should also be connected to your router’s yellow WAN/internet connection, while the other end of the cable should be connected to the modem’s Ethernet jack.

Restart Router

Once you’ve checked all the connections, restart your router and see if that fixes the problem.

Then, check for any Spectrum service outages in your area. Visit the Spectrum technical help pages and click the Check Outages button to check for outages, login to your account, or provide your ZIP code at the Spectrum support site.

Please be patient if there is a service outage at the moment. When the problem is resolved, your Spectrum router’s red light should go off as well.

If you’re seeing a red light on your Spectrum router, the next thing to do is power-cycle it. This means turning it off and then back on again.

To power cycle, your router, unplug the power cord from the router and wait for about 30 seconds. Then, plug the power cord back into the router and turn it on.

If the red light is still on, the last thing to do is to factory reset your router.

Please note that this will erase all your custom settings, so you’ll need to set up your router again from scratch.

To factory reset your Spectrum router:

  • Locate the reset button on the back of your router. It’s usually a small button that you have to press with a paperclip or something similar.
  • Press and hold the reset button for about 30 seconds.
  • Release the button and wait for your router to reboot.