Why is My Belkin Router's Wireless Signal Not On?

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A Belkin wireless router is typically configured to broadcast the wireless signal by default when the router is installed. If you are unable to detect a network signal, there are several potential reasons why. Try some troubleshooting tips before calling Belkin support to resolve hardware problems.

Status Indicator

  • Check the wireless status indicator light on the front of the router. If the wireless antenna is showing a blue light, the wireless service is on in the Belkin router settings. If you do not see the blue antenna, your wireless service has not been enabled in the control panel.

Wireless Mode

  • Under the Channel and SSID settings in the Belkin router's Web-based control panel, the "Wireless Mode" option lists the wireless broadcast modes available for your router. Check this setting to confirm that it is not set to "Off," which will disable the wireless service.

SSID Broadcast

  • Check the "SSID Broadcast" setting under the "Channel and SSID" settings in the control panel. If this setting is set to "No," it means your router's SSID is not broadcast and unless your computer is configured to automatically connect even if the Belkin router is not broadcasting, it may appear that your wireless service is not working.

Proximity

  • The typical distance that a wireless signal can broadcast successfully indoors is 100 to 200 feet. When it appears that your Belkin router's wireless signal is not broadcasting, it may be that you are simply too far away, or there is an obstruction between you and the router that is impeding the signal. If the signal is too weak for your computer to identify, it can appear that the signal is not broadcasting. Try moving your computer within a few feet of the router with no walls to obstruct signal travel to determine if this is the cause. A signal-boosting antenna is an option to help resolve this problem.

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