Since the past couple of days, the inquiries about the solid red persistent display on the power light of the NETGEAR Nighthawk have risen. Many users are facing this problem and have posted on multiple forums for viable solutions but it has either been labelled as corrupt firmware or hardware issues of the router.
We assume that you are facing a similar issue if you are reading this article so we have come up with different ways to resolve the NETGEAR Nighthawk solid red power light issue that has been bugging many users.
NETGEAR Nighthawk Solid Red Power Light
1. Firmware Update:
Because this solution is recommended by the NETGEAR community, it is pivotal, to begin with, this step. Because your firmware is the most important component of your router, make sure you never miss an update. If you see a solid red power light, it means your router’s firmware is corrupted or incompatible. To update your firmware, follow the steps below, or if you already have updated firmware, skip to step 2.
- Download the Nighthawk app to your device. Make sure that your device is connected to the Wi-Fi network.
- Launch the app and enter your login credentials.
- Click on the SIGN IN button.
- Navigate to the dashboard and click on the Router Setting.
- Select the Check for Updates option.
- Your application will prompt you any available firmware which is available.
- Click on the update button and turn off your router for the firmware to download and install successfully.
2. Reset The Router:
If the red power light persists after successfully updating your router’s firmware, you should consider resetting your router. In most cases, a factory reset will resolve the majority of issues.
- Turn on your NETGEAR Nighthawk router and disconnect it from the modem.
- Your devices will automatically disconnect from your router once it is reset to factory settings so no need to manually disconnect them.
- Locate the reset button in a small hole on your NETGEAR router.
- Use a sharp object such as a pin and press the reset button for 5 seconds.
- Release the button and your router is reset to its factory version.
3. Connection To The Modem:
A correct and firm connection of your router to the modem is necessary. It allows network access to the devices. Therefore a stubborn red power light might be caused the connection of your router to the modem is not proper. Disconnect the cable and make sure it is working. Reconnect the cable and confirm a firm connection.
4. Hardware Defect:
Until this step, if your router does not give up on the red power light then there is likely to be a hardware issue with your router. You might have to buy a new router or we recommend you to contact NETGEAR support and request technical assistance.