E3200 Extender Blinking Yellow Light and No White Light
ultramet
Enthusiast - Level 2

So I purchased the E3200 to extend my network via WiFi (E3100). I followed all of the steps and got to the stage with the fast blinking yellow light (firmware update finished ). However, somehow the light won’t change to solid white light after rebooting. It just flashes yellow and then stays solid yellow. I’ve done a hard reset of the E3200 and tried again but to no avail. Should I reset my E3100 router and try to pair again. This is extremely frustrating, especially as I am switching from an Eero system that was essentially plug and play. Any help would be extremely appreciated.  I am giving logistic support to an area ICU during this COVID crisis and could use better WiFi access and speed. Thanks.

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Edg1
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Try pairing it next to the router then moving it the the location you want it. 

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Gman30
Newbie

Step 1: plug the yellow Ethernet cables together 

step 2: power up the extender

step 3: wait for solid white on both

step 4: unplug bring extended to your room location spot

power it up. You will get yellow light a few times. Be patient. The extended needs to learn your network environment. Go watch TV or go cook something. Boom! Magic. It turned to white!!!!

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Cang_Household
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Using the wireless backhaul is a last resort solution. Always link with ethernet or coax for stability.

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agjacs
Newbie

I originally set up the router properly and got white lights on both the router and the extender.  All of a sudden months later I get a blinking yellow light on the extender.  I try pairing closer and it works--get white lights.  When I replug in at the location I originally had the extender I get a yellow blinking slow light.  Too far away.  When I hit the reset button on the extender, I get a solid yellow... it's now indicating that I have no internet connection.  This is by the way, right next to my computer that shows a strong signal.  Maybe I just don't need it but i don't understand why it is behaving this way.  Why is there not enough signal for it all of a sudden?

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Hunterk
Newbie

Did you get this sorted out? I have a similar problem, but when I go to look at the devices connected to the main router I see that not only is the extender connected to the main, but a number of other well functioning devices, including the phone I am using to type this message are connected to the extender with a rather robust signal on speed test. Yet the metronomic amber glow persists. 

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DunnHouse1
Newbie

Same thing is happening to me. It used to blink and go back to white. But now it’s just blinking constantly but I have good internet coverage. I recently upgraded my router too. 

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redleg1416
Newbie

I linked the extender to the router and the extender light went solid white. I moved it to the needed location and the extender light would not come back on. I tried to reset it and took it back next to the router, but the light would not come on again. What should I do???

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Rob5589
Newbie

Okay I have a similar problem and can not figure this out with the initial setup.

I did a hard reset on both the router and extender. I am wired using an Ethernet if that means anything. 

I plug in the extender and get a solid yellow after it boots up. 

I press both the extender and router for 3-5 seconds and get both blinking blue. 

after a few seconds they both go solid blue. 

then about 10 seconds go by and the router goes to solid white and the extending goes to solid yellow. 

After that, the extender goes to fast blinking yellow in about 15 seconds and stays that way.

the first time I let it do that for 15 minutes and plugged it back in and got solid yellow, followed by fast blinking yellow. It never goes to solid white. 

I tried this so many times and can’t figure it out. Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

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Emosupremo
Enthusiast - Level 2

Is an ethernet pairing worse than wifi c no ethernet cable preferred. An inet post elsewhere claims the Fios instructions to use Ethernet cable "leads to problems later on."

??? Bit cryptic, eh.

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Emosupremo
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Ditto. Umpteen times. suggestions dont work either paiting c ethernet or by placing the 3200 near the 3100.
Pressing reset doesnt work either. Didnt have this much trouble c my Nighthawk. Fios, get your act straight.

pianomanuel
Enthusiast - Level 1

This is working as expected. After all you list, unplug and move the extender to another room at least 20 feet away from the primary router. Don’t mess with the primary router. 
plug in the extended and wait about 10 minutes. 

they don’t tell you this in the dumb setup guide. 

what happens is the two routers are smarter than you think. It knows if it is too close in proximity to each other, probably to prevent cross-talk. 

This took me some research to figure out. 

I hope it helps, it is anti-intuitive. 

Eaglesei
Newbie

how do I fix frim wide update?i I can't get rid of the blinking light

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ultramet
Enthusiast - Level 2

Hmm. It sounds as if you are doing everything correctly. Only thing I can suggest trying again is 

1. Let the firmware upgrade run longer than 15 min. I honestly let it run 30 min to be sure.

2. When I unplugged the extender after I received the rapid blinking yellow, I didn't move the extender very far at first. Maybe only 20 feet away at max. Eventually I got the solid white light. After I had the solid white light and checked that it was functioning well about 2 hours later I moved it farther away and it worked fine.

Please note that when you eventually get the solid white light there will be periods of blinking yellow. These gave decreased with time as the SON has improved.

I think it takes a while for the Verizon SON to realize that this extender is on your network. I also believe the firmware upgrade can take more than 15 min. Best Rob

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Mitch25
Newbie

My e3200 light stays solid yellow

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Nrt48
Newbie

Found a remarkable thing! I had the same issue with an E3200 Fios extender, only a flashing yellow light when I moved it to the weak area of the house. T it wasn’t working and tried every reboot, relocation and start-over possible. Frustrated, I downloaded several network analyzer apps and discovered it was in fact WORKING!!! Plugged 2 LAN Cables in for TV and cell phone booster...and all WORKED! This is while the extender light blinked yellow- and still is!!! Don’t know if this always the case, but worth a try.

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Cang_Household
Community Leader
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The E3200 is uplinked to G3100 right?

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Here is the description for LEDs. I believe the yellow blinking occurs only when you turned on the meshed WiFi.

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Edg1
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Try pairing it next to the router then moving it the the location you want it. 

Bretyboy
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Still not working. Does anyone here have an actual clue about any of this apparently useless "technology"? It would be really nice if one of these moderators are supposed to experts had an actual answer instead of just closing these conversations.

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KH-OrnEsh
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Due to the age of this thread, it will be locked in order to keep discussions current. If you have the same or a similar question/issue we invite you to start a new thread on the topic.

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Emosupremo
Enthusiast - Level 2

This pairing side by side doesnt work. Btw, i have no splitter or coax  Cable in my 3200 box so that option is bogus too.. Shame on Fios.

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Cang_Household
Community Leader
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Sorry for the inconvenience. Can you login into the E3200’s web GUI? There should be no difference between connecting with an Ethernet or coax for pairing.

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