When experiencing issues with your internet network connection or having some connectivity problems with it, the basic understanding about the architecture and functioning of router or modem is of great help for you to detect and rectify such issues. One of an important topic you must know about in this regard is the US/DS light.
It can be worrying at times if the US/DS light blinks on your modem or router, be it for a few minutes or keeps on blinking for an extended period of time. But to put an end to your worry we have compiled this blog article. It address all the aspect related to the topic and covers, what US/DS light means, why does it keeps on blinking, what are the causes for US/DS light blinking issue and how to fix it.
So let’s get straight to the point and explore more…
What does the US/DS light means?
You get to see certain lights on your router or modem. Technically these lights are referred as US/DS light which indicates the current status of your device. If you didn’t be on familiar terms with that, US here refers “Upstream” while DS denotes “Downstream”.
The US/DS light starts blinking in event of the router establishing a connection but as soon as the connection is established, the light stops blinking and turns into solid. For longer it remains solid it indicate about the availability of internet and also means that your device is set to transmit data, i.e.; sending and receiving data.
But, what if the US/DS light starts or keeps on blinking?
Well if the US/DS light is blinking every second it usually signify that you are having a poor connectivity and getting a low-quality or even no signal.
Let’s go on to know what causes the US/DS light to blink continuously.
Why is the US/DS light blinking?
In general, the US/DS light blinks when your router or modem is initiating an internet connection and soon after the connection is established the light becomes steady. Conversely, if the light continues to blink means your router is not able to complete the internet connection. This lapse in connection is caused by following:
- Defective modem: A faulty modem is probably the one most common reason that can restrict the establishment of the connection.
- Loose or disconnected wiring: Loose or damaged cable can also result in such a situation and could cause the disconnection of internet.
- Service outage: Another likely factor behind this problem could be the scheduled or sudden service outages in your area by the internet service provider (ISP) or some unavoidable reasons.
- Splitter problem: Internet connection disruption may arise when the splitter used for connection is damaged or fails to function properly.
- Firmware update: Firmware update by your internet service provider (ISP) may also result in the US/DS light to blink constantly.
As the above and several other factors may result in the problem of US/DS light blinking, you can always find ways to fix the problem on your modem. So let’s move further and understand about the solutions that may help you resolve this problem.
How to resolve the US/DS blinking light problem?
Use any refer and use any of the below mentioned methods to fix the issues related to US/DS blinking light or “modem not connecting”.
Solution#1: Restart the Modem
Since a defected or faulty modem is on the top of the list of factors causing the problem, you must try the basic troubleshooting by restarting the modem. To restart your modem you need to perform following steps:
- Cut the power off and unplug the modem
- Now wait for few minutes
- Plug the modem back to the power source
- Then turn On the power to get your modem restart
Solution#2: Check the Cable & Connections
Check all the cable wiring for any defects alongside the connections on either ends of the coaxial cable. If you find some loose connections which require reattaching, tightening or fastening, then get the task done. It is also suggested that you must disconnect the cable and reconnect it again to ensure every cable is properly in place.
If you can’t fix the cable wiring by your own, better call for a cable technician. If the issue still persists after it you need to contact your ISP for resolving the problem.
Solution#3: Check for a Service Outage
In event of an outage in your area the US/DS light can start blinking as the modem stop receiving signals or even if it receives the signals seem to be pretty weak. To clarify about the exact problem and confirm whether it is due to service outage, you can either call your ISP or visit their official website or app.
If it gets confirmed that there is a service outage, only thing which you can do is to wait till the outage last and the service resume back to normal.
Solution#4: Check your Splitter
It is also possible that your splitter can be defective or damaged, which may be causing the actual problem. The simple way to identify that if the problem it is due the splitter or not, is to just remove the splitter and connect the coaxial cable straight to the modem.
Once you connect the cable directly and you no longer experience the problem, it is confirmed that the splitter was creating the problem and you need to get it replaced to fix the problem.
Solution#5: Contact Support
Even after trying all the aforesaid methods and you are unable to resolve the issue, then the problem is perhaps on the side of your ISP. Hence you must contact the support team to help you in getting the problem fixed.
The continuous blinking of US/DS light on your modem is an alert that you will suffer with bad internet connectivity. However you can solve the issue and let the US/DS light stabilize by applying the troubleshooting methods and other solutions mentioned in the article.