I have a Nighthawk AC1750 router with a five year old HP laptop hardwired and a TV connected wirelessly. When the laptop is plugged into the router the indicator light on the front is orange and watching the network connection in control panel I can see it switches from plugged to unplugged, but I don't see the indicator blinking out. The TV remains connected and has no issues.
There was another post on her about a similar issue and the light meaning its 10/100 Mbps vs 1 Gpbs and to check connections. I did that, plugged another newer laptop and got a white light with no disconnect, even swapped cables between the two and the older laptop stayed orange. Swapped ports and the orange light follows the older one. It seems to be stable connection when I plug straight into the modem, but when I go to from modem to router to laptop, the laptop has the issue.
I've update the firmware on the router, bios on laptop and uninstalled the drivers and then reinstalled and updated, all end with same results as listed above. Switched router to Access point mode and had the same results.
Soooooo I am sure the issue is with the laptop's connector, but what I am not sure about is if there is a setting or something in the router than can be changed to compensate or resolve the disconnect and reconnecting of the network adapter. The fact that it stays stable right into the modem and only has issues with the router is what got me thinking maybe there are setting adjustments that can be done...before I decide to buy a new computer instead.
Re: Router lights
> Model: R6700|Nighthawk AC1750 Smart WiFi Router
"AC1750" is a speed, not a model number. Is "R6700" accurate, or is
it some newer hardware variant, like R6700v2 or R6700v3? Look at the
> [...] a five year old HP laptop [...]
Not a very detailed description of anything. If I visit hp.com,
looking for information about its capabilities, do you think that a
description like "a five year old HP laptop" will lead to anything
> There was another post on her [...]
Thanks for the helpful link. Did that mystery post make the usual
Visit http://netgear.com/support , put in your (actual) model number,
and look for Documentation. Get the User Manual. Read. Look for the
> [...] another newer laptop [...]
See "Not a very detailed description of anything [...]", above.
> Soooooo I am sure the issue is with the laptop's connector, [...]
What leads you to believe that the Ethernet interface of your
(unspecified) "a five year old HP laptop" is capable of operating at
> [...] it stays stable right into the modem and only has issues with
> the router [...]
What's the speed of the network interface when it's connected
straight to the modem? (What is your "the modem"? What do its LED
> [...] before I decide to buy a new computer instead.
Knowing approximately nothing about your (unspecified) "a five year
old HP laptop", it's tough to be sure, but my first guess would be that
new hardware would be the only way to whiten that amber port-status LED
indicator on your router.
Is this computer's lower network speed causing you any actual
problems? If it was never any faster, has it gotten any worse, now that
you know that it's not as fast as some other computer?
Or is the primary problem that the amber LED is disturbing
ethetically? If so, then for much less money than a newer computer, you
could add a cheap gigabit network switch, and get a while LED, instead.
It wouldn't make any other improvement, but it would change the color of
the router's port-status LED.