Orbi Satellite Colors (All 5 Colors, Troubleshooting)


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Netgear’s Orbi satellite can increase WiFi coverage and strength.

Two locations flash Orbi colours:

  1. The syncLED ring (gives connectivity status).
  2. The LED back power button (gives you a status of the power)

These lights can be used to show the status of satellites using flashing colors. Orbi satellites are capable of showing five colors: yellow, green, magenta, red, orange, and white.

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Orbi satellite green light

A glowing green LED at the power button of your Orbi satellite indicates that it has successfully been powered on.

After plugging your satellite into the wall outlet you should see the green lights.

If you still don’t see the green power button LED, it is likely that the outlet hasn’t been turned on.

Orbi white light

A solid white light inside the sync LED rings indicates that your Orbi Satellite is trying to sync up with the router.

After you plug in your satellite it will search for your Orbi router so it can sync with it.

When setting up your satellite, make sure it is close to your router. After you have established a connection you can move the satellite.

Your Orbi satellite’s sync LED ring emits a white light that pulses to indicate that it is applying a new configuration or updating its firmware.

These updates are usually released after Orbi satellite has been successfully configured. These updates can take the form of a firmware upgrade or a configuration modification.

Wait for the satellite’s completion of the update

Orbi satellite blue light

A solid blue light is a sign that the Orbi satellite’s connection to the Orbi router’s satellite is working.

Once you have connected your Orbi satellite to the internet, you will see the blue light.

A sync LED should not be either amber (amber) or orange (amber).

  1. Next, press the Sync button on the router’s back.
  2. After about two minutes, push the Sync button on the satellite’s back.
  3. Wait for the LED’s color to change from amber-blue in just two minutes

Orbi satellite orange light (amber).

The sync LED ring of your Orbi satellite’s satellite connects with the Orbi router by emitting an amber (solid-orange) light. It can be seen for 90 to 180 seconds.

The satellite can still work even if the sync led turns orange (amber), but the satellite won’t be as reliable.

A solid orange (or amber) light on the power button LED means that your Orbi satellite or router is restarting.

It is possible for your satellite to lose power again. Wait until the satellite restarts and then reconnect.

A pulsing orange or amber light at the power button LED indicates that your Orbi satellite must be reset to factory settings.

You can reset your satellite or router to their factory default settings using a pen or paperclip. Hold the button down for 7 seconds, or until the router or satellite LED blinks.

After the satellite and router resets, they will be restored to factory settings. Keep going with the setup process.

Orbi satellite red (magenta), light

Your router will not allow your Orbi satellite to obtain an IP address if its sync LED ring (magenta) is lit in solid red.

You may need to do it again. Make sure that the red (magenta) light is gone before moving the satellite towards your Orbi router.

In this case, the satellite placement was not right for the router. Your environment will determine where the satellite should be placed

When the sync LED ring of your Orbi satellite’s satellite blinks magenta (or is red) it means that the satellite is trying connect to the router. This could be a sign that the satellite has lost connection to the router.

A satellite’s pulse color (magenta) is normal, but not a problem. Move the satellite closer to the router if it continues to pulse red.

A pulsing red, magenta or green light at the power button LED might indicate that an Orbi system needs attention. You might have a corrupted firmware. Contact support.

It’s not common for automatic firmware updates to fail, but sometimes they do. If it does, contact support (details below).

Orbi satellite does not connect

If the Orbi satellite doesn’t connect to your router, you will need to move the Orbi satellite into the same room as your router during sync.


Connect your Orbi satellite to an Orbi Router by

  1. You should place the satellite in the same area as the Orbi router. After you have connected, you will be able to move the satellite to its permanent location.
  2. Connect the satellite with a wall outlet.
  3. Wait until the satellite leads to display a solid red (red) or white (magenta).
  4. Next, click the Sync button on router. After about two minutes, you will be able to press the Sync button.
    Click the satellite button.
  5. Wait until the satellite’s light turns on. After it has pulsed white, one of these colors will be lit.
    * Blue- Orbi router successfully synchronized with satellite, and connection
    Good communication between satellite and router.
    * Orange (amber). Retry Step 4 if the Orbi satellite failed to sync with the router.
  6. Move satellite to another place.
  7. Make sure you check the satellite LED at your new location.
    A satellite has successfully synced if its satellite LED lights up in blue.
    Turn on the orange (or amber) light and move the satellite closer to the router.

Additional support

If you don’t find what you are looking, you can download the Orbi manual/user guide.

You can also call Netgear customer support at +1 (888)638-44327.


Five Orbi satellite colors are available. Each color is representative of a different satellite state.



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