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    Router lights

    This is a discussion on Router lights within the Sky Router forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; Hi guys I was wondering if you could help. What does it mean if one of the Ethernet port lights ...

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      Router lights

      Hi guys I was wondering if you could help.

      What does it mean if one of the Ethernet port lights i.e. 1/2/3/4 lights up orange and the rest are green?

      Thanks.


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      Re: Router lights

      Think it means that the connection is not at full speed, may be half duplex etc

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      Re: Router lights

      Ah ok, whats half duplex? is there anyway I could push it up to full speed?

      Thanks for your help

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      Re: Router lights

      You'll need to look at the settings for the network card that is on the end of the cable plugged into the port showing orange. You may find it is either set incorrectly or is not capable of negotiating a full speed connection to the router.

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      Re: Router lights

      if its like other routers, orange is at 10Mbps, green is 100Mbps
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      Useful Sticky: - How To Obtain Your Router Stats, BT Speed Test, Check For Test Socket

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      Re: Router lights

      Another point worth mentioning is that when you shutdown a PC, it usually doesn't go down to a "completely off" state, it actually goes to a very low power state. Often the networking circuitry in the PC will remain on, but a lower speed than normal.

      I've got at least one PC which when you switch it off, the port light on the router changes from green to amber indicating its gone down to 10Mbit/sec, and it's only when you unplug the PC from the mains that the light on the router goes out completely.

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      Re: Router lights

      Ah ok that would make more sense as I've checked and it's receiving the full 100mbps. I'm asking because my flatmate keeps unplugging the cable and arguing it's slowing the network down and when the light on the router goes orange its error'ing the router.

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      Re: Router lights

      Your flatmate is an eejit

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      Pretty much, I don't really get on very well with him. Apparently he did a course in "networking" He doesn't know his **** from his elbow

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      Re: Router lights

      Quote Originally Posted by The_Hillman View Post
      He doesn't know his **** from his elbow
      Or his hubs from his switches.

      Really ancient network hubs would work at the speed of the slowest device attached to them. But the network switches you get nowadays use a technique called store-and-forward, which allows for a mix of different connection speeds. The Sky router includes a switch that does just that.

     

     
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