What do my virgin media router lights mean? (Quick Super Hub Light guide – Virgin Router Lights)

Your Virgin Media device uses LED lights to tell you about the device’s current state. We have rounded up all of the most common routers and light configurations for quick diagnostics.

We’ve probably all been left wondering what Virgin Media green lights mean, or a blinking orange light on our Virgin Media router.

We have also gone over some of the reasons why your internet might be cutting out right here, so be sure to give that a read if you find that your issues haven’t been addressed in this article. If you have a specific green light issue then check out our general article about Virgin Media Green Lights.

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What do my virgin media router lights mean?
What do my virgin media router lights mean?

Virgin Media Hub

The Hub is at the centre of your Virgin Media setup, giving you access to the internet through the Wi-Fi service and Ethernet ports that are provided by your hub. The hub is exactly what it sounds like: it is the backbone of your home network.

We will cover all of the following issues in this article:

  • Light Virgin Media
  • Internet Light Flashing
  • Light Flashing Green
  • Virgin Media Wifi
  • Router Flashing Green
  • Media Hub Lights

The lights and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are the colour indicators on your hub that let you know the current state and status of your home internet and network. We cover these hub LEDs in great detail in the section below.

We have also gone ahead and included the most popular and well distributed Virgin Media router models around the UK in our article. These are the Hub 2, Hub 3, Hub 4, and the latest and greatest model- the Hub 5.

Each of these hub models have their own specifications and operational methods, but they all do the essential tasks that you would expect from a Virgin Media router or hub: giving you access to the internet.

The basics: What are Virgin Media Router Lights?

As with many internet routers, Virgin Media routers also have lights you can use to determine what’s wrong. The lights are located at different locations on your router depending on the model, and each one correspond to different meanings.

Virgin Media router lights are not colour uniform across manufacturers, so one make of router with a flashing green light might be a good thing for one type, and a bad thing for another.

For example, the Virgin Hub 4 has a white power light, while other manufacturers might use a blue or a green light for the same thing. Every manufacturer is different. All of the different Virgin Media hub lights tell a story about the current state of your router.

The Virgin Media Super Hub 3 has different coloured lights and we cover all of their meanings below. It has an internet light and a power light, and these 2 lights can change colours independently to give you a diagnostic of what is going on.

Virgin Router Lights and their meanings

I think we have all had situations where the internet has not quite been behaving as expected, and a quick glance at the Super Hub reveals a colour light that we have not encountered before.

There are many reasons for this, from poor Wi-Fi to a bad connection to the internet on the coaxial cable. The great thing is that having LEDs to look at usually makes it far easier to see what the issue is at a glance.

If you are having Wi-Fi related issues and the lights appear to be fine, then be sure to check out our article all about optimizing Virgin Media WiFi.

What are the different kinds of Virgin Media Hub Lights?

Generally speaking there is a power light, an internet light, and a wireless light, depending on the model of your Super Hub.

Each of these lights will tell you about what is currently going on with your internet and wireless connections. An absence of lights on your Virgin Media Super Hub usually means that it is unplugged, switched off, or plugged into a wall socket that has no power.

There are many different combinations of lights and colours that we cover in our Super Hub specific section below!

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Virgin Media Super Hub 2

Virgin Media Hub 2
Virgin Media Hub 2

If you have a SuperHub 2 then you will find these below descriptions very helpful if you are currently experiencing a loss in connectivity, or you are simply curious about the current status of your Hub.

We don’t recommend staring at them for too long though as they are not very entertaining. Below are some of the most common lighting configurations that you will come across.

No lights are on

Your hub is probably switched off or unplugged. Plug it back in and switch it on and you should be golden.

White power light is on and Internet lights are flashing

This means that your Hub is working correctly, hurrah!

White power light is on and Internet lights are off

This means that the Hub is on, but your Wi-Fi isn’t. This is often confused with Virgin Media green lights flashing, but they point towards completely different faults, despite being the same colour.

You may have a loose connection somewhere along the line. Follow these simple steps to make sure that this isn’t the case:

  1. The Hub’s power supply needs to be firmly connected between the wall and the Hub, and the power should be turned on.
  2. Verify that the white cable is securely connected to the Virgin Media wall socket.
  3. Connect the cable tightly to the splitter and to the rear of the Hub after plugging it into the wall socket.

White power light is on and Internet lights are blue

Your internet is working when you see this light configuration, but you might find that there is a device on your Wi-Fi network that is not happy. Try restarting the device and your Super Hub and check if this still carries on.

If you still have problems connecting to your WiFi then you will have to get in contact with Virgin Media and ask them to troubleshoot with you.

White power light is on and Ready light is off

This means that the Hub is on, but your Wi-Fi isn’t

You may have a loose connection somewhere along the line. Follow these simple steps to make sure that this isn’t the case:

  1. The Hub’s power supply needs to be firmly connected between the wall and the Hub, and the power should be turned on.
  2. Verify that the white cable is securely connected to the Virgin Media wall socket.
  3. Connect the cable tightly to the splitter and to the rear of the Hub after plugging it into the wall socket.

Virgin Media Hub 3.0 Lights

Virgin Media Hub 4
Virgin Media Hub 4

If you have a SuperHub 3, please see the following explanations as they may be useful if you are having trouble connecting to the internet, or simply interested in how your Virgin Hub 3 lights work.

White Power on and WiFi flashing red

If you are not using a Virgin Media hub for your WiFi then this is normal. You might have a separate WiFi router that handles all of the WiFi connections instead, which means that you are running in modem mode. Virgin Media Hub 3 modem mode red light issues are one of the most common issues that people complain about, so don’t worry. The hub Virgin Media details that we provide should give you all the details you need to get your connectivity issues resolved.

If you don’t have a separate WiFi router then you might have to perform a factory reset on your Virgin Media Super Hub 3. In order to do this, follow the steps below:

Factory resetting your Hub

  1. Connect the Hub to the wall as well as the side of the Hub
  2. Hold the pinhole reset button for 10 seconds on the back of the Hub. You can use a pen or paper clip to do this.
  3. Wait a few minutes for the Hub to clear its settings and reboot
  4. As soon as the hub is ready, you will see the white power lamp. You will see a solid white light ring if you have a Hub 4.
  5. Remember: Once the Hub is reset, it will return to factory settings, so if you’ve made any changes like updating your WiFi password, you’ll need to do so again.

No lights on at all

This means that the Hub is probably switched off, or the wall plug is, or both. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us.

Check that the Hub’s power supply is securely attached to the wall and the back of the Hub, and that it is turned on.

Rebooting the Hub may take anywhere from five to ten minutes so please be patient. As soon as you see the white power light solidly lit you’re all set.

White power light is on and nothing else

The Hub appears to be working and online, which means that it’s probably your phone, laptop, or other device that is having trouble connecting to your WiFi network.

Try restarting the offending device and try again.

Virgin Media Green Lights – Flashing Green light (Flashing WiFi Light Green)

This is usually a device fault like above. Try restarting the offending device and try again. If you have Virgin Media Hub 3 green light flashing issues then you will normally be able to resolve this with a simple router restart. Allow it a few minutes to finish and then try again.

Red power light is on

This means that your Hub is too hot. Easy fixes for this include:

  • Placing the hub out in the open
  • Uncovering the vents if anything is obstructing the Hub’s airflow
  • Putting the Hub in the upright position if you have not already done so

Virgin Media Green Lights – Green power light is on and WiFi light is flashing green

This means that the Hub is on, but your Wi-Fi isn’t.

You may have a loose connection somewhere along the line. Follow these simple steps to make sure that this isn’t the case:

  1. The Hub’s power supply needs to be firmly connected between the wall and the Hub, and the power should be turned on.
  2. Verify that the white cable is securely connected to the Virgin Media wall socket.
  3. Connect the cable tightly to the splitter and to the rear of the Hub after plugging it into the wall socket.

White Power Light on and Internet light flashing green

In this case, your Hub may need to be rebooted. The Hub’s power supply should be firmly attached to the wall and working.

Remember that the Hub can take five to ten minutes to reboot, so be patient. You should be able to access the internet once the white power LED is back on again.

White power light is on and Internet light is flashing red

Just like the previous issue, a reboot should sort you out. And also like before, remember that the Hub can take up to five or ten minutes to reboot, so be patient. You should be able to access the internet once the white power light is back on again.

Yellow power light is on

Virgin Media Hub 3.0 yellow light symptoms are not really anything to worry about. A yellow LED is not indicative of any issues, it seems to affect some users but it is fine to leave it as it is. If you are having connectivity issues then a factory reset should get you up and running again in no time.

Virgin Media Hub 4

Virgin Media Hub 4
Virgin Media Hub 4

We love the Virgin Media Hub 4 because of its distinctive shape and styling, as well as its full list of features. The Hub 4 is also easy to troubleshoot, thanks to the easy to see LED strip that houses the Hub 4 lights.

If you have a SuperHub 4, the following descriptions will come in handy if you are having trouble with your connection or just want to learn more about how it’s working when the lights are specific colours.

Solid White

When you first turn the Virgin Hub 4 on it will show a solid white light for around 60 seconds.

Red Light

It means there is an issue with your connections even though the Virgin Hub 4 is on. As you connect the power supply to the wall and to the Virgin Media Hub 4, make sure that it is tightly connected. You need to verify that the white coax cable from Virgin Media’s wall sockets is also tightly connected to the Hub.

Dim White Light

The Virgin Hub 4 is on if you are seeing a dimmed white light means that everything is okay and that it is working normally. This means that you can use your Virgin Media Hub 4 to connect to the internet and use it as intended.

Virgin Media Green Lights

If this is happening to you then your Virgin Media Hub 4 is on, but it means that a software update is being downloaded if the Virgin Media Hub 4 flashes green slowly. Once the update has completed downloading and installing, then the Virgin Media Hub 4 will need to restart. This only takes a few minutes, so you should be back online in no time. Updates can make improvements such as security and bug fixes to your router.

Blue Light

This means that the Virgin Media Hub 4 is on. When you press the WPS button on the back of the Hub, the light ring will flash blue gently for 2 minutes.

When the WPS connection is successful, the light ring will stay solid blue for 20 seconds. If the light ring flashes rapidly, it indicates that the WPS connection was unsuccessful and you should try again.

Flashing White

This means that the Virgin Media Hub 4 is on. It is booting up and should be ready in 5 minutes.

For more information about the Virgin Media Hub 4 take a look at our dedicated article about this device here.

Virgin Media Hub 5

Virgin Media Hub 5
Virgin Media Hub 5

Virgin Media has recently released a new Super Hub for customers that already have O2 and Virgin Media services- the Super Hub 5, which are an excellent upgrade over the older routers in the Virgin Media Super Hub range.

These routers provide key enhancements such as WiFi 6 and 2.5Gbps Ethernet, which is a must for heavy network loads in the home for gaming and media streaming.

Hub 5 lights

The lights on the Hub 5 each have different meanings, much like the other hubs offered by Virgin. There are many similarities between the lights on the Hub 4 and the Hub 5, although the location of the lights on each model differs. Check out our full guide here, or read the quick guide below.

Solid white light

After you switch on the Hub for the first time, it may take a minute or two for it to settle down and begin normal operation.

Red light

A red light on your Virgin Hub 5 indicates a problem with the cable connections. Ensure that all cables coming into and out of the Hub are firmly pushed in.

Flashing red light

There is an issue with the telephone system when the red light flashes. Make sure all cables entering and leaving the Hub are firmly seated.

Dimmed white light

A dimmed white light means that everything is fine. If the Hub works normally, you will see this.

Virgin Media Green lights Router Flashing Green

Slowly flashing green means a software update is downloading. After it’s finished downloading, the Hub will reboot. Make sure that you don’t interrupt the Hub during this process as it can cause harm to your router’s firmware if it is flashing the latest version and is powered off or restarted.

Blue light

Upon pressing the WPS button on the Hub, the light on the back will slowly flash blue for 2 minutes. Upon successful WPS connection, the light turns solid blue for 20 seconds. The WPS connection was unsuccessful if it flashes rapidly blue, so you should try again.

Flashing white light

This means the Hub is booting up. Wait at least 5 minutes for it to finish.

Hub Power Supply (Media Router Flashing)

Although rare, a power supply can sometimes signal that it is on its way out by delivering inconsistent voltage, or an intermittent supply of power to your Virgin Media router. A media router flashing can often point to a power supply issue, but not always.

When this happens, you might notice that your router is behaving erratically, often restarting without any warning, or sometimes sitting in an error condition with the power light flashing.

Diagnosing this issue is easy enough if you have a device that has the same polarity and voltage as your hub power supply. If you do not have access to another power supply, then you will have to call Virgin Media and arrange a replacement if you suspect that it is no longer working correctly.

Virgin Media WiFi

If you have an older model Virgin Hub, then you can check out our article here to see how you could qualify for a free Hub 5! This is probably the best solution as you can upgrade your wireless while fixing your issue once and for all. In the event that you still have issues then be sure to contact Virgin Media support to find out what else could be causing the issue.

Virgin Media Router Lights: What did we learn?

We know that having the internet interrupted is a problem for almost all of us at some point, so we wanted to make a reference for our many Virgin Media users out there.

If you are having WiFi range issues then went into a lot of detail about the best Virgin Media WiFi Boosters and Mesh systems.

This is meant to be a singular source for a quick look at what could be wrong with your router. If you still don’t come right with your internet after finding out about your specific lighting configuration on your router then you can contact Virgin Media and have them look into it further.

Thanks for reading!

FAQ

What Colour should light be on Virgin router?

This light will be solid white if your router is on and functioning properly. You shouldn't see a white light on your Virgin router for any other reason. The light might flash white on some models. Additionally, there are lights for WiFi, Ethernet, Internet, WPS, and power.

What lights should be on my router?

An Internet connection is indicated by the Internet LED being solid white. The Internet LED blinks white as the router tries to connect. If the Internet LED is solid amber, the router is having trouble configuring. It is not uncommon for the Internet LED to blink amber to indicate that something is wrong with the hardware.

What do the lights mean on Virgin router?

Each light corresponds to a different meaning, and combinations of lights can point towards a different error or function. An example is that when you press the WPS button on the rear of the Hub, a blue light appears. It will flash for 2 minutes. As soon as WPS is successfully established, the light will turn solid blue for 20 seconds. When the blue flashes rapidly, it indicates that you need to try again because the WPS connection was unsuccessful.

Is there a fault with Virgin Media in my area?

Virgin Media does not have any network issues affecting your service. If you're having problems with your Virgin Media service, it could be only affecting your services in your home, so you'll need to run a test or read our helpful help guides to resolve the issue.

What do green arrows mean on Virgin router?

In this scenario, everything should function as it should. However, if you're experiencing issues with connectivity, it may be related to your device, such as a laptop or mobile phone. The hub may also flash green, which indicates that it is receiving power but is not connected to the Wi-Fi.