WiFi connectivity is a crucial aspect of the Roomba experience, as it allows users to control and schedule their devices using a smartphone app.
However, almost 75% of users have reported issues with Roomba’s WiFi connection. These range from the device not connecting to WiFi at all, to beeping while charging, to receiving error messages related to the WiFi connection.
Well, in this article, I will take a closer look at why a stable WiFi connection is required for the Roomba, why it sometimes disconnects, and what you can do if it doesn’t connect to WiFi normally.
Understanding the common causes of Roomba’s WiFi connectivity issues.
Roomba can lose its connection with the WiFi for various reasons. Among them, are temporary system glitches, outdated firmware (It could be Roomba or router) or weak signal strength is common.
Additionally, interference from other electronic devices, incorrect network settings on the Roomba or router, or issues with the internet service provider may also be responsible.
To assist you in understanding the causes of WiFi connectivity issues with your Roomba, here is a comprehensive data table outlining the various possibilities:
|Interference from other electronic devices||Sometimes, other electronic devices in your home can interfere with Roomba’s wireless connection.|
|Distance from the router||Roomba works best when it’s close to your router, so if it’s too far away, the connection might not be as strong.|
|Weak router signal||A weak router signal can make it hard for your Roomba to connect.|
|Software issues||Router or Roomba’s software issues such as outdated firmware can affect the connection between Roomba and the router.|
|Temporary system glitches||Temporary system glitches or incorrect login information can also cause this issue.|
Roomba not connecting to WiFi: Basic troubleshooting
In short: To troubleshoot your Roomba if it is not connecting to WiFi, ensure that the login information is correct and the router’s signal strength is strong. If both of these are in good order, restart your Roomba.
Step 1: Confirm that the router is working properly
Wifi routers can be damaged over time due to various reasons. However, I’m not going to discuss those things, the things I am trying to inform you that, the router you are using might be damaged.
Make sure the WiFi router you are trying to connect your Roomba to, is working correctly and not damaged by any sudden power outages.
Here’s how you can check the router:
- Check the Router’s Indicator Lights: Most routers have lights that indicate their status and provide information about any issues. Check these lights and make sure they are functioning as expected. If a specific light is not working or flashing in a pattern that is not normal, it could indicate a problem with the router.
- Test the Internet Connection on Another Device: Choose a device that you know is connected to the same network as your Roomba. Try accessing a website, such as iRobot.com. If the website loads without any issues, this means your Internet connection is working properly and the issue may be with Roomba.
Step 2: Check the WiFi frequency and signal strength
Roomba requires a strong and stable internet connection to communicate and connect to WiFi during navigation. Weak router signals can result in frequent internet disconnections or failure to connect altogether.
Make sure the signal strength and the internet speed is strong enough. If you suspect the router’s signal strength is inadequate, consider investing in a high-quality router or using a Wi-Fi extender to enhance the signal coverage.
Warning: Roomba currently only supports 2.4GHz bandwidth and does not support 5GHz. Do not exceed this frequency when using Roomba.
Step 3: Reposition the Base Station
If you think the signal coverage is weak and don’t want to buy a signal Extender right now, repositioning the base station may help. This is because, the router is connected to the base station, which transmits the Wi-Fi signal to the vacuum cleaner.
Place the base station closer to the router and clear any obstructions, such as large objects, that could interfere with the signal transmission.
Step 4: Reboot your Roomba
Most tech specialists recommend a basic restart as the initial solution before attempting any complex fixing. The reason being, software-based devices frequently experience temporary faults that hinder normal operation.
Thus, rebooting is a worth-trying solution. Here is how to do it:
- Press and hold the HOME and SPOT Clean buttons for 10 seconds
- When the lights flash, release the button
- Wait for the reboot to complete.
Tips: Try rebooting your WiFi router. Who knows, a temporary glitch in your router could be the root of the issue.
Roomba having issue connecting to WiFi: Advanced Troubleshooting
Suppose the basic steps do not resolve your Roomba WiFi connectivity issue. In that case, you may need to perform more advanced troubleshooting methods such as resetting to factory settings or updating the firmware.
Step 1: Check for firmware updates on Roomba and the router
iRobot regularly releases firmware updates through OTA (over-the-air) to improve the system’s functionality and fix small system bugs. When a Roomba is in its dock and connected to a stable WiFi network, it receives these updates automatically.
If the firmware version of your vacuum is outdated, this is the right issue for you! (Ha Ha)
However, as your Roomba is currently disconnected from WiFi, a forced factory reset may assist you in restoring the default firmware version. I will delve into the resetting process later in this post.
On the other hand, consider upgrading your router’s firmware version as well. This will ensure a smooth connection between your router and the vacuum.
Step 2: Factory reset your Roomba
If none of the above steps works for you, a factory reset can help! This process, also known as a factory data reset, completely deletes all data in the device and returns it to its default settings.
For your convenience, I have already written an article on this topic with step-by-step instructions. Here’s the link.
Remember, resetting your Roomba will permanently delete all your saved customizations and maps. You will need to reconfigure them later as your Roomba will be brand new.
Maintaining a stable WiFi connection
A stable Internet connection is required for Roomba to connect with the cloud and provide you with the best cleaning preference.
For this, you must ensure that your vacuum is getting a strong and stable connection. However, here are some tips to help you do just that:
Tips 1: Place the Base Station in a central location
Roomba needs a stable connection to operate smoothly and efficiently. However, you can do this by placing the Base station in the middle of your home.
This will improve the signal flow by reducing the risk of dropping signals and disruptions in connectivity.
Tips 2: Disable bandwidth-hungry applications and devices
Typically, bandwidth-hungry applications like online games, or file-sharing software consume a significant amount of data. Which then leaves a little bandwidth for your Roomba to operate.
In such cases, disabling these kinds of devices or applications while using Roomba, can significantly enhance the connectivity.
Tips 3: Use a range extender or repeater if necessary
If your Roomba is positioned in an area with weak or inconsistent WiFi coverage, like a basement or a remote corner of your home, consider using a range extender or repeater to enhance the strength of your WiFi signal.
This will not only enhance the connection quality but also broaden the coverage of your WiFi signal, making sure that your Roomba remains connected even in hard-to-reach areas with low signal strength.
Tips 4: Use a faster internet plan
This basically requires when you have a lot of connected devices in a single network. In such cases, upgrading the internet plan with a higher bandwidth cap is important.
This way, you can support the demands of all your connected devices, including your Roomba, and reduce the possibility of connection issues.
Abdul Kader is the CEO and founder of Homespoiler.com. With his expertise in electronics repair, he provides in-depth information on how to fix appliances, wiring, and other electrical-related issues. More about us