Are you bamboozled by the question of why won’t my Roomba connect to my Wi-Fi network? Here’s everything you need to know about fixing the common network connectivity issues with the Roomba vacuum.
We might be hoping for flying cars in 2020 and be disappointed by the lack of it, but we forget to appreciate how far technology has actually come. In the home and lifestyle space, smart devices have made our lives simpler through automation, and one of the most significant advancements we’ve made in the lifestyle space is with the robot vacuum cleaners.
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Roomba has been a popular name in the space, with self-operational vacuum cleaners that silently do their job without any significant intervention required. The ability of Roomba vacuums to connect with the smart home system through Google Home or Amazon Alexa, makes it all the more convenient, but what do you do when your Roomba refuses to connect to your home Wi-Fi network?
Why Won’t My Roomba Connect to My Wi-Fi
The problem of the Roomba not connecting to the Wi-Fi network certainly isn’t a new one, and there have been plenty of tried and tested solutions out there. Before you give up on the idea of having your robot vacuum cleaner connected with your futuristic smart home, here are some fixes to try out.
Fix #1: Check the Wi-Fi network status
This may sound like a no-brainer, but you’ll be surprised by how often the point of origin of the issue is not the Roomba, but the wireless network. Before you start wondering what is wrong with the vacuum device, pay some attention to the wireless network by connecting any other device to it and performing a quick check.
You can also perform a quick reset on the wireless router, which can also resolve most network related issues in an instant. Unplug the wireless router from the power source, wait for 30 seconds, and plug it back in. Try connecting the Roomba to the wireless network using the app to see if the problem has been fixed.
Fix #2: Check wireless router range
The Roomba is designed to sweep across the entire floor surface of your house, keeping things clean and tidy. However, wireless routers are notoriously known for leaving out certain areas of the household when it comes to network connectivity, and this could mean no connectivity for the robot vacuum in certain areas of the house.
Ideally, you need to make sure that the Home Base of the Roomba is not too far away from the main router. A distance of around 2 – 3 feet from the wireless router should give the vacuum cleaner plenty of wireless connectivity on the go.
Fix 3#: Consider the Wi-Fi frequency
The latest models of the Roomba, such as Roomba i7, i7+, s9, s9+, and even the older Roomba e5, 805, 890, 960, 980, 985 are known to rarely give back any wireless networking issues. However, the same cannot be said about the 600 series.
If you own the older Roomba 614, 670, 671, 675, 690, the devices will only support 2.4GHz wireless network frequency, and not the latest standard of 5GHz, this can directly affect the connectivity to the vacuum cleaner through the wireless network.
Fix #4: Reset the Roomba
In the end, if none of the fixes above seem to work, the only option you have left is performing a factory reset on the Roomba.
- S Series and I Series: Press and Hold the Home and Spot Clean and CLEAN button down until the white light ring around the CLEAN button swirls.
- E Series Robots: Keep pressing and holding the Home, Spot Clean, and CLEAN button down for 20 seconds, and then release.
- 900 Series: Press and Hold the Dock and Spot Clean, and CLEAN button down until all LEDs illuminate.
- Wi-Fi Connected 600 & 800 Series: Press and Hold the Dock and Spot Clean, and CLEAN button until the device makes a beep tone, and then release it.
- Roomba Combo: Open the lid and find the recessed Reset button to the ON/OFF switch’s left side. Press and hold the Reset button for 10 seconds.
Which of these fixes to figure out why won’t my Roomba connect to my Wi-Fi network worked best for you?