I have been using the Nanoleaf lights around my work desk for quite some time now.
They are easy to set up, provide unique color transitions, and most importantly, don't take up a lot of space.
Here's how to connect your Nanoleaf to the app via WiFi:
To connect Nanoleaf to WiFi, first, power up the Nanoleaf product and download the app. Then, add your Nanoleaf panel to the App (Add Device icon) to sync it to the same WiFi network your host device is connected to. If you encounter issues with the sync, power cycle, or hard reset Nanoleaf.
Let's now discuss in detail the many steps involved in connecting Nanoleaf to a WiFi connection:
How to Connect Nanoleaf to WiFi
One of the key features of Nanoleaf lights is the ability to connect them to wifi, allow you to control them using your smartphone.
You can set up color transitions, control the brightness, and even set up scheduled startups for the lights.
If you are new to Nanoleaf, then setting them up and connecting to WiFi can seem a bit daunting, but actually, it is quite simple.
Here, I'll take you through the steps to help you connect your Nanoleaf to wifi.
1. Set up and power the Nanoleaf product using the setup guide. Ensure to download the Nanoleaf app as well on your device.
2. Open the Nanoleaf app on your mobile device.
3. Click on the + sign in the top right corner of the app to add a new device.
4. Select the Nanoleaf device that you want to connect to WiFi from the list of devices shown
The app will prompt you to connect to the wifi that your Nanoleaf device is on.
5. Select the network and enter the password
Wait a few minutes for the app to connect to the Nanoleaf device via wifi.
Once the connection is established, you will be able to control the lights.
A couple of things to keep in mind while connecting your Nanoleaf to WiFi - connect only to the same network as your host device, and don't connect to a 5 GHz band. Failing to adhere to these conditions may cause issues like Nanoleaf keeps disconnecting.
How to Mount Nanoleaf for Strong Signal Strength
Nanoleaf lights provide a wide range of customizations. You can match the color and ambiance with the mood and vibe of the place you want to light up.
The lights can be set up and paired easily but sometimes mounting these lights can take a toll on you, especially, when you have to ensure adequate signal strength to the lights.
There are varying factors that come into play if you want to ensure that your Nanoleaf lights stay connected:
- Distance from the router: If the Nanoleaf lights are mounted far away from the router, connectivity issues can creep up due to weak signal strength.
- Wall and obstructions: Thick walls and obstructions can cause a decrease in signal strength bringing up connection problems.
- Interference from other devices: If there are multiple devices connected to wifi in a single area, it can interfere with the wifi signal
- Metal surfaces: If your Nanoleaf lights are mounted on metal or other reflecting surfaces then they could reflect the wifi signals causing network interruptions.
With that said, here are some tips that might come in handy when mounting the Nanoleaf panels for optimal signal strength:
- Location: Choose a location that is adequately close and within the range of the router to ensure strong signal strength
- Minimize interferences: Keep the number of devices connected to wifi minimum to avoid network interferences. Keep furniture and other objects away from the line of sight of the router.
- Avoid thick walls: Multiple thick walls on the path of the wifi signal can reduce its strength. Avoid mounting your Nanoleaf lights on thick walls.
- Avoid Metal surfaces: Refrain from mounting your Nanoleaf lights on metal surfaces. Keep other reflecting surfaces away from the lights to ensure a strong connection.
Your Nanoleaf lights should not experience any connection issues further.
WiFi Issues on Nanoleaf: How to Fix
As reliable as Nanoleaf lights are, like any modern device, they also face occasional software hiccups. Sometimes problems muster in the form of WiFi connectivity issues.
WiFi problems range from intermittent connectivity to complete disconnection. This is especially true if you are someone who leaves the WiFi turned ON on your mobile device.
Interference from other devices, weak signal strength, and distance from the router are some of the main reasons behind the connectivity issues.
The WiFi connectivity issue is relatively easy to solve and could be done in a jiffy. Follow the steps below to solve such issues:
Power Cycle Nanoleaf Device and Controller
Power cycling your Nanoleaf panels and controller might as well be the easiest step to help resolve the issue. Power cycling in simple terms means restarting your device.
Power cycling your lights will help them reload their firmware, refresh their connection, clear out any bugs or glitches in the system,and help resolve issues like Nanoleaf Lights not responding and Nanleaf not connecting.
To power cycle the Nanoleaf setup:
- Unplug the power supply cable connected to the Nanoleaf Controller.
- Wait for 30 seconds.
- Plug the power supply back into the wall socket and power ON the device.
Both your Nanoleaf lights and controller should restart now. Check and see if the issue is resolved.
Reboot the Router/Modem
Restarting the Router/Modem will help clear any inconsistencies associated with the network.
If your router hasn’t been power cycled in a while we suggest you restart it. It will help it refresh its connection and ensure a stronger, more stable, and faster network.
To power cycle your router or modem:
1. Unplug the power cord from the router.
2. Wait for a couple of minutes.
3. Plug the power cord back in.
4. Wait for the router to restart and re-establish its internet connection.
After restarting your router, connect to it again and see if the issue is resolved.
Rebooting the Router is one of the recommended fixes for overcoming critical network-related issues like Nanoleaf read-write operations failed.
Check and Update the Firmware (Device and App)
An application error or a system firmware glitch can cause your Nanoleaf lights to become unresponsive and prevent them from connecting to the wifi.
This can easily be solved using a firmware update.
Newer firmware updates herald newer features and security patches. It will clear up any existing bugs or glitches in the system.
It is important that you keep both your Nanoleaf app and system firmware up-to-date to ensure smooth operation, great performance, and to steer clear of issues like Nanoleaf unreachable.
To update the Nanoleaf firmware, follow these steps:
1. Navigate to the Nanoleaf app.
3. Click on the More icon.
4. Scroll down and click on Firmware Update.
5. If an update is available, click on the Update button.
Wait for some time for the update to be completed.
To update the Nanoleaf app or the Google Home app:
- Navigate to the Play Store on Android or the App Store on iOS.
- Search for the Nanoleaf app.
- If an update is available, an update button will show up near the app. Click on Update.
- Wait for the update to get completed.
Hard Reset Nanoleaf
If none of the other steps work, try hard resetting your Nanoleaf lights as the last resort.
Hard resetting your Nanoleaf lights will erase all saved settings like wifi connections, color scenes, and brightness levels. Make sure you note down or remember the settings.
Before performing a hard reset, you will have to delete the device from the Nanoleaf app. To delete the device:
1. Navigate to the Nanoleaf app.
2. Click on the Delete icon imbeded in the device tile.
Confirm the same to remove the device from the app.
You can now perform the hard reset.
To hard reset your Nanoleaf panel, follow these steps:
1. Disconnect your shapes from the power source
2. Hold down the Power button and Brighten (Dim for Canvas/Effect button for Lights) button together and plug the power supply back into the power
3. Continue holding down the buttons until the button lights on the controller light up and quickly release the buttons
4. The LEDs will flash to indicate that a hard reset has been started
Wait for a couple of minutes for the lights to finish rebooting. The device is ready to be paired again once the power LED turn back on and the lights start cycling through the different colors
After resetting your lights, add them to your devices again in the Nanoleaf app. Follow the instructions to set up your lights.
Your lights should connect to WiFi now. You can also carry out a factory reset if and when you experience numerous other issues like Nanoleaf won't turn ON.
To perform a hard reset on the Nanoleaf Essential Bulb:
- Turn the bulb off
- Wait for 3 seconds
- Turn the bulb back on for no more than a second
- Repeat this for 5 cycles
- If the reset is successful, the bulb will flash red three times and it is ready to be paired again.
If your lights are still unresponsive even after hard resetting them, we suggest you contact Nanoleaf customer care.
If your lights are still under the warranty period, you will be able to get a replacement in no time.
If not, Nanoleaf customer care will be able to guide you through more technical steps to help fix your issue.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How can I control my Nanoleaf lights?
You can control your Nanoleaf lights using the Nanoleaf app or using voice commands via supported smart assistants like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant or through physical buttons on the controller
How many panels can I connect to a single power supply?
In general, we recommend you connect not more than 25 panels to a single power supply/Controller but the exact number will vary depending on the power consumed. Refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines to find the exact number of lights
Can I connect multiple Nanoleaf lights together?
Yes, you can connect multiple Nanoleaf lights together using the Nanoleaf app to create more complex lighting setups.