How To Connect My Robot Vacuum To Wi-Fi?

2024-06-11

A Wi-Fi router, a monitor and incense sticks

Want to effortlessly manage your cleaning tasks from anywhere? Connecting your robot vacuum to Wi-Fi can unlock a host of powerful features like precise home mapping, the flexibility to set custom cleaning schedules and the convenience of remote control through a mobile app. It even allows you to give your automated vacuum a quirky name! In fact, in 2023, we revealed our favourite DEEBOT nicknames in Australia, with the top two being Sadie (The Cleaning Lady) and Rosie (a nod to The Jetsons).

While having Wi-Fi capabilities enhances convenience, efficiency, and the overall cleaning experience, it can be frustrating when your robot vacuum cleaner has issues while connecting to the internet. At ECOVACS, we offer excellent customer support to help with any problems so you can rest easy even if issues persist.

Why Connect Your Robot Vacuum To Wi-Fi?

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Connecting your smart vacuum cleaner to Wi-Fi has numerous advantages that significantlyenhance its functionality and your overall experience. Firstly, it allows you to start, stop or schedule cleaning sessionsvia your smartphone app from anywhere, whether you’re at work or on holiday. It can also help create customised cleaning schedules, allowing you to tailor your robotic vacuum cleaner’s routine to match your household needs.

Integration with smart home systems like Amazon Alexa and Google Home adds another layer of convenience, enabling you to use voice control and include the robot vacuum cleaner in your automated routines, such as starting a cleaning cycle when you leave the house or setting it to finish cleaning before you wake up. Connecting your auto vacuum to Wi-Fi also allows it to stay updated with thelatest features and improvements such as enhanced navigation algorithms, better battery management and new cleaning modes, all of which contribute to a more efficient and effective cleaning experience.

However, if your robot vacuum does not connect to Wi-Fi, it can be quite frustrating. Without the special features and conveniences, it can feel like just a regular vacuum instead of a smart and efficient helper.

How To Connect Your Robot Vacuum To Wi-Fi?

Connecting your smart vacuum to Wi-Fi typically involves a few steps that apply to most models and manufacturers.

  1. Start by downloading the app for your vacuum cleaner on your smartphone. Ensure that your smart vacuum is fully charged and that the app is compatible with your device.
  2. Open the app and create an account. If you already have one, log in to your account.
  3. Turn on your automatic vacuum cleaner. Some models have a power button on the unit, while others may require activation via the app.
  4. Within the app, follow the on-screen instructions to begin the Wi-Fi setup process. This typically involves putting the vacuum into a Wi-Fi pairing mode. Refer to the user manual for specific instructions if needed.
  5. The app will scan for available Wi-Fi networks. Choose your home network from the list.
  6. Enter your Wi-Fi network password. Double-check the password for accuracy to avoid connection issues.
  7. The smart vacuum will attempt to connect to your Wi-Fi network. This process may take a few moments. Once successful, the app will confirm that the vacuum is connected.
  8. Use the app to start a cleaning session and check that the vacuum responds correctly. This will confirm that the connection is working properly.

DEEBOT robot vacuum scanning floors of a living room

If you have a DEEBOT, follow these easy steps to connect to Wi-Fi:

  1. Make sure your Wi-Fi is a 2.4G or a 2.4/5G mixed network and that the smart vacuum cleaner is fully charged.
  2. Turn on DEEBOTby opening its cover and pressing the power button. Once it’s on, you’ll hear the startup music.
  3. To activate the Wi-Fi, press the RESET button for 1 second and then release. You will hear a beep or the prompt “Entering network setup mode”. The Wi-Fi indicator light should also start blinking.
  4. Connect DEEBOT to your smartphone. If you use iOS, open the settings on the mobile device and select the Wi-Fi network starting with ‘ECOVACS’, then return to the app and wait for the network setup to complete. If you use Android, the auto vacuum will automatically start network configuration and connect to the mobile device. In case the connection fails, open the settings on the mobile device and select the ECOVACS Wi-Fi network manually.

Why Isn't My Robot Vacuum Connecting to Wi-Fi?

network and wi-fi connection on a phone

If you’re having trouble connecting your smart vacuum cleaner to Wi-Fi, it’s most likely due to a problem with your Wi-Fi or router or updates on your app or device. Below are some common connectivity issues and steps on how to fix them:

Incorrect Wi-Fi Frequency

Many auto vacuums only support 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks, but not 5GHz. If your network is set to 5GHz or a dual-band mode, your smart vacuum might not connect. Check that your router is broadcasting a 2.4GHz signal. If your router does not separate the two frequencies, temporarily disable its 5GHz network during setup.

Weak Wi-Fi Signal

A weak Wi-Fi signal can prevent your smart vacuum cleaner from connecting or staying connected. If this is the issue, try moving the vacuum closer to the router during setup. Consider using a Wi-Fi extender or mesh network to improve signal strength in areas with weak coverage. Make sure that there are no significant obstacles or electronic devices that could cause interference between the router and the vacuum.

Firewalls or Strict Security Settings Blocking The Connection

Firewalls or stringent security settings on your router can block the robotic vacuum cleaner from connecting to the Wi-Fi network. To fix this, temporarily disable any firewalls or strict security settings on your router. Check the router’s settings to see if it allows new devices to connect. If your router has MAC address filtering enabled, find the smart vacuum’s MAC address under “DEEBOT Information Center – Network Information” on the app and add it to the router’s allowed list.

App Permissions

If the auto vacuum cleaner app doesn’t have the necessary permissions on your mobile device,it can hinder the connection process. Go to your device’s settings and give the app permissions for location, storage and any other required access. If this fails, reinstall the app and grant all necessary permissions during setup.

Outdated Firmware or App

Using outdated firmware on your smart vacuum or an outdated version of the app can cause Wi-Fi connectivity issues. Check the app for any firmware updates and your smartphone for any app updates. Restart both the app and the smart vacuum after updating to ensure changes take effect.

Router Compatibility

Certain router models may not be fully compatible with your automatic vacuum cleaner, especially older models orthose with complex configurations. Your router’s firmware should be fully up-to-date. If not, try to connect the automatic vacuum to a different router, if available. Reset your router to its factory settings and reconfigure your network.

What to Do If Your DEEBOT Fails to Connect to Wi-Fi?

First, set your router to 2.4GHz during setup. Move your DEEBOT closer to the router to avoid weak signal issues and temporarily disable any firewall or security software that might block the connection. Turn your phone’s mobile data off and connect to the home Wi-Fi network. Give the ECOVACS Home App necessary permissions, including Data & Wi-Fi and Location (GPS), and update both the app and the DEEBOT firmware to the latest versions available.

If you encounter specific errors like device configuration timing out, check that the robot cleaner’s Wi-Fi (e.g., ECOVACS_xxxx) is visible and selected on your phone. If necessary, restart both the robot and router. For dual-band routers, temporarily forget the 5GHz network on your phone to verify that it connects to the 2.4GHz band. Follow the app setup prompts carefully. If the network name appears as “unknown SSID,” enable location permissions. If your DEEBOT still fails to connect, consider checking for compatibility issues with your router or contact ECOVACS customer support for further assistance.

FAQ

Can all robot vacuums connect to Wi-Fi?

Not every smart vacuum cleaner has Wi-Fi capability. The ones without Wi-Fi can still perform full-home and spot cleanings, but it will lack app functionality and its associated features such as scheduled cleaning, auto-emptying, remote control and more.

How do I reset my robot vacuum’s Wi-Fi settings?

The method of resetting Wi-Fi settings will depend on the brand and the model of the automatic vacuum cleaner, but for most models you will need to press the “Reset” button. If this does not apply to your model, refer to the product manual or contact customer support for further information.

Does connecting my robot vacuum to Wi-Fi drain its battery faster?

The impact of Wi-Fi connectivity on a robot vacuum’s battery life can vary. In some cases, it can force your device to stop suddenly. In general, having the Wi-Fi turned on and connected does use a small amount of additional battery power, but the difference is usually pretty minimal.

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