Tablo LED Status - What Do the Blinks Mean?

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Tablo Support - David
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Have you ever wondered what your Tablo was trying to tell you when the LED blinks? Here's a quick guide:

  • Blinking rapidly (4/sec) – Tablo is starting up, initial phase (OS is loading)
  • Blinking slowly (1/sec) – Tablo is starting up, second phase (Tablo software is loading)
  • SOS (three short flashes, three long flashes, three short flashes) – Tablo software is unable to start. Power cycle the unit.
  • Pulsing – The blue LED will pulse when it is ready to be added to your Wi-Fi network. (This blink is not present on TV-connected DVRs like Tablo DUAL HDMI)
  • Solid – Tablo is on, connected and your LED setting is On
  • Off – Either Tablo has no power (unplugged) or Tablo is on and your LED setting is off
  • Blue LED will flash white (4th generation Tablo only) - The unit is experiencing a connectivity issue 

Note: The 4th generation Tablo's LED will blink white after a firmware update until the unit has checked into our server. 

Note: If your Tablo continually blinks at 1/sec, or is pulsing, it may not have connectivity to your network. If the Tablo is set up to a wireless network, and it continues to blink in this pattern indefinitely, it likely needs to be added to your Wi-Fi network. Instructions to do this can be found here.