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Traeger WiFIRE Will Not Connect to Wi-Fi

Last Updated Jun 24, 2022
Hand holding phone with wifi connection on screen.

Traeger grills are the best-selling wood pellet grills in the world. The Traeger grill series with WiFIRE connects to Wi-Fi—giving these products additional features to make your backyard grilling experience easier and more enjoyable. However, when your grill can’t seem to connect to Wi-Fi, it can be annoying and frustrating.

If your Traeger WiFIRE grill will not connect to Wi-Fi, something is wrong with the Wi-Fi settings on the grill’s controller. To fix the issue, reset the Wi-Fi using the following steps:

  1. Select Menu.
  2. Select Wi-Fi Information.
  3. Hold Ignite for 10-15 seconds.

You might still be wondering why your grill isn’t working with the Wi-Fi in the first place. Below, we will go over a few reasons why your Traeger WiFIRE grill may have trouble connecting to the internet, as well as various troubleshooting steps you can try.

Why Isn’t My Traeger WiFIRE Connecting to Wi-Fi?

A Traeger WiFIRE grill may not connect to Wi-Fi for several reasons, including:

  • Poor Wi-Fi signal strength or connection
  • The controller is too far from the router
  • Obstacles are blocking the Wi-Fi signal from the router to the grill

Connecting Traeger WiFIRE Grill to Wi-Fi

To get your grill back online, try the following troubleshooting steps:

Reset Traeger WiFIRE’s Network Settings

The first thing you should do if your grill won’t connect to the Wi-Fi is reset the grill controller’s Wi-Fi settings. To reset the settings, follow these steps:

  1. On the controller, go to Menu.
  2. Select Wi-Fi Information.
  3. Hold Ignite for 10-15 seconds.

While this is the primary solution to this problem, there are some other things you might want to check to ensure that your Wi-Fi is working.

Check If the Grill is Connected to a Network

  1. Using the controller, select Menu.
  2. Select Wi-Fi Information.
  3. Make sure you see your network’s name.

If you see something that looks like “TRAEGER-XXXX,” your grill is not connected to a Wi-Fi network. The four X’s will be a different combination of numbers and letters, depending on which grill you own.

You can also check your phone’s Wi-Fi network menu. If you see “TRAEGER-XXXX” listed under networks on your phone, the issue with the grill is probably with the setup details and not the controller itself.

Check the Traeger WiFIRE grill’s Firmware Version

Sometimes the grill requires updating. If you aren’t on the newest firmware updates, the grill might not be able to connect to the Wi-Fi properly. Check the firmware by following these tips:

  1. On the controller, to Menu.
  2. Select About Grill.
  3. Check that the version matches the one listed on the WiFIRE status page.

Check the Wi-Fi Signal Strength

A Traeger WiFIRE grill needs a strength between -30dbm and -70dbm to connect to Wi-Fi. This speed is also required to download updates and operate through the app. If your speed is closer to -80dbm or -90dbm, you will experience pairing and connecting issues.

The firmware will also not be able to update. The best way to check the signal of the Wi-Fi is to download a signal checking app. You can then test the strength of the network while standing near the grill. Ensure you are checking the 2.4GHz network, as this is the one the grill will operate on.

Other Troubleshooting Steps

If you are setting up your grill for the first time or just started having Wi-Fi connection problems, you can also use the following troubleshooting tips to make sure you get onto the network.

  • Uninstall and reinstall the Traeger app.
  • In your phone settings, choose Forget Network and then start the pairing process over from the beginning.
  • Unplug your Wi-Fi router and wait 10 seconds. Then plug it back in.
  • Clear the app’s memory or cache. If you are an iOS user, you can use this guide to delete the cache history. For Android devices, use this guide.
  • Ensure that the grill is within 30 feet or less of the router.
  • Make sure the controller of the grill is facing the router.
  • Make sure your router is not using a VPN or additional firewall. You would have set up these settings on your own when you bought the router.
  • Ensure there are not too many steel walls or obstacles between the grill and the router.
  • If you can’t move the router or the grill, consider buying a Wi-Fi extender or another router dedicated to the grill. 

If your home network has a dual-band network (2.4GHz and 5GHz), check the following:

  • Make sure your phone is connected to the 2.4GHz when pairing.
  • Make sure you know which of your networks is which. The 5GHz usually ends in “5G.”
  • If you can’t separate the networks, you may need to call your internet service provider or buy a separate 2.4GHz router for the grill.

Final Thoughts

There are many steps you can take to ensure that your Traeger WiFIRE grill connects to the Wi-Fi. Check the network settings on the controller, make sure the firmware is updated, and try resetting the router to see if you can get your grill back online.

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