Traeger’s WiFi-enabled grills and smokers were plagued by connection troubles within a few of weeks.
There’s no denying that Traeger grills are excellent.
Nevertheless, when you shell out $1,000 for a device, you don’t want to waste your time figuring out how to connect the WiFi.
But well, that’s the way technology is.
Traeger Wifi Problems: How to Fix Them
Keep your Traeger App up-to-date and your grill’s firmware up-to-date to address any WiFi difficulties you may be having When you’re finished, restart your phone and the grill, and then connect the grill to WiFi after performing a factory reset (2.4GHz only). The process of pairing takes four hours.
Detailed directions for doing a task.
There were several recorded concerns in web forums and Traeger eventually recognized the WiFi faults with the grill in an official statement.
Traeger has come up with a precise step-by-step solution that has worked for a lot of customers, so be sure to follow it exactly.
I also recommend that you follow these instructions in the order they appear in the text.
First things first: ensure that you’re using the 2.4GHz WiFi in your house, and not the 5.0GHz WiFi. WiFi networks that use 5.0GHz aren’t compatible with Traeger grills!
The first step is to turn the phone and grill on.
When a gadget is in an unresponsive or undesired condition, power cycling it is simply turning it off and back on.
Make sure to turn off both your Traeger grill and your smart phone for this step.
Simply press and hold the power button on your phone for a few seconds until the phone goes down fully and then restarts itself. Before reactivating the phone, wait 30 seconds.
Switch your power switch to its off position to power cycle your Traeger grill. Let the grill cool down for 30 seconds before reactivating it, as previously instructed.
Using the Traeger App is the second step.
Go to the Program Store or Google Play Store and type in “Traeger” to find it. Then, download and install the app.
Always check to see whether you’re using the most recent version of the application. WiFi connection may be affected by recognized faults in older versions. All of these problems have been addressed in the current version.
It’s always a good idea to upgrade to a newer version if you notice that you’re using an older version.
There is a little download symbol underneath the app on Apple devices to indicate when a new version is available. When you click on the app, it will automatically install itself.
Step 3: Reset the grill to its factory settings.
Afterwards, on your Traeger barbecue, use the Menu button to access Settings and then About grill.
There, you should push and hold the ignition button for as long as it takes for the Traeger logo to appear on the grill (takes around 5-10 seconds in total).
This will begin the grill’s factory reset.
Grill Firmware version is the fourth step.
Once the grill has been reset, and then you should check to see whether your model is running the newest Firmware.
Select Menu, then Settings, then About Grill to see the current firmware version on your Traeger grill.
This is where you will find the newest firmware number. Return to the previous step and do a factory reset on your grill till you do so.
In Step 5, pair the grills
It’s time to connect the grill now that it has been reset and is running the newest Firmware!
Every time you see a prompt, respond “Yes” or “Accept” to it.
WiFIRE’s app will eventually display the connect to WiFIRE screen, making it seem as if you don’t have a grill.
Make no mistake, this is normal and expected, so don’t worry about it.
Confirm WiFi connection and wait for 4 hours before continuing.
Select Settings and then WiFi details from the grill’s Menu button.
Check to see whether the grill is linked to your home network by looking at the status bar.
Wait at least four hours for the grill to download and implement the update!
Verify the software version in step 7.
Press Menu and then choose Settings and About Grill once the four-hour timer has expired.
Ascertain whether or not there has been a Software update.
If so, congratulations!
Step 8 – Make sure your WiFi is working properly.
When you press the Menu button again, pick Settings, and this time select WiFi details.
Connect your Traeger grill to your WiFi network before using it for the first time
Traeger grills are only compatible with 2.4GHz networks.
If this is the case, choose Forget Network from the drop-down menu.
Pair Grill once more before moving on to Step 10.
Say Yes/Accept/Join to each prompt you see to re-pair your grill.
Now that you have a name for your grill in your App, it should be there and you should have complete connectivity!
If you’re still experiencing issues with WiFi, I propose starting from the beginning and going through the whole 9-step process again.
However, I am certain that following these procedures will fix your issue.
Consider these additional points if you’re unable to connect with some of the people you meet.
If you have a mesh WiFi system, ensure your home router/modem is not too far away from your grill. Within a distance of 30 feet/10 meters is permissible.
If the signal strength isn’t strong enough at long distances, you won’t be able to establish a connection.
Ensure that the grill is facing your modem or router as well.
The controller should be aimed in the right direction of your WiFi network at home.
Consider any potential impediments that may be preventing your signal from reaching its destination. Does the signal get jammed by a metal pipe or a wall?
If this is the case, you may need to purchase a WiFi extension or booster.
To see whether you’re still experiencing problems, you can check out Traeger’s current write-up on WiFi troubles here or watch their video below.
You can easily repair WiFi difficulties with Traeger grills if you know what to do.
It is recommended by Traeger that you use the newest version of their app and that the grill is using the latest firmware. Power cycle your phone and grill, do a factory reset on the grill, then connect your grill to 2.4GHz WiFi. It takes roughly four hours to pair.
The following is a possible solution if it doesn’t work for you:
- Check to see that your router/modem is not more than 30 feet/10 meters away from your grill.
- Keep your grill oriented toward your home’s router/modem.
- Remove any obstructions that might interfere with WiFi connection between your grill and router.
It is my hope that this tutorial was helpful and that you were able to properly reconnect the Traeger grill to WiFi network. Please let me know if you found an alternative solution in the comments section below!