Discord RTC Connecting No Route Problem – Resolved

Discord is one of the most popular messaging apps online, and for gamers, it’s the top way for them to communicate with others when they’re playing online. It has hundreds of millions of users across the globe. And contrary to what you may have heard, Discord isn’t shutting down.

Even though it’s so popular, Discord still faces issues from time to time. One of these is known at the RTC connecting issue, or the No Route issue. It’s a pretty common problem, and fortunately, it’s not too difficult to work out what’s going wrong.

Discord RTC Connecting No Route Problem – Resolved

One of the more common problems that you can face when you’re using Discord is with it’s connection to the internet. Typically, this will start by saying “RTC connecting”, and it might stay on this for quite a while too.

Eventually, you’ll get the message pop up – no route. This can be frustrating, and it can limit what you can do within your Discord app. So, let’s look at what this RTC connection is, why it happens and how you can go about fixing the issue too.

What is RTC connecting?

If you’re not entirely sure what RTC connecting actually means, then don’t worry – it isn’t too difficult for you to understand. What RTC stands for is Real Time Connecting.

What this means is well, exactly as it sounds. It’s the connection between you and other Discord users in real time, as it happens, without any delay whatsoever. It’s essentially another way to say live connection.

So we know that the RTC connecting problem is in relation to Discord, but what causes this message, and what can you do when you get this message? Well, there are a few things that you can do to resolve the problem.

What causes the RTC Connecting/No Route issue?

Before we go ahead and fix the problem, we need to actually know what’s causing it in the first place. This way, you can ensure that it doesn’t happen again in the future.

Most of us are using dynamic (often changing) IP addresses when we’re connecting to the internet. This can often cause a problem when using Discord, as it much prefers a static IP address.
If you’re using a free VPN, then this could also also be the reason why you can’t connect to Discord in real time. Turn off your free or cheap VPN when you’re using Discord if this is the case.
Sometimes, an Antivirus software might be the cause of your Discord no route problem. This is likely because the software places Discord within a quarantined folder, which doesn’t allow it to function properly.
For those who aren’t using Discord on their own device, then maybe it’s actually getting blocked from being able to connect to the internet properly. This can happen if you’re using a public network or device.
In some case, the issue might just be down to your internet, and if your internet is down, then Discord won’t be able to connect to the server.

How can you fix your RTC connection?

The good news is that even if you do come across this problem, there are things that you can do to fix the issue. Work through the steps below if you’re getting the no route error.

Restart your router

The first thing that you should do if you’re getting the no route error from Discord is to go ahead and restart your router. Much of the time, this will actually end up resolving the problem, as it’s often related to the IP address that you’re trying to connect with. Much of the time, simply restarting your router will fix the problem for you.

Reboot your laptop/computer

Now, if turning your router on and off again hasn’t fixed the problem, then you might need to reboot your entire computer as well. Often, the “no route” error can occur between your computers IP address is trying to connect.

If you restart your computer completely, then this should help to reset everything back to normal, including your IP address.

Switch regions

Sometimes, the issue might be a result of the server you’re trying to connect to, or the region that the server is in. This might not just be a problem for you, but anyone that is trying to connect to the same server.

How can you fix this? Well, all you need to actually do is go into your Server Settings. Then, change the current Region that you’re using. This may help to resolve the issue if the problem was the region you were using before.

Flush your DNS

Something else that can resolve your problem is flushing your DNS cache. Essentially, this just gets rid of all the DNS entries stored in your computer or laptop, which can be a lot.

On Windows you can; open up your Command Prompt program. When it’s open, enter;

ipconfig /flushdns

Then, go ahead and press enter. This should flush your cache on a Windows device.

On Mac, you can open Terminal, which is the Mac equivalent of the Command Prompt program. here, you’ll just need to enter;

dscacheutil -flushcache

Then, press enter. After that, enter;

sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder

Then, go ahead and press enter again. This will flush your cache on a Macbook device.

Disable Quality of Service Setting

Something that you can try within the Discord app itself is to turn off the Quality of Service setting. You can find this very easily within the settings of your Discord app.

This might help to improve the audio and video connection with other people in your server, and it might just end up fixing your problem as well.

Turn off your antivirus

Though it may not eb the cause of the issue, it’s always good to check that the software on your laptop might not be restricting you from accessing the servers on Discord. You can easily do this by turning the antivirus off and seeing if this affects the issue.

If an antivirus detects something it doesn’t like, often it’s quick to stop you accessing it. So, it makes sense to switch this off.

Switch your VPN off

Many of us are using VPN’s all the time nowadays. Whether it’s to simply get Netflix in a different country, or it’s for your own security, many of us like to use them.

However, Discord might not function properly if you’re using a VPN. This is because Discord works by reviewing your User Datagram Protocol (UDP), but many cheap or free VPN’s don’t use the same protocol. Premium VPNs like Nord will use UDP as default, so you don’t need to worry about that if you’re using a premium option.

Change from App to Browser or Vice Versa

Much of the time, you may only come across this problem if you’re trying to use Discord within a web browser. If this is the case, then try switching over to a different browser to use. Or, better yet, if you can go ahead and download the Discord app, which is less likely to have this issue.

Conclusion

In conclusion, don’t worry too much if you’re getting the RTC connecting message leading to a no route error. This is a pretty common issue that many people have experienced with their Discord server when they’re online. And whilst there are various different things that can cause the problem, there’s always a fix that can get your connection back up and running again.

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