Discord has pretty stable servers that support millions of concurrent users every day. It is a consistent platform where you can easily establish a channel of communication with your friends.
Despite its usual reliability, it’s not uncommon to have a little trouble connecting to those servers. If and when it happens, you’ll usually see an RTC Connection No Route error at the bottom left of your Discord window. Now what?
Whether the issue is at your end or Discord’s, you can try several fixes so you can get back to talking with your friends in no time.
Fix 1: Restart Discord
If you are getting the RTC connection error, your Discord desktop application is most likely having trouble connecting to the Discord servers.
To try and reestablish that connection, you should restart the application. In most cases, this easy step is all you have to do to fix the issue.
Once the app is reset, try joining a voice channel and see if you get that same RTC connection error.
If you do, you can try these other fixes:
Fix 2: Restart Computer
If restarting Discord does not work, your second-best option would be to restart your computer entirely. This will reset everything, so if there was any conflict between Windows and the Discord servers, it should be resolved by trying this simple fix.
While your computer is restarting, it may be a good idea to reset your modem/router too. By doing this, you will ensure that this problem is not because of your setup – at least not with your internet.
Once the router resets and you have an internet connection, join a voice channel, and you should be able to hear and talk to other users.
Fix 3: Change Voice Region
As we know, it’s not uncommon for Discord’s servers to cause problems for an entire voice channel or even a particular individual. Admittedly, the servers are pretty stable most of the time, but they certainly aren’t perfect. Another idea you can try when issues arise is to switch up the voice region.
Here’s what you can do (only if you are an Admin on the server):
- Hover over the voice channels that are having issues and click the cogwheel
- Under the Overview tab, there will be a Region Override dropdown menu
- Now select any region you want.
- Select a different region from the current one (preferably one closest to your location).
Tell everyone to rejoin the channel to see whether this has resolved your issue.
If you don’t have the administrative rights to make this change, you should inform the Admin and request the change of voice region for you.
Fix 4: Disable Your VPN
Some people have reported that they have difficulty using certain Discord servers while connected through a VPN. It’s not exactly clear why that is happening, but if you are running a VPN, it’s best to try and disable it.
This is not an ideal solution, but you will know what is causing you the RTC Connecting/No Route errors.
Try a different VPN program or check whether yours has a UDP feature. If it does, enable it. This should allow you to comfortably use Discord, even when you have a VPN enabled.
Fix 5: Windows Firewall – Allow Outgoing Connections for Discord
The Firewall is definitely the last line of defense for every Windows computer out there. It monitors every outgoing and ongoing connection to the PC, and for certain connections, the firewall asks you whether you’d like to allow it or not.
For most connections the firewall itself decides whether a certain connection is safe or not.
However, in some cases, Windows Firewall can make the wrong decision and block certain connections that are not harmful in any way. Frustrating!
The firewall could be blocking your computer from establishing a steady connection to the Discord servers, causing an RTC connecting and No Route error. Nevertheless, there are ways around this.
To allow outgoing connections for Discord, you will need to go through the Windows Firewall settings. Here’s how you can do that:
- Search and open Windows Defender Firewall in the Start Menu.
- This will open a control panel. On the leftmost side of the window, select Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall.
- In the new window, you will see a large list of applications. Scroll down until you see Discord and tick both the Private and Public boxes, and press OK (If the boxes are greyed out, click on the Change settings button).
- If you don’t see the Discord app on this list, select Allow another app…
- Click on Browse and select the Discord.exe file, which is by default located in C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Local\Discord\app-0.0.309.
- Once the app has been manually added, go through Step 3 again and press OK to close Windows Firewall.
By editing the firewall settings, you have successfully allowed Discord to form a stable communication with the servers, and you should have no more problems.
The RTC Connecting and No Route errors are definitely two of the more annoying issues with Discord, but you can easily eliminate those errors if you try these five fixes shared above.