Discord has robust, stable servers that can handle millions of users every day. It is a reliable platform where you can easily maintain a channel of communication with your friends and others.
Despite Discord’s usual reliability, you might occasionally have trouble connecting to its servers. When this happens, you could see an RTC Connecting No Route error at the bottom left of your Discord window.
This issue could be on your end or on Discord’s end. Fortunately, you can try several fixes to get you chatting to your friends again as soon as possible.
Let’s get started!
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Fix 1: Restart Discord
If you are seeing an RTC connection error, your Discord desktop application is having trouble connecting to the Discord servers.
The simplest way to try and re-establish your connection is to restart the application. In many cases, this easy step is all that is required to fix the issue.
Once the app has been reopened, try joining a voice channel and see if the same RTC connecting error is displayed.
If this doesn’t fix the issue, you should try some of these other fixes:
Fix 2: Restart Computer
If restarting Discord doesn’t work, the next logical step is to restart your computer entirely. This will reset your online sessions, so if there was a conflict between Windows and Discord’s servers, it might be resolved.
While your computer is restarting, it can help to reset your modem/router as well. This will ensure that the problem is not with your setup, or at least not your internet.
Once the router is reset and you have an active internet connection, join a voice channel on Discord. Hopefully, you will be able to hear and talk to other users again.
Fix 3: Change Voice Region
It isn’t uncommon for Discord’s servers to cause issues for a voice channel or sometimes a particular user. Discord’s servers are generally very stable but they aren’t perfect. When issues arise, you can also try to change the voice region.
Here’s how you can accomplish this (but only if you are an Admin on the server):
- Hover over the voice channels that are having issues and click the cogwheel
- On the Overview tab, there will be a Region Override dropdown menu
- Choose any region.
- Select a different region from the current one (preferably the one closest to your real location).
Tell everyone to rejoin the channel to discover whether or not this has resolved the issue.
If you don’t possess the ability to make this change, you should inform an Admin and ask them to change the voice region instead.
Fix 4: Disable Your VPN
Some people have reported difficulty using particular Discord servers while connected via a VPN. It isn’t clear why this happens but, if you are using a VPN, it can help to disable it.
This isn’t an ideal solution, but at least you will know what is causing your RTC Connecting/No Route errors.
You could try a different VPN provider, but also check whether or not yours has a UDP feature. If it does, enable it. This should allow you to reliably use Discord, even with your VPN enabled.
Fix 5: Windows Firewall – Allow Outgoing Connections for Discord
A firewall is the last line of defense for any Windows computer. It monitors every outgoing and incoming connection for the PC. For some connections, the firewall asks whether or not you will allow it.
In most instances, the firewall itself determines whether or not a connection is safe.
However, in some cases, Windows Firewall can make an incorrect decision and block a connection that is not harmful. This can be very frustrating, especially when it happens without your knowledge.
Your firewall could be preventing your computer from establishing a stable connection to the Discord servers, causing an RTC connecting and No Route error. Fortunately, there are ways around this.
To allow outgoing connections for Discord, you might need to alter your Windows Firewall settings. Here’s how to achieve this:
- Search for and open Windows Defender Firewall in the Start Menu.
- This will open a control panel. On the left side of the window, select Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall.
- In the new window, there will be a long list of applications. Scroll down until you find Discord and tick both the Private and Public boxes, then press OK (If the boxes are greyed out, click on the Change settings button).
- If you can’t find Discord on this list, select Allow another app…
- Click on Browse and select the Discord.exe executable. By default, this is located in C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Local\Discord\app-0.0.309.
- Once the app has been added to the list, attempt Step 3 again and press OK to close the Windows Firewall settings.
By editing the firewall settings, you should have successfully allowed Discord to form a stable connection with the servers. Hopefully, you won’t encounter any further problems!
The RTC Connecting and No Route errors are two of the more annoying issues with Discord. You should be able to easily eliminate these errors if you try the five fixes listed above.