It’s the year 2017 and yet Wi-Fi problems persist. As the occurrence of them can’t be completely removed, it’s best to learn how to troubleshoot common issues! Here are a few issues that continue to plague an otherwise seamless browsing or gaming experience:
Slow Net Speed
Is there anything worse than slow internet? Internet speed is everything when you are using your computer or your mobile phone to look for something or when you’re in the middle of a free internet call. Internet speed is also critical for those with home offices or students that need to pass something before the deadline.
Given that slow net speeds can happen to the best of us, here are a few surefire solutions that you can try:
Location, location, location!
If you’re pestered with intermittent speeds, it might be because of the location of your router. You can try to either: 1.) move your computer/laptop/gadget closer to where your router is. 2.) Move your router higher (preferably up on a shelf where there are no obstructions).
When there are a lot of gadgets or computers in your home, they may all be sucking up the bandwidth allocated for your internet plan. What you can do: 1.) limit the use of data-hungry programs or apps (YouTube and streaming websites are particularly gluttonous when it comes to the internet). 2.) Upgrade your internet plan.
Beef up your security
If your router is at a good spot and there does not seem to be anyone else in your home that is using any data-hungry programs or machines, you may want to check if you have a leech in your system. By leech, we mean someone (like a neighbor or so) who is using your internet connection. You can check the attached devices via your security settings.
If you see anyone there who isn’t authorized, you can kick them off. After that, it would be best if you set up a password for your network.
Faulty Net Connection
While slow net is terrible, having no net at all is worse. If you experience periodic loss of your internet connection, you can try these options:
Yes, you have probably heard this one before but it does work! Switch your router off and leave it off for at least 1 minute. From there, switch it back on and wait about three minutes. Your connection should be running.
Call it in
When your internet connection has been going off more than you would normally expect AND you have done the whole reboot thing, it would be important to get in touch with your ISP (internet service provider).
Often, intermittent internet connection is due to a faulty router. Yes, your router has a wear and tear lifespan to it—just like everything else. When this occurs, talk to your internet provider and see if they have a system upgrade coming up. Normally, they will upgrade your router at little or no extra cost.
With the tips above, your Wi-Fi problems should be manageable!
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