Internet connection problems can be frustrating for everyone, especially when a deadline or communication is involved. Rather than throwing your keyword out the window or desperately trying to reboot your router, here are ten tips to fixing your internet connection problems.
TIP #1: VIEW YOUR ROUTER – IS IT TURNED ON?
Before you jump to conclusions, check to make sure that your routers are on. Take a look at the router’s LED status indicators to determine if it is working properly. If you cannot connect to the internet, disconnect the power cord and wait a few minutes to reconnect it. Be sure the power switch is set to the ON position.
If by chance the router is still not powering up, your adapter may have failed power or a faulty power strip.
TIP #2: CHECK YOUR STATUS
Once the LED power is lit, check the WAN indicator. For most router models, this should be the flashing green light. If there is no status indicator on your router, check the back to see if the Ethernet port light is flashing. If you notice there are no signs of activity, turn off the router and reconnect reach cable. Ensure that each cable is correctly placed in the appropriate port. Wait at least 3 minutes before you reboot the router.
TIP #3: CHECK THE CABLE CONNECTION
Before you find yourself spending more money by replacing your router, check the cable connection. The cable should be on the side of your house. Make note if the main cable isn’t damaged or loose from any storm or wind. If the cable splitter is used, ensure that each connection cable is fastened tight, and all connectors are in place. If the splitter looks rusty or damaged, consider replacing it.
TIP #4: RESTART YOUR ROUTER
If rebooting your router isn’t working, reset the router to its factory default setting and start a fresh install. All you have to do is press a tiny reset button that should be located on the rear panel and hold it down for three seconds. Once you see the LED lights flash, you can let go. Follow this step with the router disk or web setup utility to reinstall the router.
TIP #5: ENSURE THAT THE FIRMWARE IS UP-TO-DATE
Firmware is embedded software that is installed as a read-only memory chip, otherwise known as ROM. This allows the hardware of the router to implement both security and network protocols. Most sellers provide downloadable firmware updates that help resolve issues on performance by adding new features and increasing performance.
Consider looking for the firmware update in the system section and follow the instructions to ensure that you are installing the appropriate version. Never download the firmware from another site.
TIP #6: CONSIDER AN EXTENDER
Perhaps your wireless connection works well in one room but not in the other. Check the Wi-Fi signal strength of your router and see how many bars are showing. If there is barely two bars, the Wi-Fi signal may be too weak to maintain a stable connection to the internet. Consider connecting to another band if you have a dual router. If not, a range extender is helping boost your Wi-Fi signal.
TIP #7: IS YOUR DEVICE CONFIGURED CORRECTLY?
Can you browse the web on your smartphone but can’t connect to your laptop? Perhaps it’s the device’s network settings. Make sure the Wi-Fi is on. Right-click on the network icon in the system tray and run a Windows Network Diagnostic test. Also be sure to check if your network adapter settings are properly functioning with the latest driver.
TIP #8: ENSURE THAT YOUR PC IS VIRUS-FREE
Check your devices to ensure that they are free of spyware, malware and viruses. These programs can be downloaded even without your knowledge. They run undetected and play a significant role in your web surfing speed and performance.
TIP #9: UPGRADE YOUR ROUTER
If you’re using an old model, you may want to consider an upgrade to a new, powerful router. This is ideal if you have multiple devices as a dual-band will give you two radio bands to choose upon. New routers use the latest technologies that work to speedy delivery Wi-Fi.
TIP #10: CONTACT YOUR ISP
Unfortunately, the most common connection issues most users face today can’t be solved on your own. If you are still experiencing technical problems, you ca call your internet service provider. They should be able to tell you if there’s a problem they can help you fix on the phone or if they need to send someone to help fix your internet problem.
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