Few things are more annoying than a slow internet connection. And for the many Americans still working from home, lagging internet means less work and a less productive workday. Fortunately, restoring a strong connection is generally a straightforward process.
What to Do When Your Internet Stops
The quickest way to fix a WiFi connection that has slowed down or stopped working is rebooting the router. That should fix the issue and get you back online. If that doesn’t work, consider the following troubleshooting tips.
- Inspect your wifi hardware
- Find potential sources of interference
- Experiment with your wifi channels
- Remove any barriers
- Upgrade your hardware
1) Inspect Your Wifi Hardware
If your WiFi stops working suddenly, you should first check if your home’s hardwired connection is in good working condition. If it’s bad, contact your internet service provider to fix it. Additionally, troubleshoot the router to ensure that it works perfectly. Eliminate any possibility that the problem lies with your hardware.
2) Find Potential Sources of Interference
Some WiFi problems occur due to the interference from your neighbor’s WiFi signals. Alternatively, the static charge from nearby electric appliances (even a microwave) can cause connection problems. Identifying the potential sources of interference solves the problem halfway.
Pro Tip: Install a WiFi analyzing app on your smartphone to assess your WiFi connection’s signal strength in real-time.
3) Experiment with Your Wifi Channels
WiFi signals are designed to run on multiple “channels” within the same frequency, allowing multiple networks to function in close proximity to each other. However, sometimes these channels overlap too much and can hinder your channel’s WiFi signal. To see if this is your problem, try moving your connection to a channel not being used nearby. Follow directions in your router’s manual.
4) Remove Any Barriers
Physical barriers like concrete walls, metallic surfaces, and reflective surfaces such as mirrors can interfere with the WiFi signals. Metallic and reflective surfaces tend to bounce back the signals, reducing WiFi quality in some rooms. Obviously you can’t knock out walls in your house just to keep your internet from lagging. If moving furniture doesn’t work, try setting up your router as near the center of your home as possible and install a series of wifi extenders to bounce the signal into various rooms.
5) Upgrade Your Hardware
If your WiFi device is dated, you’ll likely experience several connectivity issues. Consider simply buying a new router if your old one is proven unreliable. Not only will the new model be easier to update, but it also ensures you’ll have a functional device for at least the next several years.
Restoring Your Internet Service
A slow or dropped WiFi connection can be so frustrating. Fortunately, most connection problems are easily fixed. Just take the time to identify the problem and get your devices back online. Happy browsing!
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