5 Common Wi-Fi Problems At Home And How To Solve Them
Today, more people continue to use the internet. The e-commerce industry continues to flourish day by day. Statista in 2017 released a report showing that people worldwide spend 135 minutes a day on social media. If these numbers are anything to go by, then it shows the usage of the internet is on a high rise.
With businesses coming up with websites, there is a need for good Wi-Fi at home. We all know how good connectivity is essential. From gaming to purchasing stuff online, there is a need for stable internet connection.
Do you sometimes have issues with your Wi-Fi such that you even considered changing your service provider? There are some common problems which you could solve easily without calling your service provider to help.
Some common Wi-Fi problems and how to solve them
- Wi-Fi is not available or is slow in some rooms at home
As you are aware, Wi-Fi is radio waves. Therefore, the router broadcasts the waves typically in all directions from a central point. In most cases, your router may be in a far place which makes the most distant room get very weak or no signals at all.
Try placing the router in a central location to have better coverage. Also, try adjusting the external antennas by making some stay horizontally while others in a vertical position. Sometimes, the signal is weak due to the congestion of channels of nearby networks. For this, switch channels to less congested ones.
Another cause for slow connection is the lack of bandwidth. If the Wi-Fi usage is high, everyone is using their computers, for example, if you keep getting a black screen with YouTube while the other is playing GTA, the internet speed will automatically get slower because it is spread thin due to the numerous devices being used. For this, disconnect any device not being used at the moment.
Some gaming applications are quite heavy and may slow down your internet speed. However, it is vital to reduce the number of device usage.
If all the above doesn’t help, consider getting a wireless repeater to help extend the signal range.
- The internet speed is slow in Wi-Fi but fast on wired (LAN)
In some cases, you’ll find that your Wi-Fi is slow, but when you use LAN, the speed is almost twice that of the Wi-Fi.
Wired connection is always faster, but Wi-Fi is there to give you the freedom to watch your favorite shows anywhere.
To make the connection more efficient:
- Check the channel which should be preferably 1,6 or 11
- You can change the channel width to 20/40 or 40 MHz depending on your router’s setting.
- You can increase the TX power depending on the access point capacity.
- No device connects to the Wi-Fi
Are there times you try connecting your laptop to the Wi-Fi, and it refuses to connect? Try plugging the laptop directly to the router through an Ethernet cable. If it connects, then the issue is your Wi-Fi.
Resetting your router can be a problem solver for many issues connected to your internet connection. Reset the router and wait for a minimum of 30 seconds. Also, contacting your ISP could help take you through the reset process.
If all that does not work, you may need a new router. Yours could be outdated.
- The internet connection drops sometimes
When your internet connection starts having issues, it’s important to be on the lookout on the particular patterns to find ways to improve your experience.
Are there times when you use appliances, and your connection drops immediately? Some routers may have issues especially if the appliances are old.
Your neighbors may also be heavy internet users during particular times of the day which could be slowing your Wi-Fi down. Change your router channel to avoid overlapping with the nearby networks. Change to a better yet less congested channel and the problem gets sorted.
In the case that doesn’t change anything, resetting your router could also help.
- The Wi-Fi network disappears
It is quite possible to search for your Wi-Fi network on any device and not find it. However, when searching, you may see an unprotected network whose name is the same as the brand of your router. In most cases, that could be your router which just reset itself.
Connect your pc to the router directly using an Ethernet cable and configure everything as preferred.
There are times you may not even see such a network, get your ISP to take you through on how to find your router’s IP address.
Wi-Fi at home is a lifesaver, and it needs to function well all the time. You need it for your gaming needs as well as for research and other resources. The tips above should give you an idea on how to deal with your internet problems and make your usage stress-free.