How To Troubleshoot Wi-Fi?
Today, in this era of advanced technology, everyone has a Wi-Fi-protected setup, and most of their tasks are dependent on a stable internet connection. Needless to say, one of the most frustrating incidents during anyone’s day is when the Wi-Fi isn’t working properly. Sometimes, you can be stuck in a situation where the Wi-Fi isn’t working properly, and you have no one to ask for help. Therefore, it can be a lifesaving skill to understand how to troubleshoot and tackle the issue in such situations.
10 Ways to Troubleshoot Your Wi-Fi
Basically, troubleshooting refers to identifying the cause of a problem and fixing it. So, if your Wi-Fi is not working properly or it’s having connectivity issues, here are ten ways to solve the problem yourself:
#1. See If the Router Is Switched On and Functional
You are probably thinking, “Well, that’s obvious!” but you will be surprised as to how many people skip this part when trying to fix their internet connection.
So, first and foremost, check if your Wi-Fi router is on. Next, check the lights of the device. If they’re on, great, you can move on to the next troubleshooting hack. If not, check the switch and turn it on if it’s not already. Sometimes, the switch is on, and the connection is excellent, but the device is still not working. In that case, it is probably a hardware or manufacturing fault.
#2. Make Sure All Devices Are Connected
Another fundamental yet essential part of troubleshooting your Wi-Fi is checking if all the devices are properly connected. Sometimes, people try to connect their laptops to the Internet and can’t do it. Then, after a long, frustrating hour, they realize that the gadget isn’t even connected to the Internet. Obviously, all this time, they keep believing the Wi-Fi is to blame. Hence, make sure that whatever gadgets you are testing the internet with are properly connected to the Wi-Fi.
#3. Resolve Issues in Separate Rooms
If you notice that some of the devices have trouble connecting with the Internet, it might be a location issue. Sometimes, specific devices are in rooms where Wi-Fi signals aren’t great. There might be barriers, blockers, or just a considerable distance between the internet source and receiver device. So, identify the causative agent in the particular room and solve it.
Also, if you cannot change the location or the anatomy of that room to resolve the issue, you can switch to Li-Fi technology. Li-Fi is a modern wireless technology that uses light and transmits data between different devices. In places where the Wi-Fi doesn’t work properly, you can switch to this technology instead.
#4. Restart the Router and the Console
PS4, Xbox, and other gaming consoles usually have trouble connecting to the Internet. It could be an annoying glitch or a problem with your mobile or PC. If your gaming device has trouble connecting to the Wi-Fi, the problem might not be in the router but in the console itself. At times, simply waiting for a few minutes resolves the issue on its own if it is a glitch. In case it prolongs, your best shot is restarting both the devices. Whatever the issue is, restarting them usually resolves it, and the Internet starts working just fine.
#5. Check and Fix the Wiring
Suppose all the devices are properly connected, and the router is fully functional. That’s when you need to figure out if there are some external factors affecting internet quality. First, check the wiring. Even if the router is fully operational with all the right lights in the right places, faulty wires can still affect connectivity. They can cause instability in the Wi-Fi causing connection and disconnection very frequently. So, make sure that all the cables are in proper shape and are tightly connected to the device.
#6. Identify the Number of Devices Connected
It might sound odd, but the more devices connected to Wi-Fi, the slower the speed gets. Consider it the following way: the more devices are dependent on a single router to provide Internet, the more burdened it gets. In addition, the distribution of the internet on every device gets complicated as the number of these connected devices increases. So, if you are having trouble with your Wi-Fi, instead of blaming the company or the device, see how many gadgets are currently connected to your internet. If it’s too much, reduces it, refresh everything, and you will see that the issue is resolved almost immediately.
#7. Send Google a Ping
Most people don’t know this, but the connection problem is sometimes directly related to your service provider. For example, if you use Google, you can search for CMD on your PC and write the command “pingGoogle.com,” You will see a black screen appear. If there is an error message on there, your internet connection is not working. You can then check your Google account and make sure that the internet service provider isn’t having an outage.
#8. Make Sure the Problem Is Not the ISP
Another common cause of unstable Internet is the ISP. To check it, you can run an internet speed test at speedtest.net on your mobile phone or your computer. Look at the internet speed in the results: if it is above 10 MBPS, it means that the Internet is fine, and your Wi-Fi is the issue.
#9. Pay Your Bills
This can’t be stressed enough. If your Spectrum bill is due, then you have to pay it before the ISP takes an action. If you still don’t, then don’t be surprised if they cut off your internet connection. People usually take care of Optimum bill pay or of any other provider timely so that they can continue to use the internet connection.
#10. Update the Router
Lastly, routers and modems require constant upgrading. Out-of-date Wi-Fi devices can cause problems with time hands. Thus, continuously and regularly updating the router is an essential part of maintaining it.
Bad Internet sometimes has nothing to do with your chosen company and Wi-Fi device. Even Wi-Fi 6E can have connectivity issues! These problems are prevalent and utterly normal at times. However, not knowing what they mean, what is causing them, and how to fix them can be very stressful. Being equipped with proper, adequate knowledge and having proper guidance on how to troubleshoot your Wi-Fi in different situations can prove beneficial in emergencies and everyday life!
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