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Common Issues With Wireless Networks--and How to Fix Them


Having issues connecting online?

Over this last year, we've pretty much lived our lives online. Socializing through social media, groceries, food delivery, even online medical appointments. 

 This online experience has become the only link for many to the outside world. Of course, there are bound to be hiccups when navigating online. A problem with a wireless network can prevent you from being able to connect to the internet in the first place.

Let's go over some common wifi problems when trying to connect to your wireless networks and how to troubleshoot them.

Wireless Networks

There are plenty of people out there that are new to computers. Not everyone grew up with tablets or screens as their third parent.

 So, what is a wireless network? 

A wireless network, WiFi, enables communication between devices. Sending data through your internet connection.

Your devices can be your smartphone, tablet, TV, computer, even your fridge. Your router will be the medium with which your devices will connect to the internet.

ISP Issues

Your ISP is your internet service provider. 

If you are having issues connecting to the internet or staying connected you may want to check your network icon. It should be on the top right of your phone or tablet and the bottom left of your computer. If you do not see an icon of what looks like a fan, you have no internet connection.

No worries. The first thing you'll want to do is check that all the wires coming in or out of your computer are plugged in where they should be. If you are in the clear, but still experiencing issues, then reset your router. 

You may want to check if there are any outages in your area due to ISP maintenance or inclement weather conditions. If you are unable to find the source of your issue, contact your service provider, they can help you with step by step instructions or send a technician out to you. 

Router Problems

Make sure your router is in the right position!

Yes, it matters how you physically set up your router. Check the manufacturer setting for any specific set up instructions. 

You'll, of course, want to begin with turning your router off and then on. For connectivity issues, you'll always want to begin with turning your router off and on.

Make sure your router is not near metal like metal cabinets, you'll generally want it in a higher place with little or no obstruction.

If your business's wireless network needs require assessment, a wireless site survey can provide you with the answers to your questions.

Connect With Confidence

You can't browse the web with confidence if you are unable to connect online. We've gone over a few potential issues and how to troubleshoot them.

Now that we've gone over what a wireless network is and a couple of issues you should be feeling a bit more confident. Router, also known as hardware, issues can usually be corrected by resetting your device.

ISP issues can get a bit more technical, feel free to contact your provider if you are unsure. A little help never hurts.

Interested in learning more about Wi-Fi issues? Check out our other articles on wireless networks and troubleshooting.

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