The internet plays an important part in our lives. We rely on it for many things; to communicate, work, learn and have fun. This makes it important that our wifi meets our needs. In an ever changing world, most people use Wi-Fi to connect devices such as mobile phones, laptops and tablets to our home broadband internet connection without wires.
Have you ever wanted to throw away your Wi-Fi router as it doesn’t run the way you were guaranteed? Here are the most common issues that people experience with Wi-Fi.
Your devices won’t connect to the internet.
Nothing can connect to the Wi-Fi.
Slow / no internet in specific rooms.
Slow internet in every room.
Random drop outs.
Is everyone else online? Are your family, friends or colleagues are connected, but only your devices, laptop, phone or PC, just to refuse to connect?
Are the relevant lights on the router? What colour of lights show against your broadband / internet connection?
Is there something obstructing the Wi-Fi signal? How far away are the rooms from the router?
Are all devices struggling? Is there something obstructing the Wi-Fi signal?
Are you using the internet and suddenly no one can connect, and then a few minutes later it comes back?
Some tips to help reconnect your devices to the internet; turn off the Wi-Fi on your device and then tell your device to forget the connection. Once you have done this, switch off your device and then turn it back on. As soon as the device is on, you can try to reconnect the internet. *Please note: you may need the Wi-Fi password to proceed to reconnect.
Have you checked the lights on your router? If there is a red light displaying against the broadband or internet connection, you will need to speak to your service provider. If you find that their lines are busy and there’s a long wait, then it may be an issue many people are experiencing. If this isn’t the case, then it may be a problem with your router, and you may need to consider buying a new one!
If you can, move the router to a more central location to allow the Wi-Fi to reach throughout the house. Or if the internet is used in a particular area, move the router closer to this room. Does your router have external antennas? If so, you could ensure that they are positioned correctly. This includes trying them in different positions, and ensuring they’re not obstructed by a piece of furniture or otherwise.
If the internet has dropped for everyone, then follow these steps; by using an ethernet cable, plug the laptop into the router directly and then test the internet speed using speedtest.net. If you find that the internet speed is still slow, then there is a connection issue and you need to contact your service provider. Alike to point 2, If you find that their lines are busy and there’s a long wait, then it may be an issue many people are experiencing. If this isn’t the case, then it may be a problem with your router, and you may need to consider buying a new one!
If your internet drops out more than once, try and spot a pattern. Does it drop out when a certain device is used? Or when a particular vehicle passes your house? Or it’s even an issue if you have an older microwave. Some routers are known to suffer from older microwaves. Crazy, right? It could even be your neighbours. Does it drop out when they come home from work? Keep note and notice the patterns, and try to avoid certain issues that are possible to avoid.
What Can Lairds Do?
Are you experiencing any Wi-Fi issues? Or do you want your current Wi-Fi state checked? Then contact us, and we will do our best to help. Whether we can advise you on a new router, service provider, or even just a booster, the team at Lairds always put our clients first.