Fix My Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi problems may lead to a slower connection or no connection at all. If you are tired of your internet moving at a snail’s pace or forever having problems connecting to the internet, here are some tips to get your Wi-Fi up and running(faster):

It may be that your laptop is in airplane mode or that Wi-Fi button on the laptop or the Wi-Fi option on the device has been switched off. Simply check for the function button or switch on the front or sides of the laptop and turn it on or simply just turn on the Wi-Fi on your device!

You may have to reboot the device that is being used and the wireless router. Your device’s OS (operating system) may have a software or firmware problem. You will have to restart device and see if that helps, or update the software or OS on the device for better performance. You can try “power cycling” of the modem or router by unplugging the router for about 10 seconds and then plugging it back in.

You may be running into interference with other routers or other devices. Wi-Fi routers usually use the 2.4 GHz frequency and at most times only channels 1,6 and 11 can run simultaneously with no problems. It would be best to change the channel by using particular programs to help you with your selection such as Meraki Wi-Fi Stumbler, Wi-Fi Analyzer or Wi-Fi Finder. More than likely the router is set to channel 6 and a less crowed channel should be used. You can change the channel by going into the admin panel of the router.

It is also important to note that some electrical devices may also use the 2.4 GHz band which can also limit the Wi-Fi signal. These devices should not be placed near the router as it disrupts the signal. It would be best to move these devices or turn them off when not in use for best performance.
You may need to reinstall the driver and/or software on your laptop if you still have connection problems. Firstly, head to your computer manufacturer’s website and download the latest network adapter driver or, if you purchased the adapter separately. Then follow the manufacturer’s directions for reinstalling the software on your adapter. Once this step is completed, reboot the computer and see if this makes a difference.

The firmware for the router may need to be updated if reinstalling the drivers and/or software does not work. You can upgrade the firmware directly from the router control panel by logging into the web-based control panel and check which firmware version has been installed. This is usually shown on the system or status page. Then head to the website of the router’s manufacturer and look for the support/downloads section for the newest firmware release for your particular model. You may not have to download the latest version, but if you must, please follow the instructions on how to update it. You can also seek an open-source router firmware and see if it improves the Wi-Fi network. If nothing else works, you may need new hardware.

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