5 Common WiFi Problems and How to Fix Them

5 Common WiFi problems and how to fix them

5 Common WiFi Problems and How to Fix Them

WiFi has become an inescapable and essential part of our lives. We use it for everything from streaming movies, tv and music to working from home using video conferencing software (such as Zoom). WiFi might be a large part of our lives but it is not always stable or fast. Slow WiFi can be frustrating and even interfere with your job! Here are five common WiFi problems and how to fix them.

1. Slow Internet Speeds

One of the most common WiFi problems is slow internet speeds. If you are paying for a slow internet package from your internet provider then it might be time to upgrade to a faster connection. Some other factors can also cause slow speeds such as a weak WiFi signal, too many devices connected to the network, or outdated equipment.

Slow internet speeds are frustrating

If you have slow internet speeds, we recommend the following:

  • Upgrade your internet package with your internet service provider. If you are getting slow speeds (50mb and under) you may want to upgrade.
  • Move closer to the router: If you're far away from the router, your device may have trouble picking up the WiFi signal. Try moving closer to the router to see if this improves your internet speed.
  • Limit the number of devices: If there are too many devices connected to your WiFi network, this can slow down your internet speed. Try disconnecting some devices or hardwiring some of your devices so it is taken off of the WiFi network.
  • Upgrade your equipment: If you're using an outdated router or modem, this could be the cause of slow internet speeds. If your router or modem is more than 5 years old this could be the issue. Consider upgrading your equipment to a newer model.

2. WiFi Signal Drops

Another common WiFi problem is signal drops. This can be frustrating if you're in the middle of an important video call or multiplayer gaming match.

To fix this issue, try the following:

  • Move closer to the router: If your WiFi signal drops frequently, try moving closer to the router. This can help improve the strength of the WiFi signal.
  • Hardwire your devices, if you are using a gaming console, desktop computer or TV we recommend hard wiring the device into your network. This will remove any interference and take your device off the WiFi network.
  • Check for interference: Other electronic devices, such as microwaves, cordless phones, and baby monitors, can interfere with the WiFi signal. Make sure your router is not placed near these types of devices. If your router is directly on top of your microwave then you will probably want to move it! If it's not completely fried already.
  • Reset the router: Sometimes, resetting the router can help fix WiFi signal drops. Unplug the router, wait a few seconds, and plug it back in.

3. WiFi Network Not Showing Up

If your WiFi network is not showing up on your device, this could be a sign of a problem with the router or modem.

IF your WiFi network is not showing up, this is a critical issue. Try the following:

  1. Check the router: Make sure the router is turned on and properly connected to the modem. Also make sure the power cord is plugged in, sometimes it can jiggle out of the wall or the router.
  2. Check the modem: Make sure the modem is turned on and properly connected to the internet. Just like in point 1, make sure to check the power cord. Sometimes it can jiggle out.
  3. Restart the router and modem: If all else fails try restarting the modem and router. There is a chance this can fix the problem.

4. Weak WiFi Signal

A weak WiFi signal can make it difficult to connect to the internet, a weak WiFi signal is noticed easier in a large home or office.

To fix this issue, try the following:

  1. Use a WiFi extender: A WiFi extender can help boost the WiFi signal in areas where the signal is weak.
  2. Use a WiFi mesh system: A WiFi mesh system uses the WiFi signal to link together and boost your signal around your home or office. These are better than a simple WiFi extender system.
  3. Use a WiFi access point system: WiFi access points are the best way to provide a stable WiFi connection and signal throughout a large space. A number of these strategically placed around a home or office will fix the problem.

5. Poor Security

WiFi networks can be vulnerable to security breaches, such as hacking or unauthorized access.

Securing a WiFi network

To fix this issue, try the following:

  1. Change the default password: Make sure your router's default password is changed to a strong, unique password.
  2. Enable encryption: Enable WPA2 encryption on your WiFi network. This can help prevent unauthorized access to your network.
  3. Disable remote management: Disable remote management on your router. This can help prevent hackers from gaining access to your router.

Article in Summary

WiFi problems can be frustrating, but they are often easy to fix. Slow internet speeds, WiFi signal drops, a network not showing up, a weak WiFi signal, and poor security are all common issues that can be addressed with a few simple steps. By following the tips outlined in this article, you can improve your WiFi experience and avoid common problems.

It's important to note that some WiFi problems may require more advanced troubleshooting or professional assistance. If you're still experiencing issues after trying the tips outlined in this article, it may be time to consult a professional or contact your internet service provider.

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