Common Wi-Fi problems and how to fix them

Chances are you've had your fair share of battles with that fickle friend we all know and love: Wi-Fi! Here are some all too common problems and things you can try to fix them.

October 18, 2023

The dreaded ‘dead zone’

You're lounging on your comfy sofa, all set to binge-watch your favourite show. Yet, when you hit 'play,' it's like your Wi-Fi has pulled a vanishing act. This frustrating scenario is usually the result of a dead zone. These are areas in your home where the Wi-Fi signal can't reach very well, often due to walls or other obstacles.

Invest in a Wi-Fi range extender or a mesh network system. They're like the sidekicks of your router, extending your signal's reach into every nook and cranny of your home.

Slow like a snail

Does your Wi-Fi seem to crawl along at a snail's pace? This is a common problem and can be super annoying. Luckily, it's fixable.

  • Check for background apps and devices that might be hogging all the bandwidth. Close those unused tabs and apps!

  • Consider upgrading your internet plan for more speed.

  • Sometimes a simple router reboot can do wonders. Unplug it, count to 10, and plug it back in. It's like a power nap for your Wi-Fi.

The mysterious disconnection

You're in the middle of an intense online game or a critical video call, and suddenly, you're disconnected. How rude! 

  • Make sure your router's firmware is up-to-date. Manufacturers often release updates that fix bugs.

  • Check for interference. Cordless phones, microwave ovens, and even baby monitors be a problem. Keep your router away from these troublemakers!

Wishy-washy signal strength

If your Wi-Fi signal can't seem to reach from one room to the next, it's likely to be a problem with signal strength.

  • Reboot the router, and make sure it's placed in a central location in your home.

  • Invest in a Wi-Fi signal booster, which can amplify your signal and save the day.

The forgotten password (been there – lots!)

You know the drill. It's been ages since you set up your Wi-Fi, and now you can't remember the password. Don't worry; we've all been there.

  • Log into your router's settings through a web browser. Most routers have the default login info on a sticker on the bottom. From there, you can reset your Wi-Fi password.

Remember, Wi-Fi hiccups happen to the best of us. So, go forth and conquer those common problems, and may your connection always be strong and steady! 

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