3 Simple Tips for Troubleshooting and Fixing Your Home Wi-Fi

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Internet connectivity is something almost everyone takes for granted these days. Whereas perhaps just a decade ago, Internet service was seen as being more of a luxury or privilege, today it is clearly a necessity. Beginning in our very own homes, being connected to the Internet—and wirelessly at that—is something we cannot do without.

We keep in touch with friends and loved ones through e-mail and social media; we shop online; we check out the latest news and stream or download videos and other entertainment media; and even our kids do their homework and keep up with assignments at school by going on the web.

More than that, the Internet of Things (IoT) is also increasingly being implemented and felt inside the home. These days, numerous devices, gadgets and appliances are all being hooked up to each other in a network of wireless interconnectivity that makes life more convenient and intuitively functioning.

New-generation wireless connectivity

Thus, the technology for high-speed, broadband Internet connection has also evolved immensely over the past few years, along with the high-tech and high-capability equipment required to handle such Internet connection. Home Wi-Fi systems, for instance, have become much more sophisticated and efficient in order to keep up with the demands of discerning residential users.

It is important for homeowners to know more about the latest Wi-Fi solutions for the home and choose the best system that meets their needs. And while these may seem like high-tech products for some, it is still important to learn how to do simple troubleshooting in order to maintain smooth and uninterrupted Internet connectivity.

Don’t be intimidated by seemingly complicated wireless set-ups and routers—these devices and systems are quite easy to understand. You just need to follow a basic systematic troubleshooting guide when faced with Internet downtime at home.

Basic Wi-Fi troubleshooting at home

• Check your device. When you are not able to get on the Internet, the first thing you need to check is the device you are using to access data. Whether it is your smartphone, a tablet, a laptop computer or a conventional desktop PC, chances are a good old restart or reboot may fix the problem. Delve further into the network settings of your device, and try to “forget” the Wi-Fi connection to have a fresh connection. You will have to re-locate it and enter the password again.

Also consider if the software of your smartphone or PC is updated, as there may be bugs related to your browser or device’s ability to surf the Internet or to get connected wirelessly.

• Check your router. If resetting or restarting your access device does not work, next check your wireless router. A simple restart might also do the trick. There are some routers that have a switch for this. Otherwise, turn the Wi-Fi router off or unplug it from the power source, and then switch it back on again. Also look into the physical connection of the router to the data source if applicable, especially for fiber-optic systems and the like.

• Check your Internet provider. If you’ve done all these troubleshooting steps with the relevant devices and you are still unable to get on to the Internet, you might want to call your data provider to check for any problems at the source. A technical service professional may be able to guide you further over the phone, or they may need to come over, check hard connections, and assess the environment where you are operating.

Whether at home, in the office or out in public, the truth is that being connected to the Internet is something we simply can no longer do without. Even for those who claim that they are technologically inept, learning a thing or two about troubleshooting Internet connectivity is a must in order to save precious time and money.

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