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How to Fix Internet Connection
How to Fix Common Internet Connection Problems
The Internet is a magical and wonderful place that contains nearly every bit of human knowledge. But, when it isn’t up and working properly, then the world wide web can be a frustrating place. So, let’s address some common internet connection problems:
Modem & Router Issues
Sometimes, the main devices that bring you the Internet have connection problems. Luckily, fixing these hiccups is a pretty easy process.
First, check both your modem and your router to see that the green lights are flashing on them. That’s normal, and it and indicates network traffic, which is a good thing. However, if you see a steady, blinking orange light, then that’s not so good, as it generally indicates an issue.
Second, try restarting your modem and router. Similar to your computer, resetting your Internet devices gives them a chance to clear out any connection issues and start fresh again once you’ve powered them back on. Just remember to give them a few minutes to reestablish a connection with your Internet service provider and circulate the Internet.
If that doesn’t work, you should next remove the router from the equation. Instead, plug your computer’s Ethernet cable directly into your modem to see if the wireless router is the troublemaker.
Viruses, Software, and Browser Issues with One Computer
If you’re experiencing Internet connection problems with a single device on your network, then there’s likely a software problem with that one computer or smart device. It could be the result of getting infected by a virus or some sort of malware. Don’t worry though – if you’re on the Internet long enough, it’s only a matter of time before you happen to get a virus. It only takes one wrong click, and most of them are pretty easy to exterminate.
To quickly tidy up this issue, download an anti-virus software and do an anti-virus scan on the computer. If the software finds something nasty that shouldn’t be there, you will be given the option to quarantine and squash it, making your computer happy and healthy once again.
Alternately, the issue could be caused by a specific browser, usually a misconfigured firewall. So, try installing a different browser and accessing that same website before you jump to conclusions.
Of course, no matter how great you think your download speed is, if you overload your home WiFi network with too many connected devices, then your web performance will suffer. Each connected device (computer, phone, tablet, or smart home device), and what its demanding of the WiFi signal, will affect how quickly the network will be able to perform. So, always keep in mind that, the higher your bandwidth (or speed) is, the more devices you’re able to connect to the system without causing any lag.
There could be a number of reasons as to why your Internet is still working but is very sluggish. And if you’re wondering how to fix slow Internet in your home, take a look at the possibilities below.
Overloaded Router / Lack of Bandwidth: Each connected device (computer, phone, tablet, or smart home device), and what its demanding of the WiFi signal, will affect how quickly the network will be able to perform. So, always keep in mind that, the higher your bandwidth (or speed) is, the more devices you’re able to connect to the system without causing any lag.
Distance from Wireless Router / Interference: In general, the Internet signals that wireless routers send out have a specific range. So, no matter how fast your service is, if you’re too far away from it to pick it up, then you’ll get a weak signal or no signal at all. And thus, you’re Internet will be slow or nonexistent. Similarly, if there’s something that’s interrupting that signal – whether it’s a concrete wall or floor, a heavy rain or thunderstorm, or a power surge--you could end up having connection issues
Peak Traffic Hours: Depending upon how your connection is set up – based upon the provider you’ve chosen – getting online at certain times may bring back a slower connection. Speeds will often fluctuate depending upon the number of people attempting to access the Internet Service Provider’s network at the same time.
Your Internet Service Provider’s Servers are Down
Welp, this one’s not your fault. Sometimes, your Internet Service Provider is having issues on their back end. If you think this is the case, then call up your provider and see it there’s a service outage in your area. If so, there’s not much else you can do besides wait for them to fix it from their end.
On a similar (and smaller note), perhaps the specific website you’re trying to access is down. So, give it a few moments to do its updates and revisit at a later time. Once again, there’s no issue on your end, so you can’t fix it. Unfortunately, patience is the only solution for this one.
But, as a general rule, make sure you’re good about performing updates and restarts for your devices. With these tips and tricks, you should be able to fix most of your Internet connection issues, and get back online today!
And if you find yourself having consistent internet connection issues, it might be time to get a new internet provider. To find internet providers available at your address, simply enter your address above. We're here to help you get the best internet service at the most affordable price!
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