My WiFi not working
WiFi not working is one of the most common tech problems we are all going to have to deal with on a regular basis.
Unfortunately, when you’re WiFi goes down it is nowhere near as simple or as straightforward to get up and running again as it probably should be. In fact, it can be a real headache and hassle – and, in some rare circumstances, it can be a total nightmare!
Thankfully though, when you’re WiFi isn’t working the way it should be there are a handful of pretty simple and straightforward things you can do to get your network backup and running. We are going to outline those tips and tricks below, pointing you in the right direction so that you’re able to enjoy your wireless Internet the way that you deserve to be able to.
Shall we dive right in?
The Effortless Solution – Reboot Your Router
Believe it or not, the overwhelming majority of WiFi problems you are going to run into can almost always be completely resolved by nothing more than rebooting your router.
All routers are going to have a reboot button on them somewhere, but for older models that do not have this easy to access button you can do a soft reboot by simply unplugging the power cord from the router (or the wall), leaving the entire unit off for a minute or two so that it completely runs out of residual power, and then plugging it back in to allow it to reboot itself.
You may also want to reboot your Internet modem that the exact same time (by following the exact same steps). This way you’ll be guaranteed to completely reset your entire network and may even see better stability and higher speeds by making the switch.
It seems really simple, really straightforward, and almost too good to be true – but this solution is the first solution that you should try whenever you are dealing with a WiFi networking situation.
Cool your router down
Like any other piece of technology, your router is going to absolutely despise the heat and you need to do everything in your power to make sure that it doesn’t overheat or you’re going to see some serious performance degradation and blackouts.
All you have to do to check the temperature of your router is to simply pick it up in your hands.
If it feels hot – not warm, but actually hot – then you are dealing with a piece of hardware that is overheating and it’s going to cause all kinds of problems with your network.
Often times this heat is caused by external factors (sitting in a window exposed to direct sunlight, placed near a radiator or heater, close to a fireplace, on top of other hot electronics, etc.), but from time to time you’re going to find your router to be too hot because it’s exhaust ports are plugged with dust, debris, or day and.
Get your hands on a can of compressed air and blow all of these ports clean (after unplugging your router from the wall, of course) and you will usually be able to drop the internal temperature dramatically. You’ll also want to think about relocating your router if it’s getting overheated because of its physical location – something that you’re going to want to consider for sure.
Is your WiFi not working because it’s a range is too low?
You might notice that your WiFi signal is coming in loud and clear when you are close to the router but not so picture-perfect the farther you get away from the hardware.
This is pretty normal for wireless technologies, but today’s modern routers have been specifically designed to offer you the kind of extreme reach and connect ability you are depending on whenever you are in the effective range of this device.
Unfortunately, if you are in a larger home (or older homes that have very dense construction materials used throughout) your router signal may not be anywhere near as strong as you need it to be.
Your WiFi not working may be because the signal is too weak, and in those cases you’re going to want to do anything and everything you can to boost the signal.
Investing in a WiFi network repeater is always a good idea (as is installing ethernet throughout your home to hardwire the system), but you may have to move your WiFi router around, direct your antennas to provide better coverage and range of or even change the network frequency that your WiFi router broadcasts on so that there isn’t any interference with other networks in the area.
Here’s what to do when the lights are on but nobody’s home
From time to time you might notice that the WiFi networking has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the lights on your router being lit or not being lit.
In fact, you might even notice that your WiFi router is fully lit (showing that everything is working the way it should be internally and with your active signals) but you still aren’t able to discover the network or to connect to it, either.
If that’s the case, you’re going to want to reset your router as opposed to reboot your router.
Most of the time there’s going to be a tiny little rubber button hidden on the bottom of your router, only accessible by a strained out paper clip or piece of wire, that you want to depress while the router is powered on for about 30 seconds.
This is going to completely reset all of your router connection details to the default configuration, essentially wiping the slate clean and allowing you to rebuild your network from the ground up.
Yes, it’s going to take a little bit of extra time to complete be reset your network and configure it to your ideal setup, but if the lights are on and there is an active connection it’s the only way to really streamlined the process of getting connected once again.
After all, it’s always better to put in a little bit of extra work to get your WiFi working than to deal with WiFi not working all the time.
Is there something wrong with your WiFi connectable devices?
It is very tempting to want to blame your WiFi router when you have a WiFi not working problems, but you’re going to want to make sure that the devices you are trying to connect to the router aren’t the problem to begin with.
The easiest way to check this is to try and connect these devices to other networks, seeing if they recognize the networks to begin with and then checking to see if they connect to those external networks.
This simple test will tell you whether or not it’s your WiFi router that isn’t working as well as it could or should be, or tell you that it’s the devices you are hoping to connect to your network in the first place.
Has something happened to corrupt your WiFi network security?
This is a very, very rare occurrence, but from time to time you might find that the WiFi not working has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with your hardware, your devices, or your Internet connection and everything to do with a WiFi network security issue that has become corrupted.
These kinds of mistakes used to happen frequently in the early days of WiFi technology, but thanks to major advances in the world of WiFi security and in the creation of WiFi hardware you won’t have to worry about it nearly as much as you did in the past.
All the same, if you find WiFi not working the way it should be you should really try to see if the network password itself is the actual issue. Perhaps the network password was changed without you knowing it, perhaps the network password has become corrupted on either the router or your devices, or there may be a simple miscommunication between the device and the router that’s causing the problem in the first place.
Are you getting consistent power?
WiFi routers aren’t going to require very much power by any stretch of the imagination, but they are going to require a consistent level of power all the same.
For some people (especially those that lives in older homes with older wiring setups) the power that is pushed to their routers – and all of their other electrical appliances – isn’t going to be anywhere near as consistent as most people would believe it to be.
Even just intermittent power drops are going to kill your network connectivity, and WiFi not working problems may be caused simply because your router or your modem isn’t getting a consistent amount of juice on a regular basis.
This can be tested or troubleshot by getting your hands on in electrical current tester and simply plugging it into the outlet that the router is plugged into and seeing the results for yourself.
Of course, if you aren’t getting the kind of consistent power you need you only have a couple of options – moving your router to an outlet that does get regular and consistent power or calling in the electricians to overhaul your electrical setup so that you don’t have to deal with these problems in the future.
How is your cable connection?
Your WiFi network is only ever going to be able to distribute the Internet that it has brought in to it through your modem, so you might want to trace your Internet back to its closest source to make sure that it is coming in as crystal clear and consistent as it should be.
It’s definitely advantageous for you to contact your Internet provider to make sure that everything is all clear on their end and that you are getting the kind of speeds that you have paid for and that your web connection is complete.
You might discover that your WiFi networking has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with your router for your hardware and everything to do with problems that the cable or DSL company is dealing with.
It’s always a good idea to get a hold of these companies as early in the troubleshooting process as humanly possible. After all, you don’t want to be fiddling around with a bunch of troubleshooting tactics when they aren’t going to be worth the time because they have no impact on getting your Internet back up and running.
A single phone call is usually more than enough to make sure that your WiFi not working issues are on your end or their end, and you’ll be able to pretty quickly put the pieces together and get your network back up and running.
At the end of today, there are all kinds of different things you can do to try and troubleshoot any network connectivity issues you are dealing with.
Hopefully we have been able to shine a little bit of light on the subject for you, giving you the kind of inside information you need to become your own IT department. WiFi not working issues are very common today, and though they should become a lot less common later down the line – as the hardware gets better and better – these problems likely will always exist even if they become quite rare.
It’s a good idea to know how to diagnose and troubleshoot all of these issues, and it’s a game changer to be able to get any WiFi not working problem resolved for yourself and for others. After all, we live in the most connected world in human history and being cut off from the Internet can be a major headache, hassle, and inconvenience for almost all of us.
Armed with the information in this quick guide though you likely won’t ever have to deal with those problems again. You’re going to be able to keep your WiFi network up and running regularly, and you’ll be able to resolve WiFi networking issues faster than you ever thought possible!