No wifi connectivity? Let’s face it, without Wifi connectivity, all of our high-tech devices are about as useful as a pager is nowadays (the 80’s called, they want their device back). Internet access functions as a conduit to the digital world, connecting us to others, sharing your experiences while enabling us to enjoy others’ via digital platforms.
So what happens when you’re WiFi isn’t working? Well, Armageddon – duh! Fortunately, there is hope. Usually, seemingly complex issues possess simple solutions. Today, we’re going to discuss a few tips to consider during your wifi troubleshooting. Also, it’s worth noting that you can apply these tips to many devices – smartphones, TVs, laptops, tablets, computers, etc.
As a side note, if your Wifi networking is running well, but you’re still having issues – check your devices. Granted, we don’t expect you to be able to diagnose and repair hardware malfunctions on your own – that’s what protection plans are for.
The First Step to Wifi Troubleshooting – Check Your Router
Your router’s dashboard generally gives you an idea of what’s going on. Normally, several buttons will either light up green or red. If you’re seeing any red lights – chances are something in your connection is not working properly.
Also, it could be possible that the issue stems from a problem with your Internet service. Generally, this results in a red button lighting up the front of your router. Look for terms like ‘Service’ on the front of your gateway/router and take note of the color.
Verifying Internet connectivity requires directly plugging your device into the modem itself, bypassing the router. Simultaneously, this helps in excluding or determining whether your router is malfunctioning or not.
The latest routers can retail upwards of $200 – so purchasing a protection plan for them acts as a great failsafe against hardware failure. Also, don’t forget to power cycle your router if you’re having issues. This helps to ‘reset’ everything and on occasion, this may do the trick.
Check Your Devices While Wifi Troubleshooting
After confirming that you have Internet service and your router is working, it’s time to check your devices! Most likely, you’re using your Wifi network on more than one device. Start by checking your smartphones for wifi connectivity. Is your wifi not working on one phone but working on another? Chances are you’re having issues with the wifi adapter on your phone. First, restart your phone first though – just to be safe. Also, this applies to other devices like your tablets, laptops, and computers.
Besides power cycling, make sure that your device attempts to connect to the network. Sometimes, devices forget the network and you have to reestablish the connection.
No Wifi? Check Network Passwords While Wifi Troubleshooting
While sharing a network, it’s possible that another person changes the Wifi password. As a result, having the wrong wifi password saved on your device prevents it from connecting to the network. Ensuring that nobody changed the password will save you plenty of time and headaches.
Still Having Trouble with Wifi Troubleshooting?
So you’ve implemented our tips to no avail. Sadly, this probably means your devices are malfunctioning. When all else fails, consult with a professional. Many of your devices; smartphones, smart TVs, and computers cost hundreds of dollars to repair. Remember troubleshooting (on YouTube or with one of our specialists) saves you a ton of money in situations like these, so it’s definitely worth the work before shelling out more money.