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Common WiFi Problems and How to Fix Them

There are many unique ways that your router can stop working but don’t panic! Many of those issues can be easily fixed. You can even fix it yourself with a few, simple tips. Here is a list of some common issues and how to fix them.

Slow or no Internet access in certain rooms

This problem may occur if the router is kept in a corner of your house. If you do so, you are unnecessarily covering the outside of your house. If it is possible then move your router to a more centralized location, because a router broadcasts in all directions from a central location. The closer you can put your router to the center of your coverage area, the better network you will get throughout your house.

Another reason for this issue can be channel overlapping. You can use free software like NetSpot on Mac and Windows which can show you every wireless network nearby, and what channel they’re using. If your router overlaps with nearby networks in a particular room, try switching to a less congested channel.

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If none of that helps, your home might be too much large for one router to handle. Consider purchasing a wireless repeater for this purpose.

Slow Internet everywhere

This might happen if too many devices are connected to that WiFi. If this is not the case then test your internet speed using a site like speedtest.net. If speeds are still down, the problem is likely with your Internet connection, not your router. Contact your Internet Service Provider.

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If that doesn’t help, you should try resetting your router. On most of the routers, there is a “Reset” button. Hold that for 30 seconds. After that, set up the router correctly to get everything properly configured, and see if the resetting helps.

If none of above methods works and your internet works fine on a wired connection, then the problem may be lying on the router. Consider buying a new one.

One device can’t connect to the network

The simplest solution is that try turning off the WiFi on your device, then re-enable it. If that doesn’t work, do the same with your router by unplugging it and then plugging it back in 40 seconds later.

“Can’t connect to this network” issue in Windows 10; Image Source: innov8tiv.com

If still you can not connect your device to the network, delete the network from list of saved networks on your device, then re-connect again.

If you’re running Windows 10, search for Wifi troubleshooting, and open the result, Identify and repair network issues. That will go through a series of diagnostics that may restore connectivity.

If none of that works, the last option is to reboot your device.

Nothing can connect to the network

If you can’t connect any device to the network try some simple troubleshooting to understand the problem. The first step should be to plug your laptop into the router directly using an Ethernet cable, and see if you can connect that way. If that works, your WiFi is the problem. If it doesn’t, you’ll have to contact your Internet Service Provider(ISP).

before calling ISP, try resetting and re-configuring your router. If you are lucky enough this may solve the problem otherwise go ahead, call the ISP. If even that doesn’t solve the problem, you may need to consider buying a new router.

Connections drop at random times

This may happen if you are experiencing interference from other networks or devices. If your neighbors are heavy WiFi users at a particular time each day, this could be slowing down your network speed at that particular time. To avoid this, switch to a less congested channel. You can use free software like NetSpot on Mac and Windows which can show you every wireless network nearby, and what channel they’re using.

“No Internet, Secured” issue

In this issue, you can easily connect your system or laptop to the WiFi network, but there is no active internet connection available there. If you are having this issue with your laptop, try connecting it with a Ethernet cable. If this works, then the router is having a problem, and may need to be reset.

“No Internet, Secured” issue in Window 10; Image Source: pcerror-fix.com

So reset the router using the “reset” button on the router and re configure it. This is actually the best troubleshoot that you can do. If this doesn’t help, try the below methods.

Change your adapter settings:

1: Open Network settings

2: Search for Change adapter options

3: Open properties of the WiFi adapter by right-clicking on it and choose Properties from the cascading menu.

4: Now, click on the Configure and then open Advanced tab.

5: Choose HT Mode and alter its value to HT Mode 20|40. After modification, click on OK to save the recent changes.

6: After completion, try to connect to the Internet.

If all the steps are executed properly then the error “No Internet, Secured” will get fix, if you are still getting this error then apply the next trick.

Try to Update Wi-Fi Adapter Drivers:

Sometimes outdated WiFi driver can generate this type of issue on Windows 10. So it is recommended to make sure that your system’s WiFi adapter diver is updated.

If nothing helps, contact your ISP.

Can’t remember the WiFi password

If you really can’t remember your WiFi password and you have not even written it down then you’ll have to reset your router. Use a paperclip to press the hidden switch in the pin hole on the back of your router for 30 seconds. It should then default to factory settings.

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