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What to Do When You Can’t Connect to the Internet

Dec 23, 2019

If you can’t connect to the internet, then you are probably over at a friend’s house or at the library using their public WiFi to read this article. Let’s make this quick to get you some answers as to why your internet isn’t working and what you can do about it.

If you can’t connect to the internet there are a few things that could be happening.

  1. Your router could be blocked or too far away from your devices.
  2. Your WiFi signal strength is weak.
  3. Your network is too crowded.

Each of these hinderances can be pretty simple to fix, you just have to know what to do. Here are somethings that you can try:

Centralize your router

If your router encounters any obstacles, your internet connection will suffer. Obstacles could be thick cement walls, or it could be that the router is upstairs, and you are trying to connect in the basement. If your router’s range doesn’t reach far enough, you won’t be able to connect to the internet.  You can usually fix this issue quickly and easily by moving your router to a more central location in your space.

Boost your WiFi signal strength

You should check your WiFi signal strength. If your WiFi signal is weak, this is why you cannot connect to your internet. Your WiFi signal strength determines whether or not you will have a reliable internet connection. So, a weak one means your connection is unreliable or nonexistent. WiFi signals and WiFi speeds depend on one another, so when your signal is suffering, your speeds will too.  Make sure that your signal is strong so that you don’t have to deal with your lost connection any longer.

Un-crowd and manage your network

A crowded network not only slows your WiFi down, but it can cause you to not be able to connect to your internet at all. You should know what devices are connected to your network, whether that means that you have too many devices or that unwanted guests are freeloading off of your network. You can declutter your network by:

  • Disconnecting some devices
  • Changing passwords to kick off any unwanted guests
  • Moving devices to another channel on your router
  • Setting up a guest network for some devices

Sometimes taking inventory of all of your devices and remembering to keep on top of everything is overwhelming. Especially if you are doing it by yourself for an entire household of devices.

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