Many things can go wrong with a computer. One of the most annoying problems occurs when you lose your ability to connect to the internet. There can be many reasons for this. However, one of the most common is that your router is not operating properly. Problems with your router can also make it difficult to connect to localized networks of computers. Whatever the issue may be, here is some advice on how to troubleshoot and fix problems with your router.
First, you should check the different connections your router uses. More than likely, this may be the source of the problem you are experiencing. Check every connection that has been or should be made between your computer, the router, and the modem. There should, for one, be a strong connection between the router and modem. Make sure the appropriate wires are plugged in snugly where they should be.
Secondly, there should also be a connection between your computer and the router. In this case, the connection may not be made by wires. It could be a wire connection, but your computer may also use a wireless connection to communicate with your router. If it’s a physical connection, this should be rather easy to check.
If it is a wireless connection, you will need to do a little bit more work. If your wireless connection is working properly, there should be a light alerting you of this fact on the router itself. Check to make sure this light is on. Secondly, you will need to check if your computer is communicating with the router wirelessly. You can do this in the “Network and Internet Connections” section of the control panel in Windows.
Lastly, make sure every power cord is plugged in correctly. This may seem too obvious, but sometimes it is the source of the problem.
If after checking all these connections the problem is still not resolved, you may need to alter the network settings of your computer. The network settings may need to be changed because your computer may not be set up properly to receive the connection from your router. First, go to your network settings. You can find these in your control panel. There may also be an icon on the taskbar that you can click to show you all the networks you are or are not connected to. From there, you can alter the network settings. Use this window to attempt to connect to the network you want.
If you are still having trouble connecting to the internet, you may want to contact your internet service provider. They can help troubleshoot the problem for you. Perhaps it may not even be something caused by how your router is set up. For example, maintenance being performed by the ISP or even severe weather may explain why the connection is down.
Lastly, if all other attempts to resolve the problem have failed, you may want to check for interference with your router’s wireless signal. Do this by moving your router to other locations to see if the signal works better. Even materials like concrete and metal can interfere with a router’s wireless signal.