Common Network Issues, and How to Fix Them?
With the invention of Wi-Fi, we are ushered into a new cable-free age of the internet. There’s no denying that Wi-Fi is a great milestone. However, this doesn’t mean that we have stopped encountering common network issues. They are still there, but fortunately with solutions.
Our houses are brimming with gadgets of all shapes and sizes. And most of us hail from families of heavy internet users. Some of the most online activities are streaming, surfing, gaming, news binging, downloading music and movies, and so on. And now that most of us have switched to the telecommuting model, having an internet outage is nothing less than a dreadful nightmare.
Instead of letting a disruptive connection panic you, and before you invest in a high-end Wi-Fi booster or a nest system, tag along for some effective solutions to fix the connectivity issues.
The Most Common Network Issues
Whenever you are facing a network-related issue, one of these two things is the cause:
- The router.
- The device with network issues.
It is pretty obvious that if the internet is not working on any device connected to the network, the issue is the router or modem. Also, take a quick look at your ADSL cable to see if it is twisted or broken.
However, if the internet is not working on a single device, then the problem is perhaps with the Wi-Fi adapter of the device. This can cause the device to have a hard time connecting with the router. Other causes of glitches in network connection could be IP conflict, malfunctioned router, and so on.
Let’s give some quick fixes to sort out network issues.
It may sound like a no-brainer, but if you haven’t done it already, do it! The good old rebooting hack forces the devices connected to the network to refresh the IP tables. And then reload all the configuration files. In addition, turn off your modem and router and restart them after 30 seconds.
Moreover, restart your PC to make sure everything is clean. Once you have reset all the devices, try to connecting to your W-Fi network again.
This can resolve all sorts of router-related issues. Please note that resetting doesn’t mean restarting. Resetting your router to the factory settings will force the reset of any changes causing the issue. This means you will again have to protect your router password and tweak the basic settings as per your needs.
You can reset your router by accessing its settings from the computer. But the easier way is to press and hold the physical reset button located on the router. If the glitch is with the router, upon resetting, your devices should work fine.
Check the Modem Lights
One of the common network issues can be lagging internet connection. If the router or the connected devices are glitch-free, then it is your internet connection to blame. To check if it’s true, see the WAN light on your router.
If it is blinking, it means that your internet is working just fine. If the light is static or completely off, then your internet connection is malfunctioned. And you need to get in touch with your ISP.
Ideally, the DSL lights on the router should be green or ON. And the Wi-Fi indicator lights should be blinking. Your ISP’s customer service can help you sort out this problem.
Check If Your ISP Is Down
It’s probable that you are facing an internet outage. There are tools and apps to figure out if the servers of your ISP are down. You can check the status of your ISP according to your location as well.
Alternatively, you can simply get in touch with your ISP’s customer service and they will inform you about any outage or maintenance activity going on.
Leverage the Built-in Troubleshooter
If there’s no glitch on the internet on the ISP’s end and it is working just fine on at least one device in use, your Wi-Fi adapter is the next suspect. Take advantage of the built-in troubleshooters, which come with Mac and Windows.
You can easily find the network icon in the taskbar. Go to troubleshoot problems and your Mac or Windows will automatically detect and fix network issues. Even if it is unable to fix it, it will at least tell you what the issue is. And then you can look up the solution to the problem at hand.
Moreover, consider enabling the Wi-Fi protected setup.
Security Apps or Antivirus Could Be the Culprits
Antivirus software and security apps are common causes of internet issues. To see if it is the cause, disable your security apps and antivirus software temporarily. Check if the internet error is resolved. If it resolves, you know where to look next. Run a comprehensive scan for viruses and malware to get rid of the culprits, which are causing the error.
We have covered most of the common network issues. Try them to get your internet connection up and running!