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We treat Wi-Fi pretty much the same way we treat electricity these days, as in, we only become aware of its significance in our lives when it stops working. Then, we panic, run around looking for the problem, then give up and order a pizza. Whether it’s a laptop that’s on its last legs or an aging Wi-Fi card the following lines are going to be your hard wired hookup to getting better Wi-Fi reception at home.

Slow Internet Connection

If you’re having this problem, chances are your router is dying. But don’t give up yet. Try plugging in your laptop directly to the modem. You can use sites such as Speedtest.net to find out how slow the connection speed really is. Try changing the channel on the router, or use software such as Wi-Fi Analyzer for Android devices to find out if your Wi-Fi network is overlapping others nearby. If that doesn’t help, try setting up your router from scratch. This can easily be done by holding down the ‘Reset’ button on the router for 30 seconds, which will take it back to its factory settings. Most likely, the problem could be with the internet connection itself and not your router. Contact your ISP to have them take a look.

Wi-Fi Not Reaching Certain Rooms

This is a common and recurrent problem. If you’re facing this issue, remember that Wi-Fi is basically radio waves, so start by moving the router. Try to pinpoint the center of your coverage area to get a better reception. Also, while you’re at it, adjust the antenna by moving it in multiple directions until you get your signal. Sometimes, the problem may be that other routers may be interfering with your Wi-Fi signal. This is especially true for those who live in apartments. Try changing the channel of your router. Making a switch to a channel with less traffic will help getting a stronger signal. When all else fails, maybe the pressure is too much for your router to handle, try getting a wireless repeater instead that will work as a second access point.

Can’t Connect a Particular Device to the Network

First of all, you will need to turn off the Wi-Fi connection on your device. You can also try unplugging the modem and the plugging it back again after a few minutes. You can also try deleting your current network from your device and then re-enabling it. All operating systems offer Wi-Fi troubleshooting and other diagnostics tools, which you can use to get to the heart of the problem. For Mac devices, you can use ‘Wireless Diagnostics’ while on Windows OS its ‘Wi-Fi Troubleshooting’. You can follow the onscreen instructions to get a better idea of where the problem lies.

Connection Drops

Drops in your Wi-Fi connection that happens at random is one of the most annoying problems users face. When it occurs, try to find some sort of pattern in the connection drop time. For example, does your connection drop whenever you enter a certain room in the house, or when you are using the microwave, which can be the case if you’re on the 2.5GHz frequency, or you own an old microwave that has shield issues. Connection drops at random can also occur if your neighbors use Wi-Fi heavily at a particular time of the day, which can end up dropping your network strength.