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7 Wireless Router Problems And How To Solve Them

Slow data speeds, dead spots, Wi-Fi that's AWOL -- don't replace that router yet -- first try these tips to overcome your 802.11x router headaches.

 

Don't put up with a slow data stream. Troubleshoot your router.
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A good router gone bad isn't always a bad router. Most times it's just a good router looking for a little love and attention.

We've all had it happen: You're sitting there connected to your network, browsing the Internet, or trying to get some game on, or you just want to watch a video from upstairs, and, suddenly, Shazaam! You feel like you're walking uphill through drying cement -- in lead shoes.

The feeling isn't good and, when it happens, all you really want to do is point your 27th century neutron rifle at your router and blast away.

It's an understandable reaction, but it's not the most fiscally responsible solution. Routers can be expensive items to replace. So we've rounded up a few tips to try to overcome some of the more common causes of router headaches.

1. It's So Slow You Can't Get Any Work Done

Problem: Your router is slower than molasses running uphill on a hot day.

Solution:A couple of things that might be causing this problem. Most routers work on the 2.5GHz band. So do Microwave ovens, cordless phones, garage door openers, baby monitors, and some other electronic devices. Have you added anything to the environment recently that works on the 2.5GHz band -- just about when the problem started? If so, turn it off and see if there's an improvement.

If that's not an issue, keep in mind that the 2.5GHz band has only three real channels (1, 6, 11) despite pretending to have eleven (the others overlap with each other). Your neighbors who are Wi-Fi-enabled are also using those same channels. If you live in a major metropolitan area with public transportation, it's a lot like trying to get on the bus during rush hour.

You can modify the channel your router uses (and subsequently any Wi-Fi adapters) by going into the device's setup controls (usually through a browser-based program that's been installed on your computer when you installed the router or adapter) and manually changing it. (The default setting is where the problem can arise; vendors always pick the same channel.)

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anon7445239219
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9/30/2014 | 1:18:15 AM
Re: Involved to get online many times a day
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You might need to restore your apple computer if that does not resolve the issue you should take it to an apple genious bar so that they could fix it. if underwarrantee it is free if not it will be a fee.
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anon5972987420,
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5/31/2014 | 1:41:10 PM
Involved to get online many times a day
I bought a MAC Air becaouse my 2009 MAc book had problems. Now in order to get online ag Google, I must click on WIFI until it in "on" then click on my email address then click on my "inbox" icon in my bookmarks. 
Sometimes I then get to my email and sometimes I must at least beging to type in my email address BEFORE I can access my email.

ISTHIS A ROUTER PROBLEM OR SOMETHING ELSE???

km
JessikaF824
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JessikaF824,
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8/6/2013 | 2:27:31 PM
re: 7 Wireless Router Problems And How To Solve Them
We just bought a N600 router. Our two computers are in the same room, 8 meters from the router. One computer is a laptop and internet receptivity works a 100% but the one next to it, a desktop, shows five times less internet receptivity then the other. (And shows 4/5 internet bars, although making a speedtest shows it downloads 5mbits or less, when it's supposed to do at least 15mbits) We have been trying to re-setup, move the anthenna's from the "internet capter" situated outsite of the desktop (but plugged in). What could it be, wht can't the desktop receive the amount of internet it's supposed to? Anyone has ideas??
slobo0!
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slobo0!,
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7/20/2013 | 10:41:54 AM
re: 7 Wireless Router Problems And How To Solve Them
Wifi is connected but cannot access internet over mobile! HELP!!!!!

my router works exellent on my PC, but when i try to connect to the internet via my phone's WI-FI it shows that i have exellent signal, and when i open my browser(on my phone) it says NO INTERNET CONECTION!
HELP PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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sdcalsch,
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8/22/2012 | 9:15:18 AM
re: 7 Wireless Router Problems And How To Solve Them
I have two laptops. One persists in saying no internet connection; the other connects with no problem. I reset the router, cut power to router and modem, restarted multiple times. I can't get the lenovo to connect.
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ibuda301,
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1/10/2012 | 8:33:07 PM
re: 7 Wireless Router Problems And How To Solve Them
I have a netgear wndr300 wireless router. Recently it has been losing connection and then regaining connection on it's own. we have several computers and a tv along with an ipad running though it.
any suggestions

ianbuda@bellsouth.net
TMACAULAY000
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TMACAULAY000,
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11/24/2011 | 3:40:24 PM
re: 7 Wireless Router Problems And How To Solve Them
My wireless connection (laptop computer) works fine, as long as no other users are on line. As my wife powers on her ipad or my daughter powers on her laptop, I lose access. Eventually I get it back, but we all lose access every time one of the users turns on or turns off their computers. I have a linksys Wireless G router.Do I need a better router? Adjust settings on current router?
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