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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.




Powerline network adapters use existing electrical lines in your home as if it were CAT 5e.
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6. No Wi-Fi Signal

Problem: Your office at home is so far away from your router that no Wi-Fi signal will connect.

Solution: The best and most obvious solution is to run a CAT 5e cable between the two points, but that's not a viable solution for many people who have neither the funds to get it done nor the skill to do it themselves.

Renters face another obstacle: Landlords who don't want holes poked through their walls and ceilings. If you find yourself in that rather large group of folk, all isn't lost. There's always Powerline networking gear.

If you're not familiar with the work being done by the Homeplug Powerline Alliance, check its website for the all the background. The gist of things is simple: You get two adapters. You plug one into an AC wall outlet near the equipment you want to network and the other in a wall outlet near your router.

Too Good To Be True?

As soon as you do that, the pair will begin to look for each other, and, once they find themselves, they start communicating. When that happens, you plug your computer gear into one of the adapters and your router into the other and you're networked. The adapters use the existing electrical lines in your home as if it were CAT 5e strung between the devices.

If that sounds too good to be true, in some cases it is. Despite being advertised at 300Mbs, at best the networking speeds probably hover around 802.11g levels (about 54Mbs). It might be slower as well or even totally ineffective.

The throughput speed depends on the condition of your electrical wiring (older wiring tends to be slower), what, if any, other loads you might have on those lines, and something called a phase leg. The latter is probably the most important factor if your goal is to have some network communication ability rather than none at all.

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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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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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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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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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