Teledata’s how to guide: Fixing issues with your WiFi router
Is your WiFi connection driving you a bit crazy? Either you have no connection or it randomly cuts out of range? There could be a variety of problems with your WiFi router, and we are here to help you solve them.
A simple reboot can work wonders.
It seems too simple, but often this is the trick to fix your issues.
Many routers need an occasional reboot to keep working, and anyone can do it.
You just need to unplug your router’s power cable, count to fifteen, and then plug it back in. If you have a separate modem, then unplug the modem’s power cord, again count to fifteen and then plug it back in.
According to vodafone.co.nz when you reboot, the device disregards the corrupted connection and then requests a new connection ID from the DSLAM (Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer) at the phone exchange. This is a common thing that happens to the DSLAM network hardware for broadband users.
Sometimes your WiFi router is just too hot.
Much like your smartphone or laptop can overheat, so can your router. Howtogeek.com says this overheating can damage the router over time or just make it unstable.
You can tell if your WiFi router is too hot by just touching it. If it seems too hot then maybe you need to move it to a place where it gets enough airflow, hiding in a hot corner of your house isn’t the best for it. Try put it near a window, at the least keep it away from other electronics that may heat up – like your PC.
Are you using the right cables?
If you’ve bought cheap cables from a seller on the street, then this might be adding to your frustrations. You’re better off paying extra for certified and shielded cables. Most importantly, don’t mess around with counterfeit wall chargers, you will risk damage to the router or worse. You don’t want a knockoff cord to heat up so much it catches fire – internet connectivity will be the least of your problems.
Properly plug in your cables
Sometimes a loose cable is to blame for your unstable WiFi. Check all your cables are securely plugged in. Check the cables to your router and modem, and between the modem and the wall. Check each Ethernet cable connected to the back of the router.
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