Solving Common WiFi Problems in Windows
As of late 2015 the number of global internet users has risen above 46%. Furthermore, during the 2014 mobile devices have outnumbered the population of our planet. With these facts in mind, it is no wonder that wireless has become the No.1 option for going online.
Not only do mobile devices use WiFi, desktop users, in their effort to rid themselves of cables, have also started using it massively. Being that the number of desktops powered by Windows operating system is higher than any other, this short how-to is aimed towards those users.
You will notice that your windows device has disconnected by seeing a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark in the center of it on your connection icon.
There are several reasons behind losing your connection:
- ISP – your ISP has disabled the service for some reason – you forgot to pay the bill, or it’s a technical issue. You can check this by looking at your modem. The lights on your modem will be blinking or completely shut off, instead of constantly glowing.
- Wifi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration – In some cases, your device can’t get its IP properly addressed and the connection with router/modem is limited. There is a thread over at Tom’s hardware displaying the solution.
- Malware – the internet is a vast space of nearly infinite amount of data. Some of the data available out there can be harmful for your device and cause numerous problems including internet connection related ones. By using antimalware software paired with a good antivirus, chances are you will succeed in removing the culprit. However, should the number of infected files be too big, you might consider a complete system refresh.
- Drivers – drivers are a software bond between your hardware and operating system. To ensure that all the devices function properly, your drivers have to be up to date. An outdated driver can cause severe problems. Mind you, sometimes newer drivers are not immune to issues and in such cases you should roll back the installation to a previous stable version. To check the latest driver software for your device regularly visit the manufacturer’s support web page.
- Neighbors – though this sounds funny, if you live in a highly populated area, chances are your neighbours are using WiFi as well. A high concentration of WiFi transmitters in a small area can cause interference and slow internet speeds. The solution is to change the broadcasting channel of your router to a channel with less “polluted” frequency. To ensure that changing the channel has solved the issue, take an html5 speed test and compare the results with those you should be getting.
Some people use it for business, some use it for pleasure and some for educational purposes. Whichever the case, one thing is certain in this day and age, we are highly dependent on the internet. With it, we have a tremendous amount of information at the tips of our fingers, and losing that commodity even for a short while can cause stress. So, with the help of any of these quick-fixes you can prevent the need for calling technicians to come to the rescue, thus saving your valuable time and money, but also keep your stress levels in check.