It’s a common issue: you’ve paid $75 for a new wireless router, you’ve set up a home wireless network, but you have problmes connecting your laptop or home PC to the network.
The most basic (and most time-consuming) way to fix wireless internet connectivity problems is to restart everything:
- Unplug (power down) your modem
- Unplug (power down) your router
- Turn off your computer
As a rule of thumb, when trying to fix wireless router connectivity issues, you should wait at least 10 seconds before turning your modem back on, and then powering up your router. This is because the modem itself will save in its memory network information (such as IP addresses), and sometimes this network information may be causing the wireless router problem in the first place.
After 10 seconds or so, the modem has completely powered down and information should be fully removed. Some modems routers also actually physically reset various switches.
After everything has been powered down:
- Restart (power up) your modem.
- Wait for about 20 seconds (or until your modem is fully powered up), and then power up your wireless router.
- Restart your computer.
This usually is enough to fix wireless connectivity problems. If you’re still having problems, use an ethernet cable and try connecting your computer directly to the modem. Continue reading...