Does your computer’s Wi-Fi keep dropping and losing connection? If you are working on an important email or downloading a file it there can be nothing more frustrating than losing your PC’s Wi-Fi connection. We now live in a world where we expect to have an always on accessible internet connection around us. But behind the scenes, your WI-Fi system is constantly working hard to provide a speedy stable connection using hardware and software. Today we will look at what common problems can cause a WI-Fi connection to fail. We will explore how your wireless may suddenly stop working and what you can do to fix it and prevent the problem occurring in the future.
I have no Wi-Fi wireless connection?
If you are web browsing your favorite websites and suddenly you get an error message saying that the page cannot be displayed, then it is likely that your Wi-Fi connection has been lost. However to be sure, you need to check the status of your Wi-Fi connection. In Windows Vista, 7 and 8 this is easy, you will see your Wi-Fi reception icon in your tray which is made up of 5 little bars similar to those you may have on your smartphone. If you have zero bars or a yellow exclamation point then try clicking on the icon to bring up your Wi-Fi settings. The first thing you should try is disconnecting and reconnecting the wireless link. You may need to enter your router password again if it hasn’t already been saved. Once reconnected try opening a new web page or hit F5 on your keyboard several times to refresh your browsers cache. If this still doesn’t work then you need to check your wireless modem router. Even if the lights on the router appear OK, you should still try a mains power reset and reboot the router back up again.
Common reasons for lost Wi-Fi connections
There can be several issues that can cause a lost Wi-Fi connection, these include:
- Poor signal – How close is your computer to your wireless modem router? Wireless signals can travel around your home, but can also be interfered by common obstacles such as brick walls, metal objects and even fish tanks. Ensure that your WI-Fi source is situated in a suitable location to receive the strongest signal.
- Other users sharing your Wi-Fi – If you share your Wi-Fi connection with several users for example family members or residents in an apartment building, then you can sometimes be squeezed out by excessive usage (e.g. other users downloading large data files). If you don’t need to share your Wi-Fi then make sure you password protect it.
- Your Wi-Fi is connecting to another Network – In Windows you have the option to save a Wi-Fi network and automatically remember connect to this network in the future. This is important otherwise your computer may be constantly searching and connecting to alternative wireless connections such as your neighbors.
We hope that this guide has helped you to understand what can cause your Wi-Fi internet connection to fail. By understanding the most common causes why your Wi-Fi connection has failed, you can help prevent this problem in the future and be able to fix it should your wireless drop again.