Slow or spotty WiFi is frustrating. If your Internet goes down completely, that’s even worse. Fortunately there are a few simple WiFi troubleshooting tips you can try before contacting your ISP.
Typically the first place go is to your WiFi router.
Sometimes when you’re experiencing problems connecting, you may need to take a deeper look into the home network. There are basically two ways you can see what’s happening within your WiFi network: 1] using your router’s IP address, or 2] using some sort of managed WiFi software. In either case, you can find out which devices are connected to your home network, what speed or throughput they are getting, which bands each device is operating on, etc. Seeing what’s there will allow you to troubleshoot further.
1] Router IP address
You can access your network using your router’s IP address. This method requires an Internet connection. It may not be entirely user friendly unless you know what you’re looking for. To log onto your router as an administrator, find your router’s IP address, which is typically listed on a label on the router itself. Enter this address into a web browser, then enter your home network login information. If you haven’t changed the router user name or password, you should be able to find the defaults on the router label as well. After logging in, you will have access to your network information.
2] Managed Wi-Fi software
Network monitoring software can simplify your ability to view into your home network by compiling this information onto a dashboard. From this dashboard, you should be able to dig into various aspects of your WiFi network and identify under-performing components. Then using tools in your dashboard, you should be able to optimize your network and manage all the devices connected to it.
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