3 tips to fix unreliable wireless connections

Generally speaking, wireless computer connections are reliable. However, nothing is perfect and at times you may lose connection or experience a weak signal. There are many factors that affect the reliability of your wireless connection.

For example, if your wireless adapter is too close to a 2.4 GHz cordless phone, you may notice a decrease in the unique wireless power of your computer. Why? Because the phone and the computer reside on the same frequency and can interfere with each other’s performance.

Helpful Repair Checklist for Wireless Interruptions

1. First check if your cable or DSL is really working. Usually located in your basement, most modems have four lights. You have a live internet connection if the “data” or “status” light is on. If it is off or flashing, your cable is not available.

2. If your cable / DSL is working, restart your computer. Sometimes if your cable / DSL is turned off for even 10 seconds, your computer and wireless router may no longer be able to communicate with each other. When you restart your computer, a new IP address is assigned, allowing them to communicate once more.

3. If your desktop is wireless and you have moved the wireless adapter [the box that sits next to the computer with antennas], you may need to move the adapter until you find a stronger signal.