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Why Does My Wi-Fi Connection Drop?

There’s nothing worse than your Wi-Fi connection dropping when you’re right in the middle of watching a movie or enjoying an intense online gaming session but there is something you can do about it.  Here we will discuss some of the causes for a dropped wireless connection as well as some solutions.

Your Router is overburdened by heavy network use?

Some of you may be experiencing a Wi-Fi blackout when your network is being utilised the most (simultaneous streaming, downloading, large file transferring, online gaming, etc) which can cause routers to temporarily fail. Your router may be working fine but is just not the right match for your networking needs. Don’t limit your internet use because your router can’t handle it.

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Your Wi-Fi signal is weak or doesn’t extend far enough

Wi-Fi connections can easily drop when the connected device is located near the edge of your network’s wireless signal range. The further away you get, the more unstable a Wi-Fi connection can get. Relocating your devices closer to your router is one way to solve this issue but isn’t always possible. Upgrading your router to one that is more powerful can definitely help but you can also add a wireless access point to your network, which will boost your wireless range/strength and is compatible with any make of router.

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You’ve got too much wireless interference

You router isn’t the only device in your house emitting a signal. Several household items like Bluetooth devices, microwaves, TVs and cordless phones are pumping out radio signals that can interfere with your Wi-Fi network signal when they are in use. Moving your router away from devices like these is an easy solution but if for some reason you have to put your router next to your microwave, we suggest changing some of your devices Wi-Fi radio settings. Upgrading to a dual band router gives you the ability to connect your devices to the standard 2.4GHz or the less crowded 5GHz band (if compatible) which can decrease much of the interference.

Your firmware or drivers need an update

Your computers connect to a Wi-Fi network using a device driver and your router creates a Wi-Fi signal based on its firmware. Network drivers and firmware can occasionally affect your network connection if either/both requires an update. Check your computer for any driver updates and install new firmware for your router from the product page on the manufacturer’s website.

We hope these tips were helpful to you (assuming your Wi-Fi didn’t drop while you were reading) and that you were able to use our suggestions.  If you are still experiencing  drop outs give us a call to perform a wireless survey and recommend a solution for you.