With innovative ideas and overwhelming technology surrounding us, we spend a lot of time browsing the web, understanding new concepts. The internet has become an asset for users of all age groups, be it a student or an entrepreneur.
Even toddlers can be seen listening to their favorite Cocomelon rhymes and golden agers spending time searching for the best heritage trip.
What happens when the internet stops working? Life seems to pause till the connectivity resumes. And if you are someone working from home, it’s even worse.
Since internet issues are usually common, you can fix them at home with simple troubleshoots.
Let’s learn about some of the most recurring internet problems and how they can be solved.
Constant WiFi Issue
When WiFi is not working, you won’t be able to browse the web, and that’s not ideal when you are working on an urgent assignment. There’s not one but multiple problems responsible for this problem. You might be trying to figure out if there is an issue with the internet connection or it’s due to a technical WiFi glitch.
See if you can surf the web on other devices connected to the same WiFi. If yes, the problem is limited to specific devices. Sometimes, a simple restart is all you need to troubleshoot the problem. Try restarting your digital devices and then connect to WiFi.
You may also check your wi-fi connection by unplugging the router and modem, then plugging them again after waiting for 30 seconds. Connect your device to a WiFi connection to see if it works properly.
Slow Internet Connection
While working on Google Docs, you might have noticed that the document stopped responding because the connection dropped all of a sudden. When the YouTube video stops buffering or the web page you were reading takes longer to load, the probabilities are that the internet connection is lagging.
Slow connectivity is common; it’s vital to have software that informs you about the current speed, else you won’t know what’s happening. When multiple users are surfing the web using one single connection, you experience a slowdown. Another reason may be too much distance between the connected device and the router.
Keep a note of active downloads and, if possible, bring your device closer to the router to speed up the internet connection.
Excessive Pop-up Windows
A pop-up is an advertisement window that appears on your screen when you are browsing a website. Marketers use pop-ups for advertising their products or services, generating subscribers, as well as generating leads. They interrupt the user experience and frustrate the audience, particularly when they are engaged in exploring some informative stuff.
Being a user, you would never want to visit any website only to see the random ads from a brand you don’t care about. These ads can even be a source of adware and trackers that can spy on your browsing activity. Pop-ups can not just pose a security threat to your computer but degrade its performance too.
You can circumvent pop-ups by downloading browser extensions from a reliable online source.
No Internet Connectivity
Hardly anything can irritate you more than the situation when you come to know that the internet isn’t working. Whether you are connected to the internet via WiFi connection or wired ethernet cable, there are times when you slip into such a situation. You are not able to download any app, visit a website, take an online meeting, or email your friend.
You need to differentiate between internet connectivity issues and WiFi connectivity issues. If there’s no internet connection, you won’t be able to browse anything on any digital device connected to a particular connection. However, if there is a problem with the WiFi, you won’t be able to use the internet on a particular device connected to the WiFi modem.
In this case, try to reset your modem and router by turning them off and then on, or try to disconnect and reconnect WiFi on the device to get back online.
DNS Resolution Error
All the devices need an IP (internet protocol) address to establish a connection to the web. While browsing the web, you might have come across a server DNS address that cannot be found, which indicates the inability to access a particular website. The DNS failure error requires in-depth investigation to resolve.
You can start with checking the cables and connection that goes to or comes from the internet devices. You can even reboot your modem and router to fix the persisting problem. More often than not, users also try to run a malware scan as it might be blocking internet access. In addition, there might be a problem with a particular site so check to open another URL.
If the basic troubleshooting won’t help much, check the TCP/IP address or flush the DNS cache for more advanced resolutions.