Even though wireless routers have become incredibly easy to set up over the years, thanks to the step by step instructions laid out in front of you on your computer screen, there are still plenty of problems that come with a variety of different problems. Connection issues, speed, and security are just a few of the bunch that causes consumers to become disappointed with the router and the entire experience. If you’re having trouble with your router here are a few general tips that can help get it back in working order, however, it is really important that you know how to restart a router before you get a hold of all these amazing router tips.
One of the most commonly overlooked fixes is simply updating your router’s firmware. While routers are always shipped with a working version of the firmware it is not unusual for it to be upgraded from time to time. Upgrading your firmware is incredibly simple, though it may vary depending upon the particular type of router you have. For instance, updating the firmware on a Linksys router is done by visiting the support section of their website where you can find the model of your router and the latest firmware upgrade to download. By visiting the browser-based interface you’ll be able to see just what version you’re presently running. If it’s time for an upgrade simply go to the “administration” tab and choose firmware upgrade. The process is as simple as uploading the upgrade. The process is similar for Netgear routers as well.
Another issue, one that evolved from a problem with connection speed/signal strength was resolved with changing the channel in the router. By accessing your router’s configuration you can change these settings and see if the results improve. Whereas some routers may have this setting placed on “auto” others are routinely placed on specific channels. Changing the channel can help avoid interference, thus improving the performance on what could have easily been mistaken as the router simply being subpar. Interference can also generate from the router’s location; make sure the router isn’t buried somewhere in the corner of a room.
The most tried and true method of fixing router problems is the factory reset; before delving into all of the wireless configuration menus or anything else that you might consider confusing, simply trying resetting the router. A factory reset is accomplished by simply pushing the reset button for thirty seconds then unplugging the router for another thirty. After a minute of patience plug the router back and go through the necessary reconfigurations to see if the problem has been resolved.
There is also a bevy of configuration changes available through any given wireless router’s configuration page, but messing with these settings shouldn’t be done on a whim. If all else fails, rest assured that you’re not the only person experiencing the problem. A trip to Linksys or Netgear’s support forums will give you access to specialists that know just how to change intervals and thresholds.