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Troubleshoot: My Wireless Device Can’t Connect

It happens more often than it should; you’re surfing the web wirelessly and then you lose Internet connectivity.  You’ve checked and the other wireless devices on your network and they’re fine: it’s just the device you happen to be using.

The essential problem is that two parts of your wireless network are not communicating.  One is the router.  It broadcasts the signal even if you can’t see it.  The other is often equally invisible, but far nearer.  It’s a device (usually) inside your laptop, phone or tablet that receives the signal: the wireless network adapter.

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an internal wireless network adapter

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an external wireless network adapter

Troubleshooting like a Pro

First, the common-sense things: if it’s an external network adapter connected by a USB port, make sure it’s still plugged in correctly. Then try the classic reboot (making sure to exit out of all your stuff first.) Continue reading

Troubleshoot: “Not Connected” on a Wireless Network

Uh oh! You’re wireless Internet connection is out. Wi-fi is down. It may not be your worst nightmare, but on the day-to-day level, it’s pretty big pain, especially when it’s hard to know exactly where the problem lies. After all, the problem could be with one of four components: the modem, the router, the network adapter attached computer — or even the computer itself.

The good news is that nowadays setting up and maintaining a wireless network is easier than it’s ever been. That means that occasionally the problem will resolve itself if you wait a while or if you engage the old standby – restarting the computer. But if that doesn’t work it’s time to start troubleshooting. Use the steps below to figure out  (1.) where the problem is and (2.) the best steps for fixing it.

This is a straight-to-the point sort of guide. Sure there are complicated problems out there, and these can have really techy solutions, but the most likely scenario is that if you’re wi-fi was working before, then it won’t take too much to get it working again. Continue reading

Roll Call: Parts of a Wireless Network

So finding wifi networks right now is easy. Coffee shops, bookstores, fast-food restaurants, auto-centers and waiting rooms all over the country host wifi for their customers. Just as prolific, thousands of homes and apartments now sport a wireless networks. But even though such networks are now ubiquitous, the way they work can seem mysterious.

If you’ve ever wanted to know the basics of how a wireless network works, we’ll show you. Needless the say the technology behind wifi is decades in the making, and the precise elements of IP designating, packet handling and security are complex, but if you just want the crash course … the essential logic behind a wireless network, then here’re are the basics.

What is a wireless network anyway?

A wireless network is a coordinated link set up between devices. At one time, those devices would just be computers, but now they include smart devices, including smartphones, tablets and smart tvs. Continue reading