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11 DIY Ways to Solve Common Wi-Fi Problems

11 DIY Ways to Solve Common Wi-Fi Problems

Wi-Fi gives you the freedom to enjoy the Web without being bound by a hardwire connection. It’s a convenience most of us consider more necessity than luxury, so it’s frustrating when it doesn’t work as it should. Thankfully, you don’t have to be an IT mastermind to fix most wireless Internet problems. From slow Wi-Fi to no Wi-Fi, here are 11 ways you can fix most of your Wi-Fi woes on your own.

Problem: No Wi-Fi signal

If a Wi-Fi signal is available but your device isn’t picking it up, try these troubleshooting tactics.

1. Press the Wi-Fi button on your device

Some laptops have an on/off switch for Wi-Fi. Look on the side of your device (or on the keyboard) for a button or switch labeled with a wireless router icon. If you find one, press it. This may allow your device to detect Wi-Fi signals again and allow you to get connected.

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2. Reboot your device and your wireless router

Rebooting can fix possible software or firmware problems with your computer or router. If rebooting doesn’t work, unplug your router, wait 30 seconds, and plug it back in. This should restore your wireless network and allow you to connect to Wi-Fi.

3. Power off your equipment

If your Wi-Fi stops working while you’re using it, power off your computer, then turn off your router and modem. Note: you may have an all-in-one modem/router. Check to make sure all cables and power plugs are fully engaged. Turn your devices back on, starting with your modem, then your router, and finally your computer. Allow each device to turn on completely before powering up the next one — the lights on the device will stop flashing when they have finished booting up.

4. Restore your router to its factory settings

If your device still doesn’t identify your Wi-Fi network, press and hold the small reset button on the back of the router for at least 10 seconds. This will restore your router to its factory defaults, which may make it detectable again. Unfortunately, this will also delete your settings, so you’ll need to re-secure your Wi-Fi and reconfigure your Internet connections.

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Problem: Slow Wi-Fi

Slow Wi-Fi can be more frustrating than no Wi-Fi at all. Fortunately, sluggish Wi-Fi is usually easy to remedy.

5. Secure your Wi-Fi network

If your wireless router isn’t protected by a robust password, anyone can mooch off it. Not only does this make your personal data vulnerable to cyber criminals, it can also slow down your Wi-Fi. Change your Wi-Fi network’s default password to one that’s more difficult to crack. For extra protection, turn off the router’s Service Set Identifier (SSID) broadcasting option. This prevents other people from seeing your network in the first place.

6. Update your router’s firmware

Fixing slow Wi-Fi may be as easy as updating the router’s firmware. Periodically check the router manufacturer’s website to determine if a free update is available.

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7. Switch your wireless router’s channel

If your router is set to a congested channel it can slow down your Wi-Fi connection. Try switching your router to channels that tend to be less crowded, like 1, 6, or 11, to dodge interference with other Wi-Fi networks.

8. Upgrade your router

If your router is several years old or damaged in any way, replacing it with a new one may be the answer to faster Wi-Fi.

Problem: Limited Wi-Fi range

Weak signal strength is a classic Wi-Fi issue. Try these tips to strengthen your wireless router’s signal.

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9. Relocate your router

For better or worse, the location of your Wi-Fi router can affect its signal strength. To get the strongest signal possible, place the router close to the center of your home and keep it out in the open. Don’t hide it in a drawer, TV console, or anywhere that may restrict signal transmission. Make sure the router is at least 10 feet away from devices that may interfere with it, such as a baby monitor, microwave, or cordless phone.

10. Replace your router’s Wi-Fi antenna

The antenna your router came with may not be strong enough to send a signal throughout your home or to penetrate hard-to-reach areas. Replacing your router antenna with a high-gain or booster antenna can extend and strengthen your router’s signal, and may provide the coverage you need. There are two types of antennas: omnidirectional and directional. Typically, a household router has an omnidirectional antenna, which broadcasts the signal in all directions. But a directional antenna, which sends the signal just one way, can be helpful if you’re having trouble getting Wi-Fi in a specific area of your home.

11. Buy a Wi-Fi extender

Also called a repeater, a Wi-Fi extender rebroadcasts your router’s signal and can further improve the signal’s range and speed. You can use an extender with or without a high-gain antenna.

If your Wi-Fi is being problematic, try these DIY tips. There’s a good chance you can get your Wi-Fi running up to speed without the help (or expense) of a professional.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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