Why is my WIFI not working?

Wireless networking is one of the most useful tools in our modern world, allowing levels of convenience and flexibility that would have seemed like science fiction only a couple of decades ago. But, it can sometimes be problematic. In this blog post, we cover some of the common problems that WiFi users experience.

Ask yourself: "Could I use a network cable instead?"

If WiFi is being problematic, always examine whether or not an ethernet cable could be used instead. Wired connectivity is always going to be more reliable, and faster, than wireless connectivity. It may sound like a defeatist suggestion, but where reliability and maximum performance are required, a cable is always the best method of delivery.

Running cables to every place in every room will often be impractical, and in the case of some portable devices (lacking the relevant network socket), actually impossible.

But every device moved onto a cabled connection (and having had its wireless interface properly shut down) is one less device tying up the wireless channel. So moving all the devices that you possibly can onto wired connections may actually benefit all those left on WiFi.

This may not be as daunting as it sounds - you do not need to run a separate cable from every device back to a central point (the router). High speed (gigabit) switches are surprisingly cheap, and can even be powered over the Ethernet cable, so getting one cable behind the TV could easily power a switch with 4 ports that connect to TV, gaming console, streaming device and so on without even needing an extra power socket. Our staff will be happy to explain options with switches and cables if you need them.

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