Having trouble with your Wi-Fi connection? Check out our tutorial with the top five reasons for mistakes, why they happen and how to solve it. What may be disrupting your wireless network can be from damage to the Netgear Nighthawk router, driver downgrades or even the neighbor’s Internet. Check out:
Problems with the router
The main cause of problems with Wi-Fi networks is related to routers, which may be malfunctioning because they are damaged or outdated, which in this case is Netgear Nighthawk. First, make sure the wireless signal light on the device is on and blinking. If it is not, unplug the machine, wait 10 seconds, and then connect again.
If it does not return, it may be necessary to reset the device. However, it is important to check first whether the router firmware is up to date. Depending on the manufacturer, you receive the update message or need to search the company website.
Problems with Windows
Some error or conflict with Windows itself may be the cause of the connection failure since the computer often does not recognize the wireless network. This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as wrongly connected cables or network adapter failures, for example. If, after testing if the cables are connected correctly, the error persists, go to “Troubleshooting”.
The tool in question can automatically find and fix some problems on your computer that are damaging the connectivity. To do this, click the Internet icon in the lower right corner of the taskbar, then click “Open Network and Sharing Center” and then “Troubleshoot”. You must first perform network troubleshooting, and then you can test your Internet connection.
Another possible reason for wireless connection problems are the drivers, which may be in error, outdated or even missing on your computer. The device to communicate with the wireless network adapter uses them. When some network adapter driver is outdated, corrupted, or incompatible, it may prevent the connection or cause the network to suddenly disconnect.
To check if there are any outdated drivers, or if there are any missing ones on your device, you can use some programs, such as Driver Easy. It does a thorough scan on your computer and can be considered an essential tool to keep it running smoothly. We teach you how to install, activate and use the software.
Interference from other electronics
Not only device errors and computer-related programs are responsible for making the Wi-Fi connection slow or non-existent, as interference from other devices can also cause the problem. The cordless telephone, the electronic baby sitter and even the microwave can be the cause of the connection errors.
This happens because of the frequency at which each home electronic device works, that can often interfere with that of another device. Most problems with wireless phones, for example, involve products that operate at 2.4 GHz, which can disrupt 802.11g or single channel 802.11n networks.
The same interference problem can occur because of your neighbor’s wireless network. This is because most Wi-Fi devices operate in a 2.4 GHz frequency band, which can become “congested.” In that case, change the channel of your network to try to solve the problem.
Distance between devices
Also, the distance between the computer, notebook or other devices and the router is another important factor to be taken into account. The closer, the more chances the connection works better and faster. That is because of the closer, the stronger the signal. The further away, the harder it will be to pick up a signal with quality.
And remember that walls also work as interference. To solve this problem, you can invest in signal repeaters and get a better connection for your entire home.