Internet connectivity is close to a necessity for modern life. There is perhaps nothing more frustrating than not being able to connect to the Internet. Oftentimes, the only help your Internet provider will offer is to restart your modem and, after that fails, suggest an entirely new unit. The following tips will help you with connection issues.
Check Your Computer’s On-Switch
No, we don’t mean making sure your computer is on, but rather checking to make sure that your computer has permission to receive the Internet signal. Whether the Internet cord is inserted into your computer is sometimes irrelevant. In newer computers, there is often a switch or lever that must be turned on to give you computer the Internet capabilities. Making sure that you have not accidentally flipped the switch off is the best place to start.
Check Your Computer’s Instructions
You computer can only do what you tell it to. The second thing to check if you are having connectivity issues is to see what you have instructed your computer to do. Your computer will have an Internet icon which will display the available options. Whether you have wireless or hardwired computer, one of these options must be checked and configured for your computer to be able to access the Internet.
Check Your Address
Each Internet user has a different address known as an “IP address,” consisting of all numerals. Sometimes, your computer may delete this address accidentally, leaving it unable to know where to go to connect to the Internet. Your Internet provider should be able to provide you this address.
Whether or not your computer has a valid IP address will be visible in the Internet Connectivity area of your computer management tools. If the squares for your IP address are blank or all zero’s, you will need to input the proper address. Accomplishing this task may take several tries, so do not be discouraged if this does not immediately work.
Check Your Home Page
Depending on which Internet browser you use, the problem may not be your computer or its hardware, but instead the browser itself. A browser can sometimes need to be updated or be experiencing its own technical problems, making it a good idea to try and access another site prior to delving into your computer’s IP address or possible other issues. Sometimes, having problems with your connection is the browser’s way of telling you to download an update.
Check Your Computer’s Age
It is an unfortunate fact that computers are very swiftly out of date. At times, Internet advancements or attempting to transfer or download very large files may be impossible if your computer is particularly old. In these cases, you may be able to update your software; however, even this may not solve the problem. Unfortunately, in these situations, there is very little that can be done aside from purchasing a new computer.
With a little effort and research into your computer, issues with Internet connectivity can be easily resolved. Prior to sitting on the phone for hours with your Internet provider for help, try resolving the problem on your own first. You may be surprised at how easy it can be to fix the problem.