Router’s aren’t designed to last you a lifetime. Heat, exposure to dust, and vibrations can wear out your router after 5-10 years. There are certain signs you’ll see when your router starts failing. Let’s troubleshoot.
1.- Slow Internet connection
This is one the most common complaints. If you’ve been witnessing slow data speeds for a couple of days, it might be an indicator of things to come. This first thing to do is to download an app like WiFi Patrol that allows you to monitor the speed of your Internet connection. You’ll also get to view past Internet connection speeds to know whether the speed is coming back up or slowing down even further. If you get on the phone with your Internet service provider and they tell you there’s no problem on their end, you will most likely have to replace your router.
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2.- High drop-outs
A faulty router will frequently interrupt service. You’ll notice that your devices keep losing Internet connectivity, even when the connection settings are correctly programed. Try resetting the router and calling your provider to re-configure the router. If nothing helps, you know you’ve got an outdated router that needs replacing.
3.- Router fails to connect
If all your cables are plugged in correctly and you still can’t connect to the Internet, you’ll have to find out whether it’s the router, the modem, the computer or the network provider’s fault. To do this in one easy step, connect the modem to the computer with an Ethernet cable. If the connection works fine this time around, it was the router that was stopping you from connecting to the Internet.
If you still can’t connect, you have to test the modem. If the modem is faulty, you’ll probably see flashing orange lights. Unplug the modem and plug it back in to see whether it resolves the issue. You could also reset the modem to its default factory settings to see if that helps. The modem will take a few minutes to reconnect to the service provider. If you don’t have a separate modem and router, you can ignore this step.
Sometimes, it’s not the modem or router that’s faulty, it’s a computer software issue. Run your anti-virus scan on your computer to find out if your device has been hit by a virus or malware. If it all looks good, install another Browser and use it to connect to the Internet. No luck yet? Call your service provider.
4.- Router lights indicate a problem
Routers have a set of lights that indicate the type of problem present. D-Link routers for instance have a power light that’s supposed to be a solid green when connected to a power source. The Internet light is also meant to be either a solid green or a flashing green. If it’s a solid orange, it means the router can’t connect to the Internet. If this is the case, go to your network settings on your computer and reset the Internet’s settings to default settings. You’ll find this under the Advanced tab in the Internet Options menu. If this doesn’t help, find out if there’s an issue on the service provider’s end.
5.- Router acts flaky
If the connection is sometimes good and sometimes bad, you might have to update your router’s firmware. Outdated firmware could prevent your router from offering you a steady Internet connection. To address this problem, visit the manufacturer’s website and download the most current firmware available. It should fix bugs and security issues if there are any.
Sometimes it helps to use another computer to connect to the Internet to see if it’s your computer that’s really causing the problem. If you’ve managed to rule out everything else and the problem still persists, you know you and your router have to sadly part ways