Several things can go wrong while using a computer. The most frustrating and annoying is network issues. What is even more frustrating is that you cannot look for solutions while you are offline. Therefore, we have got you a list of diagnostic tricks and fixes to get you through network connectivity issues. So the next time you are having network issues, try the following steps. Move on to the next step if the previous one does not solve the problems.
Meanwhile, it is also essential to make sure that the issue is with the network. Often, the problem also lies on the website’s end. Some of the diagnostic tricks and fixes are:
1. Restart Everything and Check Other Devices –
Restarting usually fixes several issues and should be the first response to network issues. You should start by restarting your PC, modem and router. Waiting for a minute before turning it on helps clear the router and modem. Doing this ensures that it is not a temporary network issue. Eventually, you can connect it to another device to narrow down to the possibility of whether there is a network issue or an issue with the system.
2. Check Physical Connections –
If the network problem persists even after rebooting, the next step is to check the connections physically. You have to make sure that the cable that connects to the router is not damaged or unplugged. The next thing is to check if the lights on the modem are flashing normally. If the modem has the power light on but the connection light off, it is likely that your ISP has a disruption.
3. Run the Network Troubleshooter –
Windows include in-built trouble-shooters that find and fix the issues automatically. Once you switch on the trouble-shooter, it can either find the problem and fix it, find the problem but not fix it or not find anything at all.
4. Check for a Valid IP Address –
The next step is to verify where the problem is occurring. It is advisable to check through your IP settings to see if the problem might be a result of a fault in the IP settings. You can check to see if the server is giving a valid IP address.
5. Ping and Trace its Route –
When you configure your IP address, and the IP address starts with anything other than 169, it is a valid IP address. Therefore, you can type ‘ping 188.8.131.52’ to ping Google’ DNS servers. The ‘tracert 184.108.40.206’ command gives you a step-by-step breakdown of the information path. You can monitor it to see where the problem occurs.
6. Contact Your ISP –
After the above steps, you know that your system is working and you are getting a valid IP address. So, your best option is to contact your ISP to find out if the providers are having an issue.
7. Wait it Out –
Once you have informed your ISP of the problem, you can wait for the problem to be fixed. Often, the network issues can’t be fixed by you and need professionals at the end of your ISP to fix it.