ENTREPRENEURSHIP / AUG. 26, 2014
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7 Clever Lifehacks for Solving any Wi-Fi Problem

Wi-Fi problems are the bane of being alive. Seriously, they seem to happen for absolutely no reason whatsoever and they can take days, or even weeks, to fix. They come in various forms, including slow connections, lost passwords, and declining network security.

If you’ve ever experienced any of these problems, you know how frustrating it can be. This is why in this article we’re going to go through seven lifehacks you can use for solving any Wi-Fi problem.

1. Get Your Network Password

You’ve lost your network password. Most of us will forget them quickly enough because we almost never use them. If you’re having this problem, pick up WirelessKeyView. This is a small piece of software that will automatically read the passwords for every Wi-Fi network you have a saved password for on your PC.

2. Signal Map

Wi-Fi waves are radio signals, which doesn’t help if you want to know which direction the signals are going in and where they’re coming from. There’s a way you can do this using the Ekahau HeatMapper software app. Upload the floor plan of your home and active the program. Walk around the house and the map will automatically update, thus creating your map.

3. Anti-Intruder Scans

You want to keep people from intruding upon your network. Do this by making sure you run an anti-intruder scan every so often. Any good anti-intrusion software will help. We recommend using Zamzom and Fing. At best, you’ll have a cheap neighbour stealing your Wi-Fi connection, but at worst it can be a gateway to your computer.

4. Turn a PC into a Wi-Fi Router

If you’ve ever been disappointed by the Wi-Fi connection you’ve had at a hotel, or it happens to be free but they charge you anyway, there’s a way around it. Some hotels continue to offer wired connections. You can use this wired connection on your mobile and tablet by using Marify or Virtual WiFi Router. This essentially turns your PC into its own Wi-Fi router.

5. Scanning Neighbourhood Networks

If you need to scan your neighbourhood to find out more about connection strength, use InSSIDer or Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector. This can be used to find out just how strong your local connection is. What it will tell you is the signal power of the area and the specific Wi-Fi channel in use.

This is useful for diagnosing the problems behind slow connections. For example, high intensity networks on the same channel could be interfering with your reception.

6. Changing Networks 

Each time you change networks you’ll have to use a different set of settings. This can be a pain, and it can be near impossible for less technically savvy users. Let a profile management program like NetSetMan do it for you instead. All you have to do is turn it on and you can save profile settings for six different networks.

7. Disable and Enable from Your Desktop

Some people believe you have to go to the trouble of disconnecting the whole system if you want to turn it off. You don’t. All you have to do is go to your Control Panel on your computer and drag the Wi-Fi icon onto your desktop. Right-click it and then enable or disable it from the dropdown menu whenever you like. It’s really that easy!

If these tactics don’t accomplish your goals, take note you may have a problem with your Wi-Fi in general. This could indicate a problem with the drivers or you’re using the wrong settings. Call in a professional to point you in the right direction and you’ll soon be back on the net again!

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