Why isn't my WiFi working?
- So they can put WiFi on the moon, but they can't stop it from dropping out in my home?!
- Yeah no, I DID turn it off and on. I DID.
- Oh come on, I'M TRYING TO CATCH UP ON "SABRINA" HERE
If you're reading this from the 21st Century, odds are that your goodly establishment has been decked out with some of this "WiFi" that all the kids are caterwauling about. More so, you likely rely on this WiFi for everything from online procurements to binge-streaming. I therefore deduce that you prefer this WiFi to be functioning at it optimal level.
So... why isn't it working?
It may be your service, but there are a few common culprits you may want to look into first. Here are the 7 biggest offenders...
1. HD TV
But I need the WiFi to stream the shows that I watch on that very same TV! Why dost thou mock me, o cruel Irony?
If you have a High Definition TV, and, like everything else, it's hooked to the 'net, it's going to require a good speed and a steady signal from your WiFI, and it's that constant neediness that may be wreaking havoc on all the other things that rely on the internet.
You may want to try using an ethernet cable connection. Alternatively, you can try and centre your router/modem smack-bang in the middle of your home so that all of your online appliances get an equal slice of the WiFi pie. Think of it as tech-based feng sui.
Though it's easy to think of the internet as unearthly energy that can phase through anything - like Kitty Pryde of the X-Men - it's actually a signal that can be easily blocked by certain objects - like Magneto's helmet blocking Professor Xavier's telepathy NAH, YOU'RE THE NERD, SHUT UP.
Thick walls will more than likely diminish your WiF signal, especially if they're packing anything dense such as concrete, stone or water pipes. And I've got bad news for all you little pigs out there - though your brick walls are keeping out those big bad wolves, they may also be keeping out your precious WiFis.
3. CHRISTMAS TREES
Experts now theorise that WiFi is actually a cold-hearted miser who despises Christmas; a joyless tyrant who will be mean to the poor, discourage you from texting Santa, and expect you to work Christmas Day. That said, some far more knowledgable and non-fictional experts suggest that your WiFi is simply being disrupted by the lights of your Christmas Tree.
Because fairy lights are a big ol' tangled mess of electrical wiring, they generate a sizabale electromagnetic field (I'm actively resisting the urge to make another easy X-Men reference), and those electrically charged paricles can easily interfere with a WiFi network's radio waves. So you may need to switch those Chissy lights off for a bit, at least until your WiFi's heart has grown three sizes bigger and it learns the true meaning of the season.
Like most of us, sometimes your WiFi is feeling self-concious, and a mere glance in the mirror can make it feel like its got a big dumb face and send it into a retreat. Nah, jk. It's 'cause underneath all that shiny reflective glass your typical mirror is hiding a thick layer of metal. Not unlike a sturdy wall, that layer of metal can also easily block your signal. Though it's far more likely that your WiFi is avoiding the mirror because IT'S A VAMPIRE AND IT DOESN'T WANT YOU TO FIND OUT.
5. FISH TANKS
WiFi networks use radiowaves, and water absorbs radiowaves quicker than my big dumb face absorbs cheese. Ergo, it's not the fish themselves that are the problem, but the body of water. So that's bad news for all your survivalists who are hoarding water in your living rooms in preparation for a big E.M.P. attack.
6. E.M.P ATTACKS
Look, if I'm being realistic, it's probably not an E.M.P. attack that's disrupting your WiFi right now. But just in case it is, you can learn more about that here.
Ultimately, your shoddy WiFi may simply be because you're not on the best plan for your area. But you can click through and source your other options, free of charge.
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