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Nest Wifi This isn’t the fastest mesh Wi-Fi system you can buy, but it’s a good way for Google Assistant fans to blanket their homes with Wi-Fi coverage.

This review is part of our roundup of the best mesh Wi-Fi routers . Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them.

The savings will continue should you decide to expand your network down the road, since each Nest Point (Google’s name for its access points) will cost $149 compared to $200 for each additional Orbi Voice satellite. But there is more to consider than just price tags. If you’re all in on Google’s ecosystem and prefer Google Assistant, the Orbi Voice’s Amazon Alexa delivery won’t float your boat. But if money is less of an issue and you haven’t committed to either digital assistant, Netgear’s product delivers much higher performance at distance. It’s also a far superior loudspeaker, although not necessarily a better smart speaker; again, that depends on your digital assistant preference.

Google’s Nest Wifi isn’t breaking new ground by melding a smart speaker with a Wi-Fi access point. Netgear did it better with last year’s Orbi Voice . But if you don’t need the very high performance that Netgear’s high-end mesh networks deliver, Nest Wifi will save you some cash. A two-node system (the router plus one access point) costs $269, compared to $350 for Netgear’s RBK50V kit.

Thread is an up-and-coming smart home technology, but it’s not yet reached mainstream market acceptance. Nest Wifi does not support the two smart home technologies that have achieved that status—Z-Wave and Zigbee—so it cannot serve as a smart home hub on its own. If that’s what you you need, look to a Samsung SmartThings Wifi router or TP-Link’s Deco M9 Plus , instead. Samsung’s system supports both technologies, while TP-Link’s supports just Zigbee.

Both the Nest Wifi router and the Nest Wifi Point are equipped with Bluetooth LE and Thread radios for smart home connectivity, but the Bluetooth radio in the router is currently dormant, and the Thread radio is dormant in both devices. Thread is a low-power mesh networking technology originally spearheaded by Nest Labs, but now supported by a broad spectrum of companies involved in developing Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The $269 system Google sent for this review consists of a Nest Wifi router ($169 if purchased solo) and a single Nest Wifi Point ($149 if purchased separately). The Point, which is slightly smaller than the router, is both a Wi-Fi access point and a Google Home smart speaker that’s roughly equivalent in audio performance to a Nest Home Mini. I’ll get into audio later; for now, the most important thing to know about the Nest Wifi is that it’s a Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) mesh networking system that supports both star and daisy-chain mesh topologies. In other words, data can travel directly back and forth between the router and a given satellite, or it can hop back and forth from one satellite to another.

The Nest Wifi router has just one LAN port available (the other is a WAN port that you’ll use to connect the router to your broadband gateway), so you’ll need to buy an ethernet switch if you have more than one device that must be hardwired to your network.

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A whole-home network hosted by the Nest Wifi and one Wifi Point delivers very strong performance at close range and the client is connected to the router. It’s not nearly as impressive when the client is connecting to the Point.

But when I moved the client into my great room, where it connected to the Nest Wifi Point, instead of to the router, TCP throughput dropped to 84.7Mbps—this despite the Point’s location just a few feet away from the client (refer to the floorplan showing the locations I placed the router, the access point, and the client). The Orbi Voice RBK50V delivered throughput of 335Mbps at that same location. What explains the gap? The Orbi system comes with Netgear’s best mesh router, the tri-band RBR50, which operates two independent networks on the 5GHz frequency band, and a third network on the 2.4GHz band. One of the RBR50’s 5GHz networks is powered by a 4×4 radio that’s dedicated to wireless data backhaul to the router.

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Lest you think you don’t need the Nest Wifi Point to serve a 2,800-square-foot home like mine, check the lower numbers in this chart when I benchmarked the router without it.

Nest Wifi router features

Here are some other important features of the Nest Wifi router that I didn’t mention earlier: It supports multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO), so it’s capable of sending more than one data signal using the same radio channel. It supports beamforming, which enables the router to focus its transmission signals so that more data reaches the client, versus radiating into the atmosphere. And it supports band steering, which enables the router to detect whether a client is capable of operating on either the 2.4- or 5GHz frequency spectrum, and then to push the client proactively to its least-congested network.

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The Nest Wifi router has one WAN port and one LAN port (both are gigabit ethernet).

Rudimentary parental controls are grouped under the heading “Family Wi-Fi.” You can use this setting to group devices together and control them all at the same time. Once you’ve created a group of devices you want to control, you can block those devices from accessing “adult” content (exactly what constitutes “adult” content is not defined). You can also “pause” the internet for the entire group with a voice command, or at the touch of a button within the app.

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Once you’ve established which devices you want Nest Wifi’s parental controls applied to, you can establish schedules for when those devices will be blocked from accessing the internet.

A more useful feature lets you create schedules (from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on school nights—Sunday through Thursday—for example) that prevent the devices in that group from accessing the internet. This would be even more useful if parents could create a white list of sites that the kids are allowed to visit—ClassTrak or Aeries, for instance—to manage their homework assignments and progress. Even so, as with most router-based parental controls, this feature’s effectiveness depends on whether each member of the family has their own device. If the family shares a laptop or a tablet, the internet will be paused for mom and dad using a given device just as thoroughly as it is for the kids.

You can set up a password-protected guest network, and you have the option of displaying the password on demand on Google Assistant-powered smart displays, such as the Nest Hub Max.

While most users won’t care, Google gives you the option of granting guests access to any or all clients on your network. You obviously wouldn’t want guests to have access to your entire network, but this feature could be useful if you want visitors to be able to stream music or video to a smart speaker or Chromecast device connected to your TV or home stereo. It’s an all-or-nothing affair, however; you can’t choose which visitors get such privileges.

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You can see on this floorplan where the Nest Wifi router and the Nest WiFi Point were placed, as well as the four locations where the client PC was put for testing.

You can also assign priority handling to any client on the network for one, two, or four hours. Curiously, the router comes from the factory preconfigured to give permanent priority to traffic associated with Google’s Stadia online gaming service. It’s easy enough to turn this off, and leaving it enabled shouldn’t impact your network if you’re not a Stadia user, but it seems presumptuous of Google to do this considering how few people are.

Nest Wifi Point features

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The Nest Wifi Point has four far-field mics and capacitive touch controls on top of the device.

The mics can be disabled with a small switch on the back of the router. An LED circling the bottom of the Point lights up when Google Assistant is listening and responding to you. This LED glows orange when the Wifi Point’s mic is muted. You can also use the speaker and microphones to make VoIP calls using Google Duo. The people you call will see your phone number in their caller ID, even though the calls will be conducted over your Wi-Fi network and not your cellular account.

I’m a big fan of having multiple smart speakers sprinkled around the house, especially if you have a lot of smart home devices to control. I also enjoy having speakers all round my home, so combining a smart speaker and a Wi-Fi access point into a single component is a tremendous attraction. As you can imagine, however, the single 40mm driver in the Nest Wifi Point doesn’t make for a high-fidelity audio experience. It does a fair job of reproducing mid and high frequencies, but its bass response is anemic at best—it’s certainly less than what the original Google Home smart speaker puts out, and it pales in comparison with the Orbi Voice.

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The Nest Wifi comes with a nicely small wall wart that won’t block adjacent plugs in a power strip.

The Nest Wifi Point, on the other hand, offers a feature the Orbi Voice does not: You can group it with other Nest Wifi Points and other Chromecast-compatible speakers and stream the same music to all of them. You can independently control the volume of each speaker, but pausing the music on one pauses the music on all. I also detected a very small degree of latency between the Google Home speaker in my home office and the Nest Wifi in my great room, leading to an undesirable echo when I was in position to hear both speakers playing that same music. I wouldn’t characterize either of those observations as a deal-killer, but no one should buy a Nest Wifi system expecting to get a world-class multi-room audio system in the bargain.

The bottom line

Where the system falls short for me is the speed of the Nest Wifi Point. I don’t have any complaints about the system’s ability to cover my entire home, but as you can see from the charts in this story, I’ve tested several mesh network systems that have delivered much higher throughput.

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Nokia Beacon 1 Review: The Mesh Network Basics

Nokia Beacon 1 Review: The mesh network basics

Nokia sells the Beacon 1 both as a single unit, for $99.99, or as a pack of three for $249.99. The company says that a single Beacon 1 is good for up to a 1,500 square foot space; three can deliver up to 4,500 square feet of coverage, or handle multi-level homes. You can of course continue to add units to build out coverage if you need it.

Each Beacon 1 unit is fairly compact: 5.9 inches high, 4.5 inches wide, and just 1.6 inches thick. Unfortunately there’s no wall-mounting option for the white and black plastic boxes, which seems a missed opportunity given the dimensions. On the back there’s a gigabit ethernet port into which you plug your modem, and a second gigabit port for wired devices. Unlike some routers there’s no USB port to add shared storage or a printer.

Setup is straightforward, and done either through Nokia’s app for iOS and Android, or the router’s own web interface. For the former, you snap a photo of the QR code on the base of each unit to add them to the same mesh network. Nokia preconfigures an SSID, WiFi password, and admin password, but you can change all three yourself. Oddly, the default WiFi and admin password are the same.

There are some neat touches. Since only the primary unit in a wireless mesh needs to connect to a modem, each satellite unit allows you to use both the ethernet ports for devices. Alternatively, you can use a wired backhaul to connect each mesh point together, though I suspect most people won’t.

That’s a shame, as each mesh point would get better speeds in that situation. Each unit has a dual-band 2×2 AC1200 radio: what’s now known as WiFi 5. Theoretically, the Beacon 1 supports up to 867 Mbps on the 5GHz band, or up to 300 Mbps on the 2.4GHz band.

Problem is, without a third band to dedicate to the backhaul, mesh communications between each of the three Beacon 1 units have to share bandwidth with the WiFi devices actually using them. Nokia’s app gives you feedback on the connection strength between each point in the mesh as you add them to the system.

Your experience with WiFi devices, then, depends significantly on which Beacon 1 they’re connected to. If that’s the primary unit – i.e. the one connected directly to your modem – speeds can be impressive. Beacon 1 was faster in that primary node situation than Google Wifi.

Get online via a mesh satellite, however, and it’s a lot less impressive. Then the results flipped, with Google Wifi’s satellite showing less in the way of signal loss. There was still enough bandwidth for stable video streaming, but if you’re paying for a fast internet connection this isn’t the best way to share it around the home.

Nokia includes a handful of features for managing a network, but they’re neither as comprehensive nor as straightforward to use as what we’ve seen on Nest Wifi, Eero, and other platforms. The Beacon 1’s parental controls, for example, basically amount to turning WiFi devices on and off in the app; log into the web interface and you can schedule when that happens by MAC address. However there’s no smart filtering, and while other routers allow you to set the level of content your kids can access based on age appropriateness, with Beacon 1 it’s all or nothing.

Considering for the same price as the Beacon 1 3-pack you can get a Google Wifi 3-pack, I’m struggling to think of many reasons why you’d go for Nokia’s system. One possibility might be a general fear of Google: while Beacon 1’s app demands you set up a Nokia account if you use it to install the system, the web interface does not. Google Wifi, in contrast, can’t be used without a Google account.

Mesh Elite Skylake Pca Skylake Gaming Pc Review



Our Verdict

At £999 without a monitor, the Mesh Elite Skylake PCA is one of the most expensive PCs in our group test, but its features and build quality most certainly earn that price tag. Its feels like a higher-quality system and the high-end internal components deliver useful additional capabilities and bags of upgrade potential.

It may not resemble a  gaming PC at first glance, but the Mesh Elite Skylake PCA exudes quality. Its tower case comes with a matt black finished that’s soft to the touch, giving it an expensive feel, while at the top an illuminated display shows the current CPU temperature in a variety of colours which can be altered at the push of a button. Also see: Best gaming PCs 2023/2023.

Unlike most of the gaming PCs we review, the case has no transparent side panel. It’s a real shame in this case, because the Mesh Skylake PCA is by far the most impressive-looking inside. The case is spacious, with plenty of available drive bays and the Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 motherboard features attractive red and black details. Most impressive though is the Raijintek Triton 250mm high performance all-in-one CPU cooler, its two transparent pipes fat and filled with striking blue coolant. There’s also a blue downlight which illuminates the desk surface from the bottom of the case. We’d say the build quality of this case is considerably higher than most, certainly a tier above those from Cyberpower and Chillblast.

Under that fancy cooler lurks an Intel Core-i5 6600K Skylake processor, overclocked from 3.5GHz to 4.4GHz. This yields a decent boost in performance without pushing components to the absolute limit. It’s coupled with 16GB of 2400MHz DDR4 RAM – a little faster than the base 2133MHz stuff found in lower-end systems and comes with a 250GB Samsung SSD backed by a 1TB Seagate hard drive. Although the SSD uses one of the two M.2 ports on the motherboard, it’s using the SATA interface, rather than PCI-E so it can’t match the raw performance of the Samsung 128GB SM951 used by Chillblast. However it does perform very well and its extra capacity may well prove more beneficial than extra speed. See all PC reviews.

Mesh has opted for the ever-popular Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 graphics card in the Elite Skylake PCA, and in this case it’s a Palit-branded model running at standard clock speeds, rather than the boosted speeds found in some competitors’ systems.

Mesh’s chosen motherboard doesn’t just look good, it’s also designed specifically for gaming and comes with a selection of features not found on lesser models. Not only does it support USB 3.1, but it also supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 which allows for speeds of up to 10Gb/s and up to a claimed 16 Gb/s using Intel’s USB 3.1 controller. It also supports both USB Type-C and Type-A connectors.

Audio quality has also been boosted, claiming 115dB signal to noise ratio and featuring support for the Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 audio suite. The OP-Amp chips have also been made user-upgradable, so if you want the very best sound quality, you can swap them out for higher-fidelity alternatives of your choice. See all gaming PC reviews.

If you prefer to use an external USB audio device, you can use Gigabytes, “DAC-UP” USB ports which feature isolated power supplies to ensure there’s no interference from other components.

The board also includes a high-performance “Killer Ethernet” network interface, designed to reduce latency and improve overall system performance and is one of the few reviewed here to offer 2-way Nvidia SLI certification, allowing the addition of an extra GTX 970 as a future upgrade. The supplied 750W power supply also provides plenty of upgrade potential.

The Mesh Elite Skylake PCA is a great performer, but not the fastest overall. Chillblast’s Fusion Krypton, for example, beats is in the application performance tests, probably due to its faster SSD, and also beats it by a few fps in gaming, thanks to its factory overclocked card. The Mesh system does come with double the amount of SSD storage however, which means more games can be installed on it for much faster loading times.

Performance in our tests was as follows: PCMark 8 2.0 Home: 5316; PCMark8 2.0 Work: 5748; PCMark8 2.0 Creative: 7282; PCMark8 2.0 Storage: 4996; Alien vs Predator 1080/720: 89.6/169.6fps; Sniper Elite V2 Ultra/Medium/Low: 47.6/203.2/444.7fps; Final Fantasy XIV Creation Benchmark Maximum: 130.4fps; 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra/Fire StrikeExtreme/Fire Strike/Sky Diver/Cloud Gate/Ice Storm Unlimited/Ice Storm Extreme/Ice Storm: 2,588/4,919/9,494/24,308/23,574/207,151/183,687/194,602; max CPU temp under load: 51ºC; power consumption idle/load: 63/251W

Read next: Learn more about Intel Skylake and Windows 10.

Specs Mesh Elite Skylake PCA: Specs

3.5GHz Intel Core i5-6600K @ 4.4GHz

Raijintek Triton 240mm High Performance AIO Water Cooling Solution – BLUE Coolant

16GB DDR4 2400MHz

250GB Samsung M.2, 1 TB Seagate SATA 3 HDD

750W FSP Quiet Power Supply – Silver 80 PLUS

GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 3

Windows 10 Home

Palit Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB 1051/1178MHz Core, 7000MHz RAM

onboard sound

Killer Lan 2200 Gigabit ethernet

3x USB 3, 2x USB 2, 1x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C

1 x D-Sub, 1 x DVI-D, 1 x HDMI

24x DVD Writer (read/write CD & DVD)

Aero Cool DS 200

ROCCAT ISKU Keyboard (ROC-12-722), ROCCAT Lua Mouse (ROC-11-310)

Gold Warranty (Lifetime Labour, 2 Year Parts, 1 Year Free Collect & Return)

Netspot App Review – Professional Wifi Analyzer, Tester, And Troubleshooter

Unless you live far away from any neighbors, you likely have multiple Wi-Fi networks overlapping one another. This is especially true in apartment complexes where there may be dozens of different router Wi-Fi networks interacting with each other. Performing a wireless site survey with a Wi-Fi analyzer can help avoid interference from other access points and help you set up an optimum Wi-Fi network.

The downside is that these wireless network surveys tend to be expensive — unless you do it yourself. The NetSpot App is one of the many recommended professional applications for Wi-Fi network surveys, Wi-Fi analysis, and troubleshooting of wireless networks. In this review, we’ll provide feedback on NetSpot’s Wi-Fi analyzer application.

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What Is the NetSpot Wi-Fi Analyzer?

NetSpot is a professional-grade Wi-Fi analyzer that works on iPhone, Android, macOS, and Windows. You can use it to perform Wi-Fi network surveys that measure things like Wi-Fi channel signal strength and interference throughout your home. The application is packed with powerful tools and features.

NetSpot Features

When you first open NetSpot, you’re met with a list of every router Wi-Fi network within range and all relevant information regarding those networks: SSID, BSSID, channel, band, security type, vendor, mode, signal strength, and more.

In this default Discover tab, NetSpot performs scans in real-time at set intervals. These real-time scans happen every ten seconds by default, but you can change this interval up to one full minute. 

The main Wi-Fi analyzer screen even lets you see hidden router networks, although their names are displayed as “Hidden SSID.” You can select and add networks by channel to more easily sort through the options.  

NetSpot helps you measure your Wi-Fi channel signal strength and steps you can take to improve network quality and functionality throughout the house. For example, if you find certain devices don’t connect as well as they should, a site survey with a Wi-Fi analyzer like NetSpot can narrow down dead zones. 

Using the Survey Tool

The most potent tool in NetSpot is the Survey tool. You can use this to manage existing surveys or start new ones. It offers multiple area types for zones, including closed office spaces, apartments, cube farms, outdoor spaces, and more. 

Selecting the correct type of zone is essential, as the app uses these settings to calibrate its detection algorithm further.

You can design a map of your space by drawing it, choosing a sample map, or starting with a completely blank map. You can also upload a floorplan of your office or apartment (if one is available) and work off that. 

You can calibrate your map by selecting two points and entering the actual distance between them. The app can take any two measurements and calibrate the rest of the floorplan based on those distances, provided the floorplan you use is to scale. 

After this, NetSpot asks if you want it to scan any other Wi-Fi networks. After you’ve performed basic calibration, the survey begins. You choose the point in the map where your computer is the first point for the Wi-Fi analyzer scan before moving to the next point. 

After you choose one point on the map, the scan will commence. You shouldn’t move your device from this position during the duration of the scan. You’ll need to repeat this process for at least three points throughout the home. 

When the network analyzer survey is complete, you can see detailed information about each area, including signal strength, the signal-to-noise ratio, the bandwidth frequency coverage, and more. Selecting a point shows a breakdown of every network and Wi-Fi channel within range of that point.

Using the Discover Tool

The other half of the NetSpot Wi-Fi analyzer app is the Discover tool. This tool displays more detailed information about a Wi-Fi network. By selecting a network and then choosing the Details icon on the lower-left section of the app, you can view its channel, signal strength, noise level, and security type. 

You can also break this information down through four different tabs: Signal & Noise, Tabular Data, Channels 2.4 GHz, and Channels 5 GHz.

Why does this matter? 

There are different bands to each network range. For example, the 2.4GHz network has 11 different bands, but only three of these do not overlap. The 5GHz band has more bandwidths that don’t overlap, resulting in better connection strength and quality. If you’re seeking the best Wi-Fi network quality, then you’d want to connect to the 5GHz band if possible. 

The Discover Tool lets you view individual bandwidths for detailed information about activity on the network. Use this troubleshooting tool to determine the best channel with the least interference to connect to.

Is the NetSpot Wi-Fi Analyzer Worth It?

NetSpot includes many powerful diagnostics tools, and it does so in a lightweight package. There is a free version, but you’ll have access to more of what makes NetSpot useful if you opt for the Home version. It allows you to set up two zones, with two snapshots and 50 data points per zone. You can receive lifetime upgrades for just $19 on top of the base $50 price.

The Pro version is the better bet for commercial use. It’s set up for 50 zones, 50 snapshots, and 500 data points per zone. You can create more than 12 visualizations, as well as gain access to one free technician license if you need to speak with someone regarding your network. You can receive lifetime upgrades for $49 extra.

After spending several weeks with NetSpot, we find that it’s definitely worth the cost for the network performance gains you’ll see. Be warned, though: NetSpot isn’t beginner-friendly. To use the information, you should have at least a base level of networking knowledge. 

The good news is that NetSpot includes a user guide with dozens of articles about network terminology and how to use the NetSpot network analyzer to perform a wireless network site survey within your own home to optimize your Wi-Fi network and coverage. 

Even with tutorials, it can take time to acquaint yourself with all of the features. NetSpot is powerful, but it can be complicated to use. For example, uploading floor plans didn’t always work as intended, although we had calibrated the app to match the correct distances. 

If you have a question or want to submit feedback, you can do so directly within the NetSpot app. The Ask a Question option at the top of the screen lets you reach out directly to the team, and they’ll respond to you through email. 

How To Fix Slow Wi

Are you experiencing slow Wi-Fi on your iPhone or iPad? There could be several reasons for this, and it can get quite annoying when it happens. In this article, we have listed six useful tips that can help fix the slow Wi-Fi issue on your iPhone or iPad.

Restart Wi-Fi router

The first you should probably do when you have Wi-Fi issues is restart your modem or router. Most of the time, the network could get clogged, and a simple restart of the router will fix all issues. Turn off your router, wait for at least 10-15 seconds, and then turn it back on. Check if the Wi-Fi on your iPhone is back to normal.

Restart your iPhone

You may also want to restart your iPhone if resetting the Wi-Fi router doesn’t fix the slow internet speed. Oftentimes, this simple solution is all you need to fix such inconvenient issues.

Run a speed test on another device

Usually, during peak times or when there is a major event, internet speeds might worsen due to increased load.

In these situations, the issue may be from your network provider’s end and not you. To test, run a speed test on another phone or computer connected to the same Wi-Fi network. If the speed is also significantly down on that device, then the problem is from your network provider’s end. In this situation, you can contact their service center or wait a while for normal, fast speeds to resume. If the speed on another device is fine but not on yours, then move to the remaining solutions below.

Note: Sometimes, it’s also possible that the website or streaming service you’re trying to access is having issues and, therefore, not loading quickly or playing videos in the highest quality. In this case, force quit the app and reopen it.

Reset Network Settings

At times, resetting the Network Settings on your iPhone can also solve the issue with slow Wi-Fi or cellular connection. Once the reset completes, your iPhone should restart automatically. You will need to enter your Wi-Fi password again. Hopefully, this fixes the slow Wi-Fi problems.

Forget and add the Wi-Fi network again

If you didn’t want to reset the Network Settings on your iPhone, then you can simply forget the Wi-Fi network and add it again. This could potentially fix the issue, as forgetting a network will remove all its data. Here’s how to forget a Wi-Fi network.

Open Settings on your iOS device and tap Wi-Fi.

Tap the info button ⓘ next to the connected Wi-Fi name.

After this, restart your iPhone and connect to this Wi-Fi network again. You’ll have to enter the password for the Wi-Fi network to add it back. Once connected, test the internet speeds to see if things are back to normal.

Change DNS settings

Sometimes, the reason for slow Wi-Fi on your iPhone could be bad DNS servers. You can change these servers on your iPhone to improve the speeds. Find the best DNS servers available online, and use that to improve the Wi-Fi speed. Once you have switched to a different DNS, check whether the slow Wi-Fi issue has been fixed.

The above-mentioned tips should help you fix the slow Wi-Fi issues on your iPhone or iPad. If none of them work, then the problem could be with the Wi-Fi router or with your Internet Service Provider (ISP). You should contact your ISP and have their technician visit your home to fix the problem.

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Laptop Won’t Connect To Wi

Last Updated on August 19, 2023

Technology is a wonderful invention, allowing us to connect with people on the other side of the world, discover information at a moment’s notice, work from anywhere on the planet, and play games and socialize in ways that have never previously been available to the human race – that is, of course, as long as you can get your laptop connected to the Wi-Fi.

Connection issues are often cited as one of the most frustrating aspects of the internet, and getting online can be easier said than done.

Fortunately for you, we have put together everything that you need to know to get your laptop to connect to the Wi-Fi, including top troubleshooting tips to try if you are struggling to get a connection.

Ready to get connected? Then read on for everything you need to know!

Make Sure That Wi-Fi Is Switched On

Sometimes the problem can be simple: you have failed to switch on the Wi-Fi on your computer or laptop, and so this is a smart place to start your troubleshooting journey.

First, turn on your Wi-Fi so you can connect to the Internet. Then, check if your device is on airplane mode – if airplane mode is activated, you will not be able to connect.

You can also double-check the connection by cross-checking your laptop with your smartphone if the issue is with your laptop or Wi-Fi network in particular – if your smartphone can connect to the Wi-Fi with minimal fuss, it suggests a problem with your laptop.

Trouble connecting to the Wi-Fi network on your smartphone too, however, means that there could be a problem with your connection.

Try To Restart Your Router Or Modem

If the issue is with the Wi-Fi network, rather than a problem with your laptop, then restarting the modem or wireless router can help to fix the problem.

Start by turning your modem off, and remove the cables and wires from the back. Wait for a minimum of 30 seconds before reconnecting the cables and wires and turning the power on.

Wait for around another minute, and then plug the Wi-Fi router back in, and switch it on to start the power.

Give the system another two or three minutes, and see if your Wi-Fi springs into life and connects to your laptop.

If this is successful, it suggests that there was a temporary issue with your Wi-Fi, rather than your device, which can be a relief – the former tends to be a lot cheaper!

Ultimately, sometimes the best thing to do is switch it off, and switch it back on again – it sounds simple, but this can be super effective!

Restart The Laptop

Give your laptop a chance to restart, and then try reconnecting to the Wi-Fi. If this works, it suggests a possible problem with your laptop, rather than the Wi-Fi connection.

Run The Windows Troubleshooter

If you fail to have any luck with the methods mentioned above, then another option is to run the troubleshooter and troubleshoot your whole Wi-Fi connection.

On a Windows device, the troubleshooting system can be accessed by heading to “Start” and then “Settings”, and onto “Update and Security”.

This will bring up a screen with a number of menus on the left, and you can select the option to “Troubleshoot” from this menu.

Once you have accessed the “Troubleshoot” menu, you can select “Internet Connections” to open the wizard.

From here, simply follow the instructions on screen – this will work logically through possible solutions to find the most likely issue, and will usually offer a resolution to your problem. In many cases, users report this method as having a great success rate.

Uninstall And Reinstall The Wi-Fi Drivers

If you are still struggling to connect, the issue may lie with your Wi-Fi drivers – these are specific software programs that are installed on the hard disk of your laptop.

Their purpose is to allow the operating system on your laptop to communicate effectively with any network and wireless adaptors, helping your laptop to connect smoothly and prevent disruption.

In many cases, issues with network and wireless drivers will arise if the drivers are corrupted, missing, or out of date. In this case, you will need to remove the faulty drivers and download and install the updated versions. Fortunately, this is a simple process.

In some cases, the Wi-Fi drivers that you need will be located and installed automatically, so you may find that this method works to get you back online without requiring you to do anything else.

In some cases, however, you may need to locate, download and reinstall replacement drivers for your system.

Remove Viruses

In some cases, the issue may lie with the software, and your laptop may have fallen victim to a virus – many viruses will block you from connecting to Wi-Fi.

Always use good antivirus software, and make sure that you are scanning your laptop regularly. If you are struggling to connect to the Wi-Fi, run a full system scan, and then restart your device and try again.

Try Renewing Your IP Address

If you have worked your way through the suggestions above, and are still failing to find a solution, then it may be the case that the issue lies with your IP address; in some cases, these can fail to support a Wi-Fi connection.

In order to fix this, you will need to change your IP address, and this is a simple process.

Start by pressing the “Windows” logo, which is located on the keyboard of your laptop, and follow this by pressing the “R” key on your keyboard.

This command automatically opens something called “Run Box” on your screen; this allows the user to open any program in the Windows directory by name, and to launch any file, as long as the full file path is entered.

Once Run Box has entered, type “cmd”, and then hit the Enter key – you will see a black window on your screen.

Once this black window appears, type “ipconfig/release” into the window, and then hit the “Enter” key. There will be a short pause as the command processes and works.

Once the command has been completed, you can type “ipconfig/renew” into the black box, and then hit the “Enter” key.

Give it a few minutes, and start the process to try and connect your laptop to your Wi-Fi – this should be just what you need to override and fix any Wi-Fi issues, allowing you to keep working and meet any deadlines.

Replace Your Hardware

If you are still failing to have any success, the issue may lie with your laptop, and you may be looking at replacing the hardware.

Older laptops tend to run into connection issues if they overheat and are more prone to hardware issues; this can cause the network adapter in the service to stop working, and you will not be able to connect.

In some cases, certain parts can be saved. In the worst-case scenario, a whole new laptop may be required.

Final Thoughts

Wi-Fi connectivity problems can occur for various reasons, and there are a number of things that you can do to help resolve any issues you might encounter.

If nothing has worked, and you are still struggling to connect to your Wi-Fi network, then it is worth taking your computer to the professionals, as they will be able to sort out any outstanding problems and ensure you stay connected wherever you go!

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