How to Diagnosis Your Internet Connection Problems

An internet connection can fail at four points: software on the PC, wireless adapter, router and the modem. This quick guide gives you a basic procedure that you can go through to diagnose the problem. The hardest problem to diagnosis is when your internet has intermittent hiccups.

My internet has stopped working completely.

1. First, use another device to check if the internet still works. If so, then it’s the adapter or software on your computer. Reinstall the drivers for the adapter or replace the wireless adapter.

2. If no WIFI devices can connect to the internet, look to see if the modem is flashing the light listed as “internet”. If not, then it could be the modem. Call your ISP to make sure it is not a neighborhood wide outage.

3. Reset your router by pulling the plug, waiting 5 seconds, and plugging it back in. If it still doesn’t work, then go to your router’s settings via WIFI by typing 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 in the web browser of your choice. Google “how to access x router administrative tools” if those IP addresses doesn’t work. If you can access the administrative tools then the router should be fine and the modem is the culprit.

My internet stops intermittently.

1. As soon as your internet stops working, use another WIFI enabled device to see if the internet still works flawlessly. These intermittent issues are hard to catch, try and use another computer for a few days to see if the issues occur on both machines or not. If not, then it is likely your wireless adapter.

2. If the intermittent internet freezing happens on multiple devices, turn your router on and off. Most routers don’t have a switch and pulling the power plug is the only way to turn it off.

3. If you are sure you ruled out that it is not your wireless adapter and your router, replace your modem. Don’t assume that a modem an internet service provider (ISP) gives you works 100 percent. They are horrible at diagnosing intermittent modem problems. They can (and do in my experience) give you another modem that someone else had problems with.

Belkin Unveils it’s New N900 Dual Band Router

During the Consumer Electronic Show held in Las Vegas last January 8, Belkin unveiled one of it’s newest router, the N900.

The new Belkin N900 DB Router is a dual band Wi-Fi device capable of speeds of 450Mbps per band. It also retains some of its standard features from the older N750 like 802.11 b,g and n support, four ethernet ports and two USB 2.0 ports for connected storage.

The basic specs of the N900 is as follows :

- Dual-band technology with simultaneous wireless speeds of up to 450 Mbps (2.4 GHz) + 450 Mbps (5 GHz)
- Exclusive MultiBeam antenna technology for high-powered wireless signal and maximum throughput
- 600 MHz multi-thread processor to power through media-intensive multitasking
- Two high-speed USB 2.0 ports for fast access to network storage or wireless printing
- Download at gigabit speeds and stream from multiple devices at the same time
- IntelliStream QoS prioritizes video and gaming streams
- 4 gigabit ports for ultra-fast wired connections
- Guest network access for enhanced security
- Self-healing feature automatically resolves potential network problems
- Easy setup and pre-configured security

If you’re a new kid on the block and want to know what these specs mean, it’s basically a fast router. And when I say fast, I mean fast. It takes three easy steps to get you online, and with the right configuration and the right connections, you’ll get an internet connection fast enough to sustain all your online needs; be it gaming, video streaming or just plain blogging.

Priced at around $200, Belkin will start shipping the product near you sometime this April.

What’s your take on all this? Will Belkin start going up the ranks as one of the top producers of wireless routers?