Your home network's main component is your router, as it allows everything in your home, such as laptops, smart televisions, and tablets, to connect to the Internet. If your router is having problems, it may not be immediately apparent to you. Below are two signs you can watch out for that tell you that it is time to give your router some attention.
No Access to the Internet
If you suddenly do not have an Internet connection, it could be your router. Look at the front of the router, and make sure you see the lights that you normally see. The lights that you see depend on the type of router you have. If you are not sure what to look for, refer to your router's manual, which will tell the lights that should be on. If you do not see any lights at all, this is a sign that your router has gone out completely.
Before you go out and purchase a new router, unplug the power cord from the back of the router, wait a few seconds, and then plug it back in. If this does not fix the problem, unplug the power cord from the router again, remove the Ethernet cable from the port on the back of it. Remove the other end of the Ethernet cable from the back of your computer. Replace this cable with a brand new one, connecting it back the same way your old one was connected. Plug the router back in and see if the right lights come on correctly. If not, then you need to replace the router.
Connection Drops Off
If you are on the Internet and you keep losing Internet connection, this is a sign there is a problem with the router. Open your browser, and type your router's IP address into the address bar. You can find this IP address in the router's user's manual. It will be something like http://123.456.7.8. When you type it in, press enter and your router's configuration screen will open up, asking you to enter a username and password. This is also found in the user's manual. With many routers, the default username is admin and the password is password.
Once you are logged in, find the option that resets the router to its default factory settings, and let it go through the process. When it is finished, try browsing the Internet again. If you still lose the connection, visit the manufacturer's website to see if there are any firmware updates for your router. If there are, follow the directions on the screen to install them.
If you are still having problems with your router, it is time to replace it. If you do not want to purchase a brand new one, some electronic stores sellpre-owned routers so you can save money.