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Why does my Wi-Fi connection keep dropping?

Why does my Wi-Fi connection keep dropping?
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Q. My home's Wi-Fi connection seems to drop constantly, especially in certain rooms around the house? What could be causing this and are there fixes I can do to stop this annoying problem? - Eric B. from Los Angeles listens to The Kim Komando Show on 790 AM KABC.

A. I'm sorry to hear that, Eric, but there are a number of different reasons why your Wi-Fi connection keeps dropping. It can be due to something as simple as your router's position or in worst cases, you might need new hardware.

Let me highlight and explain the common reasons why a Wi-Fi connection could drop and ways to solve them:

Signal Congestion

This is the most common problem in many households - radio signal congestion. This is noticeable if your router is still running the 2.4GHz frequency that's meant for older gadgets.

The 2.4GHz frequency is particularly congested because, aside from other Wi-Fi routers in your vicinity, other devices like cordless phones, Bluetooth speakers, microwave ovens and baby monitors occupy this band. This causes interference, slowdowns and unpredictable connectivity.

The solution: Move from one channel to a less crowded one.

To check the optimum channel or the least used channel in your area, try using a Wi-Fi scanner like "Wireless Diagnostics" for Macs or "Acrylic Wi-Fi Home" for Windows. For Android users, there's a bunch of Wi-Fi scanning tools available, but the most popular one is Network Analyzer. Click here for more details and download information.

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