Why does your Internet drop suddenly sometimes? 

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When you are using your Android TV Box or working with your computer, it will be very frustrating when trying to submit an assignment five minutes before, it’s due or about to watch an important penalty kick when everything just freezes, and that little yellow icon says no internet connection. Unless there’s been an infrastructure failure outside of your house,  at least you know a relatively easy fix,go over to your router which probably has some indicator lights, blooping that there’s a problem, unplug it wait a few seconds and plug it back in, although you’ve probably missed something critical in the interim, you are at least back online.

Why does your Internet drop suddenly sometimes? Router looks like a simple box that sends your internet connection to your devices, but there is a lot going on under the hood,just like a full blown desktop PC, routers have their own CPU memory, memory, mainboard, IO and even operating system, all of which help it manage data traffic,deciding what needs to be sent where and these components of a router can get. Overloaded similarly to having 40 browser tabs multiple HD video streams and a game running at the same time might bring your laptop to its knees, pushing tons of data through your router to lots of different devices can also slow it down, sometimes to a screeching halt.

The situation is even more complicating because of the fact that most home internet connections use what are called dynamic IP addresses. Internet service providers typically assign IP addresses  which are like street addresses to help Internet traffic find your devices, to each of their modems only for a certain period of time, when this period expires your ISP will give you a new one, but if your router is very busy it might not latch on to the new IP address, and continue trying to use the old one, which is kind of like trying to receive mail at your old apartment.

In many cases, some of your instructions on the computer did not get a corresponding response, it might be your router is as hot as a work, many of us are guilty of this ,but shoving your router in a corner somewhere where it’s ventilation holes might get blocked by cables or dust can cause it to overheat, so be sure to check that if your router is crammed behind a piece of furniture, it can actually breathe, but there are other problems that aren’t necessarily caused by a router malfunction. If you’re on a Wi-Fi connection, sometimes the airwaves just get very crowded, especially if you’re on the common 2.4 gigahertz band where noise from common household devices like microwave ovens and baby monitors and even signals from other nearby routers on the same frequency can overlap and make it difficult for your receiving device to hear what your router is trying to say. If this is the case which you can actually find out by downloading a mobile app to look at nearby networks, try going into your router settings and changing the channel or switching to the 5 gigahertz band if your router and your device is supported it, not only delivers data more quickly but it also offers many more channels and is less crowded overall, and if changing channels making sure your router has cooled off and the time-honored tactic of turning it off and on again doesn’t help will see if your router’s manufacturer has a firmware update available.

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