Our house is not tremendously big, but is challenging to cover with wifi signal because it has plaster walls with metal underneath. Currently we have a router wired to two wireless access points, a setup which provides pretty good coverage. Our internet service supposedly runs at 1 gigabit per second, although we are told to realistically expect 40 MB. I'd like a router that has parental controls and wondering which way to go: [more inside]
We have a network with a Time Capsule which used to act as a router but now seems to be stuck in bridge mode, allowing internet access to only one device (out of four). [more inside]
I want to buy or rent a small, powerful USB antenna (or other hardware) to extend a laptop's wifi range to 600+ feet (physically like this one, though I don't see an indication that one is powerful enough). [more inside]
All Kid BlahLaLa wanted for the holidays was better wifi at home, so after maaany years of DSL we are switching to cable internet, which in our area is only provided by Spectrum (aka Charter). Help me understand the best way to do this? I have all sorts of questions. [more inside]
I live in a 4 story rowhouse that is currently using a single wifi router - signal strength is strong in the front rooms of the house, but weak in the back, and we'e hoping to find something that will boost it enough to be serviceable. What do you recommend, hivemind? [more inside]
Our family is unable to connect our phones to Spotify over wifi at our home We can both connect over data. My search has given me the answer that this is issue with our router settings. But from there I am lost.... [more inside]
Looking for the simplest device/way to set up a mobile hotspot in the car that ideally doesn't involve tethering to another phone. Google research is making it tough to figure out what I need exactly. [more inside]
My iPhone (and only my iPhone) is having trouble with my home wifi (and only my home wifi). What gives? [more inside]
When I click on my wifi network name in the network popup window, it says “can’t connect to this network” or it lets me type in my password and then says “can’t connect to this network”. This is a new Acer Aspire laptop. [more inside]
I upgraded from an ancient Verizon Fios Router to their new Quantum Gateway router. I average 50mbs up/down over both 2.4 and 5.0 ghz networks. But there are frequent huge slowdowns (usually to <1mb/sec either up or down - never both at once - on both networks). It's seen on my Macbook Air and on mobile devices. Previous router was robust and consistent. Should I just revert? FYI mffice is upstairs and one room over from the router. But when it works, it works great.
My building set up free wifi internet, and I'd like to use it, but I'm already using my own wifi network to connect my Mac/iPhone/iPad/etc to devices like a Philips Hue, Belkin Wemo, Apple TV, airplay speakers, etc. How use my building's wifi internet while also using my wifi network? If I switch to my building's wifi internet, I lose my network and my other devices. If I switch to my wifi network, I lose my building's wifi internet. I'm really shocked by how difficult this is. With cable internet, I plug the cable modem into my router's WAN port & bam, I'm done. How do I accomplish the same thing with a wifi internet provider? Is there such a thing as a wifi modem I can connect to my Airport Extreme router so I can serve internet to my devices on my wifi network? I have an old Airport Express router I'm not using. Is it possible to tell the Airport Express to pick up my building's wifi & then connect it to my Airport Extreme by ethernet so it can serve internet to the devices on my wifi network? If so, how?
I recently set up a docking station for my laptop on a desk in my room. The only problem is that this seems to have really spotty WiFi coverage. Sometimes it's fine, sometimes it lags to hell when trying to load even something mostly text-based like Metafilter. Streaming is often impossible. I'm considering buying a range extender for my network - what should I keep in mind? [more inside]
Who should I look for and where should I look for them in making my house a wifi superstar? [more inside]
I've just moved to Salt Lake City, and am an inveterate user of public library wi-fi. However, of the 4 libraries I've visited so far, I've only been able to connect to the wi-fi in 1: in the other 3, I don't get a "Connect to Library Wi-Fi" splash screen when I open my browser - I just go straight to "this site can’t be reached - DNS address could not be found." What gives, SLC libraries? [more inside]
My internet wifi signal suddenly doesn't reach the far end of my house when it previously worked fine. [more inside]
VPN doesn't appear to be routing to the country I want it to, why? [more inside]
I took apart my Droid Mini to replace the battery. Now the wifi doesn't work. Help! [more inside]
All of my devices cannot connect to websites other than Facebook, Google and Yahoo Mail, and to Skype. Why and how can I fix this? [more inside]
I bought a Toshiba Chromebook 2 a couple months ago, and it has one very annoying problem that I can't figure out how to fix. [more inside]
We're looking at moving into a shared office building with a couple of other companies, in total about 40 people plus a small specialized school with another 50 students or so. This is a very nice opportunity, and I've been tasked with figuring out the shared network and related (phone, access control) infrastructure. I have a pretty good idea of what to get, but I'm not as up to date on options as I used to be, and I might be missing stuff. Help me with suggestions for good, economical equipment options. [more inside]
Our local library will soon start lending mobile wi-fi hotspot devices (similarly to what BPL and KPL have done), and I am interested to learn about the experience of others who have engaged in similar projects. [more inside]
I'm so sick of having bad wifi. I'm willing to pay for a good router, but I'm not sure what to get. [more inside]
How functional are android phones, using wifi for data, and purchasing prepaid cell service for calls in France? Previouly I had the iPod Touch, which worked very well, all the apps were available and worked as expected. A used unlocked Blackberry Bold 9900 I purchased as a replacement turned out to be useless. [more inside]
Weird situation. I have two Mac computers right next to each other. One recognized the wifi on the Airport and logs in no problem. The other sees the network but can’t log in. I’m usually pretty say with these things but no luck resetting airport, running diagnostic tool or rebooting. I’m stumped. only thing I can think of was I used the utility privacy scan and it might have tossed some Finder cache files. Any help would be hugely appreciated. Thanks
Can I receive a wifi signal without sitting right next to open windows? [more inside]
My macbook (air, Yosemite 10.10.3) keeps trying to connect to a BT wifi network, prioritizing it over my normal home network. How can I make it stop? [more inside]
I finally upgraded to 14.04 and now, while my laptop can see networks, it is unable to connect to any of them. Other machines on our network have no issues. Please help me troubleshoot this! [more inside]
I'll be in Vancouver for a couple of days later in April. Where is a good place where I can get free WiFi so I can work? I'm staying at Pender and Richards.
So, a while back we got an Apple Airport to try to extend Wifi in our apartment. It doesn't really work and I think perhaps I've misunderstood something fundamental about the airport. Help. [more inside]
We're visiting Toronto for the first time! We need a place to stay for two weeks! We don't know what to look for in a hotel aside from a nice place, but I'd like something fun and the SO would like a quiet place with lots of amenities (think wifi and breakfasts) that isn't too, in his words, "werid". All suggestions open and none of us drive, so public transit links/ access to typical tourist tat are key.
I'm hosting a two day event in SF next week. Oddly, the venue we've rented has no wifi. Where can I rent a mifi type device for two days that can provide high speed internet for up to 60 people? [more inside]
I've read some of the previously posted questions on this (not to mention Googling) and still have not read a 100% clear answer. I know that using an extender/repeater slashes bandwidth. But if I use a wireless bridge, instead, will throughput be higher? [more inside]
I live close enough to my work, that sometimes my MacBook will connect to my work's wifi, even when I'm at home (particularly if I forget to disconnect from work's wifi before leaving). Do you have any lateral thinking ideas of how I can ensure that when I'm home, my computer automatically connects to my home network? Just the one or two times I forget to disconnect from work, I'll probably end up with my Netflix etc coming through my work's wifi, which wouldn't be great. Thank you!
I'm going to Cadillac, MI on a Friday through Monday "vacation" (that is, I'll need to work while I'm there). I'll probably need 16-24 hours of ~1.5 mbps or faster internet over the four day period, on my own laptop. I'm fairly sure that our Airbnb-type accommodations don't have an internet connection/WiFi. Tethered mobile data probably won't be an option. Where can I go to use the internet for several hours at a time? I don't mind paying for it or purchasing something so I can use it.
My wife's iphone is slow on our home wifi network but fine everywhere else. Our other 3 ios devices also have no issues. I've run out of ideas. Does anyone else know how I can fix this? [more inside]
I need something that can connect to the internet by WiFi, and to my receiver by standard RCA connectors. Ideally, I'd like to be able to select and control the music by a web interface or phone app, and be able to play music from my laptop as well as from various internet streaming services. What's the best option out there? [more inside]
Using my iPhone 5S on Ting, I seem to have some data usage every day. This occurs even on days when my phone never leaves the house, where we have good wifi coverage. (The "wifi assist" that snuck in with the new ios was disabled long ago.) It's never very much data - usually around .02 megabytes - so it isn't impacting my bill, but the fact that it occurs at all is puzzling and I'd love to understand why. Can anyone help?
My laptop (and only my laptop) keeps randomly losing its internet connection after 20 minutes. Disconnecting and reconnecting to my wifi fixes this temporarily, but I haven't got a clue how to even approach fixing this. [more inside]
I just got a senior-oriented tablet (GrandPad) so my elderly, beloved relative can video chat and receive digital photos. However, I can't get the tablet onto his house WiFi and it's really frustrating. I am able to get other devices onto his WiFi, so the WiFi works. The tablet is able to log into other networks, so it's not that the tablet's connectivity is totally borked. But they won't work together. I traveled hundreds of miles to set this tablet up and have to leave Tuesday, so for me the stakes are high. [more inside]
My internet speeds aren't good, and randomly drop out. I'd like to rent/buy a new modem, but know nothing about them. Help? [more inside]
I have two internet connections at home that I would like to combine for benefits of reliability and speed. [more inside]
Our house has 2 separate antique sprinkler controllers: one in the back yard shed, one in the garage (as far apart as you can get!). I'd like to replace them with a web-enabled controller. Is there any distributed controller that will work with two sets of valves whose cables do not come together to a single point? [more inside]
Comcast is offering me a deal that includes security. I can get out of my existing home security for it. It's a very basic ADT - and they're pretty scummy too to deal with. I wanted to hear (hopefully) from the people who have used them or chose not to use them. I'm looking for deal breakers; things they don't do or that they should be doing. [more inside]
I have just bought the Netgear N300 WiFi Range Extender (EX2700), and followed the instructions to the letter. I connect to the extender, tell it which network to extend, put in the router password, and get to "name your extended network." I leave the default name and security and click "continue." NOTHING HAPPENS. Please help. [more inside]
After years of trouble-free operation, my 4 year old Linksys N750 wifi router has begun having problems, mainly that it drops the internet connection on the 2.4 G band (but not the 5 G band curiously enough). That is to say, the 2.4G Wifi connection isn't itself lost, just that the 2.4G channel loses its internet connectivity. It seems to happen mostly in the evenings. Since my phone and the Wii we watch Netflix through can only use 2.4G, this has become very annoying. [more inside]
I have really thick walls and lots of interfering things in the walls (a chimney, for example) between me and my wifi router, so a few years back I got an extender so the signal could reach my bedroom consistently. It's been working great until recently. [more inside]
Using a new modem/router setup brought on unbearably slow speeds, but which is to blame?? [more inside]
I've got continual internet dropouts, and because it's such a common problem, there's not a lot of help I can get from google. Because it's such a common problem, what's your advice on working out how to fix it? [more inside]
I'm looking for a waterproof, battery operated speaker that can be transmitted to over wifi, NOT bluetooth. Does such a thing exist? I can find lots that use bluetooth, but that's not what I'm after. I specifically need wifi.
Is there a reliable and low latency wireless option for a point to point network connection? [more inside]