Why is my network appearing even when the router is off?
June 29, 2020 5:02 AM   Subscribe

After a few days of wonky Internet I decided to do a periodic reset, and unplugged the modem and router across the house. The wifi network is still appearing, though, and phones and desktops are connecting to it (without internet), even after “forget this network”, it’s findable and connects. I can’t ping or connect to other devices in the house, though. What’s up with the “ghost” network?
posted by Shepherd to Computers & Internet (4 answers total)
Best answer: Do you have any range extenders/repeaters on your network?
posted by pipeski at 5:09 AM on June 29, 2020 [5 favorites]

What pipeski is suggesting. Sounds like something is still broadcasting.
posted by terrapin at 5:14 AM on June 29, 2020 [1 favorite]

When you say "unplugged", are you referring to the network cable(s), or the power cord? If your wireless router is still getting power, it will broadcast the network even if there is no connection to the Internet.
posted by alex1965 at 5:18 AM on June 29, 2020 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: We DO have a range extender! Thank you! I was starting feel like I was in the Twilight Zone.
posted by Shepherd at 5:33 AM on June 29, 2020 [8 favorites]

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