It's Time For A New Router When These Signs Show Up
  • February 19, 2022
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The best way to prolong the life of a router (and maintain high-speed wireless Internet connections) is to take care of it. While this is undoubtedly true, a router will break for various reasons, no matter how well you take care of it. Don’t worry. Check out these signs of a deteriorating router and tips on replacing it with a new one.

Intermittent Internet

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When your modem is having an off-network day, it can be frustrating. One moment you’re surfing the internet and enjoying yourself, then suddenly it’s like the internet has disappeared. No matter how many times you reset the router or call tech support, the issue persists. No matter what you do, you can’t get online without an error message popping up.

Poor high-speed wireless Internet service isn’t the problem. This is usually caused by poor signal coverage in your area. The issue could be caused by walls or even furniture blocking your modem and router’s connection to the internet. If that doesn’t fix it, there’s likely a technical problem with the modem or the router.

Laggy Internet

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Despite a high-speed wireless Internet plan, does it take forever to buffer when streaming your favorite Netflix show, YouTube channel, or Spotify playlist? Then you might be in the middle of a network slowdown.

One common sign that your router needs to be replaced is when the Internet connection is frustratingly slow. This scenario mostly happens when network traffic and available bandwidth increase, causing a drop in performance.

However, in some cases, if you have tried everything else, such as updating the router’s firmware and resetting it to no avail, your Internet connection could be because your router is malfunctioning. Get in touch with your Internet service provider (ISP) or the nearest repair shop within your area and ask whether you need to have your device repaired or replaced.

Malfunctioning Lights

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One of the quickest ways to tell if a router is working is by observing its indicator lights. Usually, a solid green light means the router is functioning normally, and a blinking orange light signifies a successful high-speed wireless Internet connection.

However, if there is no light on the router that indicates it is connected, there must be a problem. The majority of the time, when you turn on the router, all the lights will come on to indicate that it is working correctly. If you have tried to connect to the internet wirelessly and have not been able to do so, it is likely not a problem with your computer or other device but instead with the router itself.

If your computer is having technical problems, try the following:

  • Restart your computer.
  • Remove any cables connected to it, remove the cover, and look for loose wires.
  • If you can’t find any flexible cables, try reinserting them into the ports again, and then check to see if the computer is working.

Call your ISP for a technician or a new modem if none of these don’t do the job.

Total Breakdown

A sign your router fails is when it stops functioning completely. That means the device won’t respond to anything you press, no matter how hard you try. Also, the status lights and other indicators will not work.

Remember to check the connection wires and cables that link to your modem and your computer when this happens. Make sure they’re fully inserted into their corresponding ports and cables. Also, check your power source to make sure it’s operating normally.

Buy a New Router Now

The signs of a router that needs to be replaced are simple to spot. When you have tried everything to save your router, you can return the broken device. Use these signs to distinguish between a router that needs to be replaced and a dying modem.

Get in touch with Fetch Wireless today for more tips on maintaining your high-speed wireless Internet connections at home or in the office! Based on 4G LTE technology, we deliver versatility that other technologies can’t! Whether you want to stream your favorite movies and TV shows, browse the web and social media, or even play competitive online games, you’ll be able to do it anywhere in the U.S. with a 25 Mbps average download speed!