If you have been experimenting with your wireless Internet range, you may wonder why your WiFi extender keeps dropping out. Even the best routers, after all, can be associated with frequent extender dropouts. Keep reading to learn more about why these dropouts occur and what you can do about it.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • There are a number of reasons why a WiFi extender would drop out, impacting your Internet connection and Wi-Fi signal, so you’ll have to do some light troubleshooting.
  • Start by downloading and installing any driver software to ensure you are up to date, then check your wireless networks and Wi-Fi connection again.
  • If that doesn’t work, unplug and reboot your extender, your router, and your cable modem. Also, check for objects that could be interrupting the signal, such as baby monitors or even concrete walls.

Why Do Wireless Extenders Drop Out?

Your wireless extender could be dropping out for any number of reasons, including out-of-date software, power outages, and integration issues with your router and cable modem. In the latter case, you may wonder what a gaming modem does and if it works with a wireless extender. Short answer? It depends on what extender and what router you are using.

Insider Tip

Turn off any baby monitors, cordless phones, or other wireless devices that could be interrupting your signal.

Here are some of the ways you can troubleshoot WiFi extension dropouts so you can get surfing again.

Update the Firmware

The most likely culprit of these extender dropouts is that your firmware and associated software is out of date. Go through the updating process by checking the instruction manual that accompanied the device and looking for the URL address of a web portal for driver updates. You can also usually find this information via a quick Google search. After that, go through the steps of downloading and installing the driver software. As a note, you will likely have to restart your devices once the driver software has been successfully installed.

Restart Everything

If your driver software is already up-to-date, you may just have to restart everything. Go ahead and unplug your wireless extender, your router, and your cable modem. Wait 30 seconds to one minute and then plug everything back in, starting with the cable modem, then the router, and then the extender. Once everything is powered on, check to see if the extender is working normally. If you are wondering how often to reboot a wifi router in general, it depends on the age and efficacy of the device.

Check the Power Source

It could simply be a matter of power. Check the power source to make sure it is working properly. If not, head to your junction box and reset the fuse, replacing the fuse if necessary. Do the same for any power outlets connected to your router and cable modem.

F.A.Q.S

How to upgrade Wi-Fi driver on a Windows computer?

Follow the on-screen prompts, and then check for wifi signals on your wi-fi network via any wifi range extenders.


Connected to WiFi but no Internet?

If you have a wireless connection but no Internet, go through the above troubleshooting steps for a solution.


Poor or no Internet access in certain rooms?

It could be a conflict with another wireless device, such as a cordless phone, or it could be a weak signal coming from your wifi router. Restart to go through a power cycle.



STAT: In 2017, the global WiFi router market was valued at about 8.5 billion U.S. dollars. That figure is forecasted to double to about 16.2 billion U.S. dollars. (source)

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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