Hand holding smartphone with wi-fi connection in cafe

WiFi problems are very common. Every second, someone or the other is facing a problem related to his WiFi connectivity. The problems are of following types:

  • Network downtime problem: This one bugs all. Cellular users are familiar with this problem because they faced it so many times in the past. And now, WiFi users are getting accustomed to it too.
  • Hardware problems: Too many mobile device manufacturers have recently sprung up. The platforms come with a number of specifications, which are sometimes obtrusive to WiFi connectivity.
  • Security concerns: A lot of people access the internet by connecting to public WiFi hotspots. Such hotspots don’t offer robust security.

The problems can affect anyone

WiFi problems are not discriminatory. They can affect anyone. No matter who’s your connection provider, which device or OS platform you use, the problems may creep in and give you a hard time.

Don’t believe me?

Okay then, let me cite some of them so you get an idea.

On Android platform

Android users often fret they can’t connect to WiFi. The WiFi not turning on is the most common issue. If you are one of them, check your applications and reset your hardware if you have to. These are common fixes, and can bring WiFi back.

There are more serious problems, and they occur when users root their devices or upgrade them to a higher version. Many Android users, who downloaded Lollipop, reported some applications are not running and notifications are not coming through, even after repeatedly resetting the WiFi router.

Tech geeks often wipe the cache partition, so no data is lost. But the recent issues, which we’ve just mentioned are probably due to Android Lollipop WiFi glitches. They don’t have easy fixes. If Lollipop gets stuck during DNS lookup, every time a user opens a webpage or runs an online app, the contact that it makes with the server takes unnecessarily extra time. Unless Google takes care of such issues in the next Android version or the device maker introduces a fix, users would have to put up with these problems.

On iOS platform

The iOS platform is infamous for its WiFi glitches. Apple claims iOS is more secure than Android for it being proprietary. But the proprietary model can do more harm than good. Too many restrictions surround the users, because of which they don’t enjoy the liberty to experiment.

The common WiFi problems on iOS are the speed getting abysmally low, constant network interruption, and the platform being incompatible with certain routers (Apple doesn’t admit it though). What makes it worse is different iOS devices face different issues. An iPad Air device may work fine with iOS 7, but when iOS 8.0.2 is installed in it, it may start to have WiFi issues.

With the release of iOS 8.3, Apple addressed a number of WiFi and Bluetooth issues. Users earlier had to enter their login credentials too many times to connect to a hotspot. The device used to get disconnected from WiFi networks frequently. Hands-free phone calls happened to be disconnected earlier for unknown reasons, and podcast downloads were suddenly interrupted whenever some switched to the cellular network from WiFi.

On Windows platform

Ever used a Windows device?

If yes, then you must be familiar with these two terms “Limited” and “No Internet Access.” Those who have upgraded to Windows 8.1 often get these two notifications when they attempt to activate their WiFi. Regular troubleshooting techniques don’t work and resetting the wireless adapter doesn’t help.

Some users have tried the following method and availed themselves a solution. They installed an older version of the network adapter driver. The steps to do this are clicking on device manager, then right click on the network adapter, then clicking on update driver, and then selecting from a list of compatible drivers.

But this solution didn’t work for all Windows users.

Neutral WiFi problems

A platform independent problem is WiFi connection getting disrupted when someone is switching to 4G LTE from 3G. Some users install toggle widgets so they can toggle from 3G to 4G. Others install custom applications that offer settings panel and buttons. Those apps give them control to choose between 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE. Those users can themselves switch off their WiFi and on.

Real solutions needed

But all these solutions stem from a charlatan’s encyclopedia. For the real solutions to be at work, the network providers, the device manufacturers, and the OS developers need to collaborate with each other and address each problem individually.

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