In the first part of this guide we’ve covered some relatively basic problems that might cause your internet connection to break. The second part is dedicated to some of the more advanced tweaks that just might do the trick with problematic internet gateways.
If you haven’t read the first part, feel free to check it out here: How to Recognize and Solve Windows 10 Internet Connection Problems – Part 1
First of, let us cover some software issues that are not as common, but can still cause some serious headaches. If you use VPN software, it can interfere with your connection in many ways, often quite unexplainable.
Not too long ago I was using LogMeIn Hamachi for some gaming sessions with my friends (some older games which no longer support online gaming). After a while, my internet connection just broke.
So I checked everything accordingly, just like in the first part of this guide and nothing helped me. In the end, what I did was removed Hamachi completely, including the virtual network adapter which installs along with the client, and guess what – my internet was back. Later I tried to find the source of the problem, but without any luck.
Apparently many people have had this issues and no one knows why.
Just like with Hamachi, sometimes an antivirus or a firewall can cause troubles. The solution is fairly similar: remove the antivirus and firewall software and see if the problem persists.
You cannot deny the usefulness of wireless connection. If you have a wireless router strong enough to cover your entire house, the mobility it offers simply comes without competition. On the other hand, one thing wireless connection lacks is consistency.
Often interruptions, signal deterioration, problematic channels, connection security – these are just some of the problems that might affect your connection.
In some cases your connection will be visible and you will have normal connectivity, however, the speed at which your internet operates is far below what you are paying for to your ISP. In this case, it is either signal strength problem or signal interference from other nearby wireless devices. This nifty little app can show you which of the two issues might be causing you troubles.
In any case the solutions are fairly simple.
If the lack of signal strength is causing your speeds to drop significantly, the only real solution is to go to a computer parts store and purchase either a stronger router or a stronger antenna for your PC.
If that is not the problem, and your signal strength is satisfactory, the most likely cause to your issues is the quality of the signal. The WiFi operates at certain frequencies over several different channels WiFi routers are able to utilize. In case you live in an apartment building, chances are most of the residents have their own routers as well.
Consequently, a couple or more WiFi signals happen to interfere with each other and cause internet problems to all users. Should this be the case, the solution is to login to your router’s admin panel, go to channel settings and browse through different channels until you find the least crowded one that will ensure optimal signal quality.
Who knows, you might even help your neighbour without them even realising it.
Also this guide by Eric Geier might come in handy if you want to fully optimize your WiFi devices and drivers.
The hole in the wall
Depending on the type of the connection you have, both DSL and Cable are dependent on cables. What all cables have in common is that they deteriorate and lose transmitting capabilities over a certain period of time. Checking up the quality of your cables can turn into quite a hustle because they are sometimes housed in enclosures and walled in.
If they are not, you will easily notice whether they are damaged or rusty. Also, both connection types utilize splitters which are expendable and vary in quality.
Bad Cable splitter will not only affect your internet connection, but your TV signal as well.
Now, all of these aren’t necessarily problems tied exclusively to Windows 10. On the contrary, they can happen with any other operating system, Microsoft’s or not, but since it is the latest version of Windows, that is the reason enough to aim at it.
So if you have any other OS feel free to apply any of this advice.
About the author: Although a Physics graduate, Marcus opted for work in fields of technology, marketing and web. He is also an author at Technivorz blog. He likes an occasional game or two and has seen Star Wars films 44 times.