The Most Common Wi-Fi Problems and How to Fix Them

In recent years, we have all become so reliant on Wi-Fi and a stable internet connection that even the smallest problem can impact our day.

We continue to see the growth of more appliances becoming connected to the internet; from fridges to printers, Wi-Fi connection is no longer only needed for smartphones and laptops.

Working from home has become increasingly more desirable, so having a secure Wi-Fi network that delivers fast and consistent connection has never been more essential.

As Wi-Fi installation experts operating around London and Essex, our team at JL Audio Visual can help provide a range of connectivity solutions, ensuring your home has the perfect Wi-Fi system setup.

Here, we delve into the most common Wi-Fi problems, the reasons behind these issues and how you can go about solving them.

A Slow Connection

Is there anything more annoying than a buffering video or an email that just doesn’t want to be sent?

Many of us will occasionally experience annoyingly slow Wi-Fi. This can be for a number of reasons and will require various fixes.

Router Location

One of the most common reasons behind a slow connection can be the position of the router and your location in relation to it. If you are too far away, connection can become slower and more unreliable.

The Fix:

Just getting a little closer to the router can often help speed up your connection. If this isn’t possible, it might be worth investing in a second router or signal booster to extend your network and reduce the likelihood of a slower connection.

If slow connection is a persistent problem, the issue could be due to interference from other appliances. Move your router to a higher position, away from other appliances to help combat this.

Lack of Bandwidth

Network bandwidth is essentially the capacity at which data can be transmitted. If multiple people are on multiple devices using the internet, there may not be sufficient bandwidth to cover all of them, meaning that connection becomes slow and is prone to lagging.

The Fix:

To fix this, try to disconnect some of the devices that aren’t active to free up some bandwidth.

If bandwidth is persistently slow and many people need internet access at the same time, you may need to consider opting for speedier internet that is capable of supporting all your needs at once.

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Interference

Already previously mentioned, interference can be another cause behind slow connection. Routers can often end up competing for airwaves with other devices in your house.

The Fix:

Make sure there are no devices in close proximity to your router. You can also switch off any devices that don’t need to be on constantly.

If interference is not coming from devices within your household and is instead caused by a crowded frequency channel that many other nearby homes also use, you can select a less crowded frequency. Most modern routers will automatically choose the least crowded option when they are rebooted.

One Device Refuses to Connect

Another fairly common Wi-Fi issue that can cause irritation is when one particular device won’t connect to the internet. This can be especially annoying when your connection is perfect on all of your other devices!

The Fix:

Often this will just be a momentary issue, and the trusty trick of switching your router off and on again can help you out. Unplug your router and then plug it back in after 30 seconds to see if the momentary glitch has been fixed.

You can also delete your current network that is saved on your device and reconnect it after a moment has passed.

Rebooting the device itself can also be a potential fix.

No Internet Connection

Perhaps the worst Wi-Fi issue of all – when there is no internet connection! This can happen at random points or may be a more frequent problem that you run into often, but what is causing it?

Issues With The Router

A faulty router or modem can be the reason behind a complete drop in internet connection. Older routers may be outdated and simply not have the hardware or updates that will allow for the best internet connection. Periodic lapses in Wi-Fi could be down to glitches with a router that’s on its way out.

The Fix:

You may need to replace your router if this is the case. Wi-Fi speed and solutions are getting more advanced every year, so ensuring you have a capable router will be something to look out for.

Sometimes a glitchy router may be random and will not necessarily warrant replacement. You can once again try to reboot the router by unplugging and plugging it back in to see if this will solve your issue.

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Service Outage

When your internet is down, it could be a more widespread problem than one occurring just within your household. Service outages that disrupt internet connection on a large scale can often be the issue causing your lack of Wi-Fi.

The Fix:

Unfortunately, as the problem is not on your end, there is little you can do to fix this. You can contact your service provider to let them know you have been affected, but beyond this, it will be a case of waiting for them to solve the issue.

Forgotten Wi-Fi Password

Sometimes, to regain Wi-Fi connection you just need to re-enter your password, but this is obviously not possible when you cannot remember it!

The Fix:

If, after a hunt for any scraps of paper with the password written on it, you cannot find anything, you will need to reset your router. To default your router to factory settings, use a paperclip or something similar to press the reset pinhole switch located on the back of your router.

If you are at your wit’s end when it comes to poor or slow Wi-Fi connection, get in touch with our expert team here at JL Audio Visual to find out about our connectivity solutions and Wi-Fi installation services.

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Are Home Security Systems Worth Getting?

CCTV may sound to some like an overpriced option. But the reality of the situation is that it’s quite the opposite.

If you live in an area with a low crime rate, you may find yourself wondering if there’s any point. Maybe it looks like a lot of hassle to set up; whatever the reason for wondering whether you should invest in a security system, it’s always worth considering twice.

This article will explore whether there’s really any significance in setting up home security systems, and how it can help in protecting you, your family, your home and not to mention your possessions.

If you’re in need of any expertise or assistance with setting up your security camera installation, you can contact us or arrange a consultation with our team at JL Audio Visual!

CCTV Can Protect by Preventing

Security systems offer much more than just providing evidence. They can actually prevent the crime from happening in the first place, keeping your family, belongings and home safe.

Burglars will not want to be recognised or have evidence held against them. This will also save you a lot of time, hassle and the heartache of having the worst happen by completely avoiding the break-in in the first place.

If there is a break-in, your security system will automatically notify you and you’ll have access to CCTV evidence to help support you through the process of resolving the burglary.

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Monitor Your Home on the Go

With some home security systems, you can check in on your home while you’re at work or even on holiday. You’ll be able to remotely access your surveillance system, so you can breathe a sigh of relief, even if it’s just to make sure you turned the oven off.

It’s an Investment

The money spent on a security system saves time and money in the future, as well as relieves stress. This allows you to have peace of mind if you decide to go on holiday, or just need reassurance that your family is safe at home.

Evidence

CCTV from home security systems can be used to help the police with the case of the robbery, as well as in court by being used to provide evidence. The video can also help with backing up your insurance claim too.

There are an array of security systems to choose from, all offer various features to suit your needs. But most importantly, they are long term investments that will help to protect the things that you love.

These are only a few examples of why having a security system can be worthwhile. If you would like to speak to our team of experts today and find out more you can contact us and get a quote.


About the author – Julie Harlow

A self-confessed techno-geek, Julie loves nothing more than keeping up to date with the latest releases, rumours and gadgets. She has been researching and writing blogs for JL Audio Visual since May 2020.

Marvel Movies Ranked

The best kinds of movies to watch in your home cinema are the ones that pack in the action and deliver dynamic visuals best enjoyed on the big screen!

With 11 years’ worth of epic superhero movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has got a lot to offer when it comes to cinema favourites. But which are the best? Here, we rank our top five movies in the MCU.

As movie aficionados and home cinema installation experts, we understand the value of a next-level viewing experience. If you think your next Marvel movie marathon could benefit from the elevated experience that a fully decked out home theatre could bring, why not get in touch to see how we could help?

Honorary Mentions

Before we explore our top five, these honorary mentions are also worthy of note!

  • Iron Man (2008): The very first MCU title and still one that holds up today.
  • Avenger Infinity War (2018) and Avengers Endgame (2019): The two parts of the ambitious crosser and overwhelming culmination of the MCU thus far.
  • Captain American Civil War (2016): A departure from the sometimes cartoonish plot of the earlier Captain America movies.
  • Captain Marvel (2019): An exhilarating origin story set in the 90s.

5. Avengers Assemble (2012)

As the film that essentially started the MCU as we have come to know and love it today, this film had to have a spot on our list.

Avengers Assemble includes the first of many crossovers as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye must protect New York from an oncoming invasion.

This film helps set up the MCU and the superhero genre as a whole, essentially introducing a new way in which we enjoy cinema. It is just the beginning of what is set up for the epic culmination of the series in Infinity War, Endgame and the future of the MCU.

4. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Fans are no stranger to Spider-Man with both the Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield franchises, but Homecoming manages to bring a fresh iteration of the much-loved teenaged superhero.

Opting not to go for another tired Peter Parker origin story, Marvel breathes new life into this fan-favourite hero. Homecoming perfectly balances the amusing high school drama and high-action adventuring of the web-slinging hero.

3. Black Panther (2018)

Many cite Black Panther as an elevation of the genre as it rapidly became both a favourite of the fans and critics. This idea was quickly solidified when it became the first superhero movie to be nominated for an Academy Award Best Picture!

The movie was successful in executing a level of world and character building that makes it stand apart from its fellow MCU instalments. The story is absorbing and is so easy to get lost in; Black Panther is certainly a must for fans of immersive cinema.

2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy is, at times, gleefully self-aware of the silliness inherent to superhero movies and uses this awareness to its advantage.

The unlikely cast of characters (including a talking racoon and a sentient tree) get into continual trouble against the backdrop of a soundtrack born from the 70s and 80s.

This movie also gave us a closer look at Thanos, the ultimate advisory that the Avengers and their fellow heroes must contend with in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

1. Thor: Ragnarock (2017)

Wildly funny and visually stunning, the third instalment in the Thor franchise gets our top spot!

Ragnarock takes a departure from the over-serious Thor and Thor: The Dark World with a light-hearted adventure focused on family and redemption.

Many fans consider this to be the funniest Marvel movie so far, and director Taika Waititi seamlessly blends this humour with the action and intrigue that we have come to expect from Marvel films.

All this wrapped up with a fantastic soundtrack, and it’s no wonder Thor Ragnarock found its ways to our top spot!

If you want to watch, or re-watch, any of these superhero epics from the comfort of your own home, why not ensure your home cinema set-up is the best it can be? For further guidance about home cinema installation, get in touch with our expert team.


About the author – Julie Harlow

A self-confessed techno-geek, Julie loves nothing more than keeping up to date with the latest releases, rumours and gadgets. She has been researching and writing blogs for JL Audio Visual since May 2020.

The Best Film Podcasts to Listen to

For anyone who’s into film, a great movie-related podcast is a must. But with so much choice out there it’s always best to do a bit of research and get some good recommendations when looking for a new podcast to listen to. From reviews to Hollywood history to interviews, there’s something to suit every film buff!

If you love watching films at home, why not find out how we can make the experience ten times better with our top-quality visual and audio system installation service?

Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review

Kicking things off nicely is Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review which is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live and is also available to listen to as a podcast.

Each episode, film critic Mark Kermode and radio presenter Simon Mayo cover the latest releases as well as some older ones that will be available on subscription-free services that week. They are often joined by actors and other guests for a lively and witty show.

Top tip: Individual reviews are available in an A-to-Z directory on the Five Live website.

Scriptnotes

For those who like to dig a little deeper, Scriptnotes, hosted by John August and Craig Mazin, dives into the world of screenwriting.

With an admirable guest list and extensive archive, there’s plenty to explore when it comes to the creation of films.

How Did This Get Made?

Perfect for those who like a laugh, How Did This Get Made? doesn’t celebrate the best movies of all time, rather, some of the worst.

Comedians and actors Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas pick apart the most renowned cheesy and terrible films.

We’d also like to make a special mention to Paul Scheer’s other podcast Unspooled, where he takes a more sophisticated approach, discussing undisputed classic films.

Off Camera with Sam Jones

Sam Jones’s TV series come podcast is a fantastic example of long-form conversational interview, and you’ll want to hear what they have to say!

Featuring an extraordinary array of actors, producers, directors and musicians, the conversations are honest, witty and revealing. Will Ferrell, Thandie Newton, Sienna Miller and Andrew Garfield are just a few of the huge names that may pique your interest.

Filmspotting

Filmspotting will keep your recent release radar turning with a weekly review of a new film. Hosts Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen also read listener feedback which helps you to feel engaged, why not get involved yourself?

Some special episodes even include the hosts performing parts of scenes with the guests, notably the one where Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg perform a scene from The Professional!

You Must Remember This

With rave reviews, the You Must Remember This podcast is the passion project of author and journalist Karina Longworth.

In her own words, Longworth describes the podcast as ‘dedicated to exploring the secrets and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century’. From secrets and scandals to lost history, this podcast will both intrigue and fascinate.

Honourable Mentions:

• The Rewatchables
• Black on Black Cinema
• The Qwipster Film Review Podcast
• The Frame
• Hollywood Babble On

Think we’ve missed something? Let us know your favourite film podcast on our Facebook page!


About the author – Julie Harlow

A self-confessed techno-geek, Julie loves nothing more than keeping up to date with the latest releases, rumours and gadgets. She has been researching and writing blogs for JL Audio Visual since May 2020.