7 Reasons Why Your Internet Keeps on Disconnecting

IP Address conflict

Don’t you just hate it when you’re watching your favorite cat video or playing a heated online game just to be abruptly disconnected for whatever reason and now you’re so angry you want to punch your monitor or kick down the modem? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.

Today we’ll be looking at the biggest and most common reasons why your internet keeps disconnecting. So many reasons, you can practically make a country song out of them,

We’ll learn the usual suspects that cause internet disconnection as well as finding out possible solutions to fix the problem. Please take note that not all of the given solutions here are guaranteed to alleviate the problems.

We’ll be separating them into 2 categories: Hardware and software

Hardware Problems

Internet problems are usually caused by the peripheral that powers up the internet itself. It could be a router, a cable, a network card or maybe the wires outside your house.

1.  Cable/DSL Modem

CableDSL Modem

We’re pretty sure at this point, you’re tired of seeing the same answer from Google regarding your frequent internet issue but you can’t blame them. The modem is always the common culprit here.

Causes

Here are very common reasons why your modem keeps disconnecting:

  • Outdated model that couldn’t catch up with the internet provider’s firmware

  • Loose cable that results in inconsistent connection

  • Your internet provider itself--either they’re incompetent or having a major malfunction in the servers

  • Broken model possibly due to falling or a doggo thought it was food and tried to chew it

Solution/s

You may have heard these a thousand times already but if it works for everyone else, then it works for you.

Restarting your modem

  • Turn off your modem using the on/off button

  • Take out the cable and switch

  • Wait for at least 20 seconds to a maximum of 2 mins

  • Put back the cable and the switch and turn the modem on again

Changing the cable

  • If you feel like it’s the cable’s fault, just switch out with a new one like this 50-feet modem cable.

Call your internet provider

  • If all else fails, know that it could be on the internet provider’s side that’s causing no internet inside the house

  • What you want to do is call an operator and ask for a visit from the tech team to check out what’s wrong

  • It could either be a faulty wiring or the modem itself. Whichever reason is, they’ll definitely change it for free

2. Wireless/Wired Router

WirelessWired Router

These days, the most common type of internet provision in a household is a wi-fi router. It’s always best to be able to use the internet freely anywhere in the house without any wires that will make anyone go haywire.

Causes

The problems are similar to the Cable/DSL modem too if the router keeps disconnecting:

  • Possible outdated router model

  • Damaged router

  • Faulty wiring

  • Internet provider itself

Solutions

Nonetheless, there are still some ways to get you back to enjoy your wireless fidelity:

  • Try resetting your router just like the Cable/DSL modem

  • If your computer can’t connect to the wireless service, use a direct cable

  • If all else fails, contact your internet provider to help solve the issue

3.  Network Card

Network Card

Sometimes it’s really not your modem’s fault at all but rather the equipment that’s responsible for receiving the internet in your computer.

Please take note that this one only applies to desktop computers and not on laptops nor phones at all.

Cause

The only way to know is to open up your CPU and check the card itself. Verify if there is something fishy about it but if it’s not, it’s best not to touch it even further.

  • The most possible reason why your network card isn’t working is that of a faulty hardware--either because of a damage or too much dust build-up

Solution

This situation is quite seldom but if this happens to you, there’s one way to be able to have a proper internet card again.

  • The best way to solve this issue is just by either cleaning out the dust or buy a new one. If it does happen to be busted, an Intel Wireless AC is an example that works as an internet card for modern PCs.

Software Problems

If the hardware isn’t the root of the problem why your internet keeps disconnecting, it’s most likely the system itself. It doesn’t take a hacker or a coder to solve the common disconnection problems at all so just follow our steps and you can get to watch Pewdiepie videos or scroll through memes on social media again.

4. IP Address conflict

IP Address conflict

This is likely due to multiple devices.

Causes

If you’re running multiple devices so they can all use the internet, chances are you might be caught in an IP address conflict.

  • The router is confused where to deliver the internet data to which device because of similarities within their IP addresses.

  • Duplicates happen like a phone and a laptop having the same code of 192.168.1.5.

  • When there are duplicate IP addresses, the router won’t be able to send the internet to each device.

  • Every connected device must have its own exclusive IP Address

Solution

Simply the best way to resolve such issue is by contacting your internet provider via their tech support. However, if the tech support isn’t available, here are a few steps to solve the issue:

On computers (Windows Vista/7/8/10)

Based on Netgear.com on how to set a static IP for your computer.

  • Go to Start, then Control Panel and then Network and Sharing Center.

  • Click on Change adapter settings.

  • Right-click on Local Area Connection and choose Properties.

  • From there, choose Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties, which is next to the Install and Uninstall buttons.

  • Click on Use the following IP address. Fill in all the information. If you’re not sure about this part, you must consult your internet provider so they’ll share you the info you need.

  • Click OK and exit the Local Area Connection.

On Android devices

  • Go to Settings

  • Tap Connections

  • Select Wi-Fi

  • Hold down on the wi-fi network you’re connected to and choose Manage Network Settings

  • A pop-up should appear, revealing the IP address and Gateway.

  • Ignore the gateway and tap on IP Address and fill out the given info (Example: 192.168.1.5)

5. Internet Protocol

Internet Protocol

A more complicated matter but done in a simpler solution with just 3 steps.

Causes

Another issue is the internet protocol. This is a bit more complex than the IP address conflict but read carefully and you’ll get through the complications.

  • On a simpler note, there’s really no exact cause as to why internet protocol ceases the network from running on your device, affecting all the others connected to the router.

  • On a more technical standpoint, internet protocol stops your device from connecting to the network due to complications in the registry.

Solution

The best way to solve this problem is by resetting the internet protocol itself. When it’s successful, it should come back with a brand-new registry, free from any duds.

  • Press the Windows button + R to bring up the Run command.

  • In the box, type in “netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt” without the quotation marks.

  • Restart the computer.

6. Network Card Drivers on computers

Network Card Drivers on computers

It may sound intimidating at this point but trust us, it’s easier than it looks. Just read the following very carefully.

Causes

One of the bigger hassles as to why your mobile device or computer keeps disconnecting from wifi is because of the failed network card drivers.

  • This is either due to complications in the device registration or another crack in the registry.

Solution

The best way to do this is to restart your driver itself. Read carefully and follow the instructions:

  • Click Start and then open Control Panel.

  • From there, go to Hardware and Sound.

  • After clicking on Hardware and Sound, you should see Devices and Printers.

  • Under Devices and Printers, click Device Manager.

  • Find Network Adapters and open the subpanel. You should find different adapters there.

  • One by one, select an adapter and click Update Driver Software, located on the upper portion of the window.

  • When you’re done updating, restart the computer.

7. Corrupt Windows System Files on computers

Corrupt Windows System Files on computers

This is the last straw as to why your internet keeps on disconnecting. It’s a harsh reason but just hope this doesn’t happen to you.

Cause

The worst possible reason for your computer not being able to connect to the internet is due to windows system files.

These essential files are corrupted due to a spyware or a virus.

Solution

Needless to say, you have two options but pray that the first one works than the second.

  • The very first solution is to install an antivirus program and scan the threat. This should bring back matters normally and get you surfing the interwebs again.

  • If not, then your other solution is to hard reboot your system. Yes, you must wipe your computer’s precious data to be able to use the net again. Don’t forget to back-up all the files first before doing so.

Conclusion

There you have it, 7 common culprits as to why your internet keeps on disconnecting.

While you can technically do any of these yourself, we highly recommend you talk to your internet provider’s tech support instead. The last thing you want is to have your situation become much worse than what it originally was.

They’re the ones who know everything about your internet condition more than anyone else besides you.There you have it, 7 common culprits as to why your internet keeps on disconnecting.

While you can technically do any of these yourself, we highly recommend you talk to your internet provider’s tech support instead. The last thing you want is to have your situation become much worse than what it originally was.

They’re the ones who know everything about your internet condition more than anyone else besides you.


Top 6 Ways on How to Get Free Internet

Schools and Public Libraries

The best things in life are free, especially when it comes to the internet.

Without the internet, modern businesses would perish, millennials would be suffering from anxiety not knowing how many likes they got for taking a picture of their avocado toast in the morning, and online games would never exist.

What if we can spend days on end using the internet without having to pay a single dime every month?

Are such things possible? Yes, they are.

In this article, we’ll be looking at multiple ways how to obtain free internet. Just take note that it’s not going to be easy as it sounds.

Here are the most realistic ways to access the internet without having to pay or without having a 5000 IQ of a professional hacker.

1. Your family or friend’s wi-fi

Your family or friend’s wi-fi

Just as we stated earlier, we’ll be realistic with our solutions.

If you have buddies with you who has at least a decent internet, you can always ask them if they can let you use their internet.

Whether it’s a friend, a family relative or your neighbor, as long as you’re not the one paying for the internet and you know their wifi password, you don’t have to worry a single day on spending monthly for your internet provider.

In all honesty, this the best way on how to get unlimited internet.

PROS

  • As long as you’re in good relations, they’ll always let you borrow the internet.

  • Just the mere fact that someone is generous enough to share the wi-fi feels nice.

  • Still, have enough privacy to go through your internet shenanigans.

CONS

  • You’ll always have to go to their place just for the internet.

  • Can’t torrent or download any heavy files if the other person’s internet is the regular wireless modem type unless it’s optic fiber or something that Elon Musk would have made.

  • The other person might think you’re only there to use your internet for granted but that depends on who you’re with.

2. Go to a Café that offers free wi-fi

Go to a Café that offers free wi-fi

If you’re the hipster type, this isn’t a surprise, but for those wanting to exploit the system and scroll through their friends’ Facebook feeds full of memes and 100 images of Jeff Goldblum for free, going to a café is one way to do it.

Café internet speeds are also quite fast since the bandwidth has to be equally swift to compensate for everyone in the place to surf without any hassle. That also means good feedback for the café too.

While some cafes do offer free wi-fi, a lot of others do not, in particular with high-profile places like Starbucks or Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. They require you to pay for internet for a limited time too.

PROS

  • Cozy environment

  • Food and drinks for the customers

  • Quite a fast internet

  • The classic internet surfing session where you can lounge while listening to relaxing music and drinking good coffee/tea and some good food.

CONS

  • Cafes get crowded during peak hours which means lesser available tables

  • Not all cafes offer free wi-fi

  • Some cafes let you in for free wi-fi but only for a limited time including internet usage or your stay on the table

  • Not enough privacy at all unless you’re the extrovert type and has no social anxiety

  • Tends to be noisy depending on the crowd

3. Open-area Public Hotspots like parks and some areas in the city

Open-area Public Hotspots like parks and some areas in the city

Break the stereotype of being a “basement dweller” just because you go through the internet everyday by going outside…but for the purpose of free internet!

Local governments always have at least one region in the city that has free wi-fi, which is very good for its citizens. Open-area hotspots usually don’t need any sort of username and password at all in order to log-in.

Once you’re connected with the public wi-fi, that’s it. No login, no registration.

What’s not to love about enjoying the outdoors while browsing through the internet, right?

Having a picnic while going through social media, live streaming whatever it is you’re doing in public, or just scrolling through websites that are entirely safe for public eyes.

Let’s not forget that you’re in the outdoors here. That means you won’t be able to use the internet if the sun is too hot, the rain is too strong, or the snow is too thick.

And since this is an open-area, it tends to be unsafe at some point. Depending on where you are, there will always be potential thieves and pickpockets lurking around, waiting for the right time to seize your gadgets.

In short, surf the internet publicly at your own risk.

PROS

  • Doesn’t require any log-in or registration

  • Unlimited surfing

  • You get to go outdoors

CONS

  • Unable to use the internet if the weather is too much

  • Slow internet speed depending on where you surf

  • Security risk due to potential thieves who want your tech and gear

4. Schools and Public Libraries

Schools and Public Libraries

Those who are still in the educational program already know you can access the internet from the school or university.

The same goes for public libraries, whether inside the school or a government-owned facility in town.

The main purpose of the provided free internet is for the students’ sake of on-the-go researching and googling. It’s very handy for those who want answers for their school activities from the get-go.

The internet is also automatically connected to the computers in the facilities too—one of the biggest causes as to why the card catalog system died in libraries.

Not to mention, you can use the internet as much as you can as long as you have the provided username and password.

Internet speed is also exceptional and is considered one of the fastest free web surfing in this article.

You may only use the internet solely for the purpose of researching and educational reasons.

PROS

  • Fast internet speed

  • Security is no problem

  • Lots of places in the facility to rest down and surf the web

  • Provided computers with internet ready

CONS

  • Filtered websites including social media and streaming

5. Malls and Plazas

Malls and Plazas

This would have been part of the open-area hotspots but malls and plazas are a different situation.

Unlike places such as public parks and sitting areas in downtown, malls and plazas are the combinations of everything—areas where you can sit down and relax while browsing the internet such as random seats, restaurants or public lounge rooms.

At least in here, there are no strict rules from the management regarding your stay. You can stay in the mall from opening to closing if you want to.

While no authority is going to ask you to leave if you’re not buying anything, some malls and plazas do only provide internet access for a certain amount of time.

Some only have a time limit of one or two hours, which is a bummer if you plan on long sessions of free surfing.

Another mishap is the fact that there are little to no charging stations in such areas too unless you settle for the lounge rooms which, by the way, is always occupied. If you’re looking for a socket for your charger, you’ll be in tough luck as there are barely any in a mall or plaza.

PROS

  • Lots of seating areas to choose from

  • Limitless venues from restaurants, department stores, and lounge rooms

  • The Internet is usually decently fast

CONS

  • Some malls and plazas only have a fixed amount of internet surfing a day

  • Not an ideal place for those who don’t like crowds

  • Security is at high risk for your belongings if you’re not careful

  • Little to no charging stations as well as lacking in sockets for chargers

The Airport

If there is the fastest free internet in this article, it has to be the airport.

It’s a staple that airport internet servers are fast to accommodate the people, both local and tourist, inside.

There is a lot of freedom for anyone who wants to surf the internet all day without paying a single dime.

No limited internet time, no website filters, no one to shoo you off.

There also plenty of places to stay in the airport: restaurants, waiting areas, even the floor if you want to.

If you’re low on battery, there is always plenty of charging stations and sockets around.

The best part about the airport is that it’s 24/7. You can practically sleep there if you want to.

But on a technical note, this the best way on how to get free internet while in a public place.

PROS

  • No browsing time limit

  • No authority to shoo you off for overstaying

  • No segregated websites

  • 24/7 internet service

  • Lots of places inside to go to and stay

CONS

  • Charging stations and sockets are constantly used by many bystanders

  • Extremely crowded

Conclusion

So there you have it, 6 best ways on how to get free internet.  Plus, they’re all legal too unless you’re an absolute mad lad who watches xxx in a public place.

  1. Simply the best way to get unlimited internet is through the help of your friends or family.

  2. You can always opt to use the internet in a particular café for free.

  3. Some parks and town squares will have provided free internet for you.

  4. Free internet in schools and public libraries but with limited access to certain websites.

  5. There is always free wi-fi in the malls and plazas, complemented by numerous venues.

  6. The airport is an ideal place to surf the web.