Internet Connection Troubles? Power Cycling Might Help
This tip is for Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows 11
If you’re having problems connecting to the Internet or problems with your connection slowing down or dropping, power cycling is the first thing you should try. It’s not a fix for everything, but it’s simple to do and it only takes a few minutes.
Power cycling is just a techie term for restarting your modem and wireless router. Restarting your modem and wireless router helps create a new connection to your Internet service provider (ISP). Keep in mind that when you power cycle, anyone else using your connection will be temporarily disconnected.
These are the general steps to restarting your modem and router… but these can vary by brand. Some modems and routers have power switches, but the steps below should work for almost everyone.
Unplug the power cable for the router from the power source.
Unplug the power cable for the modem from the power source.
Wait at least 60 seconds. Optional, but a good idea: Restart your computer while the modem and router are unplugged.
While your computer is restarting plug the modem back into the power source. Wait for the modem to complete its test cycle and all the lights look normal.
Next, plug your router back into the power source. Wait until the router powers on and its status lights are on and appear normal.
Now try your Internet connection.