When browsing the Internet we can connect both by Ethernet network cable and by WiFi. The advantage of the Ethernet network cable is that we will be able to take better advantage of the speed. On the other hand, with WiFi we are going to gain greater mobility and that is why it is gaining more prominence in recent years. Generally, when we connect to a WiFi network, everything is usually very simple. Simply identifying the name of our WiFi network and then entering the password is usually enough to be able to navigate without problems. However, this is not always the case and sometimes we have problems with WiFi. In this article we are going to talk about what I can do if I see Wi-Fi networks but not mine.
What items should I check?
At a given moment it may be the case that we see other WiFi networks but not mine. Then you have to try to find out which specific element is failing. In a WiFi connection, for everything to work correctly, a series of elements are involved that we must review. These are the ones to check:
- Router configuration: what frequency band are we using, and if the WiFi network is hidden
- The equipment or device that connects via WiFi.
Next, we will look at each of them so that you know how you can act.
Check the router settings
The first thing we have to do is approach the router and check that it is turned on. If it was not, we will proceed to do it and check that the Wi-Fi LED light is activated. It should also be noted that some manufacturers today add a Wi-Fi scheduler, so it might be disabled. Either by the programmer or because it was removed, most routers have an accessible button that allows us to both turn on Wi-Fi and remove it. In this case, what we are going to do is press it to turn it on.
In the event that we still continue to see other Wi-Fi networks, but not ours, we will proceed to enter the router configuration via the web. There, for example, we will verify that we have both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands active. Another important issue is to write down the network names or SSID of your Wi-Fi in case we are not looking for a name that is not correct.
On the other hand, you may have configured it as a hidden Wi-Fi network at the time. Then you will have to uncheck the corresponding box in the Wi-Fi settings of the router or connect following the instructions in the previous link. There is also the possibility that the router has failed. This can be seen in that you are only able to connect if you are very close to the router or the Wi-Fi section has disappeared after accessing its web configuration.
Review Wi-Fi clients
If you are still in the situation where you see other Wi-Fi networks but not yours, it is time to focus on that network equipment that is causing problems. In the event that it was a computer we should look at:
- In device manager the network adapter has no problem and is detected correctly.
- We could try to see if there is a driver update.
- Try a reinstall of the driver in case there was a bad installation.
Nor should we rule out that it is a problem with the choice of Wi-Fi band. In that respect, the 2.4GHz band is compatible with all current devices. On the other hand, the 5GHz is not with everyone, there are old devices or those that require low speed that do not connect to it. Therefore, it would be a good idea to look at its specifications.
If it is only compatible with the 802.11b, 80211g and 802.11n standards then we can only connect to the 2.4GHz band. An example of this style can be a smart plug, a low-end smartphone or a laptop that is more than 5 years old. Finally, here are more solutions in case you don’t see your Wi-Fi network.