Being a student in today's world means being reliant on the Internet. It makes sense then that at USF apartments, complexes and their workers will do everything in their power to make sure that you always have a fast and reliable Internet connection. Internet connection can be troublesome however, and there are many things that can go wrong. When you are in a bind, it may be more beneficial for you to understand how to fix your own Internet, rather than waiting for maintenance.
Luckily for you, fixing your Internet can be a really simple process, and can save you a lot of time. Depending on which of the apartments near USF that you live in, the process of fixing your Internet may vary, but overall these steps should be able to help you. You can use these steps to either re-establish your Internet connection or speed it up if it is going slower than usual.
First lets go over two important things you should know about: the modem and the router. The modem is a translator, translating data that is sent to it by the cable company so that it can be displayed onto your computer. You can connect directly to the modem if you want; however, if you want a wireless connection you will need a router. A router connects to the modem so that it can distribute the modem's signal wirelessly. A router also has ports on the back that allow for a direct connection, it is near your main computer.
Now that we have covered the basics, let's go over what you can do at apartments near USF to help identify if your Internet issue is with the router or the modem. The easiest way to determine this is to plug a computer directly into the modem. If your connection is fast and steady it is a router issue, if it is slow or non-existent than it is a modem issue.
If your Internet is having a problem because of your router, the first thing you should do is disconnect all wireless devices connected except one. Many times routers cannot handle having a lot of devices trying to access the Internet, especially since we have so many wireless devices these days. If the Internet speed increases substantially on one device, it means that your router was just being overburdened. You will have to experiment to find the threshold of devices that your specific router can handle.
Now if the speed does not increase, it is most likely because you have a very old router. You will either need to look into finding a replacement, resetting the router, or adjusting the settings. All routers have a reset button to restore to default settings, and adjusting the settings can be easily learned with a simple Internet search.
If you have a problem with your modem, there is really only one thing that you can do. Unplug your modem from your router, and turn it off for a period of at least one minute. Once you turn your modem back on, wait for all the blinking lights to become solid, and then plug it back into your router. If your Internet is not fixed you can try resetting the modem one or two more times, otherwise you will have to contact the office or the cable company for help.
So these are some of the steps you can take to help maintain a good Internet connection. I cannot tell you how many times a simple modem reset has saved the day. Remember that apartments near USF understand the importance for students to have Internet access, and will most likely have amenities such as a computer lab if for some reason you cannot get your Internet working.