There are times when an intermittent internet connection is more vexing than no internet connection at all. Half-loaded pages and slow-buffering videos makes some computer users pine for the days of dial-up internet, when at least the connection was consistent, albeit mind-numbingly slow.

Short of reverting back to the dark ages of internet connectivity, frustrated computer users can call a computer repair company or try to address wireless problems through these steps.

1) Move computers as close to the wireless router as possible.
Distance and physical impediments, such as walls and cabinets, can affect the performance of a network. A significant distance between the computer and the router can also leave a home network more vulnerable to neighbors, who are often using the same broadband signal, which slows down both networks. Some programs will tell users which channel has the highest amount of traffic, but users should only change wireless settings if they are comfortable doing so.

2) Limit computer and wireless device usage.
As nice as it may be to surf the internet on a laptop, update social media websites on a smartphone and challenge friends remotely to video game duels, a wireless router can only handle so much traffic. The more devices actively using a wireless signal, the slower the connection will be.

3) Watch out for devices that can scramble a signal.
Believe it or not, some electronic devices, such as baby monitors and telephones, operate on the same band as a wireless router. They may not be connected to the internet, but these devices can still interfere with a wireless signal.

If a computer is still having problems with its internet connection, a Maryland computer repair facility may get you back to surfing the web at breakneck speeds.