You know that feeling when you’re watching a video online and you can suddenly see the pixels? This happens when the internet disconnects, then reconnects within a matter of seconds. It’s not uncommon for Spectrum subscribers to experience this issue.
Spectrum internet suddenly disconnects. We need to find the cause and fix it.
Why Spectrum Internet Disconnects Randomly?
Spectrum and any other ISP (Internet Service Provider) can randomly disconnect the internet from time to time for many reasons. These are usually related to the ISP, heavy usage, faulty splitters and outdated drivers.
Faulty ISP Node
The node connecting Spectrum to the internet might be the reason why your Spectrum internet suddenly stops working. A node can be described as a knot that connects multiple networks when you view it from a larger perspective.
An even more comprehensive explanation is that a physical node on a network can be your device. It could be a modem or a switch. A hub, a switch or a server can all be considered a node.
It can be used as an endpoint for communication between networks and also act as a bridge between them. So, if the internet randomly disconnects, one of your ISP’s nodes close to your home might experience a power outage or it’s under maintenance.
Heavy Wi-Fi Traffic
Heavy traffic causes numerous issues around the world. It’s the most common reason for people missing work. When there’s a lot of traffic in the city, everything moves slowly, and the same is true for Wi-Fi traffic.
Everything is slower, we are unable to complete most tasks, and our internet connection frequently disconnects. This is a vexing issue that must be addressed.
Our ISP can use cable splitters across our home to divide the connection and distribute it to all the rooms in the house. We can have coaxial cables going to our router from the first floor and ground floor of a 2-story house.
A splitter is needed to do this. Unfortunately, the splitter can cause a lot of problems if it’s broken. Splitters can slow down data flow and can even cause us to lose connection to the internet.
This is the leading cause of network problems. Spectrum can get routers from many manufacturers. So, if you’re a subscriber that stayed with the same equipment, you might have an outdated router.
Older Device Drivers
Drivers are the thing that drives our hardware. That is why they are called drivers. These are the software equivalents of all the hardware on our computer or laptop. Something may be amiss with the drivers if our wireless or ethernet adapter isn’t working properly.
As a result, when we don’t update our drivers on a regular basis, our internet becomes intermittent. Most operating systems, however, do this process automatically; nonetheless, a power interruption during an upgrade may have prevented it from being updated.
There are many other reasons why an automatic update may not work. We won’t discuss them here.
Outdated Operating Systems
Each update to our operating system is crucial because it fixes many of the issues and glitches that were caused by the previous update. When an update is skipped, many things get outdated and can’t work properly.
Our hardware has operating systems that are updated periodically, so our ISPs have updated hardware. If one or the other doesn’t get updated, they become incompatible, and that’s why our internet can randomly disconnect.
Repairing Spectrum Internet when it randomly disconnects
- Reboot the modem: Our first go-to is usually to reboot the device we’re using to have internet access in our home or across our network. We must power off our router, modem or gateway in order to do this correctly.
We need to wait at most 1 minute after we have turned these devices off before turning them back on. If you’re using a modem + router setup, power on the modem first. This ensures that everything connects correctly.
- Router upgrade: If you’re using an older router, you can always look it up online or contact your ISP to see if there are any newer models available. If a better router model is available, make sure you acquire it.
Most older routers don’t support different bands, and that’s why the internet can randomly disconnect from time to time.
- Firmware update: A firmware update that occurred during a power outage might have caused an interruption. Your router might still function on an older version.
Doing a reboot can fix this, but it’s also good to try doing a factory reset of the modem. There’s a Reset buttonOn the back of the modem, push with a pin and wait until it resets.
- Reduce trafficYou can also reduce traffic to your home network to improve your internet connection. Disconnect any devices that are siphoning data and turn off background apps.
- Cable replacement: It’s a good idea to double-check that all of the wires are in functioning order. Of course, checking if ethernet cables are working properly is easier, but there’s no excuse to overlook the coax cables.
- Change Wi-Fi channel: We can finally change the channels on our wireless network. So, depending on the bands, we need to pick the ones that don’t overlap, and the communication on these channels is lighter.
The channels that we should choose for the 2.4GHz band (Gigahertz), are 11, 6 and 1. For the 5 GHz band, 24 channels don’t overlap, and this means we don’t need to tweak any settings.
It’s not uncommon for the internet to unexpectedly disconnect with any ISP, but Spectrum internet disconnecting randomly is a typical problem. We now know how to resolve the issue.
We can perform a simple reboot, update to a newer router or factory reset the firmware. We can check for damage to cables and reduce network traffic. Spectrum might be able help you if none of these options work.