Tag: Internet


Windows 10 Won’t Connect to the Network (Dec 2016)

Internet Connection Problems

Are you receiving warnings that you are not connected to the internet?  Or that you don’t have a valid IP address? Are you are currently using a Windows 10 computer and are you seeing either of these symbols in the bottom corner of your screen?  If so then you are not connected to the internet and you will not be able to read this.  🙂  This problem has been going around for a few days, and I have had a number of calls and texts about the problem.  The problem is your computer is not getting an IP address from your router or DHCP server.  In short when you connect to a network there is a server that hands out addresses on the network.  Your computer is not getting one for some reason.  I have seen comments that it is due to a Microsoft update that went bad or was bad when they pushed it out.  None of that really matters.  All you really want is to get online.  So the good news is there is a simple fix for this.  Hopefully if this was a bad Microsoft update it will be fixed soon and the problem will be behind us.

The Fix

Right click on the start button and you will get the pictured menu.  Then select the Command Prompt.  At the command prompt you will type the following commands followed by pressing enter.  Don’t worry about what scrolls across the window.  It’s just the command being processed.

ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew

After you have run these two commands you simply can close the command prompt window.  Then open your browser and see if you can get to a web site.  Your icon in the lower right should also lose the little yellow caution symbol.  You should be up and running.  If you lose connection again simply repeat these steps.  If this doesn’t solve your connection problem then you are suffering from something else that will take further investigation.  Feel free to grab this image and share if needed to get someone connected.

Gigabit Internet Is Here

CCIGigabit Internet Speeds are Available

I thought we would have to wait for Google to get their fiber in the ground, then wait for their promotional period and then hope enough people in the neighborhood would sign up for service.  I was wrong, Consolidated Communication is now offering gigabit internet connections.  Consolidated wired my neighborhood here in Olathe, KS about two years ago with fiber optic cables.  There were crews all over the place, digging holes and running cables.  The initial offerings by then SureWest was not that great, there was no reason to jump ship.  About a year ago though they offered some really tantalizing deals and I singed up for a 30/30 Mbit connection.  Having that speed available for uploads was and still is pretty good.  Today though I ran across the page shown to the left.  Punched in my address and got the Congrats message that I could upgrade.  After about five minutes of pondering I called them and set up a date to have them come upgrade my equipment.  If you are interested in checking to see if you can upgrade here is the site:  http://www.surewest.com/1gig/index.php


Fun facts…From Googles info page:

  • With a gig, you can:
    • Stream—without buffering—at least 5 high-definition videos (1080p) at the same time and still have enough bandwidth to email and surf the web.
    • Transfer data over the Internet faster than you can write data to a thumb drive.
    • Download data as fast as many computers can save the data to a hard drive.
    • Download an entire digital movie (14 GB) in a little under 2 minutes.

I have been using gigabit networking components in my home office for some time so I am use to what can be transmitted over a gigabit connection.  I am anxious to see what I can do online with that speed.