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Tech Tip for Writers #80: My Internet Stopped Working

tech tips for writers logoTech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q: My internet stopped for no reason. I’m in the middle of something important. What can I do?

A: Do what the pros do–unplug the modem, wait ten seconds and plug it in again. Half the time, this is all it takes.

The same applies to a printer that stops for no known reason–turn it off, wait ten seconds and turn it back on.

It’s something about tasks being shuffled out of the way and needing to re-establish their order. All I know is it works often enough, it’s my first line of defense to problem-solving this particular problem.

If that doesn’t work, try these:

  • use a different browser
  • reboot your computer
  • check all the cables–is everything plugged in as it should be?
  • see if your firewall is blocking it
  • check recent system upgrades–did they affect the internet?
  • ask a neighbor if theirs is working–maybe it’s out all over

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her book at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.


33 thoughts on “Tech Tip for Writers #80: My Internet Stopped Working

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  6. Shut Down and Restart. Has worked well with Windows most of my life. Works reasonable well with Wi-Fi. Safest and surest method. But, at the same time, some Internet downtime is not necessarily a bad thing. Can help one get back to real life for a short while 🙂


  7. A close friend who is also a fiction-writer, has had a severe difficulty with her ‘puter, all downloading a operating system from a particular computer company. She been waiting on the CD from the company. She’s been able to write her story at all; she has an illness that affects her joints, very badly, otherwise she would handwrite her story.

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  8. It took me a while to learn this – turning things off was last line of defense – but now, it’s the first thing I do!! It’s a good idea to remind people of this easy “trick” of the trade, Jacqui.

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