Connecting your LG TV to your wireless network.

I recently acquired an LG Smart TV that helped bring my living room into the new century with its amazing picture quality and all its bells and whistles. However, I hit a small snag when I tried to connect it to my wireless network. After entering my password, the TV would stay connected for about a minute before it dropped and forgot its connection. I tried to research this issue online and tried implementing a few of the suggested solutions I found, including disabling my wireless security and creating an LG account for it to save my settings, but nothing seemed to work.

What finally fixed the problem for me was simply resetting my modem/router’s Wi-Fi password to the default password, which is printed on the side of the modem. I was previously using a generated 63-character long mess of letters, numbers and characters to try making my wireless network as secure as possible. All my other wireless devices worked despite the complicated password, so I don’t know why the TV couldn’t stay connected. That’s the least of my worries, though, for my TV finally the works as intended.

A wireless printer dilemma.

My parents recently bought an HP Officejet 4630 e-All-in-One printer with wireless printing capability. It was working fine for them until a few days ago when problems suddenly arose. They could no longer print anything from their Windows 8 desktop computer, and when they checked the printer queue window to check the status, they were informed that the printer was offline. So they called on me, the tech support agent of the family, to resolve this issue.

I looked up this problem on Google and from what I found, it looks like it’s a very common problem. I followed one suggestion and downloaded the HP Doctor, which reported that the printer software wasn’t even installed. So it downloaded the software and proceeded with the printer setup, but when it was trying to connect to the network printer, it timed out.

I started taking matters into my own hands and accessed the printer’s web interface. I saw it was already configured with an IP address on the same network as the desktop computer, which was a good sign. I was further exploring the various options when I came across one to have the printer use a static IP address. After I selected this option, there was short delay as the printer re-configured itself. Afterwards, I re-ran the printer setup and this time the printer was finally configured and ready for use. I was able to successfully print a test page from Windows.

It made sense why the printer suddenly stopped working. At one point it must have been assigned a different IP address and Windows could no longer see that printer. But now that the printer’s using a static IP address, I expect it to remain visible to suit my parent’s printing needs. Time will tell if this truly fixed their problem.

WiFi security mistakes to avoid.

These days wireless networks are as common as DSL modems, and the freedom they bring is liberating. It’s nice to be able to go all over the house and still access the Internet wirelessly. At the same time, it’s liberating to the bad guys who, with some skill and patience, can easily break in your network and help themselves to some free Internet at your expense. This excellent article lists some common mistakes people make when securing their wireless networks and has some good tips along the way. And be sure to subscribe to the free newsletter for more helpful computer tips.