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Sometimes, it takes awhile for a computer to sort everything out and get online. The exact cause will depend on the equipment and specific configuration.

Every morning when I turn my computer on and click on Internet Explorer, it says there is no connection and that it will diagnose the problem; so I click on that and it resets everything. The internet comes on and that's it. The next day, if we turn the computer off, the same things happen. What's going on and how do I fix it?

In this excerpt from Answercast #26, I talk about the various reasons why an internet connection may be slow and what I do when that happens.

Slow internet connection

I have encountered the same thing and to be honest, I don't have an answer for actually fixing it for you.

What I've noticed is that in some cases, particularly in wireless cases, it just takes awhile for your computer to figure out how to connect: not to the internet, but to your router.

That may be a case of just figuring out which wireless protocol it wants to use. Even in wired situations, it's possible that it may take awhile to figure out what speed it wants to run at.

Automatic controls may take time

Remember, most internet connections or most wired connections are now automatically sensing what speed they should be running at. While that kind of automatic sensing can (depending on the equipment you have involved) take a little time, it often takes more than it should.

I'll admit that in most cases I have found that it's simply been a matter of time. If I wait a couple of minutes, the problem will just resolve itself and things will work fine.

Diagnosing the problem

The actual process of diagnosing the problem can kick-start the process; can make it happen a little faster. In general, I'm thinking, it's very likely that if you just waited a few minutes longer, it's probably going to be okay.

If it does take an excessive amount of time, then I really don't have a specific answer for you other than to make sure that all of the networking equipment you have is running properly and that the wireless signal strength (again assuming that you're running wireless) is as strong as possible.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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June 15, 2012 8:33 AM

On my UPS, some of the outlets are switched, and are turned off if the computer is turned off. Could the problem here be due to the delay while the modem or router is powering up?

It's possible, I suppose, but those kinds of delays are usually just a few seconds, whereas the delays people are commenting on here are more like minutes.

Cliff Rancourt
June 15, 2012 10:38 AM

Right away is not expected on my XP machine - 10 seconds will do. My W7 machine had better get me there in 3. I'm on DSL, no router; I switch manually from one machine to the other(not often).

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