Fix Laptop Not Connecting to WiFi

By Jonny Lin in Network issues Tags: Windows

Your laptop isn’t connecting to your WiFi? You’re not alone. Many laptop users have had the same issue occurring.

This is incredibly frustrating. Your laptop can’t access the Internet through wireless connection. And you don’t want to use a network cable because it’s so inconvenient.

But don’t worry. The following are a few methods that have helped many laptop users.

Fixes to try

You don’t have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Restart your router
  2. Reset your laptop network settings
  3. Update your network driver

 

Method 1: Restart your router

Your laptop may not be able to connect to your WiFi because your router is not working properly. To fix this issue, you should restart your router, then try connecting your laptop to your wireless network again and see if it works. If this fixes your wireless network issue, great! But if not, there’re two more things to try…

 

Method 2: Reset your laptop network settings

Perhaps you’re having the wireless connection issue because there are wrong network settings on your laptop. You should reset those settings and see if this fixes your issue:

1) Click the Start button in the lower left corner of the screen.

2) Type “cmd“, then right click Command Prompt or CMD and click Run as administrator.

3) In Command Prompt, type:

netsh winsock reset

Then press Enter on your keyboard.

4) Close Command Prompt and restart your laptop. Then log in your system.

5) Click the Start button. Type “cmd“, then right click Command Prompt or CMD and click Run as administrator.

6) Type:

netsh int ip reset

Then press Enter on your keyboard.

7) Close Command Prompt and restart your laptop. Then log in your system.

8) Click the Start button. Type “cmd“, then right click Command Prompt or CMD and click Run as administrator.

9) Type:

ipconfig /release

And press Enter on your keyboard.

10) Type:

ipconfig /renew

And press Enter.

11) Close Command Prompt and restart your laptop. Then log in your system and check if you’re able to connect to your WiFi.

 

Method 3: Update your network driver

Your can’t connect your laptop to your WiFi if you’re using a wrong network driver or it’s out of date. So you should update your driver and see if this fixes your issue:

You can update your driver manually or automatically. The manual process is time consuming, technical and risky, so we won’t cover it here. Nor do we recommend it unless you have excellent computer knowledge.

Updating your driver automatically, on the other hand, is very easy. Simply install and run Driver Easy, and it will automatically find all the devices on your PC that need new drivers, and install them for you. Here’s how to use it.

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to your wireless network adapter to download the latest and correct driver for it.

You can also click the Update All button at the bottom right to automatically update all outdated or missing drivers on your computer. (This requires the Pro version — if you don’t already have it, you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)

Once you’ve updated the driver for your wireless network adapter, restart your computer. Then login in again and see if this fixes your wireless connection issue.