Having trouble connecting your computer to your wireless network? This is quite irritating and you’re certainly not the only one who faces it.
Many Windows users are reporting it. But the good news is you can fix it. This article gives you 4 solutions to try.
Try these fixes:
You may not have to try them all. Just work your way down the list until you find the one that works.
- Run the Network Troubleshooter
- Reboot your router
- Reinstall your network adapter driver
- Run the Windows command-line tool
Fix 1: Run the Network Troubleshooter
The Windows Network Troubleshooter is a Windows built-in utility that can detect and fix network problems automatically. To see if it can fix your problem, follow the instructions below:
1) Right-click the WiFi icon on the taskbar and select Troubleshoot problems.
2) Wait for the process to be complete, and then try connecting your computer to your WiFi.
If your computer fails to detect and fix your problem, don’t fret. There are still 3 more fixes to try.
Fix 2: Reboot your router
Rebooting your router is another solution that can help fix many network issues quickly. To see if this also works for you, follow the instructions below:
1) Unplug the power cable of your router.
2) Wait for more than 3 minutes, and then plug the power cable of your router back in.
3) Try connecting your computer to your WiFi.
If your problem still exists, read on and check the fix below.
Fix 3: Reinstall your network adapter driver
Network problems might occur when you’re using the wrong or outdated network adapter driver. There are two ways you can reinstall your network adapter driver:
Option 1 – Manually – You’ll need some computer skills and patience to reinstall your driver this way, because you need to find exactly the right the driver online, download it and install it step by step.
Option 2 – Automatically (Recommended) – This is the quickest and easiest option. It’s all done with just a couple of mouse clicks – easy even if you’re a computer newbie.
Option 1 – Download and install the driver manually
To manually reinstall your driver, you need to run the Device Manager to uninstall your network adapter driver first. Then, you need to go to the manufacturer website of your network adapter, find the driver corresponding with your specific flavor of Windows version (for example, Windows 32 bit) and download the driver manually.
Once you’ve downloaded the correct driver for your system, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.
Option 2 – Automatically Reinstall you network adapter driver
If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to reinstall your driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.
Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct driver for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.
1) Download and install Driver Easy.
2) In Driver Easy, click Tools.
3) Click Uninstall. Select the driver you’re going to uninstall and click the Uninstall button.
4) If you’re prompted for Administrator privilege, click Continue and then click OK.
5) When the driver has been successfully uninstalled, click OK.
6) Back to Driver Easy home page and click Scan Now Button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
7) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.
Fix 4: Run the Windows command-line tool
Sometimes this problem is caused by improper network settings. If that’s the problem for you, try using the Windows command-line tool to fix it. Here is how:
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type command.
2) On your keyboard, press the Enter, Shift and Ctrl keys at the same time to run Command Prompt as an administrator.
3) Click Yes.
4) Type ipconfig /release, and then press the Enter key on your keyboard.
5) Type ipconfig /renew, and then press the Enter key on your keyboard.
6) Try connecting your computer to your wireless network again.
Hopefully, one of the fixes above helped in resolving your problem. If all else fails, you may need to contact your internet service provider for assistance.
Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions and suggestions.