WiFi is everywhere. However, a missing or outdated WiFi adapter driver may stop your computer from connecting to WiFi. You should always keep your WiFi adapter driver up-to-date.
There are two ways you can update your WiFi adapter driver:
Option 1 — Manually — You’ll need some computer skills and patience to update your WiFi adapter driver this way because you need to find the exactly right 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.
You can update your driver manually by going to the hardware manufacturer’s website and searching for the latest driver for your WiFi adapter. But if you take this approach, be sure to choose the driver that’s compatible with the exact model number of your hardware, and your version of Windows.
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.
If you don’t know what Wi-Fi adapter you have, take these steps:
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo + R keys to open the Run box.
- Type cmd and hit Enter.
- Type or paste
netsh wlan show drivers. Then hit Enter. Now you should be able to see your Wi-Fi adapter type.
If you don’t have the time, patience, or computer skills to update your WiFi adapter driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy. 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. Driver Easy handles it all.
- Download and install Driver Easy.
- Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and delete any problem drivers.
- Click Update next to any flagged devices to automatically download the correct version of their drivers, then you can install them manually. Or click Update All to automatically download and install them all automatically. (This requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All. You get full support and a 30-day money-back guarantee.