In today's home work market, a solid internet connection is just as important as oxygen to breathe. Despite a strong internet connection and a reliable provider, connection problems are not uncommon.
An annoying problem is that your WiFi gets disconnected repeatedly for no apparent reason. Most people blame their network providers for such problems, but it could also be a problem with their systems. So here are eight fixes you can implement to resolve connectivity issues so you can get back to work.
Before we get in, a few quick checks …
The tips we are going to give you involve tinkering with the network settings on your Windows machine. Before you dive in and unnecessarily change settings, however, make sure of the following before implementing anything:
You are not in airplane mode.
There is no physical damage to your router.
There is no service outage in your region.
You are not far from the network.
The router is connected properly.
If none of the above problems exist, restart your router once as this will often fix the problem right away. If restarting the router doesn't resolve the problem, you can start applying the fixes below.
1. Set your network settings to private
Because of the numerous risks associated with public WiFi, it is generally recommended that you keep your network private. While browsing on a public connection can reveal your personal information, hackers can spread malware on your system, you can face cyberattacks, and many other problems can arise.
To minimize the likelihood of interference from outside parties, you should set your WiFi connection to private. This is how it works:
Click the Wi-Fi network icon in the lower right corner of the system tray.
Go to properties Your network.
Change the network profile from Public to Private.
2. Check if any unwanted devices are using your bandwidth
If you've shared your password with friends and neighbors, you may have a little problem. First of all, they would eat up your bandwidth, slow down your network, and put a heavy load on it.
Second, if they give the password details to someone else, your router will quickly fill up with connected devices. Your network cannot handle so much load, resulting in some of your devices getting disconnected at times.
Hence, you can use your router's tools to check who is using your router and change or add a password if you find some unknown devices on your network.
Go to your router's access URL 192.168.1.1 (can vary depending on the router type)
Log in with your access data.
Most routers have a Connected Devices page that lets you see everything that is connected to your router. If you see strange, unknown devices or you just want to protect yourself from intruders, move on to the next step.
Go to WLAN> WLAN basic configuration.
Change that WPA pre-shared key.
After entering the password, click Use.
The terms used in the steps can have different names on your router dashboard. In either case, the process will be almost the same.
3. Update the driver for your Wi-Fi adapter
Another common problem that contributes to connectivity issues is an outdated Wi-Fi adapter driver. Therefore, you should update or reinstall the drivers in your system.
Most drivers are updated automatically through Windows Updates, but you can update them manually to make sure they are up to date. To do this, proceed as follows:
Navigate to Device manager.
Expand the category of Network adapter.
Right click on your wireless adapter.
Tap on Update driver.
You can also reinstall the driver if the problem persists.
4. Change the properties of the network adapter
The power management settings are often responsible for disconnecting the wireless adapter. Make sure this is not the case here by tweaking the settings for the wireless network adapter.
Navigate to the Network adapter Category in your Device manager. Double tap the adapter name to open its properties. Uncheck the box for Have your computer turn off this device to save power on the Power Management tab.
If it was already disabled, forget about other networks that your device was previously connected to.
5. Forget about your old networks
Windows tries to connect our device to the fastest available internet connection that you have connected it to at least once. Therefore, if you have more than one network connection, this setting will connect you to the best options available.
However, problems can also arise if the connection on one of these connections is not stable. It may switch from one network to another after you disconnect. The loop of severing could get in the way.
Try to forget about all other networks except the one you plan to use to avoid such a scenario. You can also forget about the networks that you no longer use in your area because your device still has their information.
6. Reset the Wi-Fi Auto-Config service
The WLAN Auto-Config service in Windows automatically connects you to your preferred network as soon as it is available. If this setting is disabled, you may have to manually connect your device to the internet even if you have already added the password.
Resetting this setting will bring your network back to life with an automatic connection. Here's how you can do it:
Open the Run dialog box by pressing Profit + R.
Type "services.msc" and hit OK.
Find WLAN AutoConfig in the list of options and double-tap on it.
Choose Automatically from the Startup Type drop-down menu.
7. Change DNS server
It rarely happens, but sometimes you can fix connectivity problems by changing the DNS server. Follow these steps to switch the DNS server to Google's DNS to improve your internet connection.
Go to the settings App.
Navigate to Network and internet.
Go to Change Adapter options in Advanced network settings.
Select your network adapter from the options available.
Go to properties and double-tap Internet protocol version 4 (TCP / IPv4).
Check the circle on Use the following DNS server addresses.
Set 8 8 8 8 and 8 8 4 4 inches Preferred and Alternative DNS server.
8. Run the network troubleshooter
Try running Windows Network Troubleshooter if the problem persists after implementing all of the fixes in the list. This automated troubleshooting tool will diagnose and fix the connectivity problem. Follow the steps below to run it on Windows:
Go to settings App.
Navigate to Update and security.
Select in the left sidebar Troubleshooting.
Click on Additional bug fixes.
Click on Internet connections and then hit Run the troubleshooter.
You can also troubleshoot Incoming connections and Network adapter in the additional troubleshooting settings.
Help your network connection breathe again
Implement the fixes in the list to get your internet connection back on track. If nothing works, it's time to pick up your phone and call your network provider. There could be a hardware problem that is preventing the internet from working.
Finally, you should run an in-depth scan every couple of weeks to find out if someone is unwittingly stealing your WiFi.
How to check if someone is stealing your WiFi and what to do about it
About the author
(63 published articles)
Shan Abdul is a mechanical engineering graduate. After completing his training, he started his career as a freelance writer. He writes about using various tools and software to help people be more productive as a student or a professional. In his spare time, he likes to watch YouTube videos on the subject of productivity.
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