If you have a Windows laptop that is having WiFi issues there are some common problems that can be fixed.
Each laptop has a wireless card built-in to connect to the WiFi.
Wireless cards are small radios that have WiFi protocols to communicate to other wireless devices such as a router.
When a wireless card stops working there are several things that can be checked to get it working again.
Below are some common wireless problems with Windows laptops along with the steps to fix them.
How To Fix WiFi Connection Problems with a Windows Laptop
- Check the Wireless Switch
- Be Sure WiFi is Enabled In Windows
- Be Sure Wireless is Enabled in BIOS
- Update WiFi Card Driver
- Install WiFi Card Driver Manually
- Reset TCP/IP
- Reset Winsock
- Flush DNS
- Replace the WiFi Card
First be sure any WiFi switch on the laptop is turned on.
To check go to Network and Internet–>Network Connections and right-click the WiFi icon.
To get into the BIOS a Key is pressed when the laptop is first powered on before Windows starts.
While not usually the problem it is something to keep in mind.
If the internal WiFi card Driver gets corrupted or outdated it may not work correctly.
Updating the Driver is easy to do if you have an internet connection with the laptop.
A popup will come up select Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software.
Windows will search the internet for updated Drivers and automatically install them.
If this happens you can install the Driver manually by going to the laptop manufacture website and downloading it.
Each manufacture will have a different set up but basically download the WiFi Driver and install it.
There is a built-in set of instructions called TCP/IP that can sometimes become corrupted and need reset.
If your Internet connection is really slow or you cannot connect to the Internet and you have tried all other methods to resolve the problem, TCP/IP might be causing it.
Resetting Windows Winsock can also clear problems.
Flushing the DNS can also help clear out problems.
Most laptops have the wireless card installed at the bottom which can be replaced. Of course every manufacture builds laptops differently so be sure to check online for its location.
Another easier option is a wireless USB Adapter that simply plugs into a USB slot and connects to the WiFi.
There are many types of wireless USB adapters to fit most any setup from small out of the way units to large units with big antennas for better reception.
Fixing a Windows laptop with wireless problems can at times be easy and other times problematic.
The internal wireless card built into a laptop is a small radio that needs the correct Drivers and protocols to communicate with other devices.
Be sure any wireless switch is set to on.
While a WiFi on/off switch may be obvious it is a common mistake.
If all else fails an easy option is to buy a wireless USB adapter.
Wireless USB adapters are low-cost options that work very well and may even upgrade your laptop’s WiFi.
Have you had WiFi problems with a Windows Laptop? Let us know how you fixed it below.