Why is My Laptop Not Connecting to Wi-Fi? Here’s the Fix!

Wireless internet networks bring us the convenience of browsing the web without cable but a connection which is based on radio waves is vulnerable to failure because of signal range limits, interference, operator error, and hardware problems. With those problems in mind, here’s a quick guide to the most widespread Wi-Fi issues and the ways to fix them. If you are having trouble with Wi-Fi network in office or at home, here are the few ways to fix your Wi-Fi errors and to restore your Wi-Fi network.

Check Your Laptop for Wi-Fi Switch or Button

Do you have trouble connecting to Wi-Fi in airport lounge or just at a coffee shop? The issue might be just under the fingertips. If your notebook or laptop is not connecting to the Wi-Fi router and you cannot view a list of wireless networks around, simply check if your laptop has a dedicated Wi-Fi button that you may have pressed by mistake.  Most laptops have a function (fn) button which is labeled with an icon of wireless network or router, on the top of the keyboard, or a button on the sides or front of the laptop. If you find a button like this, try pressing it to see if it connects to the internet.

Laptop Not Connecting to Wi-Fi

Reboot Your Wireless Router or Computer

If you are still unable to connect to a device or computer, restart it. It sounds simple but the Wi-Fi adapter of your PC, your router, or your OS may have a firmware or software conflict which can be resolved by a simple reboot. If all or some of your devices cannot connect, simply try to unplug the router for up to 5 to 10 seconds and plug it back in. This ‘power cycling’ technique is tried and tested method to restore the functional Wi-Fi network to the existing working order.

Restore the Router to Factory Settings

If you are still having trouble connecting various devices and computers to the router, you may restore the router to its factory settings. Unfortunately, it will remove all the current settings. So, be sure to secure your office or home Wi-Fi again and reconfigure your existing internet settings. Once you are all set to restore it, look for a small reset button or hole on the back of the router and use a paperclip or pen to press and hold the button for a while.

Reinstall the Wireless Adapter Software or Driver

In case you find that connection issues still persist on your Wi-Fi network or PC even after resetting the router totally, be sure to reinstall the Wi-Fi router driver or software on your laptop. The first step here is to download the latest adapter driver from the laptop manufacturer’s website or from the adapter’s manufacturer website, if you have owned the driver separately. Follow the directions carefully to reinstall the driver. Restart the laptop and see if it works.

Upgrade the Firmware

If connection problems are still not resolved after reinstalling the network adapter driver, there is no technical issue in your network adapter. Router vendors release updates from time to time to fix common bugs and also to add new features.

Check if new firmware upgrade is rolling on for the router. Simply log on to its web-based control panel and check which version is installed! It is usually shown on status or system page. Now, go to the router’s manufacturer website and check downloads/support section for the latest firmware release for your specific model. You may not have the latest version. If so, download the recent version and go through the directions to update it.