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page title icon How to Fix Your Laptop Disconnecting from WiFi

| Updated on August 1, 2017

Considering how much we depend on the internet line being live, you could only imagine how frustrating it is to not be connected the it. After all, every minute spent away from the internet is an extra minute of you feeling like you’re missing out.

It doesn’t really matter what your intention is for using the internet, be it work related or just to chat with your friends on Facebook, having a laptop that keeps disconnecting from your WiFi network absolutely sucks.

Why Does the WiFi keep Cutting Out?

Well, there are several reasons why your laptop keeps disconnecting from the WiFi. Examples of these include a bad signal, WiFi adapter issues, viruses or trojans attacking your laptop, and many more causes.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what is causing the issue especially if you’ve already checked that all the basic requirements (such as a secure WiFi adapter, that your laptop’s WiFi connection is enabled, etc.).

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The Basic Checks

Before trying going into the complex tech stuff, you should perform all the basic checks for your WiFi connection.

  1. Check the WiFi Connection. Before you do anything, you should check that your WiFi is actually working and that it is just your laptop that is facing the issue. You can use your phone, a tablet, another computer or laptop, or your TV to help you determine whether it is in fact a laptop problem or a router problem. 
  2. Laptop Connectivity. If your WiFi router seems to be working fine with other gadgets of yours, the issue probably lies in your laptop. It’s time to check your laptop’s connection to WiFi and ensure that it is in fact enabled.

For those of you using the Windows OS, you can do this by going to the Start Menu and then clicking on the Control Panel. Once inside, go to the Network and Internet section followed by “Network and Sharing Center”.

On the left hand side of the option tabs, go to “Change Adapter Settings” and right click on the Wireless Connection icon. Make sure this is enabled to ensure that your laptop is actually trying to connect to your WiFi network.

For those of you using the Mac OS, go to the Menu bar and make sure that AirPort is turned on. AirPort refers to WiFi in the Mac OS world. If you aren’t able to see the AirPort icon in your menu bar, go to your dock and select “System Preferences”.

You will see a Network icon, click on it, followed by AirPort which is on the left hand side of the window. Check whether the status is turned on for AirPort and if not, switch it on.

If your laptop is still not connecting to the WiFi network, continue following the other steps ahead.

  1. Restarting the WiFi Router. Sometimes your WiFi’s router just needs a little kick in the butt – a.k.a. you need to help it freshen up by restarting it. We suggest turning off the WiFi router followed by plugging it out of the power socket. Give it a good 5 to 10 minutes rest before turning it back on again. This should help give it a little boost and incentive to perform better again. 
  2. Restarting Your Laptop’s Network Adapter. Sometimes the problem is not in the WiFi router but in your laptop. As such, you may be able to solve the problem by restarting your network adapter before having to go into other complex troubleshooting solutions. To do this, you will need to press the Windows key and the “R” key at the same time. This will open up the Run dialog box. Type in the phrase “” into the Run box and click the Enter key.

Once you’ve done this, you’ll need to restart your laptop’s network adapter by disabling it and then enabling it. You can do this by following the steps drawn out under the “Laptop Connectivity” section above.

  • Updating Your Laptop’s Network Adapter. There may be times where you laptop’s network adapter is simply out of date which may cause it to frequently disconnect from the WiFi network. In cases such as this, all you will need to do is to update your laptop’s network adapter.

To do this you will have to visit your laptop’s manufacturer’s official website and find the relevant network adapter driver for your laptop. It is important to note that there may be some cases where you will face a discontinued adapter model issue where you won’t be able to download the relevant network adapter for your laptop.

In this case, you may want to use the next step as your solution.

If you are unable to find the relevant network adapter driver for your laptop on your laptop’s manufacturer’s official website, you may want to use a software to help you update any driver issues.

We suggest using Driver Talent which works efficiently in helping you discover any outdated network adapter driver issues in your laptop and help solve it by automatically downloading and installing the updated version within minutes.

If the above doesn’t work, you may need to run a network troubleshooter to solve the issue. For Windows, pull up the Start menu and type the phrase “Network troubleshooter” in the search bar. Select “Identify and repair network problems”.

Read the instructions and follow them which should help solve the issue of disconnecting WiFi issues.

Alternatively, you could also try to use this trick. Go to the Start Menu followed by Control Panel then Administrative Tools. This will give you the classic view which lists out a bunch of items. Click on the category for “Services”.

In this window, click on the “Name” tab. Find the “Wireless Zero Configuration” category and right click it. Select “Stop”. Close the window and you’re done.

What this does is to disable the service of WiFi connection to ensure that your laptop is connected to the right network.

It’s a rather simple trick that may help your disconnecting issues as many of our readers have reported a successful resolution of their laptop’s WiFi disconnecting problems.

If the above guide doesn’t help your situation, leave a comment below in the comment section and we’ll try and help you out.

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