Wi-Fi (also spelled Wifi or WiFi) is a popular technology that allows an electronic device to exchange data wirelessly over a computer network, including high-speed Internet connections.
The Wi-Fi Alliance defines Wi-Fi as any wireless local area network (WLAN) products that are based on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) 802.11 standards.
Most common Wi-Fi problems and simple solutions
Slow Wi-Fi connection
- Place your laptop/tablet near the router.
- Shut down programs or devices that consume a large bandwidth.
- Restart your device and router.
- Update driver software.
- Reset your router configuration to factory default.
You can find above the first things to do for your Wi-Fi connection speed.
If you are not comfortable with the technical skills required to perform these tasks, jump to this detailed guide that will explain it all in easy-to-follow steps.
Wi-Fi not working
First of all, you need to find out why Wi-Fi is not working. A simple and good way to do that is running Windows Troubleshooter.
Furthermore, the troubleshooting steps will be specific to the related issues diagnosed.
Going through what users have reported, we have covered Wi-Fi and connectivity issues and specific situations like:
- Wi-Fi isn’t working on laptop, but working on phone [Solved]
- FIX: Windows 10 has WiFi but I can’t access the Internet
- WiFi adapter not working in Windows 10
- Broadcom WiFi Can’t Find Wireless Networks
- WiFi Stopped Working after Update to Windows 10
- Wi-Fi doesn’t have valid IP configuration on Windows 10
Wi-Fi disconnects frequently or shows limited access
- Disable Bluetooth and Network Adapters
- Update your Wi-Fi drivers
- Change Power Settings
- Reset WiFi AutoConfig
Even with a stable ISP connection, you can still have problems with Wi-Fi disconnecting from time to time.
Most noteworthy, in 80% of the cases, this issue was cause upgrading from an older version of Windows OS. Use the above steps in order to fix your Wi-Fi with ease.
Users also describe encountering:
- Limited Internet connection – These messages can cause problems on your Wi-Fi. Many users have reported these issues and if that’s your case, check out the solutions described in our articles.
- Limited access Wi-Fi Windows 10 – This message can occur if you’re using a wireless connection. If that happens, make sure that your drivers are up to date.
- Limited Internet connection on a laptop, Wi-Fi, unidentified network, getting disconnected frequently, keeps dropping – There are various problems that can occur due to this message. If you’re having any of them, make sure to take a closer look at the tips below.
Here are the full guides to check on this topic now:
- How to fix problems with a limited connection in Windows 10
- How to Fix Limited WiFi on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, 10.
- WiFi is showing limited access in Windows 7
How to fix the Wi-Fi connection
Start with the elementary troubleshooting steps: restart your router, modem, and the device you are using to connect on WiFi.
Windows Troubleshooter is overlooked most of the time. You can certainly get a diagnose of the network issue, if not even get it fixed straight away.
Fixing the Wi-Fi connection depends on the specific details of the problem. Find out the main issues related to Wi-Fi on Windows PCs and how to fix them in the articles below:
- Wi-Fi adapter not working in Windows 10
- How to fix Wi-Fi range issues on Windows 10
- How to fix WiFi adapter error code 52 on Windows 10
- Windows 10 loses Wi-Fi connection: Could this be a general bug?