There are times when you have trouble connecting to a wireless network. Maybe sometimes the wireless network keeps on disconnecting or it doesn’t connect at all ( giving a message that says “can’t connect to this network ” ). There are various causes of this as described below.
The first reason why the computer may have trouble connecting a wireless network is when the wireless network adapter has compatibility issues. And this article will guide you through the steps how to fix your computer wireless adapter.
The second reason for trouble connecting to a wireless network could be that the wireless network you are trying to connect to has already reached the maximum number of devices to be connected. I suppose you know that some Wi-Fi sources have a limit as regarding the numbers of devices to connect.
For example, a computer in most cases creates a hotspot that can allow connection of up to 8 devices. The capability of the other Wi-Fi source varies. If you can access the source and confirm whether it is at maximum usage then the solution there is to disconnect some of the devices from the network.
Whereas to confirm that the computer wireless adapter is the primary issue for trouble in connecting to the network, try connecting to the network with a different device or devices ( it’s better you use like two devices, probably a phone and another computer ). If these devices connect to the network without any problem then the primary issue is with the computer wireless adapter.
Most times rebooting the computer solves this particular problem. But I don’t think you would like to reboot your computer so often especially when you are doing productive work. So I suggest you complete this guide for a better solution
Another solution is to troubleshoot the network settings. With troubleshooting, the system will find, analyze and fix the problems it detects.
How to use Network troubleshooter to fix the trouble in connecting to a wireless network.
- Open computer settings. To do this, right-click on the windows logo and select settings.
- Click on the Network & Internet icon in the settings menu.
- From the left menu, select Status, and from the right menu click on Network Troubleshooter.
- This will open the Network troubleshooter. Choose “I’m having a different problem” from the options provided.
- From the next list of options, choose “Use a specific network adapter“.
- Select Wi-Fi from the list of network adapters and click Next. The troubleshooting process will start.
- The troubleshooter will detect problems and fix them automatically. When problems are found and fixed, A message that says “The troubleshooter made some changes to your system. Try attempting the task you were trying to do before” will be displayed.
If you try connecting to the wireless network and get trouble once again, then the solution for you is to reset the network configuration of the computer. This removes all personal settings and uninstalls all the network adapters and drivers. It then installs them afresh automatically.
Note: Resetting the network removes all saved networks and password. It’s better to make a copy your Wi-Fi passwords before continuing with the operation.
How to reset network configurations to fix the trouble in connecting to a wireless network.
- Open Settings as described earlier.
- Click on the Network & Internet icon.
- From the left menu, select Status, and scroll to the bottom from the right menu.
- Click on Network Reset. From the new window, click on Reset now to confirm the operation.
- At this point, all the network adapters and drivers will be uninstalled.
- A message will be displayed that the computer will reboot in 5 minutes. Be patient until the 5 seconds elapse. After 5 minutes.
- The computer will reboot will newly installed network adapters and drivers.
- Connect to the network and enjoy surfing.