Nowadays, many people need a WiFi connection. With WiFi, you can access the internet via smartphone or laptop without worrying about using up your quota.
Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) itself is a technology that uses radio waves to exchange data.
Various public places now provide free Wi-Fi access such as Selangor smart wifi, Johor wifi, and others.
There is also wifi in schools, campuses, public service offices, cafes, restaurants, and coffee shops that also provide free Wi-Fi hotspots to attract visitors to come to their places.
When accessing WiFi with a hotspot, you may experience technical problems. Like a laptop that can’t connect to Wifi.
This technical problem can hinder your work that requires fast internet.
Therefore, you need to know how to fix a laptop that cannot connect to wifi. Most laptop problems that can’t connect to WiFi are caused by settings or software issues.
Causes of Laptop Can’t Connect WiFi
Here are the causes that often occur when a laptop cannot connect to Wifi.
- The WiFi wireless network button on the laptop is not active, or off. Usually when it is active the light indicator on the WiFi will turn green.
- The indicator light on Wifi is always red, usually, there is damage to the hardware and automatically the driver cannot be detected.
- The ethernet controller driver is not installed on the laptop, usually, when it has been checked in the device manager there is a yellow question mark logo.
- Incorrectly entered the Wifi password.
- Make sure Airplane Mode is turned off, this is usually used for Windows 8/10 OS laptops and above.
- Make sure the indicator light is on on the modem or access point.
How to fix a laptop that cannot connect to WiFi
First check the notification area network/wifi icons in the bottom right corner of your desktop display, is there a yellow triangle symbol with an exclamation point on internet access?
If there is, you cannot connect to the internet before the symbol disappears. Please follow the steps to fix it:
- Click Start –> Control Panel –> Network and Internet –> Network and Sharing Center –> Change Adapter Settings
- Right-click on Wireless Connection then select Properties
- Select internet protocol version 4
- Select Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically. Select OK.
Once finished, wait a few seconds then look at the notification area icon network/wifi if the yellow triangle symbol marked with an exclamation point disappears, then you can surf the internet because you can connect to the internet.
Update Driver WiFi Laptop
If the laptop still cannot connect to the internet, there may be a problem with the network driver. To perform the analysis, please follow the steps below:
- Right-click on My Computer/This PC for windows 8/10 version – Click Manage
- Click Device Manager
- Click on network adapters, if there is a yellow question mark, that means there is a problem with the driver or the driver has not been installed.
- Please try to update the driver
After trying some of the steps above, the laptop should be able to connect to wifi normally.
But if you still can’t connect normally, you can analyze several reasons that make the laptop unable to connect to WiFi as described above.
The last solution is if the problem of the laptop not being able to connect to Wifi has not been successfully fixed, please visit the nearest service center to repair your laptop, maybe the problem is that the network adapter hardware is damaged and must be replaced.