Why my PC is not connecting to Wi-Fi? (Fix it)

The internet connection is one of the most common requirements these days in a computer. For that, some people use fiber connection and some use routers.

However, today we will see why your PC is not connecting to the Wi-Fi network. And a step-by-step guide to fix this issue.

Is your motherboard had built-in Wi-Fi?

Most desktop PCs don’t have Wi-Fi built-in motherboards. The reason is simple, the high-end motherboards only have a built-in Wi-Fi system.

So, there is no wonder that your PC is not support connecting a network without additional hardware. Find your motherboard model and check whether it is having built-in Wi-Fi or not.

Compared to desktop PC, Laptops require less additional hardware like Wi-Fi adapters, Bluetooth adapters, etc.

If your motherboard (Desktop PC & Laptop) doesn’t have a built-in Wi-Fi system, you need to buy a Wi-Fi adapter to make the internet connection.

Have you plugged the Wi-Fi adapter?

You are reading this content means you want to solve your issue instead of replacing the hardware. That’s a good thing.

In the process of solving the problem, checking the Wi-Fi adapter on your PC is the first thing you need to do. If you don’t put it before, do it now and see.

If you don't mount the Wi-Fi adapter properly or don't mount at all, it will display like this
If you don’t mount the Wi-Fi adapter properly or don’t mount at all, it will display like this

Find the available networks :

Your PC will display the available networks after you mounted the Wi-Fi adapter. You can see the listed networks on my PC.

Networks on my Windows 10 PC
Networks on my Windows 10 PC

Connect to any one of them:

From the listed networks, choose your trusted network and click on it. If the network is secured with a password, you need to enter the password to connect to it.

Password requirement of a Wi-Fi network
Password requirement of a Wi-Fi network

Turn OFF Airplane mode :

You’ve mounted the adapter, but the networks are not displaying. In this case, you need to check the PC whether it is in airplane mode or not.

If your PC is in airplane mode, it could not connect to the internet.

Airplane mode in a notification panel
Airplane mode in a notification panel

Make sure that your Wi-Fi router has no issues :

From the network point of view, a Wi-Fi router is a source for the internet connection to a PC. These are the considerable factors that you need to check from the router side.

  • Turn ON the router and keep it in a discoverable range. Sometimes, the range does not discover a router by your PC. Adjust your router in such conditions.
  • If you are using limited plans, check your plan status. An expired plan doesn’t make you connect to the internet even it shows the network signal.
  • The number of connected devices to a router is maximum, then your PC could not connect to it.

Although the Wi-Fi router and adapter are the required ones, they are not the compulsory parts of the computer.

Network Reset will help you :

Windows has the best feature called “Network Reset” to solve almost all the network problems that are generally caused in Windows 10 PC.

Here are the steps to make the ‘Network reset’ in your PC.

  • Go to Settings (Windows Key + I)
  • Select “Network & Internet
  • In ‘status‘, the network status of your PC will display like this
Network status
Network status

You can find the “Network reset” option under the bottom of the page. Then your PC asks you to restart to fix the network issue. Click on “Reset now

After doing the network reset, your PC will keep the network settings as a default. An unstable network connection will cause a Blue Screen of Death in your PC.

However, there are other options that exist on this page. Let’s look at them briefly.

Change adapter options :

With this option, you can shift from one network to another based on the hardware installed in your PC.

Also, you can select the adapter and change its IPv4/IPv6 status. This change will help your adapter to work.

Network and Sharing Center :

This option will help to share data with other devices. We can select particular files that we want to share with particular devices.

Network Troubleshooter :

This is the common thing that we need to do when our PC is not connecting to the Wi-Fi network. Troubleshooting a PC from here can solve the network problems. Not in all conditions, but in most cases.

Troubleshooting network adapters
Troubleshooting network adapters

This is the first reason that I recommend Windows 10 OS over any other. It has some extremely good features like protection, customizing, etc.

View hardware and connection properties :

Here, you can find the complete hardware properties for the network adapter. This information will help you to understand your device.

Windows Firewall :

It is a protection system for the computer. Windows allows a network by your demand to connect to your PC. If you connect the network from unknown sources, your data will be at risk.

Firewall and Network protection
Firewall and Network protection

Windows Firewall’s main aim is to protect your PC. If you’ve not changed anything before on Firewall & Network protection, leave it. Windows will keep the best settings as default.

If you’re blocked the incoming connections by selecting “Block all incoming connections, including those in the list of allowed apps,” unblock the incoming connections by clicking on it.

Unblock incoming connections
Unblock incoming connections

Conclusion :

Hope these settings and fixes will solve your problem and make your PC connect to the Wi-Fi network.

We do not recommend you to buy the new adapter even none of the techniques will help you because we are here to help you to analyze and solve your problem.

If the product gets damaged, then only we make thought to buy the new one. Otherwise, try to solve the problem.

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