How to Fix Computer Won’t Connect to WiFi

Last updated on August 17, 2018 by Roland Goodman

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How to Fix Computer Won’t Connect to WiFi

Wifi is all around us. With desktop computer becoming less and less popular and laptops and mobile devices on the rise, we know how important it is to have a decent WiFi connection wherever you go. Without a stable WiFi connection, you will be significantly limited as you will not have access to any online content. Imagine you take your laptop with you to the nearest coffee shop and you sit down to do your business report for the next day while sipping a nice coffee. As you are about to start working, you realize that your computer won’t connect to WiFi. What can be wrong? There are a number of reasons why you might not be able to connect to a WiFi. Reasons range from a disabled WiFi switch to not logging in on a portal page. In this article, we will go through all the possible causes of your computer not being able to connect to the WiFi and we will provide easy to follow solution to resolve the issue.

Enable WiFi

turn on wifiSometimes the solution to the problem is as easy as enabling your WiFi on your laptop. On some devices, the WiFi switch is located in a place where you can easily turn it off by accident. Or it can be turned on and off by a key combination that again can be pressed by mistake. Make sure the switch is ON and you have not disabled it with any key combinations. Also, make sure your computer is not in airplane mode as this would also prevent you from being able to connect to a WiFi.

Portal page login

Log- in server If you are in a cafe, shopping mall, airport and connect to the free wireless hotspot, and find that none of the pages you try to open load, then chances are you have missed a portal login page. On the portal page, you would have to agree to the terms of use and possibly provide some basic information to be able to use the internet. Sometimes the portal page will not load immediately upon opening Chrome and instead it will display an error message when trying to load the page you last visited. To have the portal page displayed, type any web domain (eg. into your browser and you will be redirected to the portal page before being taken to

Use WiFi management software

use a softwareWhen connecting to the WiFi is not the only issue you are having but you are constantly experiencing slow or inconsistent networks then you should turn to a WiFi troubleshooting utility to help you. A WiFi troubleshooting tool will assist you with diagnostics and be fixing the issues. Note that these tools can only be used for your own WiFi as you need to have access to the WiFi’s settings. There are many handy tools that can streamline your WiFi settings making sure you make the most out of its operation. InSSIDer, for example, is an excellent WiFi troubleshooting and optimization software. InSSIDer will solve issues such as bad router placement, faulty network configurations, and inadequate coverage. Problems that can all lead you to not being able to connect or use the WiFi probably.

Other thing you can do

troubleshooting pathIn case none of the above-mentioned solutions resolve the issue, try one of the these. Resetting your router. Turning off and then turning back on something when not working is one of the most basic things you can do when you are having trouble with your electronics. Take your router, turn it off, wait for a few seconds and turn it back on. Try connecting to the WiFi again. Another thing you can try is to use Windows’ built-in troubleshooting tool to seek assistance. Click the Start button and type Network problems. From the list of results select Identify and repair network problems, run the scan and see if you get a result back. If you are still having troubles then the only thing you can do is contact your router’s manufacturer as you might be dealing with a hardware malfunction such as a broken ethernet cable.


WiFi has become one of the most important tools in modern day networking. The development of WiFi has essentially allowed the laptop to become such a popular device. Without WiFi on your laptop, you would be very limited in terms of what you can use it for. So having a decent connection to the internet is a must these days. With the emergence of public wireless hotspots, you can now connect to have high-speed internet access no matter where you are. This mobility is a huge advantage WiFi has provided for users. However, connecting to these hotspots might not always be as simple as it looks. Being unable to connect to the WiFi can be caused by a variety of reasons, some of which have been outlined above.

The problem might not always be evident so you are going to have to try a couple of different ways of troubleshooting your device. If you are lucky, a simple router reset will resolve the issue but sometimes you are going to have to do more to identify the problem. WiFi management software is also handy to have as they not only help you diagnose issues but also fix them for you. Using WiFi management software such as inSSIDer takes a bit deeper understanding of computers and networking. However, they are definitely worth the use. If you have had similar WiFi connection issues and have managed to fix it, please leave a comment sharing your method for resolving the issue.

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February 8, 2019

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Last updated on August 17, 2018

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