If you have been enjoying the benefits of wireless internet connection for some time, you must have come into a situation to be connected to the network but there is no internet. This problem may occur on many different devices but in this article, we are going to cover the WiFi connected, no Internet access issue in Windows 10 in detail, and what you can do to fix it on your own.
How To Fix Wifi Connected No Internet Access On Windows 10
Let’s see what are the ways to fix this issue.
Restart Your Router And Windows 10 Device
When you see that your connection is secured but there is no internet it usually means that the router or the access point hasn’t assigned an IP to your device. The main reason is that your Windows 10-powered machine didn’t receive an IP from the DHCP server.
Additionally, the router may be the main reason for this problem. In most cases restarting the Windows 10 powered device or the router will fix the problem.
Run The Network Adapter Troubleshooter
Since you are using a Windows 10 PC we have to mention the integrated Microsoft network troubleshooter. This tool will automatically try to find and fix the problem.
In order to try to fix the issue with the help of the Network troubleshooter, you can right-click the WiFi icon in the taskbar, and then click on Troubleshoot problems. If the troubleshooter detects any problems, just follow the suggestions it provides, and at the end restart your laptop or computer. When it boots up completely, check whether it says “Connected, Secured” under the network name as it should.
Reset Your Network Configuration
In case the previous solution didn’t help you get rid of the problem, you can try to reset your network configuration.
In order to do this, you need to launch the Command Prompt on your device as an administrator. After that enter the following commands in the following order:
The first command is netsh winsock reset. It will recover the computer from any socket errors.
After that enter the netsh int ip reset command which will reset TCP/IP.
Then enter the following one after the other:
- ipconfig /release
- ipconfig /renew
- ipconfig /flushdns
Finally, restart your Windows machine and see whether the problem is still there.
Obtain IP Address and DNS Server Address Automatically
In some cases, we have to manually configure the DNS server address. However, it would be best to enable the option for the IP address and DNS server address to be obtained automatically. This is one of the solutions users have reported to be the most successful.
- In the Search bar type ncpa.cpl and hit the Enter button
- Locate your WiFi adapter, right-click on it and click on Properties.
- Now click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) twice
- The General tab should be opened automatically
- Make sure both the Obtain IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically are checked
- Click OK and reboot your Windows 10 machine.
Detect Proxy Settings Automatically
In case you are using a VPN or proxy, it is recommended to disable these services and see whether that will fix the issue. The best would be to let Windows set these automatically. Let’s see how to do this properly.
- In the Search bar type inetcpl.cpl and press Enter on the keyboard.
- The Internet Properties window will open.
- Click on the Connections tab and then click on the LAN Settings button in the Local Area Network (LAN) section.
- In the new window make sure that only Automatically detect settings is checked. All the other options should be unchecked.
- Click OK
- Now restart your computer and check the problem again.
Update The Wireless Drivers Or Reinstall Them
Problems like this one can be a result of obsolete or bad network adapter drivers. If you have upgraded your machine from Windows 7 or 8, it is possible that the new Windows 10 driver is not compatible. In this case, updating the driver or installing a new one designed for Windows 10 should fix the issue.
- Right-click on the Start menu and from the list select Device manager.
- All the devices will be listed there.
- Find Network Adapters on the list and expand it.
- Now find the installed WiFi network adapter. Right-click on it and click on Update driver.
- In the new window click on Search automatically for drivers.
- If there is a newer driver version available it will be installed. Otherwise, you will see a message saying that the best drivers for your device are already installed.
- Again, restart windows and check whether the problem remains.
If there are no newer drivers, you can uninstall the device. Continue from step 3.
When you right-click the network adapter you will see an option Uninstall device. Confirm that you want to uninstall it and then at the top of the page click on Action and click on Scan for hardware changes in the drop-down list. The latest drivers will be installed. However, if by any chance you receive a message that the drivers can’t be found on Windows Update, check the manufacturer’s website on another device and see whether they have Windows 10 drivers. If they have, download them, save them to a USB drive and transfer them to your Windows 10 device and install them. Hopefully, this will fix the problem.
In case the problem remains, this article has a collection of tried and tested solutions for the WiFi connected but no Internet Access in Windows 10 problem. Feel free to try everything since having no internet connection today can be a real nightmare.