WIFI has become integral part of our life. Every where we go we are looking for wifi to connect to internet. Not only we have WiFi network setup at cafes, airports and restaurants but our homes too. Simply because Wi-Fi is one of the best ways for accessing the internet in and around the house. When compared to wired connections, Wi-Fi networks are much easier to use. And since there is no wire connected to your device, it is a great method of accessing the internet on mobile devices like laptops. With advancement of wifi routers, the range and speed has become irrelevant.
As simple as Wi-Fi tech is, it is increasingly difficult is to fix the issues related to wifi. Connected to wifi but still don’t have internet access, that’s one of biggest issue that every wifi users faces.
What Causes Wi-Fi Internet Issue?
Wi-Fi networks in Windows 10 depend on multiple factors that play an important role in providing internet access to the user. This includes both hardware as well as the software side of things. And if any of these things were to fail, the user will most likely lose the internet access. Things like improper network settings in Windows or corrupted network drivers can cause issues with the Wi-Fi of your PC. Not only that but in case of hardware failure like the network card of your device can also interfere with the internet access on your computer.
The solution to connected to wifi but no internet access is not straight forward and you will need to go through number of troubleshooting steps and different solutions before you can fix it.
How to Fix WiFi Connected but No Internet in Windows 10
Solution 1: Switch to DHCP Mode
Whenever you connect to any network, a unique IP address is assigned to your device. This also includes you connecting to a Wi-Fi network for accessing the internet. By default, this whole process is completely automatic and works without any issues. But you can also manually assign an IP address to your device according to your needs. Unfortunately, if you assign an improper IP address, you might lose internet access on your device. In such a case it is recommended to switch back to DHCP mode which essentially assigns the IP address and DNS address to your device automatically. You can do so via the network devices in your Windows 10 computer as shown here:
- First, press Windows Key + R keyboard shortcut to open Run on your PC.
- In here, type ncpa.cpl and press enter which will open the Network Adapters on your screen.
- You can see all of the network devices available on your computer inside this window.
- Now, right-click on the Wi-Fi network device of your device and open its Properties.
- Once you are inside its properties, go to the Networking tab and click on the Properties option after selecting Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
- After that, open the General tab in the newly opened window and select the Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server automatically
- Finally, click on OK and restart your computer after which you will gain internet access on your preferred Wi-Fi network.
Solution 2: Update Network Adapter Drivers
All the hardware devices connected to your computer have their own drivers. These drivers play a very important role in the proper functioning of that device. Similarly, all of the network adapters of your computer, including the Wi-Fi card have its own driver. And if this driver is not functioning properly, you will not be able to access the internet. Such an issue can be caused if the driver is either outdated or corrupted. In this case, you can update the network adapter drivers using the device manager in Windows 10 by following the given steps:
- Using Windows Search, open Device Manager in your computer.
- Once you are inside Device Manager, expand Network Adapters which will show you the complete list of all the network devices available on our computer.
- Now, right-click on the Wi-Fi network device of your PC and select Update Driver which will open a new window on your screen.
- In this newly opened window, select Search automatically for updated driver software. After this Windows will find the latest available driver and install it on your device.
- Once the driver has been successfully updated, it is recommended to restart your computer which will fix all issues with Wi-Fi on your Windows 10 computer.
Solution 3: Reset all Network Settings
Windows has a variety of settings related to the networks on your computer. Due to this, for some users changing IP address settings and updating the drivers might not fix the issue. In that case, resetting all the network settings on your device is the quickest method for fixing any Wi-Fi related issue on your computer. Thankfully, Windows 10 allows you to do so quite easily right from Windows Settings. Therefore, if you are also facing Wi-Fi issues on your system, then you can reset network settings by using the given instructions:
- Press the Windows Key and I on your keyboard at the same time to open Windows Settings on your screen.
- In here, go to Network & Internet settings and open the Status menu via the left side panel menu.
- Now, click on the Network Reset options on the bottom of your screen.
- Finally, select the Reset Now option which will change all of the network settings in your computer to the default values. Doing so will also restart your computer automatically after which you will not face any issues related to the Wi-Fi network on your computer.
Unfortunately there are so many point of failures that it becomes tedious to fix connected to wifi but no internet. Despite following all of the solution if your problem is not fixed then it would be best to contact your internet provider (ISP) and seek their support , you can also switch your wifi router to check and confirm your router isn’t the problem here. If every other device on your WIFI network doesn’t face this issue then chances are your Windows 10 has the issue, try Windows 10 reset or refresh as the ultimate solution to your WIFI no internet problem.