Skill Level Beginner
- [Instructor] Here are the steps I take to deal with a flaky wifi connection, which typically happens in a public place. I can move to another location, I can disconnect and reconnect to the network, forget the network and restart the computer's network adapter. For the first solution, especially in a crowded location like an airport, you should move. The base station supplying the wifi signal may be overwhelmed, so look for a less crowded area and attempt to connect again. This trick often works for me, and it's better to be away from the noise anyway, especially if you have the time. If moving doesn't work or it's impractical, disconnect and reconnect to the network. This trick works for those networks that offer a short lease time like 20 minutes, and that's okay, reconnecting fixes the issue. So, to disconnect and reconnect in Windows 10, open the Settings app, press the Windows and I keyboard shortcut, and choose Network and Internet, and then Wifi. And then deactivate the wifi. Go ahead and wait a few beats, and then reactivate the wifi. For a memorized network, the connection should reestablish itself instantly without any further fuss. But if the problem is deeper, such as when the network password changes or something else go awry, then try to forget the network. So choose Manage Known Networks from the same screen. Select the nettlesome network from the list, and click the Forget button. I'm not going to do that here, but after a tip, you can choose the same network from this list to reconnect. You'll have to re-input the password again and for a public network, you'll have to agree to the terms on the access page, but you should get through. Now if not, you can try restarting the laptop, or more specifically restarting the network adapter, the NIC, or NIC. Choose Status on the left side of the main Wifi screen, and then scroll down and choose Network Reset. Now a warning appears, which is important if you're using a VPN or other supplemental networking software. To proceed, click the Reset Now button. One of these tricks should do the job for you. If not, don't discount that the network may be down. It may have reached its maximum number of connections, or some other issue beyond your control might be preventing your access.