How to Fix ‘You’re not connected to a network’ Problem

You’re not connected to a network’ is the most annoying error on your computer, especially when everything looks just fine. Sometimes there may be a different problem that interferes with your computer’s internet connection.

Most of the times the problem gets resolved by a simple restart and re-hooking the wire into slots. But, if you’ve exhausted trying everything, you may probably want to give these tricks a shot:

  1. Check the Wi-Fi Router:

When you are using your home network and encounter a problem with internet connection, you must walk up to the router and check if the network light is blinking / still. If everything looks good in a cursory check, log in to the administrator’s panel of the router (You can refer to the directions in manual, most of the routers have admin URL as http://192.168.1.1). In the admin panel, check if your Internet connection is up under ‘Network Status’ section.

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  1. Re-Enter the WPA2/WAP/WEP Passcode:

The idea behind reentering your Wi-Fi password is to disconnect and reconnect your device. Sometimes, due to some technical glitches, your computer may ‘forget’ the connection and lose the network. In some operating systems, you may not be warned if you’ve input an incorrect passcode. So, if your Wi-Fi SSID shows a full strength but doesn’t show you your desired website, consider reconnecting with a fresh password entry.

See Also: 5 Tips to Secure Your Wireless Network

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  1. Register Your Device:

When you are using a public Wi-Fi at a hotel, airport, station or café, you may directly try to access your chat application or even try to open your email as you see the device is strongly connected to a Wi-Fi network, but you can’t access any of them. Generally, all the public Wi-Fi would want you to open your web browser and agree to the terms and conditions of the network provider by registering your contact number, without which it doesn’t allow any data transmission through your device.

  1. Change DNS Server:

DNS server is a translator for web servers, that translates the domain names into actual web addresses. Your ISPs have already assigned your network a DNS server. If you’re facing trouble reaching to a website but can access it using the IP address, you must change the default DNS. Changing a DNS may add speed and convenience to your surfing. There’re a lot of free DNS servers available for you like FreeDNS, Level3, DNS.WATCH etc. You can assign any one of these to your network.

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  1. MAC Address Filtering:

If your router has a MAC filtering, it may refrain your device to connect to world wide web. The problem occurs when the access point or router enables the Media Access Control Number filtering, due to which it allows only a certain MAC address to connect to the internet. These types of securities are found in corporate networks. If you’re using any such Wi-Fi, you must consider registering/adding your device’s MAC address to the permission list

See Also: How to Change Your Wi-Fi Network’s Name and Password on a Mac

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In other words, the fault may be at any end; if you want to fix ‘You’re not connected to a network’ problem, you must consider all the aspects one by one. Start from the basic wiring and internet light blinking check and then probe into wireless settings and admin part. If the problem persists, call your Internet Service Provider (ISP) as the problem is likely to be at ISPs end.

Rishi Sharma

Rishi Sharma is a technical writer at Systweak Software. Being a software developer, he inclines to write about modern technology and progressive security for computers. One staunch admirer of Cricket, Rishi is also an active social worker and a gourmand.

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