Although the Windows 11 operating system is designed to provide a flawless user experience, you may still face problems with your Wi-Fi connection. The PC or laptop may be able to identify and connect to your Wi-Fi network, but it won’t be able to load websites and use web-based applications. The good news is that you can restore your access by adjusting a few settings on your computer or laptop.
Keep reading to learn how to ensure that your Windows 11 PC always has access to the Internet.
The problem is usually caused by your internet hardware, in which case you just need to restart your router or modem. Alternatively, the wireless settings on the computer will not grant it web access. Modifying the settings will remove all obstacles and allow you to browse the web without any problems.
Reboot the computer and restart the router or modem
When the system has trouble establishing a stable connection, it is best to reboot the computer. The action clears temporary errors, so it can restore the connection. But sometimes the problem lies with the router or modem. If restarting the computer does not solve the problem, restarting the router or modem should allow the computer to successfully connect to the network. To do this, find the repair button on the back of the router or modem and press it. The lights on the device will flash, indicating that you have restarted it.
Adjust the network settings
If the computer is using the wrong IP address, it will prevent you from accessing the Internet. To change your IP address:
- Navigate to the start menu and right click.
- Type Institutions and choose network and internet.
- Click on the Wifi option and select the name of your Wi-Fi network.
- Switch the Network statements on Private and go to IP settings.
- Pressure Private and choose Manual.
- put on IPv4 and open the Command Prompt window.
ipconfig /allin the window and go to the DHCP server.
- The command prompt window will display your IP address. Copy this number.
- Go back to the computer’s Wi-Fi settings, scroll down and tap IP settings.
- Pressure Edit and paste the IP address in the appropriate field.
- Delete the last number of the IP address and insert any number between 5-30.
- Find subnet mask and paste the following:
- Click on Gateway Field and paste the IP address copied from the Command Prompt window.
22.214.171.124. in the Preferred DNS box.
126.96.36.199. in the Exchange DNS box.
- Choose Save.
The modified IP address should enable the computer to recognize the Internet connection.
Run the troubleshooter
Windows provides several built-in features that detect and repair problems within the system. One of these tools is the Network Troubleshooter, a program designed to maintain secure Internet connections. To use the program:
- Move the cursor over the start menu and right click.
- Pressure Institutions and find System in the left navigation panel.
- Type System and click on the Error track option.
- choose Other problem solver.
- Find network adapter and choose Run.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
- Hit near.
- Restart the computer to implement the changes.
When you turn your computer back on, it should connect to the network without any problems.
Reinstall the adapter
If the computer is connected to the Internet but cannot access the Web, you can reinstall the network adapter. Everything is:
- go to the start menu and right click.
- Choose the Device Manager.
- Click on the Network adapters section to enlarge it.
- Move the cursor over the name of your network adapter and right-click.
- Press the Uninstall device button.
- Hit Uninstall to confirm your decision.
- The computer will uninstall the driver.
- When the process is complete, reboot the computer.
- Windows will automatically reinstall the adapter.
Reset the adapter
You can also resolve Internet access issues by adjusting your network adapter’s settings. Here’s how to reset your adapter:
- Open the Start menu.
cmdin the search field.
- When CMD appears in the search results, right-click on it to launch the command prompt.
- Choose Start as administrator.
- Paste these commands into the Command Prompt window:
netsh winsock reset
netsh int ip reset
- Hit Enter.
- The system will now reset the network adapter.
- Restart the computer.
Turn off other tools
Some network tools can prevent the operating system from working properly and accessing the Internet. Turning off these tools will prevent them from disrupting the Internet connection. The most common tools that cause problems with Internet access are Airplane mode, the device’s Firewall and the “metered connection”.
Here’s how to turn off airplane mode in Windows 11:
- Press the start button.
- Type Institutions.
- Choose the network and internet option.
- ensure Flight mode is turned off. If not, deselect it.
Once disabled, the “Airplane Mode” option will be grayed out.
Disabling the Windows Firewall also limits web access interference. To do this in Windows 11:
- Choose the windows icon from the taskbar.
- open Institutions.
- Type Privacy and security.
- Choose Windows Security.
- Pressure Firewall and network protection.
- Click on Public network.
- Tap the Microsoft Defender Firewall slider to turn it off.
Try browsing the web to see if Windows Firewall has blocked your Internet access.
Note that this is a way to temporarily disable the Firewall. If you find that this tool has blocked your Internet connection, you have the option to turn it off permanently. Here’s how to do it:
- Tap the windows icon.
- Click on Institutions.
- Type Privacy and security.
- choose Windows Security and choose Open Windows Security.
- Pressure Firewall and network protection.
- Type public networks.
- Navigate to the Microsoft Defender Firewall tab and press the switch to disable it permanently.
“Metered connections” in Windows 11 limit data usage, which is useful when you travel. However, when you mark a connection as “metered,” your operating system interrupts certain background operations, sometimes preventing you from accessing the web. To disable a “meter connection”:
- Tap the windows icon and choose Institutions.
- choose network and internet.
- Pressure Wifi and click on Manage known networks.
- Type the name of your network and press Characteristics.
- Make sure that the Set as metered connection slider is turned off. If not, tap to disable it.
When you reset these network settings, the computer will have no problems loading web pages.
Change router settings
The router setup can also get in the way of your internet access. Fortunately, you can disable “MAC filtering” and continue browsing the web. Everything is:
- open Router settings.
- Choose Firewall.
- Type Advanced settings.
- Navigate to the MAC filtering tab and see if it is turned off. If not, tap to disable it.
Your network will now handle less traffic and respond quickly to your requests to visit any website.
Update the operating system
An operating system error can also interrupt your connection. Updates usually include fixes for common system problems and smooth out wireless network issues.
To install a Windows 11 upgrade:
- Type start.
- choose Institutions.
- Choose windows update.
- Click on Check for updates.
If there are updates available, you can choose to install them immediately or at a later time.
Contact a professional
If you are still experiencing problems with your wireless connection, contact your Internet provider. Sometimes changes in their system negatively affect multiple clients, disrupting the strength of their connection. Once you notify them of the problem, it shouldn’t take them long to get your internet up and running again.
Stay connected without interruptions
Uninterrupted Internet access has become indispensable, allowing us to connect to friends, family and colleagues and improving our quality of life. Although Windows 11 is a powerful operating system, it can still have problems accessing the web even if your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network. However, you can quickly fix the problem by restarting the router or modem or adjusting some of the computer’s wireless settings.
Have you had problems with Internet access in Windows 11? Which of the above methods did you use to restore the connection? Let us know in the comments section below.