Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tutorial: Windows 8 Laptop Keeps Disconnecting from WiFi Fix

Your Windows 8 laptop drops WiFi connection seemingly at random, what do you do?

I have a laptop that is running Windows 8, and I noticed this issue just recently as a friend of mine was also experiencing it. Upon further investigation, I have come upon a solution that I am going to share with you!

Why Windows 8:
Ok let me get this out of the way.

1. My laptop dual boots to Windows 8 and Backtrack 5
2. As an admin you have to be ahead of the curve, whether its Vista or Windows 8, OSX etc.

That is why... Let us continue.

Why does my Windows 8 Laptop disconnect from WiFi periodically? (This isn't the same as the limited connection problem)

Simple, your power settings tell it to.

As a default setting, when your battery runs low or you are not connected to an outlet your WiFi antenna drops out to conserve power.

So lets amend this problem.

The Tutorial:

Step 1: Press the "Windows" button aka the "Windows Orb"

This brings up your Windows 8 "Metro Start Menu"

Step 2: Just begin typing "Control Panel"

This will bring up a selection for the control panel, scroll over and open the control panel.

You should now be at your desktop with your control panel open

Step 3: Select "Power Options" under Control Panel

You are now in the power options screen and what is selected by default is the "Balanced" power plan, this is good, leave it.

Step 4: Click on "Change Plan Settings" on by the Balanced Plan.

Now you are in the "Edit Plan Settings" Window.

Step 5: Click on "Change Advanced Power Settings"

The window should look like this; this is the important part.

Step 6: Scroll down to "Wireless Adapter Settings" and expand it, and then expand "Power Saving Mode"

You should be good from here but just in case lets make a Step 7!

Step 7: Click on the "On battery" and "Plugged in" drop downs and select "Maximum Performance" for both.

This will stop your WiFi adapter from turning off when you are on battery power. 

Step 8: Due Process - Disconnect from the wireless network wait 30 seconds, and reconnect to the wireless network. Or you can just reboot. 

But now you should be good to go, no more random disconnects. Enjoy!

85 comments:

  1. Can you tell me how to sort out the limited problem?

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    1. My next tutorial post will cover the limited issue, but here is the the quick version:

      Control Panel -> Network -> Adapters

      Right Click On your WiFi Adapter -> Properties

      Power Management Tab > uncheck "Allow the computer to turn off device"

      and you should be good to go.

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    2. Don't forget to re log in!

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    3. You are a hero Peter, thank you so damn much man! =D

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    4. I had no idea of what the limited access is until I read your post. I was not able to use the wifi because of the limited access issue. Thanks to your instruction, I am able to use the wifi.

      Thanks a lot indeed.

      R V Giri

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  2. Ahh, Thank you very much i will try it and if it doesn't work i shall read your next tutorial! Your website has been bookmarked! :D

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  3. It worked (well it hasnt crashed yet and i'm finaly doing that windows update! it crashed even before i started it!) So thank you very much!

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  4. Thank you! I think you saved my sanity. ;-D

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    1. Thank you so much Peter. I spent hours trying to figure this one out. Reset router configs, reading through logs and just couldn't figure it out. Was this an update which was pushed out onto Win8/Win8.1 recently as it only just started happening to the Win8 users in my household?

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  6. I had to get a new laptop a month ago and got stuck with Windows 8, and have been having the Limited Connection problem ever since. I've been Googling possible solutions ever since, but seem to have *finally* hit on the right combination of search words! Even though this main article isn't exactly what I was looking for, you provided the solution within it. I've done what you suggested, and it now looks like I can shelve my plans to do murder on the Windows 8 architects. Thank you!

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    1. I'm glad I could help. Windows 8 is a beast of it's own, and unfortunately this problem may be caused by a variety of things. Thank you for the kind words.

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    2. A few hours later it seems your solution didn't solve the problem 100%, but instead of dropping to Limited 3-4 times an hour, I've only had to disconnect and reconnect twice in the past 3 hours.

      I've read a bazillion so-called solutions in my quest, and yours is the only one (well, two - I did your solution for complete dropping, too) that has made a whit of difference. Short of buying Windows 7 or waiting for the next incarnation, I'll take it as a win. Cheers.

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  7. Ok, I'm trying what was suggested too and see if it works. Note, it's:

    Control Panel > Device Manager > Network Adapters > (right-click on your) Wireless Netwok adapter (not Bluetooth etc.) > select Properties > Power Management tab > Uncheck "Allow this computer to turn off this device to save power" Click OK.

    Also, use only one channel on your router. Use WifiInspecter to check channel use by nearby wifi routers and pick a channel(of 1-11) furthest from theirs.

    Oh, and get Classic Start Menu 3.6.5 and get shot of the Metro start interface. Configure to start up to desktop, turn off ALL password prompts (except after reboot - haven't managed that yet), give your account full admin rights, and turn off auto updates and unnecessary software firewalls. Lastly, get Classic Compact for Firefox, Safari. Love to hear your tips too...

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  8. I'm having the same issues with my new HP Envy with Windows 8 pre-installed. Worked fine for about a month and now having all kinds of problems with "limited" connectivity.

    Did the "uncheck 'allow this computer to turn off this device to save power' solution.
    Also did the "change advanced power settings" via contol panel as described above.
    Rebooted.
    Still limited.
    HELP!

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    1. Try running the laptop in safe mode with networking and see if the problem persists in safe mode.

      Make sure router firmware is up to date and that the laptop gets DNS and DHCP automatically from the router.

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    2. I am having this exact same issue on my HP Envy desktop. I already took 1 back to Best Buy after a month, because we couldn't get it fixed. Just bought another on 7/12, and I am having the exact same issue. After 6 days of tech support, and over 12 hrs later, they have corrected the "limited" issue, but not the connectivity dropping issue. I am at my breaking point, and not sure what to do. For the money, you get so much on this computer, but the hassle of having to restart my computer daily is starting to outweigh. It seems to do it only when I walk away and come back after an extended amount of time. We have changed the settings to where it's not supposed to automatically disconnect in sleep mode, but that's still not working. Any other ideas?!

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    3. Im having the same issue here, and its also on my windows 8 HP envy laptop, i have the power cable plugged in and all, and did all that is described here, but its still randomly disconnect and give limited connection! PLZ help :(

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  10. First: I want to say thank you for making this tutorial. I've seen no other references to this, and had no idea this was a problem with Windows 8 pcs. Thank you for putting the information out there.


    But second: I've tried both methods listed here, and I'm still having problems.

    Laptop still disconnects frequently, but the Adapter does not show up as disabled under Network Connections - it just says it can't find any networks. I know for certain this is not because there are no networks to find, or because they are incompatible with the laptop/adapter.

    Resetting the adapter (either through the troubleshooter or manually) fixes the problem temporarily, but it always comes back in short order.

    Airplane mode does not appear to be a factor. I have never enabled it, and never found it enabled when the problem occurred.


    Any suggestions or ideas? Even just something to give me an inkling of what's going on.

    Thank you for your time, and for making this tutorial.

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    1. This sounds strange, is the PC new or an old laptop that got upgraded?

      Also do you have any network statistics tools installed? If so they may be putting your network card in monitor mode which may cause this issue.

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  11. It's a brand new Lenovo Thinkpad; the L530. No network monitoring/statistics programs installed. No programs built-in that appear related, either.

    I've been trying to find out if the adapter is in monitor mode, but I'm not sure how. I'll keep trying, but I'm not sure what I'm doing.

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    1. I've noticed a trend that my tutorial seems to have a problem with newly bought laptops but not upgrades. This may have to do with vendor software that is installed on the laptop.

      Thinkpads come install with a power management system of their own which I believe is what initiates the functions key (fn). So I would suggest that you uninstall the Lenovo Power Management, and reboot your laptop. Make sure your adapter is enabled and that the wifi indicator is on. Try again.

      If this does not work, then re-install the lenovo power manage software but for windows 7. It'll give you compatibility warnings but click through and get it installed. Then hit FN + F5 (for wifi if I remember correctly) and see if it works then.

      Let me know how it goes.

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  12. I've tried 3 other tutorials - without result
    Yours is my last one.
    Hope it will be working :)

    THANKS

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  13. I tried your tutorial yesterday and have not experienced a single interruption since. Thank you!

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  14. Hey I hope this helps out, you were right about the power management system, my friend has a new Toshiba laptop with the same issue so I removed that software and also set power saving mode to the highest setting and that fixed the issue.

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  15. OMG! Thank you so much for the very helpful information. I just purchased my Windows 8 laptop 6 days ago and it kept disconnecting from the WIFI. I tried your tutorial and it works. But will see in a few hours/days if it still works because I thought about returning the laptop. :)

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  16. Hi Peter,

    Before I explain the issue with the wifi issue, let me give you my laptop configuration.

    I have a Toshiba Satellite U400. Is is a 6 plus years old laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 4 GB DDR2 RAMs, 13 Inch LCD Monitor. I connect my laptop to an external Samsung LED Smart TV S5600 Series using HDMI. It came pre loaded with Windows Vista Home Basic edition.

    So here we go. I upgraded my laptop to Windows 7 Ultimate edition a couple of years ago and I had no issues with the laptop until I recently upgraded to Windows 8 Core Media Center Edition. Since then I am facing frequent WIFI disconnection. It is intermittent, it is frequent and it is unpredictable. I tried all the above steps that you have suggested. When the internet gets cut off, I manually enabled and disabled the WiFi adapter, manually turned off and on the wifi hard switch on my laptop. Still I am ubale to get the internet to go live without restarting the laptop. Only a reboot of the laptop fixes this issue, but temporarily. Again the issue would crop back. I usually download a lot of movies from torrent sites. I track the utorrent downloads from any part of the world using my Android utorrent app. Whenever there is a network cut off in my home laptop, I get an error "uorrent client not found. Is your remote client running and connected?" message on my android phone. Just to confirm I call my home to ensure if the laptop is turned on or anybody shut it down by mistake. But they would tell me that the pc is on but there is no internet connection. Just to make sure the ISP is doing well, I would ask somebody to use their mobile or IPOD to connect to the WiFi and it would connect and they would be able to browse the internet from their PDAs. So when I reach home from work I troubleshot the problem and found that the only way to fix this issue temporarily was by rebooting the laptop as and when I get cut off from the internet :(

    Please help.

    Best regards,

    Jagan Ramakumar

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  17. Hi Peter,

    Before I explain the issue with the wifi issue, let me give you my laptop configuration.

    I have a Toshiba Satellite U400. Is is a 6 plus years old laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 4 GB DDR2 RAMs, 13 Inch LCD Monitor. I connect my laptop to an external Samsung LED Smart TV S5600 Series using HDMI. It came pre loaded with Windows Vista Home Basic edition.

    So here we go. I upgraded my laptop to Windows 7 Ultimate edition a couple of years ago and I had no issues with the laptop until I recently upgraded to Windows 8 Core Media Center Edition. Since then I am facing frequent WIFI disconnection. It is intermittent, it is frequent and it is unpredictable. I tried all the above steps that you have suggested. When the internet gets cut off, I manually enabled and disabled the WiFi adapter, manually turned off and on the wifi hard switch on my laptop. Still I am ubale to get the internet to go live without restarting the laptop. Only a reboot of the laptop fixes this issue, but temporarily. Again the issue would crop back. I usually download a lot of movies from torrent sites. I track the utorrent downloads from any part of the world using my Android utorrent app. Whenever there is a network cut off in my home laptop, I get an error "uorrent client not found. Is your remote client running and connected?" message on my android phone. Just to confirm I call my home to ensure if the laptop is turned on or anybody shut it down by mistake. But they would tell me that the pc is on but there is no internet connection. Just to make sure the ISP is doing well, I would ask somebody to use their mobile or IPOD to connect to the WiFi and it would connect and they would be able to browse the internet from their PDAs. So when I reach home from work I troubleshot the problem and found that the only way to fix this issue temporarily was by rebooting the laptop as and when I get cut off from the internet :(

    Please help.

    Best regards,

    Jagan Ramakumar

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    1. Jagan,

      I would try to log into your wireless router and switch the channel of your WiFi from "automatic" to a specific channel number (Most routers are set to automatic because they actively scan for channels with the least interference from other devices). Also update the firmware on your router if possible. It could be that the WiFi channel is switching automatically, and Windows 8 is seeing it as an attack, or is just losing the channel. Let me know how it goes.

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  18. thanks mate.will see what what will happen

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  19. Thanks for a great post. I followed all of your instructions, but with no luck. I've got a new Samsung Ultrabook Series 5 with an Intel WiFi adapter, running Windows 8. While checking out the unit, I ran a recommended update. It seems the problem started after that point. I rolled back the driver and VOILA! -- my wireless hasn't dropped now for quite a while. The scary part is than when I called Tech Support, they wanted to make sure that I ran the SW Update. His next step was to have me restore my Windows back to Factory setting after I invested so much in getting everything installed. Keep up the good work!

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  20. Thank you very much for this dude... I kinda noticed that this was happening every time I switched my options to "balanced" and then closed the laptop lid... I'm still not 100% sure it has fixed the problem, but so far to good. THANKS!

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  21. hi there
    ihave problem with my win8 when i start boot my back track in vmware my win8 just restart can help me please

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    1. Are you booting backtrack from a VSphere client via windows 8?

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    2. Are you booting backtrack from a VSphere client via windows 8?

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  22. Thank you Peter!!! All those convoluted suggestions for eliminating the constant wireless drop issue - your solution is so simple, makes sense and actually works!!!

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  23. Hi! I followed your advice on my samsung series 5 laptop and my wifi has indeed stopped disconnecting, however, now whenever I try to watch a video the video always stops buffering halfway through. Do you know of any way to fix this issue?

    Thanks for your help in advance!

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    1. I also have a brand new samsung series 5 laptop and I did follow Peter's advice and it is still dropping connection CONSTANTLY. I'm trying to get help from Microsoft and still not coming up with a solution. Whenever I am surfing the internet or watching a video, connection becomes "Limited" quicker and I have to disconnect and reconnect. It's a constant cycle and I am very frustrated with Windows 8 at this point. Do you have any other suggestions??

      Thanks!

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  24. Hello. I've tried all the steps. My internet provider had even sent me a new router and connection still drops after 20 minutes of logging on or rebooting. Wiring, motherboard and card were also replaced. I have Verizon. Me and my old lady also have the exact same system (hp a6 vision amd ). Her wifi works well at home. When she comes over, her wifi drops as well. I've changed the channel, reset everything, replaced everything. Nothing works. And forgot to mention its windows 8. Thanks in advance.

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  25. Thanks dude, you are awesome! Windows 8 fail lol

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  26. i just got my new laptop and was soo excited for it as it was my first laptop purchase and it came with windows 8 and i kept losing wifi :(so i was so upset as i would be checking mail on my phone instead and wouldnt even touch the new laptop untill i came across this blog post now its faster than ever and i can enjoy it THANKYOU SOOO MUCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCH :)))))!!!!!

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  27. My laptop is on high performance and it has the setting you said right in place ... but it still disconnects every now and then ... is there any solution for this ? :(

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    1. Try uninstalling any vendor power management software. Usually with laptops, whether they are HP, Lenovo, etc. will have a corresponding software power management utility installed on them. If it does delete that utility.

      If it still keeps disconnecting, try changing the wifi channel on your router to a static value. Normally most routers have it set to "auto" but select a static number... say: 6

      Then after all that try again.

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  28. Hi I seem to be have an issue regarding my Asus laptop which was upgraded to Windows 8 since last fall. Me and my brother bought the same exact laptop and their seem to be a problem with mine lately. My laptop wifi seemed to always be at 3 bars while my brother was at max. When I try playing online game I would always have small but imminent d/c issues which keeps dropping every min. The router used to wireless connect is a modem given to us by an tv/internet provider which also connects with our tv. Sometimes I click on diagnose wireless issues and I mostly get problem with wireless adapter or access point and in which would get fixed. But it doesn't get fixed since it will show up again when I diagnose at a later time. So far I tried changing the channel to 6 and also changed the wep to wpa2-personal, and changed the tcp/ipv4 to use the following ip address and dns.

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    1. Try deleting any power management software that came pre installed on the laptop. Like if there is an Asus Power Management Utility, uninstall it. Then try again.

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  29. Did this, worked for maybe about 15 minutes, and then went straight back to dcing me. I get booted off maybe 30-50 times a day now. Same error every single time, the default gateway is not available. It's driving me absolutely crazy and idk what to do about it. I've got protocol V6 turned off and obtain ip address automatically checked already. The wireless network adapter is updated to the newest version as well. Please help :(

    MSI GE70
    CPU: intel core i7-3630QM
    VGA: Nvidi GeForce GTX 660 M /2 Gb GDDR5
    intel(r) centrino(r) wireless-n 135

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    1. Hey Katherine, try logging into your router and changing the WiFi Channel from Auto, to a specified channel, and see if the problem still occurs. It could be switching channels on you and Windows 8 may have problems dealing with that.

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  30. Impossible to fix a sony vaio pro13
    I cannot believe sony selling buggy laptops
    Sony has changed to bad
    I try to get money back

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    1. Yeah, windows 8 has a lot of bugs, I doubt its the laptop that is the problem. If you can roll back to 7 and see if the issue still persists, that may give you some scope to the problem.

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  31. we have a relatively new ACER Windows 8 laptop, and was having the same issues as everyone else here has -- internet dropping, limited, etc. We tried all the various solutions mentioned here, and it appears that changing the channel setting on our router from Auto to using channel 7 all the time seems to have worked so far. Who the heck would have ever thought of this????? Thanks very much for the suggestion. Great help for those of us who are about ready to give up on Windows.

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    1. Happy to help. I like it when the solution works. Unfortunately it doesn't always do that.
      Cheers mate.

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  32. I am having this exact same issue on my HP Envy desktop. I already took 1 back to Best Buy after a month, because we couldn't get it fixed. Just bought another on 7/12, and I am having the exact same issue. After 6 days of tech support, and over 12 hrs later, they have corrected the "limited" issue, but not the connectivity dropping issue. I am at my breaking point, and not sure what to do. For the money, you get so much on this computer, but the hassle of having to restart my computer daily is starting to outweigh. It seems to do it only when I walk away and come back after an extended amount of time. We have changed the settings to where it's not supposed to automatically disconnect in sleep mode, but that's still not working. Any other ideas?!


    If I try to change the channel on my router, will it mess with all of my other wireless products in the house?

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    1. If you change the wifi channel the wifi deviecs will just have to reconnect to the wifi router if they get kicked off. Most of the time this is automatic.

      The fact that you are having problems with a desktop is very strange. See if HP installed any power management software that is not part of the standard windows package. If they did, go ahead and disable / uninstall it. That should make it work.

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  33. changing power option didn't help me. My sony vaio laptop which has W8 OS still keeps disconnecting from wifi network

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    1. You can also try to delete any power management software installed by Sony. See if that works.

      Also if it doesn't try setting the wifi channel on your router to a static value. (instead of auto, set it to a static number)

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  34. Hi Peter,

    Even I was facing the problem.
    HP has given me the below solution and I am also not facing any trouble after that - Like to share with the people here -
    Here we go :
    1) Go to run and type services.msc
    2) Scroll to WLAN Auto Config
    right click -> Properties -> if Start up mode Automatic
    Click Stop -> change to manual
    Click apply
    Start.

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    1. i tried yours and it worked wonders...tried all other options but failed....thankfully..thanks so much..hope it will last...

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  35. Hi Peter.
    Great site.

    My windows8 problem is slightly different.
    When I wake my computer from sleep mode, I always have to try a couple of things to get the wifi back up. sometimes it just requires disconnecting and then reconnecting to the network. Other times I have to let the computer find and fix the problem which is always the same: Default Gateway Is Not Available. This always includes: reset the network adapter.

    I have tried the fix listed here and the limited fix. I have also tried the fix listed directly above (by Deboprio Mukherjee). Still having issues.

    Any ideas?

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  36. Hi peter,
    I have an issue with samsung windows 8 laptop. I download easy setting driver from samsung support to run hot key. But i used this it doesn't turn on and at PC setting > wireless> wireless device show grey and not turn on through this too. but before download this driver, this work smoothly. So is there any solution of this.

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    1. Hey Anil,

      Does Samsung have any proprietary power management software installed? If so, try disabling that software and see if the issue persists (if the power controls are still grey).

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  37. Thank you for your blog post. It gave me a great starting point to helping to fix my Acer laptop and the connection with the wifi. Unfortunately after doing both of the things you suggested I still had problems. I did find another site that suggested updating the driver for the wireless. When I did a regular update it said I had the most up to date but I then checked the Acer website and mine wasn't the most up to date. After installing the new driver I seem to be ok with the wireless - seems strange that a brand new laptop bought about a week ago doesn't have the most up to date info on it. Anyway thanks again and hopefully everyone else has some success because if they were like me hair was being pulled out!
    cheers
    Liz

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    1. I'm glad you've gotten it to work. It is great to hear that the vendor drivers have been correcting the issue.

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  38. okay so.. every post/forum i read about windows 8 constantly disconnecting from wifi has solutions for battery life decreasing.. but what about being plugged in? Where battery life isn't a problem. I keep getting disconnected from my wifi.. says i have no internet, and the problem is my modem. I reset my modem many times.. and it fixes the problem for a few mins. I uninstall my wireless adapter restart laptop, again not a lasting fix! Any idea?

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  39. SOLUTION ....I found a LASTING FIX to my WIFI "LIMITED ACCESS" headache by downloading the latest Wireless display update from Intel site... Tried Everything else.... this REALLY WORKED... Link:

    http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect/wireless-display

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    1. Woww, it's true? Your device not limited access again until now?

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  40. I followed your instructions for the limited problem and it seems to have resolved it for me.

    I might add, I even rang the place of purchase to make enquiries to have windows 7 installed on my laptop. And was about to head down there when I decided to have a go at your fix.

    Once again, thank you.

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  41. Try going to Control Panel>Network and Internet>Network Connections>
    select "Diagnose this connection"
    Windows Network Diagnostics>Turn on wireless capability>Apply this fix

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  42. Had the same wireless randomly disconnecting on my windows 8. My fix is to check the "connect even if network is not broadcasting its name(SSID)" in Status-->Wireless Properties. I guess my Asus router takes a break in between broadcasting its SSID and also my Windows 8 does not "Connect automatically" when the line is broken.

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  43. Thank you so very much!
    I would have never figured it out on my own!

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  44. This was very helpful. here is also a good way.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wZ2C3T0xx8

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  45. So glad my perseverance on searching for a fix was found! Thank you!!!! I disconnected wifi connection, didn't work so I ended up rebooting and everything so far is fine. I didn't realize it was Win8 that was giving me the problem, I knew it was definitely the new laptop. Was tinkling with it for freaking two hours. Again, thank you. Now off to the gym to release all this pent up stress.

    -jo ann-
    wedding & event planner
    Apropos Creations, LLC
    www.aproposcreations.com
    -to create this moment to treasure throughout time-

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  46. Hi! I am about to lose my mind, so I hope you can help me! I have a Lenovo Desktop all in one (not touch screen) and it continually drops the internet connection. I have had 3 tech guys out here to fix it and they have come up with nothing but to blame it on Windows 8. I have a Netgear router that each of those three tech guys say is the top of the line. And there are 3 other people in this house using various laptops and desktops and never ever lose connection!! The only difference I can see with their systems and mine, is that they are not using Windows 8. So so frustrating. Any ideas??

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    1. I would suggest wiring desktops in general directly to the router. However if you must WiFi then try the above tutorial, check your power settings and make sure your settings are set for "Maximum Performance".

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  47. Hey my laptop has an intel wifi card, it came with win 8 and i upgraded to 8.1 it disconnects randomly, it shows limited and no access in connection then it disconnects!! i tried what you said here and i can't get to taht other tutorial about limited connectivity, i can't find any power management tab in properties of wifi adapter thanks

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  49. Hi peter! I hope you can help me out!!
    I have just bought this new Notebook HP Pavilion 14-n028la about 3 months ago, it runs with Windows 8 and just recently I've started getting connectivity issues as it just randomly would show as a "Limited Access" , at first I did not think it was a problem with my new computer since I've had a history of problems with my internet provider, but I started to notice my laptop was the only device connected to this router that was having such issues!. So I have been looking for fixes, and I was not aware this was such a common problem, except all the common "fixes" seem not to be working with me, I have tried EVERYTHING, I've changed the power saving settings (although problem is still there when plugged in), I downgraded the wifi adapter, I upgraded the wifi adapter, I selected to only be using IPv6, I've resseted the TCP/IP, I turned on that "device download meter" thing, I even install all windows updates even though they were not "important", I ran the windows troubleshooting which all it does is reset the wifi adapter, and this problem keeps coming on!!!
    It seems that the only way to "fix it" is to manually disconnect and reconnect to the wifi, WHICH is very very annoying when watching youtube vids, netflix or any other kind of videos, but SPECIALLY when I'm on skype/teamspeak trying to do some gaming with my friends :c

    Do you have any suggestions I could also try? I'm seriously about to rage quit and just restart computer to factory default :/ even though I'm not sure it will help e.e

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  50. Except mine laptop is doing it when plugged in.... any ideas?

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  52. I noticed this issue just recently as a friend of mine was also experiencing it. Upon further investigation, I have come upon a solution that I am going to share with you! find the right laptop

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