Windows 11 is Microsoft’s latest iteration of their long-running operating system. However, while there are a number of improvements and additions over Windows 10, it still isn’t immune to random bugs and glitches.
In this article, we’re talking about why does your network adaptor keeps dropping connectivity and giving you some solutions to help fix the network adapter keep disconnecting issue in Windows 11.
Why does this happen?
There are a number of reasons why your network adaptor might not be working as intended. Some of the most popular reasons include the following.
- Outdated drivers.
- Weak signal strenght.
- Incorrect DHCP and TCP/IP settings.
- DNS inconsistencies.
- WiFi hotfix not installed.
- Faulty network adaptor.
How to fix this?
Here are a seven fixes to solve the network adapter keep disconnecting error in Windows 11 .
Restart the router
As always, the first step of troubleshooting anything is to reboot the device that may be causing the issue.
It almost seems like a joke now, but rebooting your device does have some pretty surprising results, and you might be able to resolve many seemingly random issues.
Check your drivers
Your network adaptor’s drivers could be causing connectivity issues. Try connecting to the internet using either an ethernet connection or any other alternatives and follow these steps to get your drivers in place.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R, type in devmgmt.msc and hit enter.
Step 2: Double click Network adaptors to expand it and right click your Wi-Fi card or ethernet adaptor, depending upon what you need to fix. Click on Update driver.
Step 3: Select Search automatically for drivers, and Windows will find and install any available updates.
Now restart your PC and try again. The network adapter keep disconnecting error in Windows 11 should be resolved.
Use the Windows Internet troubleshooter
A lot of times, using the Windows troubleshooter can fix your issue. Right-click on the network icon in the taskbar, click on Troubleshoot problems and let the troubleshooter do its thing.
Restart the PC and give it another shot.
Check for IP /DNS conflicts
If you can connect to other networks just fine, it could indicate an IP conflict on your router.
Another way to confirm this is to ping your router’s default address through the command prompt. Type in ping [router IP address] in the command prompt, and if you get a Request timed out error, you’re most probably having an IP conflict issue. Here’s how you can fix this.
Step 1: Press Windows key + I to open the Windows settings.
Step 2: Click on Network & Internet.
Step 3: Click on Change adaptor options.
Step 4: Right-click on your Wi-Fi network and click Properties.
Step 5: Find Internet Protocol Version 4 in the list, click on it, and click Properties.
Step 6: Make sure that all settings are set to automatic.
Now reconnect to your network, and it should connect seamlessly. Alternatively, you can type in your IP address and DNS alternatives to see if that solves the network adapter keep disconnecting issue in Windows 11.
Check your DNS settings
If you’re running custom DNS settings on purpose or by mistake, having them set incorrectly can cause internet connectivity issues.
Flushing your DNS settings can set them back to the default values and resolve such issues. Here’s how.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R, type cmd and hit the Enter key.
Step 2: Type in ipconfig /flushdns and hit enter. This will reset your DNS settings to their defaults.
You can take this a step further and reset Windows files to access the internet by using these commands back to back.
netsh winsock reset netsh int ip reset
If you suspect an issue with your router’s DHCP assignment, use these commands to release your old IP and request a new one.
ipconfig /release ipconfig /renew
If that doesn’t work either, you can use the following commands in the order that they’re listed to reset your network stack.
ipconfig/flushdns nbtstat -R nbtstat -RR netsh int ip reset C:\resetlog.txt netsh winsock reset
Reset your network settings
If nothing else works, try resetting the network settings on your PC, This should reset your entire network stack and help the data go through.
Step 1: Press Windows Key + I to open Windows Settings. Click on Update and Security.
Step 2: Scroll down to find the Network reset option. Click on it to reset your PC’s network stack.
Once the reset is complete, restart your PC and try again.
Repair your system
If nothing else works, the best way to get rid of the problem is simply reinstalling or repairing your OS.
The Windows Media Creation tool is a great way to install and repair the OS. Using this, you can perform a clean installation or repair your OS without affecting your data.
Also read: How to stop Windows 11 update?
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