Most computers have the option of adding wireless communication features by adding a WiFi and Bluetooth adaptor. However, since they are hardware devices, they do require software to detect and run properly on machines, which can be finicky at times.
In this article, we’re talking about the Qualcomm Atheros A6100 adaptor not working, the reasons behind it and what you can do to fix the problem.
What causes problems with Atheros A6100?
There are several reasons why the adaptor might not work as expected on your machine. Common factors include:
- Driver issues
- Improper connection
- Hardware issue with the adaptor
- Outdated Windows version
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How to fix problems with Atheros A6100?
Here are eight fixes you can try out.
Restart the router
As always, the first step in 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 (WiFi or ethernet) drivers could also be causing connectivity issues. Try connecting to the internet using either an ethernet connection or any other alternative 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 WiFi 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.
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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 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
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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 issue in Windows.
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.
You can download the Media Creation Tool here
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