There are times when your laptop fails to connect to your home Wi-Fi. It might be due to a system glitch or a minor issue that could be fixed by a simple reboot especially if the started without apparent reason or cause.
We’ve been contacted by some owners of the Dell Inspiron regarding this issue so we really have to look into it. We will try to look into every possibility and rule them out one by one until we can determine what the issue is and try to formulate a solution that might fix it.
If you are a Dell Inspiron owner and are currently experiencing similar problem, continue reading below as this post may be able to help you. However, if you are looking for a solution to a different problem, visit our troubleshooting page for we have already addressed some of the common issues with this device. Browse through the page to find issues that might be similar with yours and feel free to use the solutions we suggested. If you still need our help after this then feel free to contact us as we will try to help you.
Troubleshooting Dell Inspiron that can’t connect to Wi-Fi
This is a common problem with laptops or any computer for that matter and I personally have encountered it several times already. Sometimes it occurs out of the blue without apparent reason and sometimes it happens after I’ve done something on my computer or tweaked some settings. I know a thing or two on how to deal with this problem and I’m gonna share it with you. Don’t worry, it will be easy to do and very effective…
Step 1: Reboot your laptop
A simple reboot is very effective in addressing a connectivity issue especially if the problem started without any reason at all. Sometimes the system glitches regardless of what operating system is running on your device.
Try to reboot your computer normally by either clicking the Start button followed by Turn Off Computer and then Shutdown. You may also use the CTRL + ALT + DEL combo to shutdown your laptop. If it’s not responding for some reason, press and hold the Power key for 10 seconds and your device will turn off after that.
After a successful reboot, try to reconnect to the Wi-Fi you’re having issues with and if the problem was as minor as a glitch, you should be able to use your computer normally now. However, if the problem persists, try the next step.
Step 2: Turn Wi-Fi off and on again
Turning off and on the Wi-Fi in your Dell Inspiron will refresh the connection between your device and your network equipment. I know I listed it as the second procedure but it doesn’t actually matter if you do this first before a reboot. You only have to do this once and if the problem is not really that serious, this is more than enough to make your laptop connect to your home Wi-Fi again. However, if the problem continues to bother you after this, then move on to the next step.
Step 3: Power Cycle your network equipment
After you’ve done the basic troubleshooting procedures in your computer and the problem continues, then you should go after the network equipment like the modem and/or router. By simply turning them off and back on, you’re already fixing the most common issues these devices may encounter. It also refreshes the connection to your computer. Others may think it’s absurd to do this but trust me when I say that it works more often than not.
After this and your Dell Inspiron is still not able to connect to the network, try to see if other devices can because if so, then the problem is with your computer and not your connection. However, if other devices cannot connect to the same network as well, then it might be an issue with the network equipment. You should call your Internet service provider to have it taken care of.
Step 4: Uninstall / reinstall network drivers (optional)
Drivers play a big role when it comes to connectivity and there are times when these small applications get corrupted or become obsolete. If you know how to uninstall specific drivers then do it and then make sure you reinstall the most updated drivers. If this is something that you can’t do on your own or if you think you can mess up your laptop instead of fixing the problem, then you shouldn’t do it. You may need to employ the services of a technician.
Step 5: Reinstall operating system (optional)
For us who know how to reinstall the operating system, this is always our last resort and it’s very effective in fixing problems that have something to do with drivers, applications and the system itself. However, I understand that not all users know how to do this so it’s optional. After doing step 3 and the problem continues, you may already resort to bringing the phone to a tech to have the problem fixed.
I hope that this troubleshooting guide can help you one way or another. If you still need our help after this, then feel free to contact us any time.