Wireless internet connection is more prone to constant drops or intermittent problems than wired Internet given the presence of wireless interference. Wireless speakers, microwave ovens, direct satellite service, certain external monitors and LCD displays are just a few of the commonly known factors that can cause interference with Wi-Fi networks if they are nearby.
Intermittent Wi-Fi connection can also be due to a firmware issue on the wireless router or the computer itself. Highlighted in this post are standard solutions and workarounds that are used to deal with a pertinent issue on a Dell Inspiron laptop, in which the Wi-Fi keeps disconnecting. Read on to learn more.
Before you begin troubleshooting, try to remove any interference away from the wireless router and your laptop then see if that would bring positive outcomes to your computer’s Internet stability.
If you are looking for a solution to a different problem, drop by our Dell Inspiron troubleshooting page for we have already addressed some of the most common issues with this machine. Browse through the page to find problems that are similar with yours and feel free to use the solutions we suggested. If you still need our help after that, then you may contact us anytime and tell us about your issue.
Troubleshooting your Dell Inspiron laptop with wireless connectivity issues
As the name implies, the subsequent methods are basic procedures and standard workarounds used to troubleshoot Wi-Fi problems on a Windows computer/laptop. If none of these methods is able to fix the problem, proceed to the advanced troubleshooting procedures.
Reboot your wireless router and your laptop
Sometimes the Wi-Fi drops because of minor glitches on either the laptop or wireless router’s firmware. Should this be the case, are reboot on both the wireless router and your Dell Inspiron laptop can rectify the glitch. This process is also referred to as a power cycle on the network equipment.
- To power cycle or reboot your wireless router, locate the Power button then press and hold it until the device powers off completely.
- After 30 seconds press the Power button again until the router turns on.
- Wait until the light indicators on the router get stable. If you see any red light, that denotes a problem on the router that needs to be fixed so as to get your Wi-Fi back up and running smooth, fast and more stable.
You may need to contact your Internet service provider to fix any problem with the wireless router.
If the router is okay and able to reboot successfully, restart your laptop the usual way. After the restart try to connect to the Internet and see if your Wi-Fi connection is now stable.
Move your Dell Inspiron laptop closer to your wireless router
To rule out the possibility of proximity issue causing your Wi-Fi connection to drop more often, try to move your laptop closer to your wireless router. A recommended distance between the computer and your wireless router is within 3 to 9 feet or 1 to 3 meters apart.
Also try to minimize the number of devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network. As much as possible, try to avoid barriers or change the placement of your Wi-Fi device for a clearer signal path.
Disable and re-enable Wi-Fi on your Dell Inspiron laptop
Toggling the Wi-Fi switch off and then back on can also help fix minor issues with your wireless. Thus if you haven’t already, give it a try then see what happens.
- To get started, find the network connection status indicator. Usually the Wi-Fi indicator icon is found at the bottom right corner of your screen on any version of Windows. The design may vary though depending on the Windows version the computer is running on.
- Click that icon to disconnect or turn off Wi-Fi on your laptop. When network functionality is disabled, you will see a red cross or circular red icon on top of the wireless icon/indicator.
- Locate the Wi-Fi switch on your laptop, usually on the right hand side towards the front. Next to the switch is an indicator that can be toggled on or off. If the indicator light is off, it means that wireless connectivity is turned off.
- After a few seconds, click the Wi-Fi icon on your taskbar in the right corner of the screen to turn Wi-Fi back on.
- Click the icon to view a list of available Wi-Fi networks.
- Select the network you want to use.
- If prompted, enter the password to continue.
Wait until your laptop is connected to Wi-Fi then browse the Internet to see if it’s now stable.
Ask further assistance
If none of these is able to fix the problem and that your Dell Inspiron Wi-Fi remains unstable or keeps dropping, contact Dell Support for further assistance in performing more advanced troubleshooting procedures like configuring the wireless adapter settings, updating BIOS to the latest version, and the like. If the problem occurs to all your devices that are connected on the same network, contact your Internet Service Provider or wireless router manufacturer to troubleshoot the router and Internet reset.
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