Jul 11, 2023

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Imagine that you’re making a presentation during a video call or watching the climax of a movie on your Windows PC. Then, all of a sudden, your Wi-Fi connection gets cut off. What a huge hassle! This guide explains what to do if your Wi-Fi is disconnecting repeatedly and interfering with your activities.

Good to know: learn how to find your router’s IP address from any device.

If your device suddenly disconnects from your Wi-Fi, try the following quick fixes to restore the connection:

If your computer keeps disconnecting from Wi-Fi after performing these immediate solutions, hopefully, one of the following fixes can help.

Tip: check these ways to increase network speed via Regedit.

Setting the profile type of your home network to private can make your connection more reliable. Follow these steps to change the network profile:

Note: it’s not recommended to do this when you’re using a publicly accessible network (e.g., in coffee shops, libraries, etc.), as you’d be opening the door to malware infection or hacking.

This feature may be causing your Wi-Fi connection to switch between networks because of your proximity to a Wi-Fi signal. In turn, you may experience an intermittent Internet connection. Here’s how to turn it off:

Tip: seeing the “There are currently no power options available” message in Windows? Learn what to do to bring it back.

Your wireless adapter may be affected by the power-saving features in Windows. Below are the steps to modify your power management settings:

Windows features a built-in network troubleshooter. It may help determine and resolve the underlying issues that make your Wi-Fi disconnect all of a sudden. Follow these steps to use the Network Troubleshooter on Windows:

Tip: sometimes even the Windows troubleshooter needs troubleshooting. Learn how to get started with that.

Your Wi-Fi’s bandwidth isn’t unlimited: the more devices connected, the slower your connection gets. When the number of devices connected reaches the limit, your Wi-Fi may disconnect from some devices, including your Windows device.

The fix for this is very simple: just change your Wi-Fi password. This automatically disconnects everyone from your network, allowing you to connect your devices again.

While the steps vary depending on your provider, this example shows a Wi-Fi password change on a ZTE modem:

The sudden disconnections happening on your device may be caused by it not sufficiently detecting your Wi-Fi signals. It may do this because:

In this case, changing the position of your router may be the first thing you want to try. Consider using the Wi-Fi signal meter on your device to check areas with poor connections. On a Windows PC, view the Wi-Fi networks in the Access Center to know when the signal is stronger.

You can also try moving your workstation closer to your connection and removing obstacles between it and your Windows computer.

FYI: check and understand the differences in this guide on Wi-Fi 5 vs. Wi-Fi 6 vs. Wi-Fi 6E.

The WLAN AutoConfig service is a Windows service that automatically configures your computer’s wireless network adapter. It may be disabled, causing your Wi-Fi disconnection issues. Follow these steps to reset it:

Your device may not have disconnected from your Wi-Fi; it may just be too slow to load. This usually happens when you’re trying to consume more than the bandwidth limits of your Internet plan will allow, or there are too many people using your Wi-Fi.

The best way to curb this issue is to get an upgrade. If it’s not within your current budget, try avoiding bandwidth-heavy usage, such as downloading a movie or streaming in 4K. You can also try removing people from your network.

Tip: always ensure that you create a backup of your registry before applying any tweaks.

The Power Management tab may be missing on the later versions of Windows 10 and 11. To bring it back, go to the Registry Editor (as shown in section 6), and paste this path: “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power.” Right-click on the white space on the right, and select “New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.” Name it “PlatformAoAcOverride.” Double-click the value, and ensure that the “Value data” field is set to “0.” Finally, click “OK.” Restart your computer to apply the changes.

You may be using a weak Wi-Fi signal, making your phone search for stronger Internet connections. You may also have entered an incorrect Wi-Fi key or may be using mobile data services.

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Princess is a freelance writer based in Croatia. She used to work as an English teacher in Hokkaido, Japan before she finally changed careers and focused on content writing & copywriting, while running their own digital marketing company in Europe. For 5 years, she has written many articles and web pages on various niches like technology, finance, digital marketing, etc. Princess loves playing FPS games, watching anime, and singing.

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