Wireless Network Keep Connecting and Disconnecting in my computer

Have you ever faced the issue where your computer is keep connecting and disconnecting from wireless network ? It is like you can see the wireless network available in your area with full strength but while trying to connect to the particular wireless network, it is disconnecting right after made a connection to the network. Here I am writing a set of troubleshooting steps which tell you how to troubleshoot this frequent wireless disconnection issue.

In case if you are facing issues with getting wireless signals to your computer, follow the steps provided below.

My Laptop is not getting wireless and Internet

The first thing you need to make sure is the presence of any other wireless devices which can make wireless interference. Try to stop them and try to connect to the same wireless network. If still you are disconnecting from the network follow the steps below.

Frequent Wireless Disconnection issues -reasons and fix

If you are able to see strong wireless signals in your computer and only the connection has the problem follow the steps below.

1. Make sure you have the right wireless key

If you are entering wrong wireless key to connect the wireless network, you cannot logon to the network. So make sure you have the correct wireless key (Wireless network Authentication).

2. Shift to Wireless Zero Configuration from other utilities

If you are using different wireless utilities (eg: Dell wireless utility) to manage your wireless network, you may stop it and start using Wireless Zero Configuration for that.

How to start Wireless Zero Configuration ( WZC )

3. Delete all preferred Networks and Refresh the list

Next troubleshooting steps for frequent wireless network disconnection is clearing all saved wireless networks in your computer and refresh the wireless network list. Follow the steps below for more details.

Wireless Network Troubleshooting step 1

4. Unplug the Wireless Adapter and reconnect it

If you are using a USB wireless adapter, you may unplug the adapter and reconnect it.

Steps done in Wireless Access Point

Following steps can be done only if you have access to the Wireless Access Point / Router. If you are doubting where there is no signal from Wireless router follow the steps below.

No wireless network (SSID) from Wireless Router

Other troubleshooting steps fro frequent wireless disconnection are:

5. Changing the Wireless Channel to fix frequent wireless disconnection

Some times if there are some other wireless networks in same wireless channel you may face frequent wireless disconnection issues due to this wireless interference. So changing wireless channel is a good choice.

Change Wireless channel to improve wireless quality

6. Change wireless security to fix frequent wireless disconnection

Some times your computer may not able to adjust with the security settings on your wireless network. So changing the security is also another troubleshooting steps.

Change Wireless Security in your Router -WEP or WPA

7. Change Wireless Network Name (SSID)

If still you are frequently connecting and disconnecting from the same wireless network, you may change the Wireless Network Name (SSID) and check for the issue. The following router manuals will help you to change the SSID of your Wireless network.

i. Setup Belkin Wireless Router

ii. Configure Huawei MT8008

iii. Configure D-Link Wireless Access Point

iv. Configure D link Wireless Router

v. Setup Linksys WRT160 N Wireless Router

vi. How to setup Linksys Wireless Router WRT54G

8. Check MAC filter settings

Wrong MAC filter settings in Wireless Router/Access Point can deny you from accessing wireless network. Make sure MAC address of your Wireless NIC is allowed to join the wireless network.

You can also change the broadcast type, reduce the beacon interval etc to fix this frequent wireless disconnection issue.

Recommended Readings

1. How to connect to an Adhoc Wireless Network

2. Wireless is not connecting even after disable Firewall

3. No Wireless Network Found in Range

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James said...

Thanks for your article. Actually my problem was the firewall, and I disabled it as you said and the wireless is fine.

Anonymous said...

My problem was the MAC filtering. I do not know how it happened. When I check MAC address of my main computer is enabled and all other MAC addresses are blacklisted. I just removed the blacklisting and my Laptop automatically connected to the Wireless network. Once again thanks.


Anonymous said...

I have a problem with my wireless adapter. It is some times not working and so frequent wireless disconnection. Any solution please

Siju George said...

To Fix any wireless adapter related issues, please follow the link below.

Enable and troubleshoot wireless adapter

Anand said...

Thanks. I have learned how to troubleshoot a wireless network for free....