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A Network Cable is Unplugged

Today we are discussing one of the minor error messages you may have faced before. That error message is A network cable is unplugged. As compared to the other error messages we discussed before, it is not a big deal. In most cases, a simple loose connection can be the reason. Sometimes, this alert may create some confusion for you. If you are connected to the Internet by a wireless connection, this alert can make you confused. One of my friends told me even if he was using the wireless network to go online he received this alert.

He usually avoids this alert A network cable is unplugged because he can go online even though the alert message is there. This article explains this error and teaches you how to fix it.

Major reasons to get the alert A network cable is unplugged are listed below.

Reasons for the alert A network cable is unplugged

  1. Ethernet Cable is not connected properly(loose connection)

  2. Unused Ethernet Adapters are enabled: One of the most common reasons to get the alert A network cable is unplugged is the unused Ethernet adapter on your computer. If an Ethernet adapter is not connected, you will get this message.

  3. Unmatched duplex settings are enabled

  4. Faulty Ethernet adapter, Ethernet cable or Router/hub port

The Solution for A network cable is unplugged

It is not hard to solve the message A network cable is unplugged. You can follow the steps below to troubleshoot this error message.

  1. Unplug the Ethernet Cable and reconnect. Now make sure the lights on Ethernet adapter and the router port are steady. If there are no lights, it means either the Ethernet cable or the Adapter/ port is not working.

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  2. Disable the Ethernet adapters which are not in use. To disable an adapter right click on it and click Disable. To learn how to enable an adapter click on the link below.
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  3. To try different link speed and duplex settings on Ethernet adapter. To learn how to change the link speed, click on the link below.
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  4. Update Adapter driver: To update the Ethernet adapter driver, click on the link below.
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Alex George has Engineering graduation in Computer Science and an MBA in Finance. He had been working as a senior Network Engineer for ten years. His specialization is in Cisco products. Traveling is one of his hobbies and visited various places as part of his onsite work. He visited different places as part of his onsite work like New York, Dubai, London, etc. Right now Alex is a director of one of the leading career development firms in India, which trains students for UPSC, SSC, and PSC examinations. He guides a lot of students to get selection for various prestigious institutions like CBI, Income Tax Department, etc. Alex George is a stock market investor and a very active intraday trader. Engineering Background: He has a B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering and passed different network and security courses like CCNA, CCNP (Security), CEH, and various Microsoft certifications. Finance Background: Alex has an MBA in Finance. He is an active intraday trader and a Share Market Investor. Webmaster Skills: Alex is a blogger since 2004. He has a working knowledge of HTML, CSS, PHP, and JavaScrip.