Can’t seem to connect your computer to your Wi-Fi? Very few people today rely on a corded internet connection. Whether for work or leisure purposes, most people now connect to the internet wirelessly. To get online, of course, you’ll need a Wi-Fi connection. If your computer won’t connect to your Wi-Fi, you’ll be restricted to performing offline activities.

#1) Wrong Wi-Fi Selected

You should check to make sure that your computer is trying to connect to the right network. Depending on your computer’s location, it may pick up other networks from nearby homes and businesses. Many networks have similar default names, making it difficult to distinguish between them. If your computer is trying to connect to the wrong network, it will remain offline.

#2) Outdated Driver

Wi-Fi connections require the use of hardware, known as a Wi-Fi adapter or Wi-Fi card. Like most types of computer hardware, it’s powered by software known as a driver. Wi-Fi drivers often require updating. When a manufacturer discovers a flaw in a driver, it will push an update to fix it. Therefore, using an outdated driver can lead to Wi-Fi problems.

#3) Router Unplugged

Another possible reason your computer won’t connect to your Wi-Fi is the router is unplugged. Maybe you intentionally unplugged during a lightning storm, or perhaps a coworker accidentally unplugged the router when he or she bumped into it. Regardless, if the router is unplugged, neither you nor anyone else will be able to connect to the Wi-Fi. The router must be plugged in with both a power cable and a landline internet cable to function.

#4) Too Far Away

The distance from your computer to the router may affect your ability to connect to your WiFi. Wi-Fi adapters can only reach so far. If your computer is too far away from your router — or if there are thick obstructions between them — you may not be able to connect it to your router. With that said, you can achieve a longer range by using a Wi-Fi extender. Wi-Fi extenders live up to their namesake by extending the range of a wireless network.

#5) Malware

A malware infection may cause Wi-Fi problems, including the inability to create a connection. They typically work by modifying either registry settings within the computer’s operating system, or by modifying the computer’s Domain Name Server (DNS) settings. If your computer is infected with malware such as this, it may prevent you from connecting it to your Wi-Fi

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