[Fix] Laptop Disconnects From WiFi Router or Wireless Network Abruptly

by Rohit Khurana on July 20, 2012


Wireless Internet and WiFi Networks are becoming very common with more and more growth in the use of laptop computers compared to the desktops. Thee comfort and convince offered by WiFi network at home and offices adds a lot of mobility to Internet access. But like most technologies, there are glitches related to everything. Modern Windows laptops with advanced power saving technologies may cause a very typical problem observed by many users which is the drop of WiFi connection. Such laptops get disconnected from the WiFi network and one needs to restart Windows to get back on to the WiFi or Wireless network. In this article, we share a fix which will fix this with Windows laptops.

Prevent WiFi Network Connection Drop

One of the most common reasons for drop of the WiFi signal or disconnection form WiFi network or router is the automatic shutdown of WiFi adaptor of the Windows laptop computer. Many Windows PCs are configured by advanced power management softwares to turn off Windows hardware when not used for sometime, some such devices may include optical drives etc. It also includes WiFi adaptor or WiFi hardware of the laptop which connects to your home or office WiFi router.

Say if you are working on a presentation for long time and not using Internet for quite some time while the laptop is connected to the WiFi, after a certain interval configured by the power saving softwares (some laptops comes with special OEM power management softwares) or Windows settings, the WiFi network card is shut down, the card or adaptor is not reactivated until the next restart in some cases. To solve this problem, the easiest way is to change the setting to never automatically turn off the WiFi Adaptor till the Windows is running. Follow these simple steps below to make these settings:

Step 1: Go to Control Panel > Network and sharing Center settings

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Step 2: On Network and Sharing center settings, click on Change Adapter Settings option.


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Step 3: On the next screen, it will show you the network adaptors in use on your laptop. Right click on the Wireless Network Connection adaptor and select Properties.

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Step 4: On the properties Window of the Network Adapter, click on Configure option.

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Step 5: On configuration screen click on Power Management tab and uncheck the option “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power” and click OK.

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This is it, this will fix problems with most of the Windows laptops.

If you are facing WiFi network drop whenever you use a cordless phone around your Wireless router, this maybe because of radio interference. In this case, refer to our tutorial – [Solved] Wifi Disconnects When I Use My Cordless Phone. Also the WiFi drop maybe because of bad WLAN settings for which you can use this solution – Ensure Break-Free WiFi Connectivity Of Your Windows Laptop

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

reuben July 20, 2012 at 6:01 pm

well that is a good fix

Suresh July 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm

This is awsome. Really amazing. It’s working.
I tried many of options but this is very helpful. Thankyou so much.

John V July 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I have a CISCO wireless router connected to the AIRTEL land line Broadband modem. I use this to play my movie collection on my HD TV. I find that the wireless net is disconnected when I start my computer, but after I reboot the computer the wireless comes on!!
Please help. How do I get rid of this irritant? My OS is Win 7 Home Premium.

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