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- Turn Your PC Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot the Easy Way
- #6 Update WiFi Driver Manually
- Method 5: Enable SSID broadcast for your WiFi
- #1 Check Your Computer For 5GHz WiFi Support
- Narrow down the source of the problem
- Method 2: Turn on WLAN AutoConfig service
- Does my laptop support 5GHz Wi-Fi?
- Do you have no internet access only on one device or the entire network?
- A single computer has a WiFi connection without internet
- All devices have a WiFi connection but no internet
- Share a Wired Internet Connection in Windows 7
- Other steps to try on your router
Turn Your PC Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot the Easy Way
If you can’t get the built-in Windows Wi-Fi hotspot working, you should try using Connectify Hotspot instead — it’s a completely foolproof Wi-Fi hotspot with tons of options and a nice interface.
Connectify Hotspot is great if you’re at a hotel that charges per device, or if you’re on a plane and you connect your laptop but don’t want to pay more to connect your phone. If you pay for the Pro version you can even use your PC as a Wi-Fi repeater or a wired router, or share a tethered connection off your phone
It’s really more of a power user tool, but if you’re looking for a good solution, Hotspot is free to try out, and the basic version is free with some limitations.
#6 Update WiFi Driver Manually
To update WiFi driver manually and fix the 5GHz WiFi not showing up in Windows 1o issue, you will have to download the latest WiFi Driver on your PC manually. To do so, first, go to your PC or Laptop manufacturer’s website. From there, download the latest WiFi Driver, compatible with your Operating System.
When done, follow these steps:
Step 1: From Method #5, follow Step 1 and Step 2.
Step 2: From the Update Window that will open, select the Browse my computer for driver software option.
Step 3: Now, browse and select the folder with the downloaded WiFi driver, or browse and select the downloaded driver yourself. When done, click Next. Follow on-screen instructions till the WiFi driver installation is complete.
Step 4: Restart your computer and see if you were able to enable 5GHz WiFi on it.
Step 5: If your PC cannot detect the 5GHz bandwidth, try methods #3 and #4 again to enable 5GHz WiFi support.
Method 5: Enable SSID broadcast for your WiFi
Service Set Identifier (SSID) broadcast is what makes your WiFi network visible to your network adapter. Once you disable SSID broadcast, your WiFi network won’t show up in the list.
Tips: Many people disable SSID broadcast for security concerns. By doing this, they can hide the WiFi network, so the network name won’t be seen by others. But the first time to connect to the WiFi network, you’ll have to configure the profile settings manually, including the network name and security mode. After making the initial connection, devices can remember these settings and will not need to be specially configured again.
You can try the instructions below to enable your SSID broadcast. The specific interface may vary from different computers. Here we take TP-link WiFi router as an example:
1) Go and see the IP address, username and password on your wireless router.
2) Open your browser on PC or mobile phone (connect to the Internet via Ethernet cable on your PC or use mobile phone that has internet connection).
3) Type the IP address in your browser, and press Enter.
4) Type your User name and Password, then click Login.
5) Go to Wireless > Wireless Settings. Check the box next to Enable SSID broadcast, and click Save.
7) Restart your PC and reconnect to your WiFi network.
#1 Check Your Computer For 5GHz WiFi Support
The first step is to check if your PC has 5GHz bandwidth compatibility. Here are the steps to check the same:
Step 1: On your keyboard, press Windows + R keys at a time. This will open the Run dialog box.
Step 2: Type cmd in the Run box and press Enter to open Command Prompt.
Step 3: In the Command Prompt window, type the following command:
This will show the wireless LAN Driver properties on your computer.
Step 4: From the result that opens up in the Command Prompt window, look for Radio types supported.
In this section, you will see 3 network modes. Following are the network modes with what they mean:
a) 802.11g 802.11n: Your computer only supports 2.4GHz bandwidth.
b) 802.11n 802.11g 802.11b: Your computer only supports 2.4GHz bandwidth.
c) 802.11a 802.11g 802.11n: Your computer supports both 2.4Ghz and 5GHz bandwidth.
If you get the Radio types supported as any of the first two, then you need to upgrade your WiFi Adapter Hardware. If you have compatible PC, and get 5g WiFfi not showing up issue, then go to the next step and see if your WiFi Router has 5GHz support or not.
Note: For those people , whose computer Does not support 5.4 GHz , they can enable 5.4 GHz on laptop / PC by buying external USB WiFi Adapters.
Narrow down the source of the problem
Connection problems can be due to a variety of reasons—problems with the website, your device, the Wi-Fi router, modem, or your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Try the following steps to help narrow down the source of the problem. If the “Wi-Fi connected” icon appears on the right side of the taskbar, visit a different website. If the website opens, there might be a problem with the specific website. If you can’t connect to another website, go to the next step. On another laptop or phone, try to connect to the same network. If you can connect, the source of the problem is likely due to your device—go to the section Network troubleshooting on your device. If you can’t connect to the network on any device, continue to the next step. Check to see if there is a problem with the connection to your Wi-Fi router. Do this by using a ping test. In the search box on the taskbar, type Command prompt. The Command Prompt button will appear. To the right of it, select Run as administrator > Yes. At the command prompt, type ipconfig, and then select Enter. Look for the name of your Wi-Fi network within the results, and then find the IP address listed next to Default gateway for that Wi-Fi network. Write down that address if you need to. For example: 192.168.1.1 At the prompt, type ping <DefaultGateway> and then select Enter. For example, type ping 192.168.1.1 and select Enter. The results should be something like this: Reply from 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 time=5ms TTL=64 Reply from 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 time=5ms TTL=64 Reply from 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 time=5ms TTL=64 Reply from 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 time=5ms TTL=64 Ping statistics for 192.168.1.1: Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss), Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds: Minimum = 4ms, Maximum = 5ms, Average = 4ms If you see results like this and are getting a reply, then you have a connection to your Wi-Fi router, so there might be a problem with your modem or ISP. Contact your ISP or check online on another device (if you can) to see if there’s a service outage. If the results of the ping test indicate that you are not getting a reply from the router, try connecting your PC directly to your modem by using an Ethernet cable (if you can). If you can connect to the internet using an Ethernet cable, it confirms the connection problem is due to the Wi-Fi router. Make sure you’ve installed the latest firmware and see the documentation for your router.
Method 2: Turn on WLAN AutoConfig service
WLAN AutoConfig service (also referred to Wireless Configuration in Windows XP) can configure wireless security and connectivity settings. When enabled, WLAN AutoConfig settings apply to all IEEE 802.11 wireless network adapters installed on your computer. Moreover, when the WiFi becomes available, it will automatically connect to a preferred wireless network. You can follow these steps to enable it:
1) On your keyboard, press Windows logo key + R at the same time to invoke the Run box, and type services.msc, then press Enter.
2) Right click Wlan AutoConfig (if you are using Windows XP, right click Wireless Configuration), and click Properties.
3) Select Automatic in Startup type, then click Apply, and click OK
4) Restart your PC and reconnect to your WiFi network to see if your WiFi shows up.
Does my laptop support 5GHz Wi-Fi?
The best way to find out is to open Control Panel – search for it in the Windows search box – then go to Device Manager and find the make and model of your laptop’s Wi-Fi under the Network adapters section.
This laptop, for example, has a Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 adaptor. Searching online for this make and model brings up plenty of results for its specifications which show that it works only on 2.4GHz. If your adapter supports 802.11ac, it will definitely support 5GHz. In most cases, 802.11n adapters will also support 5GHz.
You can also right-click on the adapter in Device Manager, click Properties and then switch to the Advanced tab. You’ll see a list of properties, one of which should mention 5GHz. If you don’t see an option to enable or disable 5GHz, either your adapter doesn’t support it, or the wrong drivers are installed.
And if you do find that your laptop doesn’t have 5GHz Wi-Fi, you can easily add it by buying a USB Wi-Fi dongle for your laptop. These are inexpensive – around £10-30 / $10-30 – and mean you can upgrade your laptop’s Wi-Fi without opening it up. We’ve rounded up the best USB Wi-Fi adapters.
Do you have no internet access only on one device or the entire network?
In order to figure out which resolution steps you need, you must determine if the “WiFi connected but no internet” error is impacting one single device or your entire local network. This check will help us narrow down the likely cause and then the correct method for solving your no internet access problem.
A single computer has a WiFi connection without internet
If your computer is the only device that says it has a connection but no actual internet, it is likely that you have a misconfigured setting, faulty drivers or WiFi adapter, DNS issues, or a problem with your IP address.
Try connecting to the same WiFi network with another computer or mobile device like an Android smartphone or an iPhone. If you can open websites and browse the internet on other devices, then you can be sure that the issue is isolated to your computer.
All devices have a WiFi connection but no internet
If all of your devices on the network have a WiFi connection but do not have access to the internet, it is likely that you have a problem with your router or modem. Alternatively, your internet service provider may be down.
While this is not always possible, but if you have a different WiFi network available nearby, try connecting to that network with the same computer. If you get internet access on another network, then it means that the problem is not with your device but instead with one of the network components.
In the section below, we are going to list out the solutions based on whether the no internet access issue is occurring on a single computer or whether it is a network-wide problem.
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Share a Wired Internet Connection in Windows 7
The ability to share your PC’s wired Internet connection to wireless devices is integrated into Windows 7’s networking interface through something called an ad-hoc network. An ad-hoc network is really just a simple, direct network connection between devices. In this case, you’ll be creating an ad-hoc network between your PC’s wireless connection and any wireless devices you want to connect. You just need to make sure that your wired connection is set up and that the PC does have Wi-Fi available.
Note that when you set up an ad-hoc network using your PC’s Wi-Fi, it will disable any existing connection that uses that Wi-Fi adapter. That’s why this method only works if your internet is coming from an Ethernet source.
If you’ve never set up a network like this, be sure to read our full guide to sharing an Internet connection through an ad-hoc network. In short, though, you’ll open the Manage Wireless Networks window (you can find it by opening start and searching for “wireless”), click the Add button, and then click “Create an ad hoc network”. Enter a name and passphrase for the network and it’ll appear in the list of wireless networks. Select it and your laptop will disconnect from its current Wi-Fi network and start hosting an ad-hoc network your other devices can connect to.
Be sure to enable the “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” checkbox so that your PC will share its wired Internet connection with the devices connected to your PC over the ad-hoc network.
Other steps to try on your router
Here are some things to check and try with your router if you’re at home and having trouble getting connected. If you don’t see the network name, sign in to your router and check to see if it’s set to broadcast the network name. Connect your PC to your router using an Ethernet cable. Open your web browser and type the IP address for your wireless router. (For example, 192.168.1.1 or 172.16.0.0—check the documentation for your router to find the default IP address.) Sign in with your user name and password, then make sure an option labeled Enable SSID Broadcast, Wireless SSID broadcast, or something similar is turned on. This setting is often on a Wireless Settings page. Check to see if your Wi-Fi network uses Media Access Control (MAC) address filtering for security. If it does, you’ll need to add the MAC address for your PC to the access list on your router before you can connect. Select the Start button. Type cmd in the search box and right-click cmd in the list. Select Run as administrator, and then select Yes. At the command prompt, type ipconfig /all. Write down the address that appears next to Physical Address for your wireless network adapter. This is the address you’ll need to add to the access list on your router. To add the MAC address to the access list on your router: Open your web browser and type the IP address for your wireless router. (For example, 192.168.1.1 or 172.16.0.0—check the documentation for your router to find the default IP address.) Sign in with your user name and password, then look for a setting that says MAC Address Filter or something similar. Add the MAC address you wrote down for your PC to the access list and save your changes. On your PC, try to connect to the Wi-Fi network again.