Wireless Network Connection Failure

Why at times are you unable to connect your computer to a wireless network?

When a wireless network exists, then the computer operating system should be able to connect to it. When the pointer is placed on the wireless icon in the “System” tray on a Windows® desktop, it should primarily exhibit the name of the wireless connection. If not, then there exists the failure in the ability of the computer to get connected to the wireless network. However, there are cases where this failure occurs and the causes for that are to be explored.

Nevertheless, the below-mentioned features could be the reasons for your computer not getting connected to a wireless network:

  • Wireless network is disabled

  • Wireless network is not in range

  • Wireless network is not secured


Wireless network is disabled


When a computer does not connect to a wireless network, then it is not merely because of the wireless adapter getting switched off, but it could also be due to the high volume controls of computer speakers which lead to the manual and software disability of wireless networking. If the wireless adapter is disabled, then the Device Manager can instantly indicate it. The adapter’s disabled status will also be visible on the “System” tray. If the wireless adapter is a discrete USB or a PC card plug in, then it is best to make sure it is plugged in firmly. For checking, it is best to shut the device down and provide some rest to the operating system.

Wireless network is not in range


If the wireless network is not in range, then the computer will fail to get connected to the wireless network. It is, however, not important whether somebody else is connected to the network from the same location, but what is important is that there exists an active signal. The most viable reason for the wireless router to be invisible is either the router being out of range or turned off or the wireless function of the router being disabled or even the antenna being damaged or missing. If the wireless activity LED on the router is not on, then either the wireless is disabled or the router is faulty.
Wireless network is not secured

The inability of a computer to get connected to a secure wireless network suggests security not working properly. There are different types of security available on many of the wireless routers, like MAC which is short for media access control. The MAC filters allow the establishment of network connections only for a while and the router will not connect to the wireless device if MAC address is not recognized. WPA, which stands for Wi-Fi™ Protected Access, makes impossible for an outsider to decode the traffic network without a valid key. Today most servers use the secured wireless network, like Windows® XP and Windows Vista® that allow uninterrupted wireless networking.
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