Why does my PC keep disconnecting from Wifi?

Can’t seem to maintain a stable Wi-Fi connection on your PC? We’ve all been there. If your computer seems to connect to a Wi-Fi network and then consistently disconnects, then you are likely to have a problem with your tech or the network itself.

Unfortunately there are a number of reasons why your wireless network connection might drop, however here we’ve listed a few common causes and how you might fix them.

To begin with, you can use other devices such as another PC, smartphone or tablet to connect to the same network and test whether the issue lies with the network or the computer itself. If all your devices are experiencing the same problem, then you have a router or ISP issue, whereas if the other devices are connecting to the Internet without any problems, the issue is with your computer.

Weak wireless signal

One of the most common reasons for disconnecting from a network is due to a weak signal. Wireless networks have a limited range so if you are too far from the router your connection may drop or the Internet may appear slow. Try moving closer to the router or invest in a Wi-Fi extender.

You can also try forcing your computer to forget the network, then connect to the network again re-entering the password when requested. If you are using a Mac, a common solution has been to disconnect Bluetooth as well.

Unreliable hardware

Sometimes your router or computer can run into minor problems and cause the connection to drop. It’s a good idea to powercycle your router- turning if off for 30 seconds before turning it back on again. You can also try restarting your PC. More often than not this will fix your connection issues.

It could be that the network card on your computer is experiencing issues with keeping a stable Internet connection. In this case you can restart the network card or reinstall the software, if you feel comfortable doing so.

Software issues

It may be the case that your computers’ software is out-dated or there was a fault in the recent update. In the past, Mac users have updated their computers to find their Macs could no longer connect to the Wi-Fi. To fix this you can restore the software to an earlier version  or look for any recent patches that may have been issued to fix the problem.

Issues with the ISP

It may be that your problem is down to your broadband provider, in which case there isn’t much you can do. The ISP’s technical support can run system checks and line checks to determine if there are any issues between them and your computer that might be causing the issue

Overheated Router

If you still can’t track down the issue, check that the router isn’t overheating. If it’s covered or hidden away then the device can over heat causing it to lose efficiency.

Busy Wireless Networks

You may be experiencing a weak Wi-Fi connection because of other Wi-Fi networks nearby. In particularly busy, built-up areas it is likely that there are other networks sharing the same radio waves with you. Start by making sure you configure your Wi-Fi network with a unique name, and then you can change the channel you are on. Find out what channel your neighbours’ use and pick a different channel to connect to. Your router will usually select a good channel automatically but it is possible to change it manually.

We’re here to help

If you’re PC is still continuously disconnecting from the Wi-Fi then we are on hand to help. At MyTechy our Microsoft certified team have many years experience providing home tech support, including solutions to Wi-Fi issues and PC repair. For more information or to see how we can help you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 01483 808008 or email info@mytechy.com.

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