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Check MAC Address Filtering

If your router has MAC address filtering set up, you may not have internet access. This setting blocks devices from connecting to the router if they don’t have a specific MAC address. 

The easiest way to resolve this is to add your MAC address to the list of approved ones.

Using WiFi Direct to Send Files Wirelessly

If you’re struggling with an ad-hoc WiFi or Bluetooth connection, you could use WiFi Direct to share files instead. Windows fully supports the WiFi Direct standard, but to make things easier, you’ll need to use a third-party app called Feem to share files and establish connectivity instead.

If you plan on establishing a WiFi Direct connection on Windows, you’ll need to make sure that your WiFi adapter or device on at least one device supports the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter. If this isn’t available, you won’t be able to create a WiFi Direct-capable network for another PC to connect to.

  1. To send files using WiFi Direct, download and install Feem for your operating system. Feem supports Windows, Linux, and macOS devices.
  1. Once Feem is installed on your PC or Mac, launch it. In the Feem window, select the Turn on Wi-Fi Direct slider to turn on the WiFi Direct network.
  1. On the other device, make sure to connect to the network created by Feem, beginning with FeemWiFi (eg. FeemWiFi-EducatedPelican). Once you’re connected, the other devices will be listed in the Feem window. Select the other PC in the Feem list, then select the Send File option to send a file to that PC.
  1. On the other device, the file being sent will appear in the Feem chat log. Selecting the file will give you options to open it, or view it in Windows File Explorer.

Multiple devices with Wifi connected but no Internet access

If you have more than one device that has its wifi connected but no internet access then we have to look at your router or access point for the problem. Sometimes the solution is simple, just restart the router and/or access point (make sure you leave it off for at least 30 seconds), but if that doesn’t help we need to take it one step further.

The question we need to ask is if it has worked or not. If the problem occurred suddenly and you didn’t change anything on your network then a problem with your ISP or a faulty cable is most likely the cause.

Connected a new access point

But what if you have connected a new access point? You can connect to the new wireless network, but you don’t have internet access. This happens because of a configuration error in your access point.

The access point extends your network wireless, but your router is still in control of the assigned IP Addresses in your network. So the first thing you need to check is if you have disabled DHCP in your access point. The router will assign an Ip address to the wireless connected clients.

When both devices are running DHCP you could end up with Ip conflicts (two devices using the same Ip address) or the access point may give the wrong information (wrong Ip range, gateway address, or DNS servers).

Also, make sure that the access point has an Ip address in the range of the router. If you want to know more about setting up your home network, you can check this article with the best practices for your home network.

Router / Access point problem

If no one can connect to the internet then you will have to look for the problem in the router or access point. First, try to reboot the router or access point. Make sure your turn it off for at least 30 sec. This way all caches will reset resulting in a fresh start.

Give your device a couple of minutes to start up and try it again. If that didn’t solve the problem you can try to reset the device. Remember, if you (factory) reset the router or access point all configuration items can be lost. So make sure you have a backup of the configuration or have written down the most important information.

Network Repeaters

Wireless network repeaters seem like useful devices, just plug them in and they can extend your wireless network. But they are truly terrible when it comes to network stability and performance.

If you are connected to a wireless network of a repeater and you get the error WiFi connected but no Internet, then most likely the network connection between the repeater and your router is lost. Try to reset your repeater, or move the base station closer to your router.

It’s always better to use wired connection and access points that are connected to your router with a network cable, than to use repeaters.

Flush DNS on a Chrome book

To flush the local DNS on a chrome book you need to open the following url: chrome://net-internals/#dns, press the “Clear host cache” button.

Why it is showing no Internet access when connected to WiFi?

Your device is connected to your local network, but is unable to reach internet. Flush your DNS and restart your router.

How to restart Wifi Router You can safely pull out to power cable of your router to restart it. Wait 10 seconds before you plug it back in

Update Wireless Drivers Network Adapter Driver

Device drivers provide information about how your operating system and other software interact with particular hardware on your computer. If you still have no internet connection, check for driver updates on your computer. 

  • Right click Start > Device Manager, and then right-click on your wireless driver and select Update driver.
  • Select to Search automatically for updated driver software or Browse your computer for driver software and then click Browse.

You can also uninstall the driver, and reinstall the correct drivers from the device manufacturer’s site. Restart the computer once done, and test the internet connection to see if it works.

Problem with your device

When other devices are able to access the Internet through your WiFi, the problem lies with your device and its WiFi adapter.

As a first step, restart your device and see if that fixes the problem. As with the router, network and software problems often get fixed automatically with a simple restart.

If that doesn’t fix your problem, here’s what you can do.

  • Right-click on the network icon in your task tray at the bottom right-hand corner. Click on “troubleshoot problems”
  • Windows will attempt to automatically diagnose the problem and will try to fix it for you.
  • If Windows is unable to fix your problem, it will in some cases tell you what the problem is.
  • You can search for a solution to this problem online or you can ask experts.

Troubleshoot device connectivity issues

Many times, your laptop or phone is actually the source of your connection issue. Connection problems range from software issues to network adapter glitches, so it’s a good idea to start with troubleshooting your smart devices.

How to tell if you have device problems

If you’ve been able to connect your device to your home Wi-Fi network before, but suddenly can’t, it’s most likely a device problem.

How to fix different device problems

Restart your device: As your typical IT guy will tell you, your first step is to restart your device. This is a standard troubleshooting solution and could be the fix you need to get connected to Wi-Fi again.

Check your network adapter: Your next step is to check your network adapter. Sometimes connection issues arise because your computer’s network adapter might not be enabled.

On a Windows computer, check your network adapter by selecting it on the Network Connections Control Panel. Make sure the Wireless connection option is enabled.

On a Mac, look for the Wi-Fi (AirPort) card in the top right corner of your screen (next to the sound and battery icons in your menu). Click on the option to “Turn Wi-Fi On.” If your menu icon doesn’t show anything in the menu bar, Apple recommends selecting “System Preferences” from the main Apple menu, selecting the Network icon and then clicking on Wi-Fi. From there, check the box to “Show Wi-Fi status in menu bar.”

To check if your wireless adapter is enabled on other Apple devices, check your settings to make sure the device isn’t in airplane mode and that Wi-Fi connectivity is on. On Android devices, check your settings to make sure the device’s airplane mode is off and that Wi-Fi is on.

Update adapter drivers: Another network adapter related issue for computers could be that your network adapter driver is out of date. Essentially, computer drivers are pieces of software telling your computer hardware how to work. Updating your network adapter drivers by going to your Device Manager, selecting Network Adapters and then selecting Update Driver. Follow the instructions and after your computer restarts, see if you can connect to the Wi-Fi again.

Repair or replace hardware: If that doesn’t work, investigate potential hardware or software problems. Hardware problems aren’t prevalent, but an older computer or tablet’s network adapter could suddenly stop working if it overheats. To fix hardware issues, you can take your device to a repair store and see if they can assist in replacing any hardware. Depending on the age of your computer or other device, you may need to purchase a newer version of it.

Remove viruses: Software issues might come up if you have a computer virus, which could disable or block your ability to connect to Wi-Fi. You’ll want to scan your computer or device for viruses and remove any if found. Then restart your computer and try connecting again.

How to connect to Wi-Fi network using Command Prompt

Alternatively, you can also use the netsh command-line tool in Command Prompt to connect to a Wi-Fi network.

To connect to a Wi-Fi access point with commands, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  3. Type the following command to view the available network profiles and press Enter:

    netsh wlan show profile

  4. Confirm the Wi-Fi network profile with your preferred settings.
  5. Type the following command to connect to the wireless network on Windows 10 and press Enter:

    netsh wlan connect ssid=YOUR-WIFI-SSID name=PROFILE-NAME

    In the command, remember to specify the name (SSID) of the network and profile name with your network settings.

    For example, this command connects to the “tsunami” network using the “tsunami” profile:

    netsh wlan connect ssid=tsunami name=tsunami

    Source: Windows CentralSource: Windows Central

    Quick Tip: On devices with more than one wireless adapter, you must also specify in the command which adapter you want to use. For example,: netsh wlan connect ssid=YOUR-WIFI-SSID name=PROFILE-NAME interface=Wi-Fi.

After you complete the steps, the device will connect to the wireless network.

New network connection

The netsh tool also lets you manage Wi-Fi adapters and networks. The only caveat is that you can only manage previously known networks since you cannot create new network profiles with this tool

When you need to use Command Prompt to connect one or multiple computers to the same wireless network, you can export the network profile created automatically during the first connection. Then you can import it using the netsh tool to connect using the command-line tool.

Export Wi-Fi profile

To export a Wi-Fi profile with commands, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  3. Type the following command to view the available network profiles and press Enter:

    netsh wlan show profile

  4. Type the following command to export a profile and press Enter:

    netsh wlan export profile PROFILE-NAME key=clear folder=PATH\TO\EXPORT\FOLDER

    For example, this command exports the tsunami profile to the “Documents” folder.

    netsh wlan export profile tsunami key=clear folder=C:\Users\m\Documents

    Source: Windows CentralSource: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, you can import the same XML file to connect other devices to the same network.

Import Wi-Fi profile

To import a Wi-Fi profile on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  3. Type the following command to determine the name of the network adapter and press Enter:

    netsh wlan show interfaces

  4. Confirm the name of the adapter that will connect to the network.
  5. Type the following command to import the network profile and press Enter:

    netsh wlan add profile filename="PATH\TO\PROFILE.XML" Interface="YOUR-WIFI-ADAPTER-NAME" user=current

    In the command, make sure to specify the location of the XML file and network interface name.

    For example, this command imports the xml profile located in the “Documents” folder to the Wi-Fi adapter:

    netsh wlan add profile filename="C:\Users\m\Documents\wi-fi-tsunami.xml" Interface="WI-FI" user=current

    Source: Windows CentralSource: Windows Central

  6. Type the following command to connect to the wireless network and press Enter:

    netsh wlan connect ssid=YOUR-WIFI-SSID name=PROFILE-NAME

    In the command, specify the SSID and profile name that corresponds to your network.

    For example, this command connects to an access point using the “tsunami” SSID and “tsunami” profile name:

    netsh wlan connect ssid=tsunami name=tsunami

    Quick tip: If you have multiple wireless interfaces, you must also specify in the command which adapter you want to use. For example, netsh wlan connect ssid=YOUR-WIFI-SSID name=PROFILE-NAME interface=Wi-Fi.

After you complete the steps, the computer should connect to the wireless network automatically.

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