May 11, 2016

Fix limited or no connectivity Wi-Fi issues in Windows 10

"This connection has limited or no connectivity" after upgrading to Windows 10

After upgrading my laptop from Windows 7 to Windows 10 it started having intermittent problems with Wi-Fi connectivity. It would connect to my Wi-Fi networks, but occassionally it would give the message below
"This connection has limited or no connectivity"
Troubleshooting would always show that there was nothing wrong with the network. There was nothing wrong with the laptop, since it could connect to other networks. Windows would simply decide that a particular Wi-Fi network can't be used to access the Internet.

Rebooting, disabling the network adapter and many other things I tried to reset it did not help.

I found two ways to solve the "limited or no connectivity" Wi-Fi issue thanks to a blog post linked at the bottom of this post. Here are the short versions of the tips that worked for me.

Method 1: Reset the TCP/IP stack

This method solved my problem, but did not prevent it from coming back later.

  1. Launch the command prompt with administrator privileges by opening the start menu and typing cmd, then right-clicking on cmd.exe and Run as administrator.
  2. Enter the following command:

    netsh int ip reset C:\resetlogs.txt
  3. Reboot the computer. You should be able to connect now.

Method 2: Prevent network adapter from going into sleep mode

If method 1 only provides a temporary fix, as it did for me, try disabling power save mode of your network card. I have not had any "limited connectivity" after doing this.

  1. Open Settings or Control Panel and find Network and Sharing Center or Network and Internet. It will differ depending on your version of Windows. You want to find Network Connections.
  2. Right-click on the name of your Wi-Fi network / wireless network adapter and choose Properties.
  3. In the Wi-Fi Properties window, click the Configure button to configure your network adapter.
  4. Then click on the tab Power Management and uncheck "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power". Click OK to save the changes.

More information and images

If you want more information or see images describing the steps above, check out the link below. It takes you to the post that helped me solve my "limited or no connectivity" issue in Windows 10.

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