Enable Wi-Fi via BIOS
To enter the BIOS, you need to reboot or turn off the computer, then when you turn on the computer at the very beginning, when it is just starting up, a text is usually displayed on the bottom left, which indicates which key to press, what to enter the BIOS. On my laptop Smasung, to enter the BIOS, you need to press the Delete key. On other laptops and computers, these can be the F1, F2, F8, Esc, F10, F11, F12 keys. Sometimes you need to press keyboard shortcuts to enter BIOS. Try a combination of Fn, Ctrl, Alt, Shift keys.
Usually, how to enter the BIOS is indicated at the bottom of the screen at boot.
So, entering the BIOS, we find Wireless Device Control there, if there is Last Status, this means that after the reboot, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will be turned on again if they were turned on before the reboot, or they will be turned off if they were turned off before reboot.
If Wireless Device Control is set to Always Off, then Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will always be off when the computer boots.
If Wireless Device Control is set to Always On, then Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will always be on when the computer boots. This is what we need so it will be easier so that when you boot the PC and you, Wi-Fi is always on.
Due to the portability and stylish design, as well as good functionality, laptops and netbooks have become very popular. Nowadays, every modern person uses Wi-Fi technology, taking a beech with you to a bar or cafe, you can communicate with friends and work colleagues, check mail, read news on the Internet and much more.
Many laptop users are interested in the question of how to enable WI-FI on a laptop. As a rule, in order to turn on Wi-Fi, you need to perform a couple of simple operations.
It happens that Wi-Fi does not respond due to a software glitch, crooked drivers, or other factors. Then you won’t see the network icon at all. You can get to the “Device Manager” in different ways. Use whichever algorithm you like best.
- Win R or the Win icon (or “Start”) ⇒ in Run, type ⇒ devmgmt. msc ⇒ “OK”.
- “Start” ⇒ on the right to “Computer” click RMB ⇒ “Properties” ⇒ “Device Manager”.
- From the desktop, go to “Computer” ⇒ “Management” ⇒ “Device Manager”; or “Properties” ⇒ “System” ⇒ on the left side of “Device Manager”. In the “Network adapters” console and find the one you need (Wireless or WI-FI).
- Open the RMB window, then left KM “Activate”
How to turn on Wi-Fi on a laptop
Most of us use a wireless Wi-Fi network, we are used to connecting to Wi-Fi at home, office, cafe, and friends. Everyone is accustomed to the fact that connecting to a Wi-Fi network is an automatic process and does not require any action, maximum entering a password to connect to a wireless network and then only once, since in the future the operating system will remember it and re-entering the password will not be needed.
But sometimes there are difficulties with turning on Wi-Fi or connecting to a wireless network and many are perplexed about what to do.
Questions arise. How to turn on a Wi-Fi network, How to connect to a Wi-Fi network, Why a laptop / tablet / smartphone cannot see the network, what should I do? In this article I will try to answer the most popular questions that users have when turning on a Wi-Fi network on a laptop.
I will describe all the ways I know to turn on a Wi-Fi network on a laptop (after all, everything that can be turned off can be turned on and turned on ?!) I’ll start with the simpler and more common methods, then I will move on to more complex methods that will be needed by units.
So, if you see the Wi-Fi off icon on the taskbar (or don’t see the icon at all), then this article is for you.
The information in this article should be enough to solve the problem. However, if all else fails. Then your WI-FI module has come to an end. If you look at it, you can even notice that it burned out. It will be slightly (or severely) blackened. And you can find it under the back cover of the laptop, where and.
Now you know how to turn on WI-FI on a laptop if it is still alive. If something is not clear, ask questions, and I will answer them.
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I will show and tell you how to turn on Wi-Fi on a laptop or computer.
How to turn on Wi-Fi using a keyboard shortcut
If your laptop does not have sliders or separate buttons for turning on Wi-Fi, take a closer look at the keyboard, on it you can find the Wi-Fi icon on one of the function keys (F1-F12).
It can be located on different buttons, it all depends on the manufacturer and model of the laptop.
In order to turn on Wi-Fi, you must press this key or use the keyboard shortcut
Consider the key combinations that are most commonly used in laptops from different manufacturers:
- Acer. We hold down the keys:
- Asus. Combination
- HP. Click here
- Lenovo. Needed buttons:
- Samsung. Or. or
- Dell keyboard shortcut or
Turn on Wi-Fi by updating drivers
If you can’t turn on Wi-Fi or no Wi-Fi device is found, then you may need to update the Wi-Fi driver. You can update your drivers with Driver Genius, Auslogics Driver Updater, Reviversoft Driver Reviver, DriverPack Solution, and many more driver update programs.
Download drivers on the official HP website
If you tried the previous method and failed, then you need to do this:
Go to the official HP website
We select your computer model from a variety of options and click “Add”.
Enter the laptop model
In the tab that opens, click on “Drivers. Network”.
We download all drivers from “Driver-Network”.
Downloading all drivers
Run the downloaded file and click on the “Next” button.
Click on the “next” button
How to install drivers
In the search for the “Start” menu, write “manager” and select “Device Manager”
Click on “Network adapters”.
Selecting “Network adapters”
Right-click on the icon, and click on the line “Update hardware configuration”.
Click on the line “Update hardware configuration”
Wi-Fi Connection Issues on Lenovo Devices
The difficulties that the owners of laptop computers of this brand face when they first try to use the radio module are often due to the fact that the built-in adapter is turned off by default. Therefore, before creating a new connection, it is worth checking the status of this hardware component.
Lack of connection with an active transmitter often indicates a problem with the drivers for the Wi-Fi adapter. Software failures, errors during system updates, file corruption due to virus attacks lead to the inoperability of the software. Drivers will need to be updated or reinstalled.
Enabling Wi-Fi module for Lenovo laptop (Lenovo)
General principles apply for wireless setup for laptops of different brands, although manufacturers bring their own specifics to the standard scheme. Lenovo laptops, which are popular among buyers, are no exception. User actions are influenced by the location of keys and switches, the version of the operating system being used, as well as default or user-defined settings.
Using function keys
The buttons labeled F1-F12 are in the top row and, when used with the Fn key, activate or deactivate some useful options. They can be used to quickly turn on the wireless adapter. The button with the image of an airplane (in many laptop models from Lenovo, this is the F7 key) turns on the flight mode, in which the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules do not work. Pressing it again takes the computer out of the specified state.
In some models, the Wi-Fi adapter is turned on with the F5 button (while holding Fn). In this case, you need to focus on the pictogram in the form of a computer or a radio antenna with semicircular waves.
The presence of such bindings depends on the laptop model: some have only a button on the keyboard to switch to the “Airplane” mode, while others. only to turn on the adapter. The absence of designations indicates that the key is not responsible for performing any function, therefore, the mentioned combinations will be useless. For a complete description of the combinations, see the printed or electronic notebook instructions.
Using mechanical switches
Many laptop models from Lenovo are equipped with switches that are located on the side or front of the device. Such levers are marked with computer images without and with radio waves. Pictograms are usually embossed on the surface of the casing so as not to get rubbed during the operation of the device, although there are models with an antenna applied to a flat switch with waves diverging from it.
When the lever is moved to the left, the adapter is turned off, when to the right, it is turned on. As a rule, when the module is operating, an indicator with a Wi-Fi icon lights up on the case. The switch is easy to find by touch and move with your finger or nail.
If the network is not visible immediately after activating the switch, the laptop should be rebooted.
Enabling function keys
Lack of response to pressing keyboard shortcuts may indicate that the function keys are disabled. The situation can be corrected using the Lenovo Energy Management application, which is located on the manufacturer’s portal and is released for all OS editions from Microsoft. After installing the software and restarting the PC, press the key combination to turn on the adapter.
A dialog box will appear on the display where the user needs to use the mouse or touchpad to turn on the Wi-Fi module (set the value to “On” in the line opposite the device). This will cause the adapter to turn on when Windows boots up, so the laptop owner does not have to activate the component every time.
Solving problems when setting up a wireless connection
A disconnected adapter is a common cause of ineffective network configuration efforts. To enable Wi-Fi module on Lenovo laptop, you need to follow these steps:
Press the Windows R keyboard shortcut.
In the line of the window with the title “Run” enter the command ncpa.cpl. then press the “Enter” button on the keyboard or “OK” in the dialog box.
Find wireless in the list of connections. The icon in gray tones indicates the module is inactive.
Call the context menu by right-clicking on the connection icon and left-clicking on the “Enable” line.
If the module is working, as indicated by the glowing indicator, but the connection does not occur (there is an item “Disconnect” in the connection menu), you should update the drivers according to the instructions below:
Start Device Manager by pressing Windows R and executing the devmgmt.msc command. Another way is to open the Control Panel, go to the “Hardware and Sound” category, where in the “Devices and Printers” section there is a line with the desired name.
Expand the list of network adapters by clicking on the arrow to the left of the icon.
If a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark is visible next to the name of the communication module, the component is displayed as an unrecognized device or is missing, you will need to install the latest driver. For this you need:
Click in the context menu of the adapter on the line “Update drivers”.
Select “Automatic search” so that Windows finds the software that is required, or manual installation, if the driver is downloaded from the manufacturer’s website in advance (when searching, you must enter the laptop model).
Follow the instructions that will be displayed sequentially on the screen. When installing in manual mode, you will need to specify where the downloaded software archive is located on the hard disk or other media.
In addition, you can start the installation of the diver by double-clicking on the executable file. After updating or installing the software, the laptop will need to be rebooted for the changes made to the configuration to take effect. Then you can try to reconnect to the Wi-Fi network.
These are standard methods that work most of the time. However, some users face other problems that require installation of auxiliary software or complex instructions.
Operating system tools allow you to monitor the status of network connections without launching special applications. The health of the connection is indicated by the icons on the “Network” icon in the system tray:
- Yellow or white asterisk (depending on Windows version).
Indicates that there are no problems with the network, so you can click on the icon, select the appropriate connection and connect.
- Red cross.
Signals about the absence of a driver or disconnection of the adapter.
In the second case, when you click on the icon, a window appears with the inscription “No connection”. The icons are clearly visible, so one glance is enough for the user to understand if the network is available or it’s time to start configuring it.
- We go to the site. https://drp.su/ru/foradmin.
- Downloading the Offline package for network equipment. This pack contains all available drivers for wireless modules.
- After downloading, install. But when installing, be careful not to install unnecessary garbage on your computer. There is nothing wrong there. no viruses, no harmful programs, but they slow down the laptop.
- Press the “Windows” and “R” key at the same time.
- In a special window, enter the magic command ncpa.cpl.
- You should see two to three connections. The first is wired. The third is Bluetooth (not available on all models). And here is the second one with a ladder and there is our built-in Wi-Fi receiver. If it is gray. Right click on it and select Enable. And after that, by standard, try to connect to your wireless network using a password.
If there is no such connection, then the drivers for the network adapter are not installed on your Lenovo. Moving on to the next chapter.
This is the most reliable way, since you will be installing drivers from the official site. The site of this company is very inconvenient and tight, so I will give detailed step-by-step instructions with pictures.
- We go to the official Lenovo website. https://www.lenovo.com/ru/ru/.
- Choose from the top menu “Support and Warranty” and from the pop-up menu “Support Resources”.
- Scroll down and select “Laptops & Netbooks”.
- Now I will show using the example of the Lenovo g580 laptop. After selecting a device, a fill window will appear just below.
- Choosing a series. In my case it is G.
- I searched for a very long time where this tab is located. But she turned out to be closer than I thought. Click on the top menu “Drivers & Software”.
- Select the Windows operating system. Make no mistake with your choice, otherwise the drivers will not work. The version of the operating system can be viewed by right-clicking on the icon of my computer and selecting “Properties”.
- The site is wildly inconvenient, so first click on the “Network Connections: Wireless LAN” section. Then select the most recent version of the product by date and click on the driver name. Next, another tab will open, where the drivers will be. Select the pack with the name “Recommended” and click “Download” to the right.
- I would also recommend downloading the power management utility. It allows you to quickly enable and disable Wi-Fi both by keys and manually. To do this, go to Power Management, click on the latest version of the utility and download the recommended pack. But install it only after installing the driver on the wireless module.
- After that, we start the driver update, install and at the end we reboot the laptop.
Fix Lenovo Wi-Fi Not Working in Windows 10/8/7 
With a red cross or no such connection at all
- The WI-FI module is turned off and must be turned on manually or using the buttons;
- No drivers are installed on it.
Next, we move on to the next chapters that solve this problem.
With an asterisk
In this case, Wi-Fi is already on and fully functional. It is enough to click on this connection in the lower right corner. Select a home network, click “Connect”, enter a password and enjoy the Internet.
The first way
There are several options that we can use. Since we cannot connect to the Internet wirelessly, let’s try to remember if you had a disk with your laptop. There should be drivers from the wireless module. Look in the laptop box.
If you have not found the drive, go to “My Computer”, on new laptops, the developers immediately make a separate partition in the hard drive with drivers and so they call it “Drivers”. Then there is nothing complicated, go there and run “Setup.exe”. Installing all drivers.
If there is nothing, then let’s try to install the drivers from a direct connection over the wire. There must be a network cable in the box from under the router. Plug one end into the router into the yellow connector, and the other into the laptop into the network card. as shown in the picture below.
In theory, the drivers should be installed immediately, but this is not always the case. Therefore, we proceed further with simple instructions:
- Again, press the “Windows” and “R” buttons at the same time.
- We enter the devmgmt.msc command and click “okay”.
- Find the “Other Devices” tab. All devices without installed drivers will be located there. The wireless adapter may have the name “Unknown device” or have the words “Wireless”, “Wi-Fi” or “802.11” in its name. Click on it with the right mouse button and “Update driver”. We select search from Microsoft servers and after the search we install.
If the driver is not installed, go to the next method.
Wi-Fi connected, but no internet
If there is Wi-Fi, but below you see a connection with a yellow triangle and there is no Internet, then we proceed as follows.
- Right click on the wireless network and select properties;
- We select the fourth duct and go into the devices. Obtaining IP must be checked offline, that is, the top checkbox of the two. But DNS put the second checkbox and enter the numbers as in the picture above. Then click “OK”.
If after this there is no Internet, then most likely you have problems with configuring the router. To get started, just reboot it. To do this, unplug the power cord from the router, and plug it back in a minute later. If it doesn’t help, let’s go here.
Removing the adapter
Are there any other options on how to enable WI-FI on a Lenovo laptop? Yes. removing the adapter. In the same menu, right-click on the adapter, but instead of “Enable” select “Delete”. This does not mean that the computer will forever lose the function of connecting to wireless networks, but it will be necessary to download and install the latest drivers from the manufacturer’s website specifically for this operating system and laptop model.
Most often, this method solves the problem with wireless networks on a laptop Lenovo G580.
Disabling necessary services can also be a common problem. Often, users deactivate many components of the operating system to speed up the computer, and this can really help. The fact is that Windows can perform many different tasks, and for each of them certain tools are needed, but the system cannot know which of them the user may need at the next moment, so it keeps most of them enabled. This leads to slowdowns, especially if the computer has little RAM.
For example, why keep the printer and fax services enabled when the owner does not need such devices and will not be used? Also, the computer wizard (or the user himself) can turn off services related to the operation of networks if an Internet connection is not expected, and this significantly speeds up the work.
What to do if WI-FI does not work on Lenovo laptop? The specialists of this company like to supply notebooks with various additional buttons, be it NovoButton. a button to enter the BIOS, or a switch for wireless network activity. This sometimes causes confusion for users. Perhaps soon the manufacturer will supply devices with reference literature, but so far there is none, the owners are looking for information on their own.
How to enable WI-FI on Lenovo laptop? The first way. use the keyboard shortcut FnF5. However, some laptops from this company are equipped with additional buttons, the location of which differs depending on the model, but, as a rule, the switch is located either next to the microphone and headphone input, or next to the power button. The third location option. next to the power connector.
How to enable WI-FI on Lenovo laptop if this method didn’t work? The user should check the availability of the appropriate drivers. The fact is that if the operating system was reinstalled, and the master (or the owner himself) did not bother installing proprietary drivers, but used the standard ones that come with the package from Windows itself, these hotkeys may simply not work. To find out if there is such a problem, you need to make sure if the rest of the F and Fn hotkeys are functional and if there is a WI-FI button among them.
The laptop program responsible for the operation of the functional buttons may require a separate download from the manufacturer’s official website.
How to enable WI-FI on Lenovo laptop? Connecting and configuring WI-FI on a Lenovo laptop
Wi-Fi data transfer. one of the advantages of all portable devices. Data is transferred at high speed, no wires or additional devices are needed, the connection is very simple: you just need to find an access point, and the computer will do everything itself. However, even brand new devices may require WI-FI setup. On a Lenovo laptop, this can be done by the user, because, as a rule, it is not a technical failure, but the operating system settings.
If Wi-Fi used to work
All the previous methods on how to enable WI-FI on a Lenovo laptop should deal with the problem if the computer is new and has never connected wirelessly before. However, if until recently everything was in order, and the laptop detected a network, and now the network icon with a red cross hangs in the tray, and the operating system reports that there are no available connections, the situation may be different. Of course, you will first need to try all the previous methods of solving the problem, and if they do not help, read the instructions further.
This problem is quite common among owners of laptop computers running Windows 7 and older. First, the user must make sure that the router is working and other devices are successfully connecting to the wireless network. If everything works, then the operating system of this laptop thinks that the Wi-Fi adapter is turned off.
The first step should be to check the activity of the wireless connection in the list of network connections (first you need to go to the Network and Sharing Center, go to the “Network and Internet” tab, and from it to the “Network Connections” menu).
In Windows 8 and older, in the right pane, you should find the “Settings” item, then. “Change computer settings”, and in the window that appears, select the “Network” menu, and on version 8 of the OS. “Wireless connection”. There you need to make sure that the wireless modules are active.
If the WI-FI power button on a Lenovo laptop is on the side, it will most likely be in the form of a slider with the ability to switch left and right, if it is next to the power on, it looks like a regular button with a green computer icon. In this case, next to it will be the so-called NovoButton, which is responsible for entering the BIOS and resetting the device to factory settings. No, clicking it will not instantly reboot and return the computer to its original state, so nothing happens if the user clicks on it accidentally.
However, for example, Lenovo G580 and some others do not have such a switch, and users often have questions about enabling wireless networks, because pressing the FnF5 hot keys also does not work: the “Airplane” mode is turned on. On some laptops from this company, the FnF2 combination may work, but if the operating system was reinstalled, the combinations could change. In this case, the easiest way is to look at the list of hotkeys in the control panel.
Enabling wireless transmission
If you have followed the instructions, but Wi-Fi still does not work on your Lenovo laptop, check to see if Airplane mode is turned on. If activated, all connections are disabled, and often just such a simple thing can be the solution to the whole problem. If the mode is not enabled, then you need to make sure that the wireless adapter is enabled in the operating system itself. You should click the “Start” menu and go to the “Control Panel” by typing it in the search (in versions of Windows 8 and older, you can use the WinX keyboard shortcut), then go to the “Device Manager”. In it, expand the “Network adapters” tab. Depending on the models, the name of the searched device may differ (for example: Broadcom 802.11g Network Adapter, you should look for a similar one).
After the desired device is found, the user must make sure that it is enabled: right-click and select “Enable”. If it is active, you can turn it off and on again, sometimes this also helps to solve the problem. After reinstalling drivers or enabling / disabling the adapter, the device should be rebooted.
How to properly connect to Wi-Fi?
- Open the “Network Connections” folder (as described above) and double-click on the “Wireless Network Connection” icon:
- Select your wireless network (in our example, this is the “QWERTY” network) and click the “Connect” button:
- Enter the key of your access point twice and click the “Connect” button:
How to connect to Wi-Fi on Windows 10?
- Click the Network icon on the taskbar.
- Select the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to, and then click Connect.
- Enter the network password and click Next.
How to connect a wireless adapter on a laptop?
- Click “Start” and select “Control Panel”:
- In the window that appears, select “Network and Internet”:
- Open the “Network and Sharing Center”:
- Next, on the left, select the link “Change adapter settings”:
What to do if Wi-Fi does not work on a laptop?
In any version of Windows, press the Win R keys on your keyboard and enter the devmgmt command. msc, then click “OK”. Windows Device Manager will open. Open the “Network adapters” item and find your Wi-Fi adapter in the list.
Why can’t I connect to Wi-Fi from my laptop?
The adapter itself, through which the laptop connects to Wi-Fi, or rather in our case, does not connect, can be turned off. This needs to be checked. Right click on the internet connection icon and select “Network and Sharing Center”. In the new window, select Change adapter settings.
How to install driver on Wi-Fi Windows 10?
Replacing the Wi-Fi adapter driver in Windows 10
- Further, in the device manager itself, we find the “Network adapters” tab.
- Select Search for drivers on this computer.
- Click on Select a driver from the list of already installed drivers.
Configuring on Windows XP
To configure, it is enough to correctly specify some parameters of the wireless connection:
- Open the “Network Connections” section through the “Control Panel” and find the wireless connection.
- Click on it with the right mouse button and open the properties “Properties”.
- On the General tab, in the Components field, highlight TCP / IPv4 and click the Properties button.
- Set the automatic acquisition of IP and DNS addresses or enter specific values (depending on the settings of the router).
- Close the protocol properties and go to the “Wireless Networks” tab.
- In the field “Available networks” click the button “Wireless networks”.
- Click “Update List” in the menu on the left.
- Select the network through which you want to access the Internet and click “Connect”.
If a password is set for the wireless connection, then you will need to specify the security key, after which the connection will be established.
How to set up Wi-Fi on a laptop
We figured out how to turn on the adapter, then let’s see how to set up WI-FI on a Windows laptop. The setup process is slightly different in different OS versions, so an individual step-by-step guide will be given for each system.
What to do if the Wi-Fi adapter won’t turn on?
There are situations when, after pressing the function key, the adapter does not turn on. Typically, this problem occurs for one of the following reasons:
- Incorrectly installed drivers.
- Incorrect system operation.
- Laptop virus infection.
Until you eliminate the cause, the question of how to set up wai wai in a laptop will not receive a positive resolution. Most often, the problem lies in incorrectly installed drivers, but it will not be superfluous to check the system for viruses. If no malicious applications are found, reinstall the Wi-Fi module drivers and try to enable it again.
How to set up wi-fi on a laptop?
Connecting to a wireless network is the most convenient way to access the Internet at a good speed without unnecessary wires. However, to take full advantage of a wireless connection, you must first understand how to set up Wi-Fi on your laptop.
Turning on the adapter
Before you start creating a new connection, you need to check if the Wi-FI adapter is turned on.
The function key for turning the adapter on / off is different for each laptop model. For example, ASUS laptops use FnF2, while Acer uses FnF3. On some Lenovo models, adapter status is controlled by a hardware switch located on the front panel.
To determine which key you have, look at the F1-F12 row. One of the buttons should have an icon. an antenna that sends out a signal. Press this button in combination with the Fn key and verify that the Wi-Fi adapter indicator light changes from red to blue or green.
Setting up on Windows 7
We figured out XP, now let’s see how to set up a wireless network on a laptop with Windows 7 installed. There are practically no fundamental differences:
- Go to “Network Sharing Center”.
- Click in the menu on the left on the section “Changing adapter parameters”.
- Open the properties of the wireless connection.
- Set TCP / IPv4 to the desired operating parameters.
- Return to the “Network and Sharing Center” and click “Connect to the network”.
- Select an available connection and click “Connect”.
This completes the WI-FI setup on a laptop with Windows 7. When you connect, you enter the security key and get access to the Internet.
For Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, there is no difference in setting from the seventh version. The list of networks available for connection can be called directly from the notification panel. there is a special Wi-Fi icon in the tray.
We connect Wi-Fi in 4 clicks
Lenovo models differ from each other in a number of characteristics that do not affect the process of how to turn on Wi-Fi, so the following guide will work for each of them and will be reviewed under the three most used operating systems. Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.
To connect Wi-Fi on your Lenovo device, you need to do the following.
- In the lower right corner of the screen (also called the “tray”), left-click on the icon indicating the Internet connection. Regardless of the version of the operating system, it looks like a signal wave coming from one point. The following window will open.
- It provides a list of access points to which you can connect your Lenovo laptop. It is necessary to select the necessary one (in this case it is “Gostevaya”) and click on it again with the left mouse button.
- A window will open prompting you to enter a password that protects against unauthorized access. It can be obtained from the owner of a specific outlet.
There are often cases when you can turn on Wi-Fi without a password. In this case, the word “Protected” is replaced by “Available”.
- After entering the password, you must click the “Next” button.
In such a simple way, you can connect Wi-Fi on Lenovo laptops. If the implementation of these actions gave the desired result, then the article can be skipped. Well, if not, you should pay attention to its next part. It describes not only the options for why the laptop could not be connected, but also how to fix them.
What difficulties may arise
Most often, Lenovo cannot connect to the Internet for two reasons. a disabled Wi-Fi module or a lack of drivers. If you still cannot connect the device after correcting these problems, you need to contact the service center, the Lenovo laptop may be defective and needs repair.
We independently connect Wi-Fi on a Lenovo laptop
It will not be difficult to connect Wi-Fi on Lenovo laptops if the device is working properly, has the necessary software, and the transmitter provides sufficient signal strength. But if at least one of these conditions is missing or not fully met, you will not be able to turn on Wi-Fi, and this simple procedure will turn into a long and boring setup.
Therefore, first of all, it will be considered how to connect a working laptop to the Internet, then possible malfunctions that can cause problems when setting up Lenovo, and how to fix them.
Enabling Wi-Fi module
You need to go to the “Control Panel”.
In the Windows 7 operating system, you need to left-click on the “Start” button (it is located in the lower left corner of the screen), in Windows 8 and 10. on the right, and then select the “Control Panel” section in the menu that opens.
The control panel for all types of operating systems practically does not differ, and the required item in different versions does not differ at all.
Open the “Network and Internet” section, then. “Network and Sharing Center” and select “Change adapter settings”.
Here are all the options that you can use to connect your Lenovo device to the Internet. It is necessary to pay attention to the item “Wireless network”. If the pictogram and tick marks indicating the signal level are gray, it means that the adapter is disabled.
To enable it, click on the wireless connection icon with the right mouse button and select “Enable”.
Important! To perform this action, you must work under an administrator account, or be ready to enter his password at the request of the system. Otherwise, the adapter cannot be turned on.
If the “Wireless connection” icon turns color, the Wi-Fi module has been enabled. Internet can be connected.
Advice! You can also turn on the Wi-Fi adapter in another way. on all Lenovo models there are special keys for this. Keys may be in different locations depending on Lenovo brand, but always have either a divergent antenna or an airplane icon.
Lack of drivers
It may also happen that the wireless icon is not displayed at all in the Network and Sharing Center window. This means that the Lenovo laptop does not have software installed for the Wi-Fi module, or it is faulty for some reason. In the latter case, you will have to contact the service center, but you will be able to install the necessary software on your own.
- To do this, right-click on the “Computer” icon. In Windows 7, it is on the desktop, in versions 8 and 10 it is called “This PC” and can be opened by clicking on the “Explorer” icon in the taskbar.
- A window will open in which you need to select the “Device Manager” section.
- Expand the list of “Network adapters” and determine the desired one. it will necessarily contain the words Wireless or Wi-Fi. right-click and select “Update drivers”.
- First of all, you should try to update using Windows tools. To do this, from the options offered, click “Automatic driver search”. The system will try to find and update the Lenovo device by itself.
But this method is good if the laptop can connect to the Internet without a working Wi-Fi, for example, via a local network. Otherwise, you will have to download the drivers yourself from any other computer or laptop with Internet access.
http://support.lenovo.com/. on the manufacturer’s website, you will find drivers for the required Lenovo laptop model. This will not present any difficulties. the site will request a specific Lenovo brand and display all the options for it on the page. From the resulting list, select the one in which the words Wireless or Wi-Fi will be present. Left-click on the “Download” button, go to the “Downloads” folder and double-click to start the installation.
Important! Always download drivers only from the official Lenovo website! Otherwise, there is a risk of getting infected files, causing significant, if not irreparable, harm to the laptop.
After successful installation of the drivers, the already enabled icon of the wireless adapter will appear, and you can try to connect the Internet.
Here are the main reasons Lenovo may have problems accessing the Internet. If the above solutions did not help, and Wi-Fi could not be turned on, the problem is much more serious, and in this case the help of a technical specialist is required.
Checking the installed driver
The first way to enable wireless communication on a Lenovo laptop, if the adapter seems to be working, but the Internet connection does not appear, is to check if the correct driver is installed. Let’s take a look at how to enable Wi-Fi on Lenovo 560. The action plan is as follows:
- Check if the required driver was on the device at all. To do this, you need to call the command line and enter the command “devmgmt.msc”. The system transfers to the list of drivers, where you can control everything;
- Next, you need to select “Network adapters” in the list. In the list that appears, you must find the item “Ethernet”, sometimes it can be called “Wireless”;
- If this item is absent at all or is displayed, but with a triangle symbol, it means that the driver is not installed. It is possible that the system will display some kind of unidentified device;
- In this case, in order to solve the problem, you will have to download a specialized driver from the official website for a specific laptop model (in our case, for Lenovo V560).
Turning on with the monitor cover
In order to enable Wi-Fi on the Lenovo Z50, there is a special method that will quickly deal with the problem. If the previous methods turned out to be ineffective, there is another one, a spare one. This is the most commonplace action that turns out to be very effective on a particular model. It is enough just to close the lid of the laptop monitor, hold it closed for a few minutes, and then open it again.
This action forces the network adapter to restart and start searching for available networks again. Oddly enough, the “trick” works great. Therefore, before trying all the other methods, you need to check if this will work with your laptop. Recently, this manipulation began to work on most Lenovo models.
Fortunately for all Lenovo owners, the engineers think over their designs well. If there are no buttons responsible for the operation of the wireless connection, then you can use hot keys. There are two options for enabling Wi-Fi on a Lenovo laptop.
Among the built-in keyboard, there is a set of special keys that activate some programs. Among them, you can try to look for a nondescript button with a picture of a Wi-Fi connection.
If such a button is not found, you can use the combination “Fn” (this button certainly exists!), For example, with “F2”. But when you reinstall the operating system, the combinations may change. The “Fn” key always remains the main one, but to determine which other button you need to hold down simultaneously with it, you will have to experiment.
If you don’t want to “poke” everything, then you can open the “Control Panel” and study there which combination is responsible for what in this version of the software.
Do not panic if the “Fn” key does not exist at all on a standard keyboard. Some Lenovo owners are still using legacy models that do not have this button. In this case, you can use the buttons that are on any PC and laptop. this is a set from “F1” to “F12”. On older laptops, these keys work without the additional “Fn”.
It may well be that the hotkeys simply do not work. The fact is that developers are sometimes lazy and don’t install drivers on them. If this happens, you need to download them yourself on the official website of the manufacturer.
How to turn on Wi-Fi on a Lenovo laptop
How do I turn on Wi-Fi on a Lenovo laptop? To do this, there are several ways that even a beginner can cope with. This can be done using a combination of hot keys, an adapter, etc.
It is worth noting that the developers of this company always care about their users and therefore add special buttons responsible for this or that action. The clearest example is the key to go to the BIOS menu. But, unfortunately, they forget to indicate in the instructions the location of the coveted switch. Therefore, users have to think about how to connect Wi-Fi on a Lenovo laptop, and on their own look for where the Wi-Fi enable button on Lenovo is.
Enabling the wireless adapter
You can turn on Wi-Fi on a Lenovo laptop using a wireless adapter that needs to be activated. First, you need to check if the adapter is working and everything is in order.
- To do this, go to the “Run” command line. This can be done by holding down the “Windows” button on the Lenovo “R” laptop.
- In the window that appears, write “ncpa.cpl”;
- By pressing the “Enter” key, we confirm the search;
- The system takes us to the network list. You need to find the icon with the name “Wireless Connection”;
- If you click on it, a list of actions will open, in which you need to select the “Enable” item. If instead there is a “Disable” button, then the adapter is active and you can safely work.
But how to turn on Wi-Fi on a Lenovo laptop if the adapter is active and there is no connection? Go to the same menu, deactivate the Wi-Fi adapter, and then go to the next item.
With Lenovo Energy Management
If the wireless network on the Lenovo laptop still does not work, you will have to take more serious measures in the form of installing additional software. It will help make hotkeys active and solve the problem.
Most likely, the main reason why the wireless network does not work is the turned off adapter. And often you can turn it on only with the help of special keys. Therefore, you will definitely need a utility to enable Wi-Fi on a Lenovo laptop.
The most current program at the moment is Lenovo Energy Management. You can find it without any problems on the official website of the manufacturer. Any version is suitable for installation. After the utility is downloaded and installed, it is recommended to completely restart the laptop for correct operation. After turning on the gadget, you can safely use key combinations.
If everything went according to plan, a dialog box will appear in the system in which you can select “Activate” or “Deactivate” the wireless network. When activated, the laptop should start searching for all networks available for connection. You can check it in the lower right corner.
The main advantage of the utility is that after turning on the adapter through a set of hot keys, you do not need to repeat the action every time you start the laptop again. The system will start the search automatically.
In rare cases, this method may not work, it will signal that something bad has happened with the general driver for the keyboard. Then you need to go to the official Lenovo website and download it again.
Ways to enable WI-FI on Lenovo laptops
The main advantage of a laptop is portability. With him, you can stay “at work” even outside the office. The only catch is the internet connection. Therefore, users are often interested in the question of how to activate wireless communication. It will be easier to study the topic with a specific example. Today we’ll talk about how to enable Wi-Fi on a Lenovo laptop. For the owners of this device, this is a fairly relevant topic. Simple instructions will allow you to always be online.