How to enable Wifi on a Lenovo laptop? Connecting and configuring Wifi on a Lenovo laptop
Wi-Fi is one of the advantages of all portable devices. Data is transmitted 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 does it all by itself. However, even completely new devices may need to configure Wifi. On a Lenovo laptop, this can be done by the user, because, as a rule, it’s not a technical failure, but an operating system setting.
What should I do if Wifi does not work on a Lenovo laptop? Specialists of this company like to supply laptops with various additional buttons, be it NovoButton - the button to enter the BIOS, or the switch of the wireless network activity. This sometimes causes difficulties for users. Perhaps soon the manufacturer will supply the device with reference books, but so far it is not there, the owners are looking for information on their own.
How to enable Wifi on a Lenovo laptop? The first way is to use the Fn + F5 keyboard shortcut. However, some laptops of this company are equipped with additional buttons, the location of which varies 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 is next to the power connector.
If the Wifi 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, but if it is next to power, 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 logging into the BIOS and resetting the device to the factory settings. No, pressing it will not instantly restart and return the computer to its original state, so nothing will happen if the user clicks on it accidentally.
However, for example, there is no such switch on the Lenovo G580 model and on some others, and users often have questions about turning on wireless networks, because pressing the Fn + F5 hotkeys doesn’t work either: the “In plane” mode is activated.On some laptops from this company, the Fn + F2 combination may work, however, if the operating system was reinstalled, the combinations could change. In this case, the easiest way to see the list of hot keys in the control panel.
How to enable Wifi on a Lenovo laptop, if this method did not work? The user must check the availability of the appropriate drivers. The fact is that if the operating system was reinstalled, and the wizard (or the owner himself) didn’t bother installing the proprietary drivers, but used the standard package that runs from Windows itself, these hot keys may simply not work. To find out if there is such a problem, you need to make sure that the rest of the F and Fn hotkeys are functional and if there is a Wifi button among them.
The program for the laptop, which is responsible for the operation of the function buttons, may require a separate download from the official website of the manufacturer.
Enable wireless transmission
If the instructions are followed, but all the same, Wi-Fi on the Lenovo laptop does not work, check if the “On the airplane” mode is enabled. If activated, all connections are disabled, and it is often this simple thing that can be the solution to the whole problem.If the mode is not enabled, then you need to make sure that the wireless network 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 later, you can use the key combination Win + X), then go to the "Device Manager". In it, expand the "Network adapters" tab. Depending on the models, the name of the device being searched for 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 involved: right-click and select "Enable". If it is active, you can turn it off and on again, sometimes it also helps to solve the problem. After reinstalling the drivers or turning on / off the adapter, the device should be rebooted.
Are there any other options on how to enable Wifi on a Lenovo laptop? Yes - remove adapter. In the same menu, click on the adapter with the right mouse button, but instead of "Enable" select "Delete". This does not mean that the computer permanently loses the function of connecting to wireless networks, but it will be necessary to download and install the latest drivers from the manufacturer’s site specifically for this operating system and laptop model.
Most often, this method solves the problem with wireless networks on a Lenovo G580 laptop.
If before Wi-Fi worked
All previous methods of how to enable Wifi on a Lenovo laptop should cope with the problem if the computer is new and has never connected wirelessly before. However, if recently everything was in order, and the laptop detected the network, and now the network icon with a red cross is hanging in the tray, and the operating system reports that there are no connections available, the situation may be different. Of course, you will first need to try all previous ways to solve the problem, and if they do not help, read the instructions below.
This problem is quite common among owners of laptops on Windows 7 and older. First, the user must make sure that the router is working, and other devices are successfully connected to the wireless network. If everything works, then the operating system of this laptop assumes that the Wi-Fi adapter is turned off.
The first step is 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 there go to the "Network Connections" menu).
In Windows 8 and later, in the right pane, find the "Settings" item, then - "Change computer settings", and in the appeared window select the "Network" menu, and on OS version 8 - "Wireless communication". There you need to make sure that the wireless modules are active.
Another common problem may be disabling necessary services. Often, users deactivate many components of the operating system to speed up a computer, and this can really help. The fact is that Windows can perform many different tasks, and each of them needs certain tools, but the system cannot know which of them may be needed by the user in the next moment, therefore it keeps most of them turned on. This leads to slower work, especially if the computer has a small RAM.
For example, why do we need to keep the printer and fax services turned on, if those devices are not needed by the owner and will not be used? Also, the computer wizard (or the user himself) can turn off services related to the operation of networks, if no connection to the Internet is expected, and this significantly speeds up the work.
List of services
Below is a list of basic services, without which internet connection will not be made or will work incorrectly.
- DHCP client: service used when connecting. The inclusion should be selected automatically, but not manually.
- DNS client: should also be set to "Enable automatically".
- Network connections: as the name implies, is responsible for these functions. You can put "Manual", even if the Internet is used.