This article explains how to troubleshoot connectivity problems in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7 that may occur when setting up or making network connections on a Windows PC. The error may look like one of the following messages:
- Limited or No Connectivity: The connection is limited or nonexistent. You may not be able to access the Internet or some network resources.
- The connection is limited.
What causes limited connectivity on a Windows PC?
This error is a common sign of problems with your Wi-Fi adapter or router. It doesn’t mean that your Wi-Fi adapter is disabled, but that the device can’t communicate with the router the way it should. If other wireless devices are already connected to the Wi-Fi router, the problem is with the PC displaying this error.
How to fix the restricted connection on your Windows PC?
Use Google DNS
- Open the Control Panel and click on Network and Internet.
- Then click on Network and Sharing Center and select Change Adapter Settings.
- Select your Wi-Fi, double-click on it and select Properties.
- Now select Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.
- Select “Use the following DNS server addresses” and enter the following information:
Preferred DNS server: 184.108.40.206.8.
Alternate DNS server: 220.127.116.11
- Close everything and you can solve the problem of limited WiFi connection.
Disable the proxy server option
- Press Windows + R, type “inetcpl.cpl” and press Enter to open Internet Properties.
- Then go to the Connections tab and select LAN Settings.
- Uncheck Use a proxy server for your local network and make sure the Automatically Detect Settings checkbox is checked.
- Click Ok, then Apply, and restart your computer.
Updating the WiFi driver
- Press Windows + R and type “devmgmt.msc” in the Run dialog box to open the Device Manager.
- Expand Network Adapters, then right-click on your Wi-Fi controller (such as Broadcom or Intel) and select Update Driver.
- In the Update Driver Software window, select Search for driver software on your computer.
- Now select “Select from the list of device drivers on my computer”.
- Try to update the drivers from the listed versions.
- Reboot to apply the changes.
Restart your modem or WiFi adapter
Sometimes you can fix this error by simply restarting your wifi modem or router and trying to access the Internet again to see if you can resolve the limited wifi connection. You need to know your default IP address, username, and password to access your router’s management page.
Run the Windows network troubleshooter
- Right-click the network icon and select Troubleshoot.
- Follow the instructions on the screen.
- Now press the Windows + W keys and type Troubleshooting.
- Select Network and Internet.
- On the next screen, click on Network Adapter.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to fix the limited connectivity problem.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Restart your computer.
- Restart the router or modem.
- Check the Ethernet cable if you are using it to connect to the network.
The "Limited or no connection" warning usually appears when your Windows computer does not receive incoming network signals. This may be related to your computer, your Internet Service Provider (ISP), or other network problems. This problem can occur with either a wired or wireless connection.
- Reboot the equipment.
- Check the date and time on your phone.
- Forget the Wi-Fi SSID that is connected to your phone.
- Switch between IP settings.
- Use the correct IP settings.
- Change Wi-Fi privacy (Android 10 or later)
- Change your network usage.
- Change your modem settings.