How come I have to reboot my computer to get it to connect to WiFi again?

by on January 5, 2013

Q: My wireless connection drops out and won’t reconnect unless I restart the laptap.

I’m computer stupid, so please bear with me.

In the last couple of months, my wireless connection has been failing. It used to connect for about 16 hours at a time and then the connection would drop. The computer then couldn’t find any wireless networks (and there are dozens around me, not just my own). Restarting would “fix” the issue. Now, I can stay connected for about two hours before I have to restart.

I know it isn’t my internet because my phone remains connected. Is this a dying network card? The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite and about three years old. I have scanned using many programs (Malwarebytes, Spyware, AVG, Kaspersky) and there aren’t any viruses or anything.

I can’t seem to find an answer to this anywhere. If someone could help, it would be great. I really don’t want to buy a new laptop right now.


One Response to “How come I have to reboot my computer to get it to connect to WiFi again?”
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    I would first suggest that you should download the latest driver for your computer. You can get the latest Toshiba drivers here… http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/home.jsp?nav=download

    If this does not fix your issue, There is no need to get an entire new computer. You can purchase an external usb wireless adapter that will allow you to connect to a wireless network. (This will only fix the issue if it is a failing hardware issue). To get an idea of what they look like you can see some here… http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100010074&IsNodeId=1&Description=WIRELESS%20USB%20ADAPTER&Tpk=usb%20wireless%20adapter