- Networking is a crucial part of all computers and not being able to surf the internet can be a major problem.
- Some Windows 10 users have reported problems with the Netgear wireless adapter and we will try to fix them today.
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Users report that the Netgear wireless adapter works fine when they start up their computer, but after a while the internet drops out and the only way to enable it is to unplug and reconnect the adapter.
As you can see this can be quite annoying and worst of all you have an unreliable network connection. This can seriously interrupt your work, but luckily there are few things you can try.
These solutions can be applied to the following Netgear models:
- Netgear Wnda3100v3
- net gear a6210
- net gear n300
- net gear n600
How can I fix Netgear adapter problems in Windows 10?
1. Download and install the latest Netgear drivers
- Press Windows Key + X and go to Device Manager.
- Locate your Netgear adapter, right click and select Update driver.
- Select Browse my computer for driver software and Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
- Click I have disk.
- Locate the driver and choose the .inf file.
- Click OK.
Some users also recommend choosing the driver from your computer’s list of device drivers as follows:
- Press Windows Key + X and open Device Manager.
- Locate your network adapter, right click and select Update driver.
- Click Browse my computer for driver software and Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
- Uncheck the Show compatible hardware.
- From the submenu on the left, select Manufacturer: NETGEAR, Inc.
- Select your Netgear adapter model from the submenu on the right.
- Click Next and if you receive the Driver Update Warning, click Yes.
- Restart your computer.
Automatically update drivers (third-party tool suggested)
We highly recommend the DriverFix utility to update your drivers to prevent permanent damage to your computer by manually downloading the wrong driver versions.
This amazing program searches for new drivers for your hardware and automatically downloads updates.
Scans your system and lists all existing and possibly missing drivers. The tool also detects whether a new version already exists for the current records. If necessary, these can be updated directly via DriverFix.
To do this, upload the corresponding file to your PC and copy the new version to your computer with one click. A wide variety of hardware is supported, including Bluetooth drives, printers, scanners, and devices.
Drivers already installed can also be saved to a file and used, for example, when restoring the system.
However, we recommend that you download this driver update tool (100% safe and tested by us) to do it automatically. This prevents file loss and even permanent damage to your computer.
2. Change power settings
Disable USB selective suspend
- Right-click the battery icon in the system tray and open Power Options.
- Click Change subscription settings.
- Go to Change advanced power settings.
- Choose USB Settings and then Selective USB Interrupt Settings.
- Disable this option for both On battery and connected.
- Saving Changes.
Disable USB root hub power preserving
- Right click on Start and open Device Manager.
- Expand to universal serial bus controllers.
- Right click on the root USB hub and open Properties.
- Click the Power Management tab.
- Clear the Allow computer to turn off this device to save power check box and confirm the changes. You must do this for each USB hub.
- Restart your PC
Disable WLAN adapter suspend
- Open Device Manager again.
- Expand Network adapters.
- Right click on the Netgear adapter and open Properties.
- On the Power Options tab, uncheck Allow computer to turn off device to save power.
- In the Advanced tab, look for Selective Suspend and disable it.
- Confirm the changes.
There are several often hidden power settings in the system that are vital to the performance of the Netgear adapter.
Some of these are related to USB power reduction, while others tend to use wireless adapters. Both are valuable if you want to extend battery life.
The power related setting is enabled by default and what we need to do is disable it.
3. Change channel settings
- Type Control in the Windows search bar and open the Control Panel.
- Open Network & Internet and then Network and Sharing Center.
- Go to Change adapter settings.
- Right click on your Netgear adapter and open Properties.
- Select Configure.
- On the Advanced tab, scroll down to WZC IBSS Numeric Channel.
- From the drop-down menu on the right, choose channel 1, 6 or 11 and confirm the changes.
For the best overall WiFi performance, we recommend sticking to the channel width of 20MHz and channels 1, 6 or 11. These are rarely overcrowded with non-Wi-Fi devices using similar frequencies.
4. Check the equipment
Make sure everything is working properly in terms of hardware. Try multiple USB ports and try using the Netgear adapter on another computer.
If everything works as it should, the problem is with your PC and not with the Netgear adapter. That should point you to the other solutions we provide in this article.
Note: Regarding USB ports, it is important to note that USB 3.0 works well on the 5 GHz band. For 2.4 GHz you need to use USB 2.0.
5. Delete the network adapter drivers and scan for new hardware
- Press Windows Key + X and go to Device Manager.
- Locate the problem adapter, right-click it and select Uninstall Driver.
- Click the Find New Hardware icon.
- After the scan is complete, the default drivers should be installed.
6. Disable the Block Internet Connection Sharing option
Antivirus software comes with its own firewall and can sometimes cause problems, so you may want to disable it.
For example, Bitdefender has the Block Internet connection sharing option in its advanced settings, so to resolve this issue, it is highly recommended to disable it.
That’s it, if you have any comments, questions or suggestions, let us know in the comment section below.