How can I reliably connect to wifi?

Dell / Inspiron 530
April 11, 2019 at 17:27:10
Specs: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 3.3 GHz / 32GB
My desktop computer for the first few years I had it would boot up and connect to wifi reliably. In recent months it connects at boot up about half of the time. On those occasions when it does not connect immediately at boot up, it will connect about 53 seconds after the desktop shows on the display. During the 53 second delay, I can manually connect to my wifi and all is well.

I have a couple of other Windows 10 computers on my wifi and they connect at boot up without delays.

What has changed in recent months (possibly as far back as the latter part of 2018) to cause this delay? Possibly one of the Windows updates? What can I do to rid myself of the not-all-the-time wifi connect delay?

Steve


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#1
April 11, 2019 at 20:50:12
First the easy things: Restart your computer and Wifi router to see if that helps.
It is possible that Windows update updated your driver and it needs to be redone properly.
If the computer came set up as Wfi then you go to the system manufacture web site and go to Support>Downloads>Drivers and download and install first the Chipset Driver and then the NIC and Wifi drivers. Restart and see if that helps. If the Wifi card was an add on card then go to the card manufacture site and get the driver there.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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April 11, 2019 at 23:56:52

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April 16, 2019 at 17:12:20
Fingers: I turn off my computer at the end of every work day. And frequently remove power from the wireless router. So both devices have been restarted many times since the problem began. A local computer shop built the computer for me, so no system manufacturer web site to go to. I'll look into the drivers but I am not a computer guru and tinkering with drivers is not my fav thing to do :(

Johnw: Tried the Troubleshooter, no joy.

Thank you both for your suggestions.

Steve


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#4
April 21, 2019 at 10:07:14
Installing drivers is not difficult. You should download them from the manufacturer's site if possible to avoid downloading unwanted garbage and being assured you get the correct drivers. Download Belarc Advisor from the link below to learn everything you need to know about your computer.

Is your WiFi router part of your cable provider's hardware? Have you relocated the router or the computer? Most motherboards do NOT have WiFi integrated into the board, but yours may. Otherwise you may have an add in card for WiFi.

https://www.belarc.com/products_bel...

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#5
April 21, 2019 at 16:28:16
Upload SS ( screenshots ) of what Snail finds. Don't install any new drivers, just let us see what Snail finds.

Snail Driver
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/Snail-...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/screen...
http://snailsuite.com/

Upload to directupload.net ( http://en.directupload.net/ ). No account needed. Give us the link/links please.


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#6
April 21, 2019 at 18:29:50
Before I go down the belarc or snail driver path, here is some additional info. Prompted by a question asked by OtheHill, I opened up the desktop computer to get some further info.

The wifi card in my Windows 10 desktop computer is a TP-Link TL-WN851ND Version 1.0. The quick installation guide (downloaded from the TP-Link web site) indicates the system requirement for this wifi card is Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. Windows 10 is not in the list. TP-Link tech support advised me that the TL-WN851ND is not compatible with Windows 10 and declined to offer advice about my most-of-the-time wifi connect delay.

Although it is not compatible with Windows 10, the TL-WN851ND worked properly in my Windows 10 computer for about two years before the wifi connect delay issue began. Is that lack of compatibility something to be concerned about?

Steve


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