How to Reset a Laptop's Wireless LAN

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How to Reset a Laptop's Wireless LAN
Wireless networking is a common feature on laptops. (laptop image by Angie Lingnau from

Many laptops come with integrated wireless networking or add-on wireless networking cards. When a laptop runs into problem with its wireless LAN set-up, resetting the wireless on the device is one of the first troubleshooting steps you need to take. Resetting the wireless on a laptop takes a few minutes and can be done using two different methods.

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    Physical Reset

  1. 1

    Look on the front or side of your laptop for a lit-up button or slider. Typical laptops have two different lighted buttons: the Power button and the Wireless button. You want the Wireless button, not the Power button.

  2. 2

    Find the wireless icon next to this button to confirm it is your laptop's wireless LAN button. The icon may look like a broadcasting tower or computer surrounded by lines. It may also specifically be labelled Wi-Fi.

  3. 3

    Slide the button or press it in to turn the laptop's WI-FI off. Wait 10 seconds then slide or press the button to turn the laptop's wireless LAN capabilities back on.

    Software Reset

  1. 1

    Right-click the "Wireless Network Connection" icon in your system tray. This icon looks like a series of signal bars, a broadcasting tower or a computer monitor.

  2. 2

    Click "Open Network Connections." Right-click "Wireless Network Connections."

  3. 3

    Click "Disable." Wait ten seconds and right-click "Wireless Network Connections." Choose "Enable."

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