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8 Best Ways to Fix Windows 10 Ethernet Keeps Disconnecting
On Windows 10, both wired and wireless connections have their own issues. Ethernet connection, however, is generally more stable and less prone to malfunctions. But there is still a possibility of disruption. If your computer’s ethernet connection keeps disconnecting and reconnecting, we have solutions to help you fix the problem.
There are multiple causes for this network disruption, which can vary between devices. However, we are confident that at least one of the troubleshooting methods below will solve the issue. Let’s get started.
1. Replace Ethernet Cable
If your computer has multiple ethernet ports, try different ports and cables to test the connection. Using a broken or counterfeit cable can affect performance. If the ethernet port is dirty, clean it. Test the cable on another computer to see if the issue is software-related.
2. Run Network Troubleshooter
Windows has a tool that diagnoses network issues and recommends troubleshooting solutions. If you can’t establish a stable Ethernet connection, use Network Troubleshooter to find and fix the problem.
Step 1: Launch Windows Settings and select ‘Update & Security’.
Step 2: Navigate to the Troubleshoot section.
Step 3: Scroll to the ‘Find and fix other problems’ section and click Network Adapter.
Step 4: Tap the ‘Run the troubleshooter’ button.
To fix a faulty ethernet connection, launch the Windows Network Adapter troubleshooter to identify and address glitches. Make sure the ethernet cable is properly connected to your computer and router before running the troubleshooter. Select Ethernet from the network adapters list and proceed with the diagnosis. The troubleshooter will identify and report any detected problems.
Follow the troubleshooter’s recommended solutions to quickly restore your ethernet connection.
3. Modify Power Management Settings
To conserve power, your computer may temporarily disable certain device functionalities. This is common with the Windows OS, especially on battery-powered laptops. It also occurs when Battery Saver is enabled.
Step 1: Launch the Windows Quick Access Menu (Windows key + X) and select Device Manager.
Step 2: In the Network adapters menu, right-click your PC’s ethernet adapter and select Properties.
Step 3: Go to the Power Management tab.
Step 4: Uncheck ‘Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power’ and tap OK.
Restart your PC and check the stability of the ethernet connection.
4. Disable Static IP for Ethernet
Using a static IP address on your PC has benefits. However, the wrong static IP configuration on your ethernet network may cause connection problems. Try disabling static IP for ethernet connections on your computer to see if that helps.Step 1: Launch the Settings menu and select ‘Network & Internet.’
Step 2: Go to the Ethernet menu and tap Ethernet.
Step 3: Scroll to the IP settings section and ensure the IP assignment is set to Automatic (DHCP).
Step 4: If not, it means you have a fixed/static IP address. Tap Edit to modify your PC’s ethernet IP configuration.
Step 5: Tap the Manual option.
Step 6: Choose Automatic (DHCP) and save the changes.
5. Update Ethernet Driver
If your ethernet driver is missing, corrupt, or outdated, you may encounter connectivity issues. To update your computer’s ethernet driver, follow these steps:
1. Launch the Windows Quick Access Menu (Windows key + X shortcut) and select Device Manager.
Step 2: In the Network adapters menu, right-click your PC’s ethernet adapter and select Update driver.
Step 3: Select ‘Search automatically for updated driver software.’
The Device Manager will scan the internet to check for an updated version of your computer’s ethernet adapter. Download any available updates found after the scan is completed. Install the new driver, restart your computer, and check for the intermittent connection disruption when connected to an ethernet cable.
If your ethernet driver is up-to-date or the issue persists with the updated driver, try the next troubleshooting solution.
6. Disable LAN Proxy Settings
Step 1: Launch the Run dialog box (Windows key + R), enter “inetcpl.cpl” and click OK.
Step 2: Go to the Connections section and click LAN settings.
Step 3: In the Proxy server section, uncheck the ‘Use a proxy server for your LAN’ option and tap OK.
Re-enable the proxy settings if the ethernet connection still keeps disconnecting.
7. Check Router’s DHCP Settings
Thanks to DHCP, your router can automatically assign IP addresses to connected devices. Connecting your PC via ethernet may be difficult if the router’s DHCP server settings are disabled. Check the router’s settings menu and enable or set the DHCP server to automatic.
Sometimes, the problem isn’t your computer or the ethernet cable, but the ethernet router. Some Windows 10 users experiencing ethernet disconnection have resolved the issue by updating their router’s firmware. You should also try updating your router’s firmware by accessing its control panel or settings menu.
Stabilize the Connection
If the ethernet network frequently disconnects even after attempting the above solutions, the router might be faulty. Test a different port on the router to see if it improves the connection. If the issue persists, contact the router manufacturer or a skilled technician for assistance.
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