Network connectivity problems are possibly the most common errors in the Windows 10 operating system. Sometimes your network adapter could give you a hard time. Other times, the WiFi or Ethernet connection simply stops working when you need it most. If you suddenly come across the ” Unidentified Network ” error , you don’t have to panic.
The Windows 10 operating system is not perfect. It is normal to find some errors often. If you are facing the “unidentified network” error preventing you from accessing the internet on your PC, try fixing it with these five methods listed below.
Fix Unidentified Network Connection
1. Turn off airplane mode
Some users who have had this error have fixed it simply by disabling airplane mode on their computers. Disabling airplane mode may help you resolve the “Unidentified network, no internet access” error. Here I explain how to do it.
- Click on the note-like icon in your PC’s system tray (located in the lower-right corner of the screen). This will launch the Action Center.
- If Airplane Mode is on, it will be highlighted in blue. Click on it to disable it.
- If Airplane Mode was off, you can turn it on and then turn it off again.
- Reconnect to the WiFi or Ethernet network, and the error should be corrected.
If the unidentified network error persists after disabling Airplane Mode, try other methods listed below.
2. Run the Windows network diagnostic
A great thing about Windows is that it is equipped to repair itself (up to a point) and detect the cause of problems you might be facing. Another easy way to fix the ‘Unidentified Network: No Internet Access’ error is to let your PC automatically diagnose and fix it (or recommend solutions).
To fix the unidentified network error, follow these steps:
- Right-click on the WiFi icon in your PC’s system tray (the lower-right corner).
- Select the Troubleshoot option .
- This runs Windows Network Diagnostics, which will try to detect problems with your computer’s WiFi.
- Select ” I have another problem ” when the troubleshooter finishes diagnosing your PC’s network.
- Click on the option � Use a specific network adapter �.
- Select WiFi (or Ethernet if you are using a cable) and click Next.
This will allow the troubleshooter to run the diagnostic on your PC’s WiFi or Ethernet network adapter.
If there is a problem with your connection that is causing the Unidentified Network error, Windows Network Diagnostics will identify it and guide you through the necessary actions to fix it.
If the troubleshooter does not find a problem with your WiFi adapter, click the Close the troubleshooter button to exit. Then try the next method below.
3. Disable Windows Defender firewall
Although Windows Defender Firewall protects your PC and your network from malicious Internet threats, it sometimes affects your network and causes the unidentified network error. So temporarily disabling Windows Defender Firewall could help fix the error. Here’s how to do it.
- Press the keyboard shortcut Windows + I to open the Settings menu of your PC.
- Select the Update and security option .
- Choose Windows Security in the left panel.
- Choose Firewall and network protection.
- Select Public network.
- Now turn off the switch under the Windows Defender Firewall option .
- You must do the same for the Private Network profile. Return to the Firewall and Network Protection page and click Private Network.
- Disable the Windows Defender Firewall option .
Now your PC should seamlessly reconnect to whatever network you want. If this doesn’t eliminate the error, try the next method below.
4. Reset network protocols
The Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) is intended to promote and maintain communication between multiple computers. An incorrect or incorrectly configured IP address could cause the Unidentified Network error. In such a case, resetting the network’s IP settings may help to fix it.
- Use the Windows + X keyboard shortcut to open the quick access menu.
- Select Command Prompt (Administrator).
- Enter the command netsh winsock reset in the Command Prompt console and press Enter.
- Next, enter the command netsh int ip reset and press the Enter key .
- Lastly, type ipconfig / flushdns in the console and hit Enter.
- Restart the computer and reconnect to your WiFi or Ethernet network. After restarting, you will need to re-enter the password for the previously connected WiFi networks.
5. Disable antivirus
Temporarily disable your antivirus and reconnect to the network. Some Windows users have reported that antivirus software sometimes causes interference with their device’s network. Turning it off helped them eliminate the Unidentified Network error messages.
You should also try disabling your antivirus if you have one installed on your computer.