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What to Do When the Ethernet Isn’t Working, But The WiFi Is? (Discussed)

What to Do When the Ethernet Isn’t Working, But The WiFi Is? (Discussed)

You can connect your device, like a computer or smart TV, to the internet in two ways. You can connect your device via a cable or wirelessly. Both methods are effective and reliable.

But what if your wired connection (Ethernet) isn’t working yet your wireless connection (WiFi) is?

In this article, we’ll discuss how to troubleshoot your Ethernet connection. There can be many things that are interfering with your Ethernet connection.

We’ll discuss almost every single aspect of troubleshooting your ethernet connection. But first, let’s briefly discuss the most common issue that occurs in Ethernet connections:

CausesFixes
Ethernet driver files might not be properly loaded.By simply restarting the PC or any device.
Could be a Virus IssueScan your PC using Anti-Virus.
Outdated driverUpdate the drivers online.
Damaged WiresRepair the wire or replace it.
Faulty Router’s PortSwitch the router’s port.
Faulty Ethernet PortUse Network adapters.
Causes and its fixes

PC restart

Restarting the PC can solve many corrupt files and fix this issue if you haven’t already. You just need to follow these simple steps:

  • Press “alt+F4” and a dialogue box will appear.
  • Now press the “cursor down key” on the bottom right of the keyboard.
  • Now press “enter” on the keyboard.

Now let your PC restart and check if that solves your problem; if it doesn’t, move on to the next troubleshooting step.

Restart
Restart

Quick Virus Scan

It might be a virus that is causing the issue. You should use anti-virus software to prevent any kind of virus.

There are a lot of anti-virus programs on the market, but the best is Windows Defender. You can scan your PC for viruses by simply going to the settings and starting the scan.

This will scan all the files in the computer and remove the virus. Anti-virus software should be updated on a regular basis to have the latest knowledge of viruses to prevent them.

Update your windows and Windows Defender by simply typing “Check for Updates” in the windows search bar.

Quick scan
Quick scan

Windows Troubleshooter

Now that I’ve come to the conclusion that the connection problems are only related to the PC and not the router or Internet service provider, you should try using the Windows troubleshooter to resolve the problem. Too frequently, the value of this diagnostic tool is disregarded.

The first thing it will do is anything you can perform manually (most things). Second, even if it’s unable to assist you, it will help you comprehend the root of the issue.

Therefore, feel free to use the Windows troubleshooter to resolve any network-related problems, including the one we’re dealing with right now. The procedures to execute it on Windows 10 are as follows:

  • To launch Settings, press and hold the Windows + I buttons at the same time.
  • Open the Update & Security section.
  • The Troubleshoot button can be chosen from the list on the left.
  • To run the troubleshooter, select Internet Connection Troubleshooter and highlight it.
  • Wait for the troubleshooting to be finished, then try to resolve the Wi-Fi connection problem.
  • The Incoming Connections troubleshooter can also be used.

Ethernet Driver

Device manager window
Device manager window

Drivers are known as the software that makes hardware recognize and run in a proper way. Sometimes, drivers aren’t correctly installed, or driver files could be corrupted somehow.

It’s easy to reinstall or update your Ethernet drivers, though. Follow the given steps to do so:

  • Press the Windows key and type device manager, and press enter.
  • Now locate “Network adapters” and double-click on it to expand the list.
  • Now find the word “Ethernet” and then double-click on it.
  • A small window will appear, and you’ll see a button named “Driver”. Click on it.
  • Now press “Update Driver” and then select Browse from the internet and let It be finished.

It can fix your driver issue, but if your Ethernet is still not working, move on to the next step.

Damaged LAN Wire

Update Driver
Update Driver

A damaged LAN wire could be causing the problem, it might be the LAN connector or a physically damaged wire.

You can physically inspect the wire that can be damaged by some kind of tearing or stretching by simply inspecting the connectors, known as RJ-45 connectors.

If any one of them looks damaged or not proper, then buy a new cable and repair the existing one.

Damaged LAN cable.
Damaged LAN cable.

Router’s Ethernet Port

It might be possible that your router‘s Ethernet port is faulty.

A typical router contains multiple Ethernet ports for multiple devices to communicate with, and there’s a simple fix that just switches the Ethernet port.

Try connecting the wire to another port on the back of the router.

Multiple Ports.
Multiple Ports

If this doesn’t fix your problem, then your router’s port is not faulty, and you can now move on to the next troubleshooting step.

Troubleshoot video

Device’s Ethernet Port

Faulty Ethernet Port.
Faulty Ethernet Port.

It’s also possible that your device (PC, smart TV, etc.) has a faulty Ethernet port. You can check the port by physically inspecting it with the naked eye.

If it looks normal, you can try different possibilities with which you can connect your device to the internet.

  • Try using wireless methods, every smart TV now has WiFi support.
  • If your PC doesn’t have Wi-Fi support, then try using a WiFi adapter. WiFi adapters are relatively cheaper and can be purchased from online stores or any computer hardware store.
  • There are also some USB-to-Ethernet adapters available in the market, but they are less powerful and would now give you the speed and consistency that your ISP (Internet Service Provider) offers.
  • There are some excellent quality USB-to-Ethernet adapters that provide comparatively better speed and consistency, but they are too expensive to afford.

Other FAQs

What is LAN?

Answer: It stands for Local Area Network, which makes computers connect to each other through LAN wires.

Which is better for gaming, Ethernet or Wireless?

Answer: Ethernet provides better and stable connectivity through the internet and relatively lesser delay.

How much does a USB-to-Ethernet adapter cost?

Answer: A better quality USB-to-Ethernet adapter costs around $15 to $20. But you can also go with a WiFi adapter, it’s more convenient and relatively cheaper than an Ethernet adapter.

Is ISP responsible for this problem?

Answer: No, an ISP isn’t responsible for any kind of hardware or software problem. They’re only responsible for the services they offer, like stable internet, low latency, and proper speed.

Conclusion

  • Internet connectivity is the basic thing in a device like a computer or smart TV, there are only two ways to connect your device to the internet, which are a wired connection and a wireless connection.
  • Broken or torn LAN wires sometimes cause problems if any one of them looks damaged or not proper, then buy a new cable and repair the existing one.
  • It might be possible that your router‘s Ethernet port is faulty. Sometimes, you have a device in which the ethernet isn’t working, but the WiFi is.
  • Sometimes Ethernet driver can be the cause of the malfunction. And most probably, something is wrong between the router and your device. It might be your LAN wire, your either Ethernet port of the router, or your computer.

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