I have a Dell Inspiron 3520 64-bit running Win8, and the wireless connection drops once or twice a day for no apparent reason. I have googled for solutions and have already unchecked the box "allow computer to turn off this device to save power" on my wireless adapter, but to no avail. Additional info:

  • Problem has occurred on 3 completely different wireless networks, so is unlikely to be an issue with the router.
  • The other laptop in our house (Win7), as well as two iPads, work without any connection drops.
  • Usually if I put the wireless adapter into "Airplane mode" -- which turns it off -- and then take it back out of airplane mode, the internet connection will return.

What can I do to fix this and get a reliable wireless connection?



Try the latest drivers offered by your manufacturer.

If that doesn't help, then try a fresh OS/Windows install.

If those don't affect it, then based on all the other testing you did, it's probably a malfunctioning WiFi adapter in the Dell and it will need to go in for repair.

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