I can access the internet and browse or play games but computer says I am not connected to any network?

Hi, I noticed that I do not have a notification icon bottom right anymore that tells me I am accessed to my network but then when I check the network status it says that I am not connected to any network. Before I remember having two networks now it only shows one which is the Realtek PCIe GBE family controller. but when I check my parents computer they are connected to a different network? Is there any solutions to fixing this?

I am still able to use the internet as I type this but I just suddenly lost the notification icon for the internet and it says I am not connected to an internet.
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  1. Are you connecting via Ethernet or WiFi? Your controller is not a network but rather an adapter - an Ethernet one I believe. I am guessing that you are connected through Ethernet but the Icon is related to either a WiFi control which is not connected (automatically disabled when there is an Ethernet connection) or it's your Ethernet connection - which is good but for some reason the OS has not updated the adapter's status.
  2. arossetti said:
    Are you connecting via Ethernet or WiFi? Your controller is not a network but rather an adapter - an Ethernet one I believe. I am guessing that you are connected through Ethernet but the Icon is related to either a WiFi control which is not connected (automatically disabled when there is an Ethernet connection) or it's your Ethernet connection - which is good but for some reason the OS has not updated the adapter's status.


    I am pretty sure I am connected to the Ethernet because I never use the wi fi on my computer lol. and the Wi fi is turned off anyway. Everything was fine before but all of a sudden it just disappeared. and it says that Im not connected to anything even though I can sitll go on the internet.

    UPDATE: on my parents computer i was checking the device manager and it has 802.11n Wireless LAN CARD as well as the realtek PCIe GBE family controller.
  3. If you can still connect to websites then you are connected to the internet. It's a common issue that sometimes the Windows icon doesn't represent what is actually happening. You can always try resetting your connection through the command line. Open it as an administrator and type: ipconfig/flushdns, ipconfig/release, ipconfig/renew
  4. arossetti said:
    If you can still connect to websites then you are connected to the internet. It's a common issue that sometimes the Windows icon doesn't represent what is actually happening. You can always try resetting your connection through the command line. Open it as an administrator and type: ipconfig/flushdns, ipconfig/release, ipconfig/renew


    Yeah I've tried that and nothing really happens. I dont know if this is an actual problem because the games that I play all of a sudden start to lag stutter with FPS drops and even ping spikes sometimes so I was thinking that maybe this might be the issue?
  5. Try resetting your gateway. Unplug it and let it sit for a minute then start it up again. Sometimes if the ISP has pushed a new setting, the gateway needs a hard reboot. Every time my ISP upgrades my speeds or pushes something new I need to do a hard reboot otherwise I have issues.
  6. arossetti said:
    Try resetting your gateway. Unplug it and let it sit for a minute then start it up again. Sometimes if the ISP has pushed a new setting, the gateway needs a hard reboot. Every time my ISP upgrades my speeds or pushes something new I need to do a hard reboot otherwise I have issues.


    you mean unplugging the plug to my router in the basement?
  7. youngjiggalo said:
    arossetti said:
    Try resetting your gateway. Unplug it and let it sit for a minute then start it up again. Sometimes if the ISP has pushed a new setting, the gateway needs a hard reboot. Every time my ISP upgrades my speeds or pushes something new I need to do a hard reboot otherwise I have issues.


    you mean unplugging the plug to my router in the basement?


    Your ISP usually provides a multi-layered device which is commonly referred to as a "cable modem." This device is actually a Gateway, a switch, and a router. Unplug that. If you have other devices in between this device and your endpoints (other switches, hubs, etc.) try resetting those as well -if resetting the gateway does not work.
  8. So everything works but you are just bothered by the notification?
  9. jsmithepa said:
    So everything works but you are just bothered by the notification?


    it works but i feel like it is a problem if it says that im not connected ??? and also lately ive been having lag issues with games that i play so i feel that this could be the problem
  10. arossetti said:
    youngjiggalo said:
    arossetti said:
    Try resetting your gateway. Unplug it and let it sit for a minute then start it up again. Sometimes if the ISP has pushed a new setting, the gateway needs a hard reboot. Every time my ISP upgrades my speeds or pushes something new I need to do a hard reboot otherwise I have issues.


    you mean unplugging the plug to my router in the basement?


    Your ISP usually provides a multi-layered device which is commonly referred to as a "cable modem." This device is actually a Gateway, a switch, and a router. Unplug that. If you have other devices in between this device and your endpoints (other switches, hubs, etc.) try resetting those as well -if resetting the gateway does not work.


    Yeah man just tried that it doesn't work
  11. youngjiggalo said:
    it works but i feel like it is a problem if it says that im not connected ??? and also lately ive been having lag issues with games that i play so i feel that this could be the problem

    I don't know if it's time well spent fixing a non-problem.

    Microsoft uses the word "network" very loosely. It maybe saying you are currently not belonging to a workgroup or domain. MS, since W7 (Vista?) wants you to be classified as HOME or PUBLIC. None of it prevents from everyday access.
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