How to Fix a “Wi-Fi Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration” Error

The “Wi-Fi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” error message can be frustrating, but it’s usually caused by a temporary glitch that can be fixed with a few simple steps. Here are four methods you can try:

1. Restart your router. This is the easiest and most common fix for this error. A simple restart can clear up any temporary issues that may be causing the problem. To restart your router, unplug it from the power outlet for about 30 seconds, then plug it back in and wait for it to power on completely.

restarting router

2. Renew your IP lease. Your IP address is assigned to your device by your router. If there is a problem with the lease, you can renew it to get a new one. Here’s how to renew your IP lease on Windows:

renewing ip lease
Open the Start menu and type cmd.
Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
At the command prompt, type “` ipconfig /release
* Press **Enter**.
* Then, type “`
ipconfig /renew

Press Enter.
Close the Command Prompt window.

3. Reset your network adapter. This will reset your network adapter to its default settings, which may fix the problem. Here’s how to reset your network adapter on Windows:

resetting network adapter
Open the Start menu and type Device Manager.
Click on Network adapters.
Right-click on your network adapter and select Disable.
Right-click on your network adapter again and select Enable.

4. Change your DNS server. Your DNS server is responsible for translating domain names into IP addresses. If your current DNS server is having problems, you can change it to a public DNS server like Google DNS or OpenDNS. Here’s how to change your DNS server on Windows:

changing dns server
Open the Start menu and type Control Panel.
Click on Network and Sharing Center.

Click on Change adapter settings.

Right-click on your network adapter and select Properties.

Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then click Properties.
Select Use the following DNS server addresses.
Enter the following DNS server addresses:

Preferred DNS server:
Alternate DNS server:
Click OK to save your changes.

If none of these methods work, you may need to contact your internet service provider (ISP) for further assistance.

Here are some additional tips:

Make sure that your router’s firmware is up to date.
Check for any physical damage to your router or network cables.
Try connecting to a different Wi-Fi network.
If you are using a VPN, try disabling it.