Experiencing Limited connectivity, No internet access, Or unable to connect to local Network. And running Network Adapter troubleshooter results “The default gateway is not available” (not fixed)? When this error occurred you may notice your device unable to communicate with outside network and internet. For most users, the problem started after recent windows 10 upgrade or WiFi Driver update. Let’s understand what is default gateway on computer networking? Why it’snot available And how to fix the default gateway is not available windows 10/8.1 and 7.

What is Default Gateway on Windows networking?

The Default Gateway is that node of your system which forwards packets from your network to outside networks. Or you can say default gateway serves as an access point or IP router that a networked computer uses to send information to a computer in another network or the internet.

There are various reason that caus “Default Gateway Is Not Available“. Incorrect network configuration corrupted incompatible network adapter driver, Security software (antivirus, ) firewall are most common.

Fix the Default Gateway Is Not Available




If your Windows PC also Get disconnected from network & Internet connection and Running network troubleshooter results “Default Gateway Is Not Available” here some solution you may apply to fix the issue and get back network & internet working.

Note: solutions below are applicable to fix “Default Gateway Is Not Available” Both Ether and WiFi connection Running Windows 10/8.1 and 7.

Start with Basic power-cycle your router/modem and PC. Turn the router off, and even your modem if the router is connected to the ISP’s modem. Wait five minutes. Afterward, you can turn them on again. Check Network and internet connection started working, If it didn’t work, then follow next solution.

Press Windows + R, type appwiz.cpl and ok to open programs and Features window. Here look for the security software (antivirus) if Installed, right click on uninstall.

Also, perform a clean boot to check and make sure any third party application not causing the issue.

Perform Netshell IP Reset Command

 Open the Command prompt as Admin.

Type “netsh int ip reset”, in command Prompt > Enter.

After that perform command below to reset TCP/IP configuration

Ipconfig  /release To completely release the Current IP address, Subnet mask, Default gateway, DNS server Address etc.

Then perform command Ipconfig /renew to request DHCP for a new IP include the Subnet mask, Default gateway, and DNS Server Address.

Now perform command ipconfig /flushdns to clear DNS Cache and ipconfig /registerdns to register the DC’s host and PTR records.

Finally, Reboot your PC and check on next login network And internet connection started working.

Reinstalling or Updating the Network Adapter Drivers

This is another effective solution you must apply, to fix almost every network and network related problems. If the current installed network/WiFi adapter driver is corrupted, or not compatible with current windows version this will cause different problems include Default gateway not available. You must update or reinstall the network Driver to fix the issue.

Right-click on Windows 10 Start menu and select Device Manager.

This will list all installed device driver list, look for the network adapter and expand.

Here right click on current installed network/WiFi adapter driver select update driver.

Select option search automatically for updated driver software and let windows to check and install best available driver version.

Note: If windows fail to install or update the driver again open device manager, right click on installed network adapter this time select uninstall driver.

Click ok when asking for confirmation to delete the network driver.

Restart windows to completely remove the driver software.

After restarting your device Windows will automatically help you in installing the Network Drivers.

If didn’t then open Device manager, click on Action and select scan for hardware changes. This will automatically scan and install netwok adapter driver on your System.

scan for hardware changes
scan for hardware changes

If still didnt find the latest network/WiFi driver for your system, Then visit device manufacturer website ( Laptop users – HP, Dell, ASUS, Lenovo etc and Desktop uses visit motherboard manufacturer website.) Download and install the latest available network/WiFi adapter driver for your PC.

Restart your Windows and check the problem solved, Internet and network connection started working.

Assign IP and Default Gateway Address manually

Basically, Router Ip Address is used as Default gateway Address on the computer network. If you know your Router IP then you can try to manually add the Default gatweay address by falowing steps below.

Press Windows + R, type ncpa.cpl and ok to open the network connections window.

Here right click on your Network/WiFi adapter connection select properties.




Look for Internet protocol version 4 (TCP/IP v4), Double click on it to get its properties.

Here select radio button use the following IP address. Then type IP address as below image ( For example if your Router IP address is 192.168.1.1 )

assign IP address manually
assign IP address manually

Checkmark on Validate setting upon exit and ok apply to make save changes. Now check the problem resolved or not.

Change Power Management Settings for your Network Adapter

Press Windows + R then type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter. to open device manager.

Expand Network adapters then right-click on your installed network adapter and select Properties.

Switch to Power Management Tab and make sure to uncheck “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.“ click ok to apply changes and close Device manager.

Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power
Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power

Next move to Settings -> Click System -> Power & Sleep. On the bottom click on Additional power settings. Here make sure you are using High-performance power plan.

Set Power plan To High Performance
Set Power plan To High Performance

Next click on Change plan settings (next to the power plan which you use.) click on “Change advanced power settings.“  Expand Wireless Adapter Settings, then again expand Power Saving Mode.

You will see two modes, ‘On battery’ and ‘Plugged in.’ Change both of them to Maximum Performance.  Click Ok to make save changes and Reboot your PC check problem resolved.

Maximum Performance
Maximum Performance

Change the wireless mode to 802.11g

Also some users report changing the Wireless mode from 802.11g/b to 802.11g help them to fix the issue. To do this Press windows + R, type ncpa.cpl and ok to open network connections window. Locate your wireless network adapter and right click it. Choose Properties from the menu. Click the Configure button.

configure network adapter properties
configure network adapter properties

Go to Advanced tab and select Wireless mode. Select 802.11g from the drop-down menu. Save changes and check if the problem is resolved.

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Did these solutions help to fix “the default gateway is not available ethernet/WiFi connection”? Let us know which option worked for you.