Windows 10 Internet Drops?

If your network seems to lose it’s connection a little too often, and you are using Windows 10, then check to see if the following is true:

 

In recent Windows systems there is a “Power Management” feature associated with each network adaptor that you have installed, and one of it’s options is to allow the computer to disconnects the Ethernet / WiFi adaptor to save power.

If this is on, it may cause your Internet connection to drop unexpectedly!

 

I had not noticed this in previous versions of Windows, but in the latest Windows 10 at least, this option is set ON by default.

To check, go to your “Start” button (bottom left corner of your task bar), “right-mouse-click” and select “Device Manager“.

Select, from the list of devices, each relevant network adaptor in turn.

Either “right-mouse-click” and select “Properties” from the pop-up menu, ORdouble-click” to see them.

Select the “Power Management” tab, and unset the tick-box against the “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power“.

 

There are other reasons for network drop-outs, but this is a common cause and with luck will improve your network performance.

 

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