How to connect and configure Wi-Fi on a laptop
Despite the fact that wireless networks have appeared a long time ago, many users still ask various questions, for example, how to connect Wi-Fi on a laptop. This is due to the fact that new laptop models are constantly being released, which can have quite strong differences among themselves. In this article, we will look at the general rules of how to connect to Wi-Fi and use this network on a laptop.
How to easily connect and configure Wi-Fi in a Windows 7 laptop
Typically, after installing the drivers for your wireless hardware, you do not need to configure anything. This minimizes the Wi-Fi setup on the laptop: all you have to do is activate the connection (on the keyboard). After that, the Wi-Fi icon in the system tray (the notification area, which is located in the lower right corner of the desktop, to the left of the clock and date) will change. Click on this icon. As a result, a menu will open: you will see a complete list of connections that are available on your computer (as a rule, they are all closed, that is, you need a password to connect).
Find your router (by name) in this list and click on it with LMB. Check “Connect automatically” and click “Connect”. If required, you need to enter a password to access.
After that, the laptop will connect to the wireless network.
For starters, you can learn how to distribute Wi-Fi on a laptop (that is, use it as a router). For example, you can connect the laptop to the Internet using a cable from the provider and distribute the Internet via Wi-Fi.
Preparing your computer
Before proceeding with the connection, you need to make sure that the drivers for the wireless equipment are installed and working correctly. To do this, we need to run a tool such as hardware manager.
There are many ways to open it. We will do it in the simplest and fastest way. Press two buttons simultaneously. [Windows] [R]. The Run window will open. It is necessary to register in it: devmgmt.msc and click “OK”.
There are other ways to launch the tool we need. For example, we click on the shortcut “My Computer”. This can be done from the Start menu or on the desktop (if the shortcut is removed). We select “Properties”. Now in the menu on the left go to the “Device Manager” section.
In the menu that opens, we are interested in a folder called “Network adapters”. Open it and find the required adapter. As a rule, its name indicates the 802.11 standard (b, g or n or 802.11 bgn) or the word Wireless (wireless).
If you have difficulty finding (you cannot find a Wi-Fi adapter), then the reason may lie in the fact that the necessary drivers are simply not installed on the computer or the module you are looking for is missing.
To find the software you need, you need to go to the official website of the manufacturer of your laptop, specify the exact model and modification of the device and download the wi-fi drivers and the required software. After installing the drivers, it is advisable to restart the PC. So, now you can move on to the question of where on the laptop to turn on Wi-Fi.
There are three ways to enable or disable the wireless adapter on a laptop:
- Via device manager.
- In the Network and Sharing Center.
- Using the keyboard.
It is worth knowing that all these methods are not interchangeable. That is, if you turn off the hardware in the device manager, then neither in the network environment, nor on the keyboard, you can no longer turn it on. Likewise, if you disabled the adapter on the keyboard, then in the hardware manager and in Network Neighborhood you will not be able to use it.
But, as a rule, the Wi-Fi adapter is turned on and off on the keyboard, as this is the most convenient and fastest way. After installing the drivers, the module is always enabled by default in Hardware Manager in Network Control Center. Therefore, first of all, let’s look at how to turn on Wi-Fi on a laptop using a keyboard.
It is worth warning right away that not all laptop models activate the wireless connection in the same way. That is, the very essence is the same. you need to press the corresponding key, which is directly responsible for turning on and off the wireless equipment. But this key can be combined with one of the keys in row F.
That is, for example, to activate Wi-Fi on an HP laptop, you need to press [Fn] [F12]. In addition, on certain laptop models, a separate button is used to enable this connection: is there such? Press it.
Such models are quite rare. It is worth noting that for the normal operation of all keyboard functions, including the control of wireless modules, in addition to the Wi-Fi driver, you need to install software for the additional keys to work. You can also find it on the official website of the computer manufacturer.
To activate these functions, you must first hold down the [Fn] button, and while holding it, press the power key of the wireless adapters. Different laptop models use different keys. But this is necessarily one of the buttons in row F.
For example, to turn on Wi-Fi on an HP Pavilion DV6 laptop, press the [Fn] [F12] keys together. On Lenovo. [Fn] [F5], on some Asus models. [Fn] [F2].
You just take a close look at the keyboard. You need to find the key on which is drawn an antenna with outgoing radio signals or a laptop with outgoing waves. This will be the cherished button.
If the device is disabled in the hardware manager, then it must be activated there. First, open Device Manager. Find your Wi-Fi module and click on it. Select “Engage”.
In a similar way, you can activate or deactivate wireless equipment in a networked environment. To do this, open the Network Control Center, go to the “Changing adapter settings” section. Here you need to find “Wireless network connection” (if we are talking about Windows 8, the name may differ, for example, “Wireless network 2” or 3), click on it and select “Enable” or “Disable” (depending on the goals ).
So, we figured out the activation of wireless communication. But how do you connect to the network?
Turn Windows 10 Laptop into WiFi Hotspot Easily
Distribution from laptop
It’s easy to create a Wi-Fi hotspot on a laptop. over, you have several ways to implement this:
- Using the program for organizing the distribution of Virtual Router Plus.
- Configure distribution on the command line.
- Create a distribution in the Network Sharing Center.
The first method is the easiest to set up. You just need to find and download the Virtual Router Plus software. Install it on your computer and run it. Then just enter the name of the network and the password for it (come up with it yourself). You will also need to specify an Internet connection.
If the first option does not suit you, then there are alternative ways to organize the distribution. The second easiest way to do this is through the command line. Setting up the distribution in this way is quite simple, although more difficult than the above method. You just need to open a command prompt with administrator rights and enter two simple commands:
- The command for distributing Wi-Fi: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode = allow ssid = My_virtual_Wi-Fi key = 12345678 keyUsage = persistent and press “Enter”.
- The created network is started using the following command: netsh wlan start hostednetwork.
After that, you need to set up sharing. To do this, you need to enter Network Neighborhood. Open the Network and Access Center. Go to the “Change advanced sharing options” heading. In the menu that opens, you will need to enable sharing in all items.
After that, here we turn off password-protected sharing.
Find your internet connection here. Click on it with the right mouse button and select “Properties”. Next, go to the “Access” tab. Here you need to put a tick in the line “Allow to use the Internet connection of this computer.” Below in the line “Group Connection” select the created connection: as a rule, it is called “Wireless Network Connection 2”.
This completes the distribution setup. You can learn more about all the methods of organizing a wireless network on a laptop here.
How to create a Wi-Fi hotspot in Windows 8 from the command line
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Method 1: a standard Windows 10 function for distributing Wi-Fi to other computers and devices (smartphone, tablet)
The Windows 10 version includes the ability to launch an access point (Internet distribution), this can be done through the computer settings. For this there is a built-in option “Mobile hotspot”, which provides the ability to distribute the Internet via Wi-Fi.
- In order to use it you need to go to “Settings” by opening the “Start” menu.
- Further in the section “Network and Internet”.
- And then to the Mobile Hotspot. Here, at the beginning, you can set the name and password for the network (optional) by opening “Change” and after that we press the “On” button.
If the process of setting up the distribution of Wi-Fi 1 in the way seems complicated, then you can resort to such a program as Connect hotspot for help. The management of this program is quite simple. When manually configuring, you must select source for connection, as well as a Wi-Fi controller, with which the distribution will be carried out. Enter the name of the network, as well as the password and the “enter” button. Thus, the Hotspot function will be launched and the laptop (computer) will be able to provide the Internet to other devices.
At the moment, there are a large number of programs that allow you to quickly configure the access point. All of them are relevant for Windows 10. But in this manual, as a second method, we will make a quick configuration of turning on and off the Internet distribution using the command line.
The laptop does not share Wi-Fi, the devices are not connected, or the sharing does not start?
Often, users who have completed all of the above points still do not have an Internet connection and the distribution still does not start. Let’s look at a few ways to troubleshoot, as well as deal with them.
- If the distribution is not carried out or the device does not connect to the network, then you can try to reboot the device. This sometimes solves the problem. Also, the commands should be run as administrator, this point is very important.
- If there is a problem with creating a network using the first command in the instructions, then it is worth checking the state of Wi-Fi, which should be turned on. If it is impossible to turn on Wi-Fi, then it is most likely that the drivers for the adapter are not installed on the laptop. And after installing the driver, try to create a network again.
- If the distribution of the Internet does not start in the case of the installed network driver, you need to update it. To do this, it is recommended to download it from the official website.
- Sometimes the problem can be fixed by rolling back the driver to a different version. To do this, you need to enter the “Device Manager” Windows 10 (login through “Start”), then select “Network adapters”, clicking on the desired device, select the tab “Properties”, then “Driver” and “Roll back”.
- The network has been launched, but the devices are not connected. In such a situation, you should disable the antivirus program and programs that block the connection.
You also need to check if the password was entered correctly or try to restart the network by entering a new password.
- A common problem is that the distribution of the Internet is configured, but the traffic is not transmitted. In such a situation, you need to find out if there is Internet on the PC from which you plan to distribute the Internet. If the Internet is active, then you need to proceed to the next step. this is checking the sharing settings that the user should have made when starting the network. You can also turn off antivirus or firewall, because they can lead to blocking access.
- If after starting the distribution of Wi-Fi another connection is created in the network settings, then in this case you need to click on it and select “Details”. In the window you need to check the IPv4 address. By default, the “Automatic network settings” item should be selected. Also, users often allow network broadcasting for another connection.
- Access must be enabled for the connection that is being used. For example, a user is connected to one network, and you need to start the distribution from another, then in the “Access” section (Ethernet connection properties) you need to provide access for the desired.
Features of sharing a Wi-Fi network on Windows 10
There are many articles published on the Internet about how to distribute the available Internet network from a laptop or PC via Wi-Fi, on different operating systems. In this article, we will consider a detailed scheme for distributing wireless Internet from a computer device that runs on the Windows 10 operating system. The process of creating an access point on this OS version is exactly the same as on the seven and eight.
In the first versions, dozens of any significant software changes were not introduced, only with the release of subsequent updates was the “Mobile Hotspot” function added, which automatically configures the necessary parameters. But despite this, during the initial setup of the distribution, you will need explanatory instructions that will help you quickly configure the access point in Windows 10. Also, this publication indicates some points that are important to pay special attention to, for example, if you cannot start the configured network or the device fails get IP address.
This instruction is useful for those people who have not heard about the concept of virtual Wi-Fi, and how you can distribute the Internet from computer devices to other devices. Let’s take a situation as an example: you are the owner of a laptop to which the Internet is connected via a cable. In addition to a laptop, there is a phone, tablet or a second laptop, which also need to distribute the Internet only via a wireless network. There are two solutions here. The first is to buy a router, and through it distribute the Internet to phones and tablets. Second, refuse to buy a router and use a laptop or computer with a Wi-Fi beacon as it. The same can be done if, for example, it is connected to a wired network or a 3G modem and you need to distribute the Internet to other computers or other devices:
How to turn Wi-Fi sharing on and off from a laptop on Windows 10? Control commands
After the laptop reboot process, you will need to constantly enter the following command to create the Internet distribution mode:
If you need to stop the network, then you need to enter the following command:
The following command is used to change username and password:
The network name and password (ssid = “pc4me” key = 12121212 “) are entered at your discretion.
How to share Wi-Fi from a laptop on Windows 10? Access point creation
In this article, we will try to figure out how to distribute Wi-Fi from a laptop (computer) on Windows 10? It is worth noting that today many already know that a laptop or personal computer with a Wi-Fi adapter can be used as a router for distributing the Internet network. Internet distribution is also carried out with a regular wired Internet connected. Another laptop with Windows 10 can work as a router, increasing the range of Wi-Fi, thus distributing the Internet to which it is connected.
Create (on the desktop) files for direct distribution control
The process of creating a network is performed once, and the distribution must be started every time after the laptop is rebooted. Constant copying and entering the command line is not very convenient for users of computer devices, for this reason, it is recommended to create the following files for management:
- The first file to start the network;
- The second is to stop her.
To do this, you need to create 2 text files start.txt and stop.txt on the desktop.
And rename the document with the txt extension to the system file with the bat extension. But the problem is that by default Windows 10 is set to display files without an extension. To display it, you need to open the “Explorer”, click on the “View” tab and uncheck the “File name extensions”.
Then (for the first start file) you need to right-click, select the “Rename” line and enter the bat extension after the dot. It will look like the start.bat file. The name of the file (up to a dot) can be chosen at your discretion, and the extension must be replaced with bat.
Then click on the start.bat file with the right mouse button and select the line “Change“.
Now you need to copy and paste the command into the file: netsh wlan start hostednetwork. Now close it, save all changes by clicking on the “File” tab and select “Save”.
Thus, you get the start.bat files, double-clicking on which starts the Wi-Fi distribution. With the stop.txt file, you need to do all the same steps to create the stop.bat batch file. For it, enter the combination “netsh wlan stop hostednetwork“. When you run this file, the network will stop.
Method 2: Enabling Wi-Fi hotspot on Windows 10 via command line
The main condition for starting the distribution of the network is a valid Internet connection. Also, the driver for the wireless network adapter must be installed. For the rest, the system must do everything on its own, with the exception of some of the nuances described below during the connection.
- First, make sure Wi-Fi is turned on. This can be easily checked by clicking on the Wi-Fi icon at the bottom of the desktop on the right.
- If there is an available network, “Available” will be written (or in our case, just an icon with the signal quality bars shown), as well as the above connected and existing networks.
where: pc4me. network name that can be changed at your discretion.
12121212 is the password for connection (you can choose it yourself).
Correct execution of the command results in a report that the mode of the created network is allowed.
- After that, you need to proceed to launching this network. This needs to be done by inserting the following combination:
- After that, the network should start and your device will distribute Wi-Fi.
After that, third-party computer devices can be connected to the network. But by default, the system has settings that do not allow the use of the Internet network by other devices, traffic will not be transmitted? In order for it to work, you need to open public access. The procedure for opening access to the network looks like this:
- Right click on the connection icon in the lower right corner and click on “Network Control Center”.
- In the window that opens, click on the section “Changing adapter parameters”, a window with the available networks will open. Here, right-click on the “Ethernet” adapter and go to “Properties”. Then you need to select the “Access” section, in which you need to check the box next to “Allow other users”. Then, just below, select the appeared connection (as in the figure). In our case. “Local Area Connection 4” (on your laptop, the network on which Internet access is provided may have a different number). The picture (below) can be enlarged by clicking on it).
- After these actions, we save the settings by clicking on the “OK” button
- Now, to register the opening of access, you need to restart the distribution of the running network, for this in the “Run” line (described earlier), paste the following copied command below and press enter:
- And again we run it using the command we already know:
After the performed operations, the function should work normally. Now you can turn on Wi-Fi on another laptop or device and connect to this network:
We use standard Windows 10 tools
Windows 10 is a relatively young operating system that has a number of added features, such as automatic configuration of a virtual hotspot. You only need to press one button for the computer to start distributing the network.
In this case, a name and a security key must be set, which is important to know, since without this, gadgets will not be able to connect to the wireless network. So, first of all, turn on the distribution:
- Click on the network icon in the notification area.
- In the menu that opens, find the “Mobile Hotspot” button and click on it with the left mouse button (LMB).
After the performed manipulations, the automatic distribution of Wi-Fi will begin. Now you can set a name and password for the network. For this:
- Click again on the network icon in the notification area LMB.
- Find the “Mobile Hotspot” button and right-click on it (RMB).
- Select “Go to Options”.
- In the window that opens, click on the “Change” button, enter the required data and click “Save”.
Thus, you can easily and quickly set up an access point on Windows 10. Unfortunately, older versions of Windows (XP, 7 and 8.1) do not have this function. Let’s move on to the next method.
Above, we considered several options for making a laptop a router. It would seem that this is not difficult. But sometimes certain problems can arise, many of which require an individual solution.
- The group or resource is not in the desired state. an error related to the drivers for network adapters, as well as the wireless module itself. You just need to restart your computer. If it doesn’t help, reset the network parameters:
- in a command prompt running as an administrator, run two commands:
- Route –f;
- Netsh winsock reset;
- reboot device.
- Failed to start the hosted network. the error is related to the fact that one of the components is not in the required state (the Wi-Fi adapter is disabled, the driver is not installed, and so on). Solved in the ways described in the first section.
It is worth noting that most network problems can be resolved by resetting the network parameters, so the required two commands are included in the automatic distribution file:
Create a giveaway using a third-party program
To make everything as simple as possible, you can install a program that automatically configures the virtual access point. There are quite a few such programs, but the most popular is Virtual Router Plus.
The program is extremely easy to use. All you need is:
- Specify network name.
- Create and enter a security password.
- Click on the “Start sharing” button.
After such simple actions, you can distribute Wi-Fi with a laptop.
Despite its simplicity, third-party programs often crash and can disrupt your computer’s network. Therefore, it is better to use them only as a last resort.
Is it possible to distribute a network from a laptop
The first and most important question. can a laptop distribute Wi-Fi without a router. the answer is not so simple. First, to set up a virtual hotspot, a laptop must have:
- Wi-Fi module;
- network driver.
In this case, the laptop can be connected to the Internet in any way (via Wi-Fi, via a cable or USB modem). If these conditions are met, you can start creating an access point.
If your computer doesn’t have a built-in wireless module, don’t be upset. You can purchase a USB Wi-Fi adapter that connects easily and performs almost the same tasks as the built-in.
And finding out if a laptop is distributing Wi-Fi is quite simple. If you have the above devices, a computer running Windows 7 or later (8 and 10) is able to create a virtual access point. The Wi-Fi distribution will be displayed in the current state of the network, which can be seen by clicking on the network icon in the notification area.
So, we know that from any laptop equipped with a wireless adapter, you can distribute a network. Owners of more compact gadgets may also be interested in whether it is possible to organize an access point from a netbook. And the answer is just as simple: if the device has a Wi-Fi adapter and the necessary drivers, you can configure the distribution even from a mobile device running Android OS.
How to Connect WiFi in Laptop
The wireless network is an indispensable tool for connecting mobile gadgets to the Internet. But not always and everywhere there is a router. Then you can organize a local wireless network using a laptop. Next, we will talk about how to distribute Wi-Fi from a laptop, how to set up a local network, and also how to access the Internet.
Create a bat file for automatic distribution
To automatically execute the necessary commands, we can create an executable file in which the necessary commands will be written. This can be done in two ways:
- by creating a shortcut;
- via notepad.
The first option allows you to create a file that will contain only one command. In a notebook, you can immediately write a group of commands that will be executed sequentially or in a specific order. Programmers can create specific algorithms.
Let’s see how to create a file with one command:
- Click on an empty space on the desktop with the right mouse button.
- Select “New”. “Text Document”.
- Open the file and write the required command in it, for example, netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode = allow ssid = Virtual_Wi-Fi key = 12345678 keyusage = persistent.
- Click on “File” and select “Save As”.
- In the window that opens, specify the location where you want to save the file. In the line “File name” enter any name, and at the end add “.bat”, for example, “distribution.bat”.
- In the “File Type” line, select “All Files”.
After that, the created file will appear in the specified location, which must be run with administrator rights. In this case, the command written in it will be executed. You can write more than two commands, but in our case the first command is written once, and in the future only one command will be needed to start the distribution. netsh wlan start hostednetwork. It is with her and create a file.
You can enable Wi-Fi distribution via a bat file on a laptop in another way. Several commands are written to the executable file at once, and the user himself can choose which of them to execute at the moment. So that you do not search for all commands yourself and do not create algorithms, we attach a file:
Configuring distribution on the command line
You can configure a virtual access point through the command line. To do this, you just need to know how to start the command line with administrator rights, and a few commands that are better to write. This option creates a virtual Wi-Fi adapter that distributes the network. over, with the help of one Wi-Fi module, you can simultaneously receive and distribute the Internet.
So, in order to distribute the Internet using a laptop, you will need:
- Run Command Prompt as Administrator:
- Click on the search icon in the lower left corner of the desktop (in Windows 10) or go to the Start menu (in Windows 7);
- enter “CMD”;
- click on the search result RMB and select “Run as administrator”.
- create a virtual network. netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode = allow ssid = Virtual_Wi-Fi key = 12345678 keyusage = persistent. Here SSID is the distribution name, key is the password.
You can enter any name and password, the main thing is to use only Latin letters and / or numbers;
- start the network. netsh wlan start hostednetwork.
After that, the virtual access point will start working. It is worth noting that the second option, how to set up the distribution of the network without programs, is rather difficult, since you need to save commands somewhere that are difficult to remember.
However, the commands can be executed automatically. About this below.
Preparing the PC for configuring a virtual access point
In fact, the preparation does not take long. The first step is to check for a WI-Fi adapter. This is done in the device manager:
- Press the WindowsR key combination, write the devmgmt.msc command and click on “OK”.
- Find and open the “Network adapters” folder.
- Your Wi-Fi module should be here. It is easy to find it, the name will indicate the 802.11 communication standard, as well as the word wireless, which translates as “wireless”.
Next, you need to install the network driver. To do this, go to the website of your laptop manufacturer, find your model, download and install a network driver for your wireless equipment. The main thing is to correctly indicate the version of Windows and the bitness of the OS. After installing the driver, your laptop will be able to share Wi-Fi.
Reset network settings
Finally, if none of the solutions fix the problem, as a last resort, perform a full reset of all network settings using the command console running as administrator and a few simple commands below (without punctuation marks at the end):
- ipconfig / flushdns;
- ipconfig / registerdns;
- ipconfig / renew;
- ipconfig / release.
If this does not work, as additional measures, run two more commands:
- netsh interface reset all;
- netsh winsock reset.
Checking the number of connected devices
Just in case, if the laptop does not catch Wi-Fi well, see how many devices are currently using a wireless connection (including both computers and mobile devices).
It is unrealistic to perform such actions in the Windows environment, so the best option would be to use the small utility Who Is On My Wi-Fi. If someone else’s devices are detected, set a limit on the maximum number of simultaneously connected devices on the router, and also protect your own connection by setting a password on the router.
Poorly catches “Wi-Fi” on a laptop: causes, possible breakdowns, troubleshooting, tips
Quite often, on all kinds of computer forums on the Internet, among laptop users you can find complaints that the laptop has become poorly catching “Wi-Fi”. This problem is very common, but it is impossible to say right away what exactly is the reason for the decrease in signal quality. Nevertheless, there are several typical situations that can be corrected with tools available to any user, using both Windows tools and third-party software for this (unless we are talking about physical breakdowns or wear and tear of routers).
Setting the channel and signal type on the router
In modern apartment buildings, a laptop may not catch Wi-Fi due to the fact that the range used for signal transmission is occupied by other routers, since almost everyone now has a wireless connection. All distributing devices operate in almost the same range, which is why signal overlapping can occur. In this case, you will have to rebuild the channels.
First, determine the unoccupied channel using the Acrylic WI-FI Home application, which will analyze all available channels and show free zones on the graph.
After that, enter the web interface of the router through any browser available in the system and set a certain free channel as the main one, then save the set options and reboot the router along with the laptop.
Note: the type of signal to be transmitted can be left unchanged (by default it is set to mixed 11bgn with automatic channel width).
Very often, the problem that “Wi-Fi” is poorly catching on a laptop may relate to the activated power saving mode, which leads to the adapter disconnecting when running on battery.
To fix the situation, in the same “Device Manager” go to the properties of the wireless adapter and on the power management tab, uncheck the box next to Disable permission.
Additional equipment and actions
In some cases, you can use more expensive solutions, which consist of installing not one router at home, but two, purchasing a special wireless signal amplifier (repeater), or even creating your own VPN server on a laptop or stationary PC, and then accessing it. more devices will be able to connect, and the terminal itself will work to distribute a signal. The first two solutions require financial costs, and it is much easier to create a server using the own means of the operating system (it will take only a couple of minutes).
Why does it badly catch “Wi-Fi” on a laptop?
As for the reasons for the decrease in the quality of the wireless signal, there can be a lot of them. Some of them may be related to the technical side of the equipment operability issue, others relate to the software part for establishing a connection based on wireless distribution. If we group them all into one list, usually several main situations are distinguished:
- incorrect location of the router;
- problems from the service provider;
- overloading the network with simultaneous downloads;
- incorrect network settings;
- outdated network adapter drivers or their hardware mismatch;
- enabled power saving mode for the network adapter;
- lack of important updates in the operating system;
- incorrect router settings.
We do not consider viruses in this case, although they can also harm the system. And the concern for the security of their own computer system should be a personal priority for any user, so to speak. Problems associated with malfunctions in laptops or routers themselves, related to physical breakdowns, are also not taken into account.
Checking the status of adapter drivers and network settings
Equally often, the hardware on a laptop does not pick up “Wi-Fi” well due to the fact that some network adapter drivers do not work correctly, do not match it, or are outdated. Here, the best solution would be to visit the website of the laptop manufacturer. There, as a rule, the most recent and up-to-date versions of the control software are always posted, which you need to download and install yourself. On some resources, you can find special systems for online testing of “hardware” with automatic installation of the necessary drivers. But when choosing a driver manually, you should be very careful. So, in the case when an HP laptop does not catch “Wi-Fi” well, many users find several types of drivers on the official resource, some of which may not be suitable for the adapter.
To find the most suitable software for a start, use the definition of hardware identifiers in the “Device Manager”, search on the website of the laptop or adapter manufacturer for the longest string containing the VEN and DEV values, and only then download the most suitable driver.