One of the most frequent network errors on Windows is the “WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration.” If you’re prompted with this error in the Network Diagnostic Tool, you should take action to solve it, because it doesn’t come with an automated solution. Let’s discuss the common causes of this error and learn how to fix the issue.
The “WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration” error is reported when the router’s IP address configuration doesn’t match the IP registered by your Network Adapter. It may happen after updating your Windows or when network changes have not been forwarded to the Network Adapter. Driver or DNS issues can also cause this error. Alternatively, the main cause of the error may simply be a malfunctioning router or modem. You can always take a shot at fixing the error yourself.
There are a number of workarounds to fix the matching problem of the IP addresses on your network, including:
But the best way to get rid of the “valid configuration” issue is by using a reliable VPN. By setting up a VPN on your router that covers your entire WiFi network, you negate the matching problem with IP addresses. Moreover, a router-level VPN frees you from having to individually install a VPN on every mobile or computer that you regularly use.
VPN makes a secure, encrypted connection tunnel from the internet to your device. It collects your device’s send/receive traffic and sends it via a virtual server through a tunnel. This protects your data from getting redirected or intercepted by hackers or even authorities.
Most WiFi routers lack VPN capabilities such as traffic encryption and IP address masking, despite allowing VPN traffic to pass through. The setup process varies depending on your router. For detailed, model-specific instructions, visit this page.
Here’s a general guide to setting up VPN Unlimited on your WiFi modem:
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