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Checking if the network adapter is working properly

This article will guide you on how to check if the driver of your network adapter is working properly.  Click on the links below to know how to access and verify the status of your adapter through the Device Manager:

Windows® 8 or higher
Windows® 7 / Windows Vista®
Windows® XP

Windows® 8 or higher


Step 1:

Press the Windows  key on your keyboard + X, then select Device Manager.  

QUICK TIP:  For Windows 8.1, you can right-click on the Start  button and select Device Manager.

 

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Step 2:
On the Device Manager window, click Network adapters then look for the name of your Belkin wireless adapter.

 

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IMPORTANT:  Take note of the icon beside the name of your wireless adapter to verify its status.

  •  – This icon means that the adapter is enabled and is working properly.
  •  – This means that the adapter is disabled.  To enable it, right-click the name of your Belkin wireless adapter then select Enable.  Once the adapter is enabled, right-click your computer’s network adapter then select Properties.  There would be a This device is working properly. notification if the adapter is working properly.
 
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  •  – This means that there is a problem with the installation of your adapter’s driver.  To resolve this, you can do any of the following: 
    • Remove the Belkin wireless adapter for a few seconds then re-insert the device.  Recheck the status of the adapter in the Device Manager afterwards.
    • If the adapter is attached to a cradle base, remove it and plug the adapter directly to the USB port of the computer.
    • Update or install the driver of your adapter.  To learn how to update or install your adapter, click here.

NOTE:  If the issue persists, isolate the problem by installing the adapter using another computer.
 

Windows® 7 / Windows Vista®
 

Step 1:

Click the Pearl  button located at the bottom left corner of the screen.  

Step 2:
In the Search programs and files field, enter “Device Manager” then press [Enter] then select Device Manager from the search results.

 

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Step 3:
On the Device Manager window, click Network adapters then look for the name of your Belkin wireless adapter.

 

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IMPORTANT:  Take note of the icon beside the name of your wireless adapter to verify its status.

  •  – This icon means that the adapter is enabled and is working properly.
  •  – This means that the adapter is disabled.  To enable it, right-click the name of your Belkin wireless adapter then select Enable.  Once the adapter is enabled, right-click your computer’s network adapter then select Properties.  There would be a This device is working properly. notification if the adapter is working properly.
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  • ​​ – This means that there is a problem with the installation of your adapter’s driver.  To resolve this, you may do any of the following: 
    • Remove the Belkin wireless adapter for a few seconds then re-insert the device.  Re-check the status of the adapter in the Device Manager afterwards.
    • If the adapter is attached to a cradle base, remove it and plug the adapter directly to the USB port of the computer.
    • Update or install the driver of your adapter.  To learn how to update or install your adapter, click here.

NOTE:  If the issue persists, isolate the problem by installing the adapter using another computer.
 

Windows® XP


Step 1:
Right-click on My Computer then click Properties.

 

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Step 2:
Click Hardware then Device Manager.

 

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Step 3:
On the Device Manager window, click Network adapters then look for your Belkin wireless adapter.

 

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IMPORTANT:  Take note of the icon beside the name of your wireless adapter to verify its status.

  •  – This means that the adapter is enabled and is working properly.​
  •  – This means that the adapter has been disabled.  To enable it, right-click the Belkin adapter icon and click Enable.  Once the adapter is enabled, right-click your computer’s network adapter then select Properties.  There would be a This device is working properly. notification if the adapter is working properly.
 
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  •  – This means that the drivers of your wireless adapter are not installed properly.  To resolve this, you may do the following: 
    • Remove the Belkin wireless adapter for a few seconds then re-insert the device.  Recheck the status of the adapter in the Device Manager afterwards.
    • If the adapter is attached to a cradle base, remove it and plug the adapter directly to the USB port of the computer.
    • Update or install the driver of your adapter.  To learn how to update or install your adapter, click here.
 
​​NOTE:  If the issue persists, isolate the problem by installing the adapter using another computer.

 
Related Article:
 
Belkin Adapters Frequently Asked Questions

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