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How to Fix Ethernet Cable Not Detected in Windows 10

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Written by Kelly Houstan

Ethernet connection or wired connection is actually better as compared to WiFi, in my opinion. However, then like everything else, an Ethernet connection can also stop working. If you guys do not have an alternate way to connect, then the only way out is just to fix the Ethernet connection. In this article, we are going to show what you can do when your Ethernet doesn’t connect to the Internet in Windows 11/10. Just read this to know all about How to Fix Ethernet Cable Not Detected in Windows 10. Let’s begin!

Users who prefer Ethernet over WiFi are having a disaster due to this issue as they are not able to access the Internet via Ethernet cable. If you guys have updated or upgraded to Windows 10 then Ethernet not working in Windows 10 is a really common issue. Thankfully there are a lot of fixes available that seem to fix this problem. So without wasting any further time let’s see How you can Fix Ethernet Not Working in Windows 10 with the help of the below-listed troubleshooting guide.

How to Fix Ethernet Cable Not Detected in Windows 10

Before continuing, just make sure to follow these basic steps in order to fix the problem:

  • Try to connect the ethernet cable to another port on the router, as chances are the specific port might be damaged.
  • Just try to use another cable, as the cable itself might be damaged.
  • Try to unplug the cable and then again reconnect.
  • Try to connect the ethernet to another PC in order to see if the problem is resolved. If the ethernet works on the other PC and then your PC hardware might be damaged and you have to send it to repair.

Check Ethernet cable connection

It is one of the basic steps when we ask when you cannot connect to the internet as well as when the Ethernet is showing you limited connectivity. Earlier Windows used to replace the connectivity icon in the system tray along with a clear message that the ethernet cable is not connected as well. The same applied to Wifi.  Now all you guys get to see is a globe icon that says “Not connected – No connections are available“.

It’s really confusing, so check if the Ethernet cable is connected correctly. If it’s connected to the router, just make sure the router is turned on. An alternate way is just to go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network Connections and then check if any of the Ethernet statuses says — Network cable unplugged as well.

If that’s connected, then just follow the next step.

Run Network Troubleshooter

  • Tap on Windows Key + I in order to open Settings and then click on Update & Security.
  • From the left-hand menu just choose Troubleshoot.
  • Now under Troubleshoot click on Internet Connections and then tap on Run the troubleshooter.
  • You have to follow further on-screen instructions to run the troubleshooter.
  • Just reboot your PC to save changes.

Reset the Ethernet Adapter

  • Click on Windows Key + I to open Settings and then click on the Network & Internet icon.
  • From the left-hand menu, just click on Status.
  • Now under Status scroll down to the bottom and then tap on Network reset link.
  • On the Network reset page, just tap on the “Reset now” button.
  • Now again try to connect the Ethernet with the PC and then see if you’re able to Fix Ethernet Not Working in Windows 10.

Turn on Ethernet Connection

  • Click on Windows Key + R and then type ncpa.cpl and hit Enter to open Network Connections.
  • Right-tap on Ethernet connection and choose Enable.
  • This will turn on the Ethernet connection, then again try to connect to the Ethernet network.

Make sure the Internet is working

Since neither the Ethernet adapter is actually disabled or the network cable is unplugged. Then it brings to final basic testing—Is the Internet connection working fine. You guys will get the same globe icon whenever the internet is not working.

If it’s a modem, then check if the supposed lights are turned on or if you guys have connected it to the router. You have to check if you can access any website via your mobile device whenever connected over wifi. Get in touch with your Internet provider in order to resolve the problem. The IP configuration or the username and password used to connect may also have changed. If that’s the case, you have to update accordingly.

Enable Ethernet Device and Update Drivers | ethernet cable not detected

  • Tap on Windows Key + R and then type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter to open Device Manager.
  • Just expand Network adapters, then right-click on your Ethernet device and choose Enable.

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Note: If it’s already enabled then just skip this step.

  • Again right-tap on it and just choose Update Driver.
  • Choose “Search automatically for updated driver software” and also let it automatically install any new drivers available.
  • You can reboot your PC to save changes and again check if you’re able to Fix Ethernet Not Working in Windows 10 or not.
  • If not, then again head to Device Manager, right-tap on your Ethernet device, and choose Update Driver.
  • This time, you have to choose “Browse my computer for driver software.
  • Now tap on “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.
  • Choose the latest Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller driver and then tap on Next.
  • Let it install the new drivers and reboot your PC.

Temporarily Disable Antivirus or Firewall

  • Right-tap on the Antivirus Program icon from the system tray and choose Disable.
  • Next, choose the time frame for which the Antivirus will remain disabled.

Note: select the smallest amount of time possible such as 15 minutes or 30 minutes.

  • When you do that, again try to access the Internet and then check if the error resolves or not.
  • Type control in Windows Search and then tap on Control Panel from the search result.
  • Next, tap on System and Security and then click on Windows Firewall.
  • Now from the left window pane tap on Turn Windows Firewall on or off.
  • Choose Turn off Windows Firewall and then restart your PCAgain try to access the internet and see if you’re able to Fix Ethernet Not Working in Windows 10 as well.

If the above method doesn’t really work make sure to follow the exact same steps in order to turn on your Firewall again.

Change Power Management Settings for Ethernet

  • Tap on Windows Key + R and then type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter to open Device Manager.
  • Just expand Network adapters, then right-tap on your Ethernet device and choose Properties.

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  • Now switch to the Power Management tab under the Ethernet Properties window.
  • Next, uncheck “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power“ as well.
  • Tap on Apply followed via OK.
  • Just reboot your PC in order to save changes.

Use Google DNS

  • You guys have to open Control Panel and tap on Network and Internet.
  • Next, click Network and Sharing Center and then tap on Change adapter settings.
  • Choose your Wi-Fi then double-tap on it and then choose Properties.
  • Now choose Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then tap on Properties.
  • Checkmark “Use the following DNS server addresses” and you need to type the following:

Preferred DNS server:
Alternate DNS server:

  • Now close everything and you may be able to Fix Ethernet Not Working in Windows 10.

Flush DNS and Reset TCP/IP | ethernet cable not detected

  • Just right-tap on Windows Button and select “Command Prompt(Admin).
  • Now type the following command and click on Enter after each one:
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /renew
  • Again open Admin Command Prompt and then type the following and hit enter after each one:
ipconfig /flushdns
nbtstat –r
netsh int ip reset
netsh winsock reset
netsh winsock reset catalog
netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log
  • Now reboot to apply changes. Flushing DNS seems to Fix Ethernet Not Working in Windows 10 actually.


Well, That is all from my side. If you want to know more about this article or have any queries. Then feel free to ask me anything in the comments section below.

Have a Good Day!

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