How to Fix Weak WiFi Signal on HP Laptop? [5 Guaranteed Ways]

Seeing your laptop struggling to catch WiFi signals and displaying only one or two signal bars is, of course, one of the most annoying things to ever witness. But you just need to make a few simple yet quick adjustments to fix weak WiFi signals on your HP laptop.

For example, maximizing your network adapter’s performance via power management, increasing the WiFi sensibility value on the laptop, running the network troubleshooter, updating the network adapter(s), toggling the WiFi MTU via command prompt, etc.

But apart from all that techy stuff on how to fix weak WiFi signal on HP laptop, you ought to know if or not you’re practicing the fundamental dos like sitting at a reasonable distance from the router and not sticking to just one specific wireless channel.

Plus, it’s better to check out if your router’s firmware is up to date? And whether your laptop’s WiFi card or antenna is in good health? Well, let’s find out all the answers in detail below.

How to Fix Weak WiFi Signal on HP Laptop?

There are five different methods you can try to boost up the weak WiFi signals on your HP laptop Windows 10/8/7.

But Do Try these Typical/Conventional Troubleshoots Before All Else

Before I move you down to those fixes, here’re a few other conventional adjustments that can pretty much fix the poor connectivity issues on your device if considered.

  1. Always maintain a rational distance from the WiFi router. Plus, make sure it’s mounted somewhere high-up in the house/office so that there are not many obstacles (especially metallic ones next to or in the way between you and the router) potentially hindering the signals’ flow.

A router operating at 2.4GHz band has a safe reach of up to 300 feet outdoors but almost half of that (150 feet) reach indoors due to several obstructions. So the more the barriers coming midway or the more stretched away you are from the router, the weaker the signals get.

  1. Avoid the co-channel interference by using a different non-overlapping wireless channel (i.e. channel 1, 6, and 11 for 2.4GHz spectrum). This can also fix the weak WiFi signals by cutting off interference from neighboring channels (if any).

Although doing so may or may not work for you, consider it one bonus recommendation for such a low-wireless-speed scenario. (You can change your WiFi channel by going into your router’s setup options. Regarding how to get to the router’s setup page, you may check your router’s manual or learn the process online).

  1. Adding a new/replacement antenna to your router (if it supports and accepts) and investing in a wireless repeater may also help improve the signals’ health and coverage space, just in case.

Alright, now let’s move on to and discuss the five advanced and more promising ways you can fix the weak WiFi signals on your laptop.

#1. Turn the WiFi Adapter’s Performance to Max from Advanced Power Settings

By default, the wireless adapter’s performance and power management, on-battery especially, is never set to the “Maximum Performance” mode but to medium or power-saving mode usually. Turning it to the max settings can pretty much do the trick here.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do this on a Windows 10 laptop:

  1. Right-click on the battery icon on your taskbar and select Power Options from the list that pops up. Or search Power Options in the search bar.
  2. Click on Change plan settings in the next window and select Change advanced power settings on the interface that opens next.
  3. Seek out Wireless Adapter Settings in the list on the upcoming (Advanced settings) screen and tap to expand it.
  4. Expand the Power Saving Mode as well, and you’ll further see two options: On battery and Plugged in.
  5. Make sure both of these two options are set to Maximum Performance mode. If one of them (particularly the On-battery state) is not set to something else, change it to “Maximum Performance” from the drop-down.

When done with doing that, simply restart your PC to let the changes take the charge. Hopefully, you’ll see the weak signal issue resolved now.

Windows 7 users can access Power Options from the Control Panel by following: Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options > and then follow the same steps as we did above.

#2. Try Running Network Troubleshooter

The signal strength and WiFi connectivity issue might be occurring due to a recent system update, either due to a change in configuration of the network adapters or maybe due to a bug that has come about after the update.

So the network troubleshooter (Windows 10 inbuilt tool) can, of course, help you find and fix multiple issues with your network adapter. And here’s how to fix weak WiFi signal on HP laptop Windows 10 by running network troubleshooter:

  1. Press the Windows logo + I both keys at once to get to your system’s main settings.
  2. Select Update & Security.
  3. In the new (update & security) window, select Troubleshoot from the left-side panel and then select Additional Troubleshooters on the right side.
  4. Look for Network Adapter in the upcoming interface, click on it, and tap Run the troubleshooter.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions (if any) and patiently wait for the troubleshooting process to finish.

When the process completes, it will display a report of issues with your network adapter. Though it may automatically fix a lot of them, you can try the manual fix for issues as well following the troubleshooter’s instructions. When completely done, restart the system to see things settled back to the normal routine.

Network Reset May Also Work

If you are on the latest Windows 10 version, you’ve highly likely got the Network Reset facility. It can also troubleshoot tons of issues with your network adapter(s) by probably uninstalling the existing one first and reinstalling new (after you reboot) with the best system compatibility settings.

To access the feature, go to your system settings and select Network & Internet therein. In the upcoming screen, select Status on the left side, and you’ll see Network Reset on the right side. Click on the Reset now button and tap Yes to confirm. Wait for the process to finish and see if it did up the job for you.

#3. Increase the WiFi Sensibility Value to Fix the Weak Signals Issue(s)

Another highly potential method you can counter the very low WiFi signal strength on your Windows 10 HP laptop and boost the signals is by increasing the WiFi roam aggressiveness and adjusting a few other sensitivity-related settings. Let’s see what and how all that is done.

  1. On your Windows 10 laptop, press the Windows logo + X both keys at once and select Device Manager from the list that comes up.
  2. Seek out Network adapters in the list and double tap on it to expand it.
  3. From the list that drops down, right-click on your WiFi adapter and select Properties next.
  4. In the upcoming mini window, get to the Advanced tab.
  5. Now make the following changes:
    1. Look for Roam Tendency/Roaming aggressiveness/Roaming sensitivity level in the list placed under the Property heading. Tap on it and change its value to Aggressive on the right side.
    2. Then look for Antenna Diversity in the left-side list and if available, change its value to Auto.
    3. Finally, seek out Band Preference/BSS Mode and if available, set its value to 802.11g or 802.11b in case of the typical 2.4GHz band. (If your WiFi card supports 5GHz and you’re using that spectrum, change that value to 802.11a).

After doing all this, click the OK button to save and apply the changes. Then restart the laptop and check out if it fixed the issue. I’m sure it could do the trick for you.

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#4. Updating Your WiFi Adapter (Driver(s)) is the Most Sure-fire Fix You Can Try

Outdated, corrupted, or incompatible driver software is the first reason a function on your computer would fail to work. And if your HP laptop is unusually struggling with WiFi signals, it can undoubtedly be due to a faulty network adapter. Well, it’s always the best idea to keep all the driver software on your system up to date.

Anyways, here’s how to check out and update your wireless network adapter on a Windows 10 laptop and fix the weak WiFi signal issues:

  1. First of all, go to the Device Manager and then Network adapters again following the same set of steps described in the previous method.
  2. Expand the Network adapters option by tapping twice on it.
  3. In the drop-down, again look for and select your wireless/internet/WiFi driver and right-click on it. But this time, select Update Driver Software next.
  4. After that, choose the first option: Search automatically for drivers. Your system will start searching for updated network drivers and update them soon it finds out some.
  5. Give your PC a restart as soon as the process concludes to let the update(s) take the effect.

If say you’re not seeing any betterment in the WiFi signal strength even after the driver(s) update, you may be better off giving it a rollback to the previous version of the adapter.

For that: Device Manager > Network adapters > select/right-click on the driver > Properties > go to “Driver” tab > and click the “Roll Back Driver” button over there to get the job done.

One More Way Out is to Manually Search for and Install a Genuine Driver Software

  1. Simply find your laptop’s make/model number first (check out the sticker on your laptop’s base or take the battery off and investigate the model no. there or check your laptop’s manual).
  2. Then search “drivers download for HP (your laptop model)” online and make sure you land at HP’s official website (and not any unauthorized/third-party site) to get the genuine software.
  3. Simply search for the latest Windows 10 driver available for your model’s network card and then download and install it.
  4. Again go to Device Manager > Network adapters > Install device > and choose the second option: Browse my computer for drivers. Then select that installed driver on your laptop and OK.
  5. When the update is done, again restart the system. You’ll, hopefully, feel the improvement in your WiFi speeds this time (for it’s now the original software taken straight from the manufacturer’s official site).

#5. Changing WiFi MTU Might Also Fix the Weak WiFi Signal On Your HP Laptop

MTU (stretched as Maximum Transmission Unit) is the largest packet/frame size that can be sent/received in a frame size/packet-based network i.e. Internet. By default, MTU is set to 1500 which might not work well for every system. So you can try changing this value to make your network card’s ability to get signals better. Here’re the steps to follow.

  1. Press Windows logo + X both keys at once and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the list that appears. Follow the instructions to open the command prompt.
  2. In the Command Prompt panel, type/enter netsh interface ipv4 show subinterfaces to find the name of your network card adapter. Note down its name which could be like Wireless Network Connection or Wi-Fi, etc. (and see if its MTU value is set to 1500) as you may need these details, later on.
  3. Now type the command: netsh interface ipv4 set subinterface “your network card name (i.e. Wi-Fi or whatsoever it was)” mtu=1400 store=persistent and press Enter.

Follow the on-screen instructions (if any) and again restart your computer to let the changes take the effect. Hopefully, the issue will get resolved now.

How can I boost my WiFi signal on my HP laptop?

Perhaps you should update the WIFI drivers on your computer or simply move to where the WIFI modem is located if you’re having trouble getting a decent internet connection. Changing the location of your WIFI device may also prove useful and result in better signal coverage, so try out various placements and see what feels most convenient for you.

Why is my WiFi signal so weak on my laptop?

Due to the fact that WIFI signals cannot pass through certain objects, such as concrete walls, you might notice low WIFI signal bars on your laptop. Remove as many obstacles as possible between you and your WIFI device.

Final Words

So that’s all for how to fix weak WiFi signal on HP laptop (Windows 10 particularly). Discussed above are the five highly possible and probable ways you can troubleshoot the weak wireless/WiFi connectivity issues on your laptop.

Other than all that stuff, you can try other troubleshoots like checking out your router’s firmware if it needs to be updated or your WiFi card for issues i.e. a loose or broken connection on the inside, etc. But go for these things only if none of the methods discussed above work for you which is never gonna happen if you follow things exactly as described in each of the fixes above.