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    Thumbs up Wifi/Network is marked as "Limited"

    Has your Wifi been saying "Limited" and you can't load any web pages? Here's the answer!

    [1] Right-click your Wifi icon at the bottom-right corner of your screen> Select "Open Network and Sharing center"
    [2] Then on the Left sidebar under Control panel, choose "Change adapter settings"
    [3] You will now see a list of your devices. Disable all of the unused connections by right-clicking it and pressing disable.
    [4] In my case, since I have a Belkin Wireless adapter, I disabled all The others like "Wifi 2" and "Wired Ethernet connection".
    [5] As soon as it is all disabled, test your internet. If it works, please tell me! If problems presist, tell me also!
    NOTE: You should notice now when you click your Wifi icon, You will not see "Network Limited(picture)" anymore! Hope this helps!

    -Nova

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    Hi Darknova, welcome to this Windows 8 forums. Hope you can enjoy here.

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    Default Re: Wifi/Network is marked as "Limited"

    Thank you, Darknova, for your input. I copied your numbered "fix-it" and printed it out for future reference. I suggest that others do that too.

    Setting up a new Wi-Fi connection, that actually Works, can be anywhere from Tricky, to a real PITA.
    I've fought with it many times myself, on my PC and customer's PC's.

    With the vast resources available to MS, I would think that they would have created a Wi-Fi setup wizard that really works. But alas, we're still futzing with it.
    That makes NO sense, since so many of the computers in the world have to use Wi-Fi.

    Welcome to our forum!

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    Default Re: Wifi/Network is marked as "Limited"

    Hey. It works. Love ya, man.

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    Default Re: Wifi/Network is marked as "Limited"

    It works for me. Many thanks to Nova.

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    Default Re: Wifi/Network is marked as "Limited"

    Hi,

    It didn't work for me.
    I'm able to connect via Ethernet but my WiFi keeps saying it's limited.
    Is there a chance that my router's firmware isn't compatible with my WiFi card?

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    Have you checked for updates with your Wi-Fi? This may or may not help. It didn't for my desktop, however I'm running Ethernet anyway, it came with a built in Atheros AR5007EG wireless card that works with Windows 7, but not 8. Some cards just doesn't work with Windows 8. Have you tried running the troubleshooter?

    Can you please return with your system specs, including the wi-fi card brand & model? This would help a lot. And what about Windows 8? Did you upgrade, clean install or buy a new computer with Windows 8 pre-installed?

    As long as your router is working, even with older firmware, that in itself wouldn't prevent you from connecting. If you have another computer that does connect, or the one that you have did prior to installing Windows 8, it's OK. Still, it's best to update the firmware if offered, normally they perform better & are more secure. Normally, firmware updates, like BIOS updates, are to address a particular issue or issues. With networking, the chances that it applies to you are greater than a BIOS update is.

    Cat

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    Default Re: Wifi/Network is marked as "Limited"

    Hi Cat,

    Thanks for replying.
    My laptop had Windows 8 pre-installed.

    My WiFi is working now.
    It seems that it only wanted to run using my default WEP key instead of the other available keys our network had.

    Also, I uninstalled the pre-installed McAfee antivirus...

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    Default Re: Wifi/Network is marked as "Limited"

    Glad that it worked out. Sometimes, networking issues can drive one up the wall, I've seen plenty of threads on them, on every tech forum that I've been a part of. Not to mention my own experiences. What I don't have patience with is older wireless cards (those "G" type ones). Many times, on older notebooks, one can grab a USB "N-300" adapter at a reasonable price & it works better than what's installed. Or if the older one is easily accessible, replace it with a modern one. "AC" is the new standard, but it's going to take a year or so to drop in price. It will be a nice upgrade, like the "N" was to the "G", 10+ x better & WiMax compatible.

    On new ones, such as yours, it should have worked out of the box, sometimes it just doesn't. I've had it to go both ways with new computers. The one that didn't work, the OEM (HP) had the wrong driver installed. Downloaded & installed the original one from their site, it worked perfectly.

    No doubt, you done yourself a huge favor by removing McAfee antivirus. That brand ruined themselves a couple of years ago, with the infamous update that knocked millions of computers (mostly business users) out for the day. Time is money in the business/corporate world, I'm positive that some were looking for other solutions while McAfee had their thumbs up their butts & by the next day, many had changed brands. I'm positive that many IT personnel were working overnight changing security brands that very night.

    People tend not to forget these things for years, if ever. Plus the brand is a little heavy on resources for my liking. It came on a Dell notebook that I had some time back, a 15 month subscription, I may have used it 2 or 3 days before removal. Security is supposed to protect us, not be in the way.

    Hope that this is fixed for good. Come back anytime.

    Cat

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    Default Re: Wifi/Network is marked as "Limited"

    Oh so that's what happened with McAfee. I feel sorry for them in a way...

    My connection now only becomes unstable because our walls are too thick. :P
    I'm thinking of getting a wifi range extender next time.

    Thanks again.

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