How to Fix Unidentified network and Limited Access Problem in Windows

(Last Updated On: June 6, 2018)

Have you encountered “Unidentified Network or “Limited Access” error in Windows?

It is really frustrating you are connected to Internet still you can’t visit any website. I have faced this limited Internet access problem a whole lot of times.

There are several reasons behind the network in not identified or limited access to Internet. Usually, this happens because of incorrect configuration of IP and DNS server.

In this article, I will show you how to fix “Unidentified Network or “Limited Access” problem in Windows.

You may also be interested: Complete Internet Troubleshooting Guide 2018.

This problem is not only occurs in Windows 10 but also in Windows 8 or Windows 7. In addition, this Internet connection problem usually occurs after updating Windows. Even though you could connect to Internet previously without problems. To make matters worse, the problem prevents users from connecting to Internet through both Wifi (wireless) and Ethernet cable.

In this article, we will show you how to fix unidentified network or limited access connection problem in Windows 10. This tutorial will show several methods that will allow you to solve the connectivity problem. Therefore connect to the Internet again. Having said that, we will show you step by step how to solve it easily.

How to fix Unidentified network or Limited access in Windows 10

Solve Unidentified network or Limited access by changing the IP and DNS settings

The first thing we will have to do is open Network and Sharing Center. To do that, right click on Network icon from notification area of Taskbar. Now, click on Open Network & Internet Settings. Make sure you selected the Status tab in left pane of the Window. Now, scroll down to the bottom and click on Network and Sharing Center. Once you are here, click on the name of the network which one you want to resolve.

Network and Sharing Center

By clicking on the network name, Wi-fi status window will open. From that window click on Properties. This will open the properties window. You have to select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP / IPv4) option and click Properties button.

In the new window, check the option Use the following DNS server addresses. This will allow you to enter DNS address. Enter the following DNS address.

– Preferred DNS Server:

– Alternative DNS Server:

Once done, click on the Ok button, which will save the new configuration entered.

DNS settings

The next step will be to open the Command Prompt (CMD) tool as Administrator. Type cmd in the cortona search box and then right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

Command Prompt

Once the CMD is open, type the bellow command and press enter

ipconfig / release


ipconfig / renew

After doing that, restart your computer and check if you now have Internet access, either with Wi-Fi or Ehternet Cable. If you still can not connect to the internet, go to the next method.

cmd ipconfig release

Solve Unidentified network or Limited access by changing the MAC address

In this method, you will have to use software that allows to change the MAC address of your computer (identification address). Technitium MAC Address Changer is a freeware utility to change mac address. We recommend you to download this tool.

After downloading the software, install it and open. At the top, it will show a list of the adapters available on your computer. This is where you will have to select the Wi-Fi option if we are using a wireless connection or Ethernet if you are using a cable connection.

Locate to the Change MAC Address. You can either enter your own MAC address or use a random one by clicking the Random MAC Address button. If you don’t use Random MAC Address and entered your own, it will have to be different from the original one.

Change MAC address Technitium

Finally you only have to click on the Change Now! button for the changes to take effect. Then you have to try to connect again to the desired network to see if it works.

Solve Unidentified network or Limited access in Windows 10

The problem “Limited connection” occurs when the computer is having problems completing its network configuration. It is almost same as “No Connection“, but the “Limited Connection” is displayed when system can theoretically connect to the network but for some reasons it is preventing from obtaining IP address. That is, computer managed to connect to network in some way but could not complete the next step in the connection process.

The computer detects that a network is present and functioning. This means, it detects that a network is connected either through cable or wireless. But, the problem is your computer cannot obtain an IP address or not getting a response.

To solve this, first thing you will have to do is open the Run tool. You can do using the Windows + R keyboard shortcut. Once the Run tool opens, you should enter the following command: ncpa.cpl and click ok or press Enter.

A window will appear and you will see the available network adapters on your computer. Now, right click on the problematic network adapter name and select Properties. In other words, if you are using Wi-Fi, right click on the Wi-Fi adapter. And if you are connecting to Internet by cable connection then right click on Ethernet adapter.

Configure network adapter

In the contextual menu, you will have to select Properties. This will open network adapter Properties window. Now, click on the Configure button. This will open another window and you have to select Power Management tab. In this tab you should make sure that the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power checkbox is NOT checked.

Once this option is unchecked, you just have to click on the OK button for the changes to take effect.

Next, again go to network adapter Properties window and click on Sharing tab. Here you will find the option Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection. You should uncheck this option. Once unchecked, you will only have to click again on the OK button to save the new configuration.

Configure network adapter Finally, you only have to restart your computer so that the changes you have made can take effect.

If you are suffering of unknown network or limited access or no connectivity etc, with these tricks you can solve them and recover your Internet connection in Windows 10.

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