How to Fix Default Gateway Is Not Available

Default Gateway is a computer's network system's node which forwards the data packet to any valid host destination.

Are you having internet connection problem in your computer?

Tired of seeing the error Default Gateway Is Not Available ?


Take it easy. It's not any complex problem.

I have a super simple solution for this problem which I'm going to share with you in this post.

So, let's get started.

What Does Default Gateway Is Not Available Mean

Default Gateway Is Not Available is an error shown for network connectivity problem on Windows PC.

When you have this problem you will see a Limited or no connectivity symbol on the internet access icon in the system tray of your taskbar.

I know it's very frustrating to lose your internet connection.

But the interesting thing is:

This error is not related to your internet access rather it's related to your router and PC's software.

That means you have working internet connection but you just need to fix this error to get its access. 

And you can do it buy going through the fix that I have provided here. So read the post from top to bottom very carefully to fix it once and for all.

Reasons Behind Default Gateway Is Not Available Error

There isn't any single culprit causing this error. This error is mostly caused by McAfee programs, Auto Logon features of windows and faulty network adapter’s drivers.


You may ask:

Will disabling and deleting these files will fix the error completely?

My simple answer will be:

No, it won't you'll need to do something more and I am going to explain it in the next topic. so, keep reading.

It's pretty simple process.

I really don't know what you have heard before but let me tell you that:

There are few other reasons too working behind this problematic error.

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Fix for Default Gateway Is Not Available

I have given a 5 step process to fix the error "Default Gateway Is Not Available" below:

I have briefly explained how to do all these steps so that you don't face any problem.

The best way will be if your go through all these steps and check if the internet on your computer is working.

So, best of luck and let's get right into the steps.

Step 1: Uninstall All McAfee Programs

This is a pretty straight forward process. Here are the required steps to follow:

1. At first, search Control Panel and open it.

2. Now select Uninstall a Program shown below the Programs.

3. Now, for all McAfee Apps, right click on their name and choose uninstall.

4. Once all the apps are uninstalled give a fresh restart to your computer and check if the problem persists or not.


If this step worked for you then no need to follow any the other steps except the step 2. it will save you for the future.

On the other hand,If this step didn't work then don't worry the other 4 steps surely will.

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Step 2: Update Ethernet Drivers

Updating your motherboard's drivers regularly helps you a lot. This simple fix can solve your internet and sound errors very easily.

That's why you need to update your hardware drivers on a regular basis.

Not sure about how to do it?

No Worries. Here are the steps:

1. Hit the "Windows" + "R" key to open the Run window.

2. Write devmgmt.msc in the dialogue box and click OK to open Device Manager.

3. Select Network adapters and then right click on devices and click on update driver software. (Atleast update the Intel Ethernet Connection and Realtek Wireless Lan)

4. Then select search automatically for updated driver software.

5. After all updates are complete make sure to restart your PC.

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Step 3: Disabling Auto Logon

Although this is a useful feature but still this feature of windows creates a lot of problems. And one of these problems is the “Default gateway is not available” Error.

What this feature does is:

When the PC is turned on, It automatically logs in the user who have shut down PC.

The simplest way to disable this feature on windows is to set password on all the user accounts on your computer.

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Step 4: Change Ports of Your Wireless Router

The "Default gateway is not available" error is sometimes caused by your dual band wireless adapters.


If you are using a wireless router but connected your PC to it with an ethernet cable then, I'll recommend you to change the port that you have used to connect your PC to the router.

It's totally safe so don't worry.

You can also try using the encryption method of WPA-WPA2 to fix this error.

It's better if you setup up the router freshly. But if you are unable to do this by your own then you may call your Internet Service Provider(ISP) to give you instructions.

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Step 5: Turn off Power Conservation

About this step, I'll say:

Power saving features of newer windows versions are amazing but they cause some errors like the “Default gateway is not available” Error.

Sadly you'll need to turn of this incredible feature to save your self from this error.

Ok, let's not talk much and get right into the steps of disabling this feature:

1. Simply search for Device Manager.

2. In the device manager window you'll need to click on Network adapter and it will show several  devices.

3. Then Right click on the internet driver you are using ( Named like Intel Network Connection) and select properties.

4. Now, go to the tab named Power Management and uncheck the “Allow the computer to turn off this device to conserve power” option.

And it's done

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Final Thoughts

The error Default gateway is not available is a great  distress for the windows PC users.

But it's good that it doesn't do any harm to the computer

In the post I've given fixes for both software and hardware related problems that were causing the "Default gateway is not available" error of your computer.

Hopefully These solutions worked for you.

I am very eager to know the step that worked for you. Don't forget to tell us in the comment section below and stay tuned with us for awesome tech blog and tutorials.

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