By Vivian / Last Updated December 24, 2021

What is default gateway?

When the device is unsure of the destination, it uses the default gateway to send data. In a nutshell, the default gateway is the router that connects your computer to the external network segment. Without a default gateway, you wouldn't be able to connect to the Internet. If the error "the default gateway is not available" appears, it is obvious that the network is also unavailable.

The Default Gateway is Unavailablr

As a matter of fact, the error may be triggered by the incorrect IP settings or the ISP configuration settings. Moreover, Router settings and outdated drivers could also cause this problem. The error can block you to connect to the Internet.

How do I fix the default gateway is not available?

If “the default gateway is not available” keeps happening on Windows 11, 10, 8..., we provide you with 2 workarounds to help you easily fix the issue as well as 5 solutions like updating the network adapter drivers, setting IPv4 settings... Follow me to know the concrete steps.


Workaround 1. Restart the PC. From the feedback of many users, the error disappears after they shut down and reboot the PC. Trying to do it first may save a lot of time for you if it works.

Workaround 2. Uninstall the antivirus software and turn off the firewall. The antivirus may cause the error “the default gateway is not available” and the firewall may block the gateway. Therefore, we can temporarily disable them to check whether the issue is related to them.

Method 1. Update the network adapter drivers

Step 1. Search “Device Manager” in the search box and then open it.

Device Manager

Step 2. Locate on “Network Adapters”. Right-click on the option under it and then choose “Update Driver”.

Update Driver

Method 2. Change power Management settings for your network adapter

Step 1. Search “Device Manager” in the search box and then open it. Locate the network adapter and double-click it. (As the above steps)

Step 2. Once the Properties window opens, go to the Power Management tab and uncheck Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.

Uncheck Allow This PC

Step 3. Click OK to save the changes.

Method 3. Reset TCP/IP with the Netsh command.

Step 1. Search CMD in the search box and then right click , choose “Run as Administrator” to open it.

Run as Administrator

Step 2. Type the following command line and then press “Enter” key.

netsh int ip reset

Reset IP

Step 3. Once the command is completed, reboot the PC.

Method 4. Set IPv4 settings

Step 1. Press Win + R and then input “ncpa.cpl”, press the “Enter” key.


Step 2. Right click on your Internet, and then select “Properties”.

Network Properties

Step 3. Scroll down and find “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)”, double click on it.

Internet Protocol

Step 4. Tick “Use the following DNS server addresses”, and then write “” beside the Preferred DNS server”, “” beside the Alternate DNS server. And click on “OK”.

Change Server Address

Step 5. Close the window and then check whether the issue has been fixed.

Method 5. Disable and enable the network

Step 1. Press Win + R and then input “ncpa.cpl”, press the “Enter” key.

Step 2. Right-click on your network and then click on “Disable”.

Disable Network

Step 3. After a moment, right-click on the network, and then choose “Enable”.

Enable Network


What should we do to the error “the default gateway is not available” on Windows 11, 10, 8...? Here we mainly introduce 2 workarounds to help you out of the issue quickly and 5 solutions to fix it.