I was running into an issue where my laptops wireless adapter would not reconnect after returning from sleep. I would troubleshoot the problem and the repair would read “The default gateway is not available“. I was able to track this issue down to the power management settings shutting off my network device and not properly turning it back on. Easy enough, I can just disable the power management settings for my wireless network adapter…at least that’s what I thought I could do.

When I loaded the device properties (From Device Manager) the “Power Management” was nowhere to be found. On to of that the Network Adapter settings where also missing form the power management plan settings.  

How to enable the power management settings:

  1. Launch your Registry Editor (Windows button and type “Regedit“)
  2. Navigate to: “Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power
  3. Select the entry called ‘CsEnabled
  4. Change the “Value data” to “0” and select “OK
  5. Reboot your machine

NOTE: If  ‘CsEnabled’ is not there, create a new “DWORD (32-bit) Value“. Title is ‘CsEnabled‘, Value Data ‘0‘, Base ‘Hexadecimal‘, and ‘OK‘.

Missing Menu Options Example:

Registry Editor Key & Its Location: 

Restored Power Management Options:

That’s it!