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SOLVED: The Remote Device Won’t Accept The Connection Error

Learn to fix the "Remote Device Won't Accept Connection" error by clearing browser cache, resetting internet settings, disabling antivirus and more.

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The connection error arises when there’s a problem with the network connection between two devices. Additionally, it prevents internet usage and inhibits any browser from establishing a link. While troubleshooting, I found multiple ways to fix this recurring error, such as clearing the DNS cache and turning off Firewall.

Key Takeaways
  • The error stems from connectivity issues and is detected in the Network Diagnostics Tool.
  • Antivirus restrictions, wrong proxy settings, bugs in OS, or incompatible drivers may be to blame for the remote device or resource refusing to accept the connection.
  • Updating Network drivers, clearing the DNS cache, and reverting the IP address to default can fix the error.

Method Difficulty Rating

Disable LAN Proxy

Rated: 2/10

Reset Internet

Rated: 2/10


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The Remote Device Or Resource Won’t Accept The Connection Error

You will see the following error message:

Error Message: The remote device or resource won’t accept the connection.

Tip: Try some basic troubleshooting steps, like power cycling the PC and router, checking devices and cables, clearing the browser cache/ DNS cache, updating Network drivers, deactivating the Firewall and antivirus.

Disable LAN Proxy

LAN Proxy acts as an intermediary between the user and the websites. The data travels from the website through the proxy to the user and vice versa. It acts as a security layer, protecting the computer from hacking attempts and data theft.

However, sometimes, it can impose unnecessary restrictions on devices and websites, thus preventing their access. Turn off the LAN Proxy setting on your PC so it can communicate directly with the internet.

  1. Search Internet Options: Launch the Windows Search Bar > Enter Internet Options > Click on it.
    Internet Options
    Navigate To Internet Options (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  2. Choose LAN Settings: Go to the Connections tab > Press LAN Settings.
    LAN Settings
    Select LAN Settings (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Turn Off LAN Proxy: You’ll see an option: Use a proxy server for your LAN > Uncheck it > OK.
    Uncheck Proxy
    Uncheck Proxy Box (Image By Tech4Gamers)

The fix was also upvoted as helpful by several members of the Microsoft Community when suggested by an Independent Advisor.


Reset Internet Settings

Another way I resolved the error message was to perform an internet reset. Additionally, I released the existing IP address to troubleshoot any network glitches or issues and requested a new one from the DHCP server.

Other than that, I reset the Windows Socket catalog used by the system applications to communicate with the network services. Here are all the codes I used to perform this method that successfully eliminated the trouble.

  1. Launch CMD: Open Run by pressing Windows+R > Type cmd > OK > Yes.
  2. Execute Commands: Run the following commands one after another into the Command Prompt window:
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /flushdns
    ipconfig /renew
    netsh winsock reset
    netsh int ip reset

Wrap Up

Upon further investigation, I discovered that the error is not exclusive to Windows 11; users of earlier versions, such as Windows 7, have encountered the same issue on their computers.

WINDOWS 11 “The remote device or resource won’t accept the connection” error
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The error mainly hints at a network misconfiguration; therefore, the techniques discussed above are reliable fixes for this error and can quickly make it disappear. In case the internet is not functioning properly on multiple devices, contact your ISP.


Common Questions Answered

What Does This Error Mean?

It means you can not connect to a network or a server or surf the internet. The error could be due to client-side or server-side issues.

What Should I Do If The Error Appears When Connecting To A Device?

Check that the recipient device is powered on and connected to the network. Ensure there are no external hindrances in the connection.

How Do I Quickly Fix The Error?

Disable antivirus software and turn off the LAN proxy to eliminate the error message and establish a successful connection.


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