Wireless adapter issues

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I could use some advice from some of the more technical people on this board.  My computer has this wireless adapter information:

 Intel(R) Centrino(R) Wireless-N 6150
Physical Address: ‎40-25-C2-C2-3B-9C
DHCP Enabled: Yes
IPv4 Address: 192.168.1.5
IPv4 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Lease Obtained: Saturday, December 19, 2015 4:48:41 PM
Lease Expires: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 7:05:41 AM
IPv4 Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
IPv4 DHCP Server: 192.168.1.1
IPv4 DNS Server: 192.168.1.1
IPv4 WINS Server: 
NetBIOS over Tcpip Enabled: Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address: fe80::5478:94e0:3e91:3319%11
IPv6 Default Gateway: 
IPv6 DNS Server: fe80::fec2:deff:fe6f:f282%11

The problem I am having is often when pages try to load it will say "no connection: but then load them.  At this moment it shows the connection to the Netgear router but says "no internet access".  Initially this morning it indeed didn't seem to be connected and I thought weather since light rain is falling, but as soon as I had turned on my Verizon hot spot it started loading pages though it still shows that there is no access to the internet.  A speed check showed adequate speeds, 5.98 down and 1 up. 

Does anything jump out as an incorrect setting?   Could I have some sort of virus I need to look for?  Is the device possibly failing?  Any suggestions or ideas would be welcome since it is getting a bit annoying.  Or is the router causing this and not my adapter?
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Are we talking Windows by any chance?
 
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Sorry, forgot to specify that, I am still running Windows 7 on this machine thinking about upgrading but haven't gotten around to doing that.
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OK, sounds like you're referring to the Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI - not to be confused with Jethro Gibbs) appearing in the system tray (it's also displayed elsewhere).

Since it's introduction with Vista, it's been historically inaccurate not to mention buggy over the years.

Some understandable technical detail can be found at:

http://www.ghacks.net/2014/02/07/disable-customize-windows-internet-connection-test-improve-privacy/

which also includes a link for the overly technical Microsoft explanation.

Essentially, it's flawed because it relies on a test for specific Microsoft site which isn;t a reliable indicator of other internet access. Once it tends to warn, it tends not to go off until a subsequent check (or restart of Windows).

The link above provides a way to disable/customize or more simply live with the annoyance.

P.S. Application behavior may be dependent upon whether it relies on that indicator or not (most applications have learned not to). From your perspective the most reliable method would be observing the ViaSat modem lights or modem status page.       
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Thanks so much for the information!   Yes it's mostly an annoyance, sometimes reboot fixes the warning/problem.  Sometimes it goes away on it's own. Yes it may be something not worth messing with if it works the majority of the time and and least now I know what is going on.