navigator.onLine not always working

I'm having an issue with the navigator.onLine property.

I'm running a simple website from a local kiosk running on a WAMP.

On my laptop when I test this it works. I turn off WiFi and the alert box shows up. Disconnecting the internet on the kiosk running the WAMP software does not produce the false status. Any ideas why?

var online = navigator.onLine;

if (online == false) {

    alert("Sorry, we currently do not have Internet access.");
    location.reload();

}

Answers:

Answer

MDN about navigator.onLine:

In Chrome and Safari, if the browser is not able to connect to a local area network (LAN) or a router, it is offline; all other conditions return true. So while you can assume that the browser is offline when it returns a false value, you cannot assume that a true value necessarily means that the browser can access the internet.

As described above, this property is not trustable, so, in my opinion, the best workaround is an ajax call to a server-side page. If the browser is offline, then the connection will fail and, thus, the onerror event will be called. Otherwise, the onload event is called:

function isOnline(no,yes){
    var xhr = XMLHttpRequest ? new XMLHttpRequest() : new ActiveXObject('Microsoft.XMLHttp');
    xhr.onload = function(){
        if(yes instanceof Function){
            yes();
        }
    }
    xhr.onerror = function(){
        if(no instanceof Function){
            no();
        }
    }
    xhr.open("GET","anypage.php",true);
    xhr.send();
}

isOnline(
    function(){
        alert("Sorry, we currently do not have Internet access.");
    },
    function(){
        alert("Succesfully connected!");
    }
);
Answer

As Danilo Valente pointed: navigator.onLine property is not trustable,

But NOT every error in ajax response means you are disconnected from the internet! It may be an API error (403,500,404 ....)

If you are using axios, you can distinguish these errors like this:

axios.request(options).catch(function(error) {
  if (!error.response) {
    // network error (server is down or no internet)
  } else {
    // http status code
    const code = error.response.status
    // data from server while error
    const response = error.response.data
  }
});

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