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  1. #1

    Posts : 5
    Windows 8

    scan for available wi-fi connections

    Hi All,
    When I turn on my Toshiba Satellite laptop, it does not see my i-phone hotspot. Wi-Fi status says "No Wi-Fi connections available". I always have to turn the hotspot off and then back on after the laptop is up and running for the laptop to find it. This does not happen with my desktop. It sees the i-phone hotspot without the need to cycle the hotspot off and back on, so I'm thinking that it has to do with the Toshiba rather than the i-phone. Both laptop and desktop are running Windows 8. Not a big problem, but I thought some one may know of a setting which I need to change. Thanks for any thoughts and knowledge.
    Cheers, Tally

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  2. #2

    Posts : 1,093
    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview

    How far away from the wi-fi hotspot is your laptop? Does it work if you move the laptop closer to the source? Once you can see the hot spot on your laptop, how many bars appear (or what is the signal strength rating)?
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  3. #3

    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    Is the iPhone Hotspot an N-Speed source? How about your PC, is it B,G, or N? The Toshiba may be an N. Check the Wifi settings on the Toshiba, set them to the same way it is set on the PC.
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  4. #4

    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    Distance doesn't seem to be an issue. The Wi-Fi connection shows all 5 strength bars.

    I can't figure out how to check/change the "speed source" and "wifi settings". The wireless settings only show on or off for wireless and airplane mode.

    Thanks for the input.
    Cheers, Tally
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