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Wireless adapter not automatically connecting

  1. #1


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Wireless adapter not automatically connecting


    I have a Netgear WN111 wireless adapter on my PC. Since installing Windows 8.1 it doesn't connect automatically to the router. The PC says there are no connections available, so I can't even click on the router to try to connect. If I pull the adapter out and push it back into the USB port it connects automatically. Also, when I switch the PC off, the LED on the adapter continues to flash, so I have to pull it out and plug it in again to stop that. I've tried troubleshooting, compatibility check, reinstalling the driver and uninstalling the driver and getting Windows to install one itself. Any ideas please on how to fix these problems? Many thanks!

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  2. #2


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    Windows 8 Pro


    It's quite an old Legacy Product (Even netgear sites shows it is as discontinued) , with Windows 8.1 , Microsoft dropped support for a lot of legacy item drivers.

    It's just one of the many issues 8.1 brought with older hardware , unlikely there will be a fix , but you could try and see if you are using the most upto-date driver.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Thanks Wullail. I've tried installing the most up-to-date driver. I understand what you're saying about W8.1 not supporting these products or drivers, it's just confusing that when you take it out and put it back in, it works fine. It's as if W8.1 is looking for an ethernet connection rather than an adapter when it starts up and only recognises the adapter when you plug it in once the PC is on.
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  4. #4


    Quote Originally Posted by sbetty View Post
    I have a Netgear WN111 wireless adapter on my PC. Since installing Windows 8.1 it doesn't connect automatically to the router. The PC says there are no connections available, so I can't even click on the router to try to connect. If I pull the adapter out and push it back into the USB port it connects automatically. Also, when I switch the PC off, the LED on the adapter continues to flash, so I have to pull it out and plug it in again to stop that. I've tried troubleshooting, compatibility check, reinstalling the driver and uninstalling the driver and getting Windows to install one itself. Any ideas please on how to fix these problems? Many thanks!
    You could try installing the driver in compatibility mode. Try the Windows 8 setting or which ever Op system the old driver worked with.
    Using Compatibility Mode in Windows 8.1 | Teching It Easy: with Windows
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Yes, I tried that and it didn't work either, but thanks for the suggestion.
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    Could you tell us which version it is? is it V1 orV2, Version 1 has Broadcom chipset and version 2 has Atheros 9170 chipset, if you could try one of those drivers with your chipset, it may solve the problem.
    Atheros AR9001U (AR9170) 802.11n Wireless LAN USB Adapter Windows Drivers | Laptop Software
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    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Oh that's an interesting idea. I'm not sure which version it is. I tried to find that out, but there's no indication, so I assumed it is version 1. How do I find out the version? Many thanks.
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    You could find that in Device manager, right click the Wireless adapter, select Properties and look under details.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Thanks. It doesn't say which version it is there. I did google image on the two versions and v2 has v2 written on the adapter so I must have v1. When I start up the desktop it shows the monitor and cable symbol which indicates it's looking for an ethernet connection rather than wireless as default. If I shutdown and start up it doesn't recognise the adapter unless I take it out and plug it in, but if I restart the desktop it picks it and works fine. Very odd.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    Try also UNPLUG and completely RE-SET your Router - note this is NOT the USB adapter-- leave it for at least 2 mins before plugging back in. - Note though take a note of the settings before you re-set the router even better if there is a backup config file.

    While the router is re-setting disable / turn off all your computers / mobile phone / tablet wi-fi connections.

    (If your Wi-Fi is via CABLE then re-set the cable box instead of the router).

    Also re-set any Wi-Fi extenders you might have.

    Now re-start everything again.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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