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Wifi connection issues with unsecured networks

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    windows 8

    Wifi connection issues with unsecured networks


    Hi,

    We have internet provided through the place we live for free. It is broadcasted as an unsecured wifi network. I can connect to the internet with no problems with my windows 7 computer. I recently got a windows 8 computer. I this computer has trouble staying connected to the unsecured network. It will connect for a few minutes then the limited connectivity will come up. Other times it says its connected has a full strength bar but the connection just spins and nothing loads. I have tried a few other forum suggestions with no luck. I have went to the settings and told the computer to not turn of the wifi to save battery which has not fixed the problem. I do not have access to the router and have not way to change anything with it. I have tried turning of the firewall turning of the windows defender to see it it was those programs but still have a connection problem. I am unsure what setting is keeping the connection from being stable with this computer.

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  2. #2


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    Bad driver or has an antenna that is not as sensitive as the old Windows 7 computer. It helps to post the manufacturer & model of the computer.

    Also open up a Command Prompt and enter the following without the quotes. Post the results on here: "netsh wlan show all" .
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5
    windows 8


    its a toshiba satellite L875D-S7332 I ran the above here is the information

    IHV diagnostics CLSID : {00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}

    =======================================================================
    ============================= SHOW INTERFACES =========================
    =======================================================================

    There is 1 interface on the system:
    Name : Wi-Fi
    Description : Realtek RTL8188CE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
    GUID : eda002a6-a5f8-47ac-b3d3-1e23dd2471a3
    Physical address : 20:68:9d:e7:ce:62
    State : connected
    SSID : SP1
    BSSID : 00:02:6f:7c:3a:84
    Network type : Infrastructure
    Radio type : 802.11g
    Authentication : Open
    Cipher : None
    Connection mode : Auto Connect
    Channel : 3
    Receive rate (Mbps) : 12
    Transmit rate (Mbps) : 12
    Signal : 90%
    Profile : SP1 2 3
    Hosted network status : Not available

    =======================================================================
    =========================== SHOW HOSTED NETWORK =======================
    =======================================================================

    Hosted network settings
    -----------------------
    Mode : Allowed
    Settings : <Not configured>
    Hosted network status
    ---------------------
    Status : Not available

    =======================================================================
    ============================= SHOW SETTINGS ===========================
    =======================================================================

    Wireless LAN settings
    ---------------------
    Show blocked networks in visible network list: No
    Only use GP profiles on GP-configured networks: No
    Hosted network mode allowed in WLAN service: Yes
    Allow shared user credentials for network authentication: Yes
    Block period: Not Configured.
    Auto configuration logic is enabled on interface "Wi-Fi"

    =======================================================================
    ============================== SHOW FILTERS ===========================
    =======================================================================

    Allow list on the system (group policy)
    ---------------------------------------
    <None>
    Allow list on the system (user)
    -------------------------------
    <None>
    Block list on the system (group policy)
    ---------------------------------------
    <None>
    Block list on the system (user)
    -------------------------------
    <None>

    =======================================================================
    =========================== SHOW CREATEALLUSER ========================
    =======================================================================

    Everyone is allowed to create all user profiles.

    =======================================================================
    ============================= SHOW PROFILES ===========================
    =======================================================================

    Profiles on interface Wi-Fi:
    Group policy profiles (read only)
    ---------------------------------
    <None>
    User profiles
    -------------
    All User Profile : SP1 2 3
    All User Profile : Spinosarus
    All User Profile : SP1

    =======================================================================
    ========================== SHOW PROFILES NAME=* =======================
    =======================================================================

    Profile SP1 2 3 on interface Wi-Fi:
    =======================================================================
    Applied: All User Profile
    Profile information
    -------------------
    Version : 1
    Type : Wireless LAN
    Name : SP1 2 3
    Control options :
    Connection mode : Connect automatically
    Network broadcast : Connect even if this network is not broadcasting
    AutoSwitch : Do not switch to other networks
    Connectivity settings
    ---------------------
    Number of SSIDs : 1
    SSID name : "SP1"
    Network type : Infrastructure
    Radio type : [ Any Radio Type ]
    Vendor extension : Not present
    Security settings
    -----------------
    Authentication : Open
    Cipher : None
    Security key : Absent
    Key Index : 1
    Cost settings
    -------------
    Cost : Unrestricted
    Congested : No
    Approaching Data Limit : No
    Over Data Limit : No
    Roaming : No
    Cost Source : Default

    Profile Spinosarus on interface Wi-Fi:
    =======================================================================
    Applied: All User Profile
    Profile information
    -------------------
    Version : 1
    Type : Wireless LAN
    Name : Spinosarus
    Control options :
    Connection mode : Connect automatically
    Network broadcast : Connect only if this network is broadcasting
    AutoSwitch : Do not switch to other networks
    Connectivity settings
    ---------------------
    Number of SSIDs : 1
    SSID name : "Spinosarus"
    Network type : Infrastructure
    Radio type : [ Any Radio Type ]
    Vendor extension : Not present
    Security settings
    -----------------
    Authentication : WPA2-Personal
    Cipher : CCMP
    Security key : Present
    Cost settings
    -------------
    Cost : Unrestricted
    Congested : No
    Approaching Data Limit : No
    Over Data Limit : No
    Roaming : No
    Cost Source : Default

    Profile SP1 on interface Wi-Fi:
    =======================================================================
    Applied: All User Profile
    Profile information
    -------------------
    Version : 1
    Type : Wireless LAN
    Name : SP1
    Control options :
    Connection mode : Connect automatically
    Network broadcast : Connect even if this network is not broadcasting
    AutoSwitch : Do not switch to other networks
    Connectivity settings
    ---------------------
    Number of SSIDs : 1
    SSID name : "SP1"
    Network type : Infrastructure
    Radio type : [ Any Radio Type ]
    Vendor extension : Not present
    Security settings
    -----------------
    Authentication : WPA2-Personal
    Cipher : TKIP
    Security key : Present
    Cost settings
    -------------
    Cost : Unrestricted
    Congested : No
    Approaching Data Limit : No
    Over Data Limit : No
    Roaming : No
    Cost Source : Default

    =======================================================================
    ======================= SHOW NETWORKS MODE=BSSID ======================
    =======================================================================

    Interface name : Wi-Fi
    There are 3 networks currently visible.
    SSID 1 :
    Network type : Infrastructure
    Authentication : Open
    Encryption : None
    BSSID 1 : 88:dc:96:14:81:3c
    Signal : 58%
    Radio type : 802.11g
    Channel : 3
    Basic rates (Mbps) : 1 2 5.5 11
    Other rates (Mbps) : 6 9 12 18 24 36 48 54
    BSSID 2 : 88:dc:96:14:81:3a
    Signal : 44%
    Radio type : 802.11g
    Channel : 3
    Basic rates (Mbps) : 1 2 5.5 11
    Other rates (Mbps) : 6 9 12 18 24 36 48 54
    SSID 2 : SP1
    Network type : Infrastructure
    Authentication : Open
    Encryption : None
    BSSID 1 : 8a:dc:96:14:81:3c
    Signal : 50%
    Radio type : 802.11g
    Channel : 3
    Basic rates (Mbps) : 1 2 5.5 11
    Other rates (Mbps) : 6 9 12 18 24 36 48 54
    BSSID 2 : 00:02:6f:7c:3a:84
    Signal : 49%
    Radio type : 802.11g
    Channel : 3
    Basic rates (Mbps) : 1 2 5.5 11
    Other rates (Mbps) : 6 9 12 18 24 36 48 54
    BSSID 3 : 8a:dc:96:14:81:3a
    Signal : 18%
    Radio type : 802.11g
    Channel : 3
    Basic rates (Mbps) : 1 2 5.5 11
    Other rates (Mbps) : 6 9 12 18 24 36 48 54
    SSID 3 : EZ-Bridge
    Network type : Infrastructure
    Authentication : WPA2-Personal
    Encryption : CCMP
    BSSID 1 : 00:11:7c:0c:2d:6f
    Signal : 50%
    Radio type : 802.11g
    Channel : 11
    Basic rates (Mbps) : 1 2 5.5 11
    Other rates (Mbps) : 6 9 12 18 24 36 48 54

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  4. #4


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    The signal is too low for you to connect is why. Anything below 76% for Signal. You are never going to be able to keep the connection alive. No matter what you do with that machine.

    The best thing I would suggest. Is using a USB adapter with external antennas, if it is a laptop. You may be able to use an Access Point as a Bridge to attempt to grab a better connection for units in your place.

    The problem is that whomever setup that A/P infrastructure. Did not look at allowing enough coverage for everyone that may access it from outside the fringe coverage area.

    You can use inSSIDer to try and find the best signal in your place. But really nothing can be done until the owner of that WiFi network either upgrades their equipment, or adds more Access Points to cover the fringe area.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 5
    windows 8


    I have tried connecting the labtop to both a wifi booster antenna and a linksys wifi adapter and the computer will not connect to the wifi signals they provide at all. Only to the internal wifi signals. The connection just keeps spinning and the connection shows as full. When I trouble shoot the connection it says nothing is wrong.
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  6. #6


    The signal strength is actually 90 percent.

    The problem is that there are no Windows 8 drivers that are going to connect to an unsecured wireless G network. And there shouldn't be any either, Wireless G is over ten years out of date and unsecured networks are just plain dangerous.

    Time for someone to upgrade their hardware. Maybe a USB adaptor would work. I'm outta here.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 5
    windows 8


    Does that mean we should downgrade to windows 7? We cannot get any other type of internet it is the unsecured wifi connection or nothing
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  8. #8


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    No it does not mean to downgrade to Windows 7. Your problem is that the fact that there is not enough coverage from the A/P. You are on the fringe edge of its signal. So you will never get a good connection, no matter what OS you use on that unit.
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  9. #9


    Quote Originally Posted by lisauze View Post
    Does that mean we should downgrade to windows 7? We cannot get any other type of internet it is the unsecured wifi connection or nothing
    I'd go with Windows 7 here because it's G signal and most Windows 8 drivers don't support wireless G, depends on the router, drivers etc. You may be able to find a USB wireless NIC that will work. The signal strength is 90 percent so that is not the issue here. I've seen this many times. I've highlighted those things below. Have a nice day.

    Radio type : 802.11g
    Authentication : Open
    Cipher : None
    Connection mode : Auto Connect
    Channel : 3
    Receive rate (Mbps) : 12
    Transmit rate (Mbps) : 12
    Signal : 90%
    Profile : SP1 2 3
    Hosted network status : Not available
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  10. #10


    Posts : 5
    windows 8


    But I have tried the boosters and I can't connect with it or the adapter. It days i'm connected but when I select Firefox or explorer it says its it is not connected or the status bar just spins. When I troubleshoot the connection it says no issues found
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