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Internet Becomes "Limited" after starting up a Hotspot

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    Internet Becomes "Limited" after starting up a Hotspot


    Sooo yeah, where to start.
    I use a hotspot program to make my laptop a wi-fi hotspot, for my 3DS, and now whenever I start up a hotspot my internet becomes limited. This started happening yesterday when the apartment complex I'm in set up a new internet connection and got rid of the previous one, which would not make my internet limited but now the new one does. I honestly have no idea what the problem is, except the fact the new internet might be the problem.
    The programs I'm using to make my internet a Wi-Fi hotspot are Connectify Pro and Virtual Router. The programs are indeed granted access through my firewall (if that even helps) and my network card is Realtek RTL8188E Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC. I've also tried making a hotspot on my Mother's laptop but the internet also becomes limited as well making me believe the new internet is the problem, but have no idea what the actual problem is. Any help would be appreciated, and I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right section so if I'm not feel free to move it to another section, thanks.

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    Unless you use a second Wifi adapter, you are always going to run into this issue. Most likely the company that manages your apartment's Internet services and equipment have made changes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Unless you use a second Wifi adapter, you are always going to run into this issue. Most likely the company that manages your apartment's Internet services and equipment have made changes.
    Not sure how I would do that, thing is I've always been using the Wi-Fi adapter, which is the one I mentioned above solely to connect to the internet, and to provide the Wi-Fi hotspot with so it kinda contradicts what you said :/.
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    So your laptop connects fine by itself, just using the hotspot software fails? Tells me there might be some incompatibility with the software and the new internet provider. Especially since you said you tried on another computer.

    Why not get an AP?
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    So your laptop connects fine by itself, just using the hotspot software fails? Tells me there might be some incompatibility with the software and the new internet provider. Especially since you said you tried on another computer.

    Why not get an AP?
    Yep, when the new internet poped up the hotspot always made my internet limited and I can't get back online until I turn off the hotspot.

    Regarding APs I don't have an additional wireless router. Well before I continue on about that I clicked on "Internet to Share" on Connectify and I also noticed it had the option for "Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter" which is sorta like Ad-Hoc so I'm wondering here if that could help with anything unless I'm going dumb mode here. Sorry, not too much of an expert :/.

    EDIT: Seems my hotspot shows up as "Local Area Connection 2" with the Device Name "Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter" so... I'm guessing this sorta counts as a second wi-fi adapter? I'm just dumbfounded, been searching for a fix for about 8 hours now :/.
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    Will the 3DS connect to Ad-Hoc. Could try other virtual router software like this: Virtual Router Manager - Download

    A search yields quite a few.
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Will the 3DS connect to Ad-Hoc. Could try other virtual router software like this: Virtual Router Manager - Download

    A search yields quite a few.
    Just tried an Ad-Hoc network and it also made my internet limited, I used this method; Set Up Wireless Ad Hoc Internet Connection In Windows 8 | Redmond Pie . Also that's the same software I'm using as a second resort, Virtual Router and it makes my internet limited as well. Been searching 8 hours straight for a fix so yeah.
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    Only thing left is it seems they are blocking hotspots/hosted networks. Do you know anyone else in the apartment complex to see if they can use ad-hoc or hotspot?
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Only thing left is it seems they are blocking hotspots/hosted networks. Do you know anyone else in the apartment complex to see if they can use ad-hoc or hotspot?
    Sadly I don't but I just thought of an idea.
    The internet this place uses is basically the same as a Hotel Wi-Fi, similar to TOS except you connect to the net, go on the browser, and click "accept" so you can be connected to the internet. Point of this is, when I was in a Hotel previously I would call up their ISP and give them my 3DS' Mac address and it would be able to go on the net and so forth without doing the TOS (I can do it on my 3ds but I can't play games online, just use the browser online).
    So I'm wondering if I can just call my front desk up and give them my 3DS' Mac address? I'm not sure how it works and all that since I never got technical into having my own internet (had shared internet 80% of my life) so I'm just wondering if it would be possible for them to set it up in their router-thingy-settings (hey, I'm a scrub XD). If so honestly, what the heck do I ask them? Not even sure what the question I should ask be :?.
    Thanks for the help so far.
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    I have no idea how they have setup your shared service so really don't know what to ask them either other than are they blocking ad-hoc and/or hotspots somehow. The person at the front desk may not even know.
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