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Another "connect to mobile wifi" question

  1. #1


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    8.1

    Another "connect to mobile wifi" question


    I read a bunch of previous threads on this, but none really fit my problem. A long story here, but for the time being I am having to use my mobile data connection for internet access. When I try to connect to the USB tethering, I have to go in to the adapter settings, and enable, and disable, and re-enable the adapter about 4 times before it recognizes the USB. When trying to connect to a wifi, it's click connect on the phone connection (which shows up fine), wait until it says not connected, and click connect again, about 4 or 5 times. Using either the USB or wifi it will connect eventually, I have tried 3 different phones, and it's the same thing on all three. So I would think the problem is in my 8.1.

    The last time my internet went out, and I tried to use the mobile wifi (which I've had saved on my pc for over a year), all I had to do was turn the phone hotspot on, and the pc connected immediately within 2 to 3 seconds, now it's taking almost 2 minutes every time no matter which type connection I use.

    I have made sure every thing on the pc and the phones are updated. What I don't understand is I connected one time, and it worked perfect, just like any other connection, then the next time, it wouldn't. It's either a hardware, or software problem, I have tried to make sure both are working correctly, and as far as I can find the pc is showing no problems.

    Any ideas what could be going on here, or what I might try?

    Thanks
    Robby

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  2. #2


    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Might help to know specs like computer/adapter/wifi router/phone, etc.

    Have you run the troubleshooter when connected?
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  3. #3


    N. Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    You didn't even mention which phone OS you are using (Windows, Android, iOS, ?). I use an Android phone and use the PDANet app which allows me to tether my Android phone via wifi, USB cable or Bluetooth.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 18
    8.1

    my brain just went on vacation


    Ok, guys, I don't know what happened to me, my brain just went on vacation while posting that.

    All the phones were Android, it's a Dell 5730 Inspirion laptop, running 8.1. It's a Dell 1705 wireless adapter. When usb tethering it's a NDIS based adapter. Up until about a week ago, all I had to do was just turn on my hotspot on the phone, and the computer would automatically connect, I didn't have to touch it at all. Then it just stopped. I haven't needed a software based adapter because Windows connected just fine. So I shouldn't have to install anything like PDA Net, I just need to figure out why this stopped working.

    Wait a minute, just thought about this, about 3 weeks ago, we had a windows update, that fried my and my wifes laptops. They are both Dell Inspirions. (That was a coincidence not planned), It took me two days to get them working again, I wonder if that might have affected it?
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  5. #5


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Don't suppose you have a restore point or image before this started happening?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 18
    8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Don't suppose you have a restore point or image before this started happening?
    Actually I do, I just have to remember exactly when it started.
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