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Cannot connect to mobile Hotspot, wifi options limited

  1. #1


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1

    Cannot connect to mobile Hotspot, wifi options limited


    Honestly this has bee annoying me for a very long time. I have unreliable home internet but with Windows 8 connecting to my phone is always a chore.

    1. there is no option to refresh wifi networks. I'm sure it does this automatically, but there really needs to be a way to do this manually. I'm aware that this can't really be changed so lets move on.

    2. "Connect to hidden network" option sometimes disappears. I don't know where it goes or why, but it goes away when I need it most.

    3. Windows 8 cannot see my phone's Wifi hotspot. Once in a blue moon it will see and it will connect fine if I use "Connect to hidden network" but in order to connect again I have to go through "connect to hidden network" EVERY TIME, causing me to have multiple listings for my hotspot.

    The first two are major pains, but most importantly how the hell do i fix #3? Asus book flip TP500LN and Blackberry Z30.

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  2. #2


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    My first thought is something with the phone. My Android phone connects fine and computer sees it as soon as I turn hotspot on. Have you tried phone with a different computer and/or OS?
    Last edited by popeye; 05 Jun 2015 at 21:20.
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  3. #3


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    If the SSID is hidden, yes you will have issues. Especially if you are somewhere that there is a lot of Access Point Congestion on certain channels.

    You can go into Cmd as an Administrator and enter the following command: netsh wlan show all
    That will allow you to see any and all Access Points that are sending Beacons out, looking for a device to connect to them. Hidden SSID's will only show up with the Channel, mfg & MAC ID.
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  4. #4


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    Windows 8.1


    Code:
    =======================================================================
    ======================= SHOW NETWORKS MODE=BSSID ======================
    =======================================================================
    
    
    Interface name : Wi-Fi
    There are 4 networks currently visible.
    
    SSID 1 : Norbert
        Network type            : Infrastructure
        Authentication          : Open
        Encryption              : None
        BSSID 1                 : 10:fe:ed:38:98:d4
             Signal             : 42%
             Radio type         : 802.11n
             Channel            : 6
             Basic rates (Mbps) : 1 2 5.5 11
             Other rates (Mbps) : 6 9 12 18 24 36 48 54
    
    SSID 2 : Selbstaedt
        Network type            : Infrastructure
        Authentication          : Open
        Encryption              : None
        BSSID 1                 : 48:f8:b3:7b:a6:71
             Signal             : 38%
             Radio type         : 802.11n
             Channel            : 6
             Basic rates (Mbps) : 1 2 5.5 11
             Other rates (Mbps) : 6 9 12 18 24 36 48 54
    
    SSID 3 :
        Network type            : Infrastructure
        Authentication          : WPA2-Personal
        Encryption              : CCMP
        BSSID 1                 : 4a:f8:b3:7b:a6:73
             Signal             : 38%
             Radio type         : 802.11n
             Channel            : 6
             Basic rates (Mbps) : 1 2 5.5 11
             Other rates (Mbps) : 6 9 12 18 24 36 48 54
    
    SSID 4 : zetta
        Network type            : Infrastructure
        Authentication          : WPA2-Personal
        Encryption              : CCMP
        BSSID 1                 : 48:9d:24:a0:f9:c5
             Signal             : 100%
             Radio type         : 802.11n
             Channel            : 6
             Basic rates (Mbps) : 6 12 24
             Other rates (Mbps) : 9 18 36 48 54
    
    Interface name : Wi-Fi 2
    There are 4 networks currently visible.
    
    SSID 1 : Norbert
        Network type            : Infrastructure
        Authentication          : Open
        Encryption              : None
        BSSID 1                 : 10:fe:ed:38:98:d4
             Signal             : 64%
             Radio type         : 802.11n
             Channel            : 6
             Basic rates (Mbps) : 1 2 5.5 11
             Other rates (Mbps) : 6 9 12 18 24 36 48 54
    
    SSID 2 : home to home
        Network type            : Infrastructure
        Authentication          : WPA2-Personal
        Encryption              : CCMP
        BSSID 1                 : b8:c7:5d:03:a7:a9
             Signal             : 24%
             Radio type         : 802.11n
             Channel            : 11
             Basic rates (Mbps) : 1 2 5.5 11
             Other rates (Mbps) : 6 9 12 18 24 36 48 54
    
    SSID 3 : Selbstaedt
        Network type            : Infrastructure
        Authentication          : Open
        Encryption              : None
        BSSID 1                 : 48:f8:b3:7b:a6:71
             Signal             : 66%
             Radio type         : 802.11n
             Channel            : 6
             Basic rates (Mbps) : 1 2 5.5 11
             Other rates (Mbps) : 6 9 12 18 24 36 48 54
    
    SSID 4 :
        Network type            : Infrastructure
        Authentication          : WPA2-Personal
        Encryption              : CCMP
        BSSID 1                 : 4a:f8:b3:7b:a6:73
             Signal             : 66%
             Radio type         : 802.11n
             Channel            : 6
             Basic rates (Mbps) : 1 2 5.5 11
             Other rates (Mbps) : 6 9 12 18 24 36 48 54
    This is what I get at the moment. Wifi 1 is internal and Wifi 2 is a Cisco dongle I'm using with internal disabled (I have no idea if it helps). my phone is zetta and my main internet is Selbstaedt. Using the wifi GUI thing zetta only NOW showed up as I was typing this, I have no idea why it did not show up earlier. Hotspot shows up on all other computers, and here are the settings:
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  5. #5


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Those signals aren't the greatest either.
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  6. #6


    N. Calif
    Posts : 2,586
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    Honestly this has bee annoying me for a very long time. I have unreliable home internet but with Windows 8 connecting to my phone is always a chore.

    1. there is no option to refresh wifi networks. I'm sure it does this automatically, but there really needs to be a way to do this manually. I'm aware that this can't really be changed so lets move on. ...
    On my Win 8.1 machines, when I want to refresh the wifi networks, I turn the wifi off then back on, works for me every time.
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Those signals aren't the greatest either.
    The best that can be done. My room is on the far other end of the house.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    Honestly this has bee annoying me for a very long time. I have unreliable home internet but with Windows 8 connecting to my phone is always a chore.

    1. there is no option to refresh wifi networks. I'm sure it does this automatically, but there really needs to be a way to do this manually. I'm aware that this can't really be changed so lets move on. ...
    On my Win 8.1 machines, when I want to refresh the wifi networks, I turn the wifi off then back on, works for me every time.
    Click image for larger version
    Doesn't work. Not even a full reboot helps sometimes. My computer just refuses to see my phone anymore.
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