Wi-Fi adaptor (USB Wireless LAN Card) intermittently picks up mobile (cell phone) hotspots: Solved


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I am using a mini USB Wi-Fi adaptor to connect my desktop PC to the internet.

I am always able to pick up the signal from the JioFi 3 router (details below).

However, the Wi-Fi adaptor is not able to regularly pick up mobile (cell phone) hotspots; sometimes I can pick up the signal, sometimes not.

The other mobiles (cell phones) can pick up these mobile (cell phone) hotspots, but not my PC (via the USB adaptor).

I have tried both USB Wi-Fi adaptors, and I have tried Disabling/Enabling the USB Wireless LAN Card (in Network Connections).

Would it help to change the USB Wi-Fi adaptor, say for a one with external antenna?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,

Specifications of the PC, router, and USB Wireless LAN Cards:

1) PC: C2D

Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G2030 @ 3.00GHz
Installed RAM 4.00 GB (3.41 GB usable)
OS: Windows 10 Home; Version: 2004

2) JioFi 3 Router: JMR540 WAN: LTE (2300/1800/850MHz); IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4G only


3) LB-Link BL-WN151 150Mbps Wireless USB Adapter -Wi-Fi with WPS Soft AP

802.11n USB Wireless LAN Card (802.11 n WLAN) from Ralink Technology, Corp.

Frequency range: 2.412 GHz – 2.472 GHz

4) Multibyte MMPL-WF01, 300 Mbps wireless-N, mini adaptor

Frequency range: 2.4 GHz – 2.4835 GHz

5) Cell phones: Micromax Q452 and Panasonic P101


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TS Special Forces
I don't necessarily have the answer to your question but I do have a suggestion. Is your USB adapter plugged directly into your PC? If so, try connecting it via a 2 or 3 feet USB extension cable. That way you could try moving your USB adapter around (subject to the limits of the cable length) to maybe find better reception.


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I was able to solve the problem.

The hotspot I was not able to see was on channel 13.

I looked at the adapter's properties in the Device Manager under the Advanced tab.

There I found that Country Region (2.4GHz) was set at #0 (1-11).

I changed that to #5 (1-14).

Now my PC can see and connect to the Panasonic P101 on channel 13.