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Computer seems to only pick up one WiFi hotspot at a time.

by ericface / August 30, 2010 6:17 PM PDT

I am running Windows 7, and my wireless detector card is a Compact Wireless-G USB Network Adapter with SpeedBooster.

This is generally not a huge problem, but it can be a pain. There are about 5 or 6 WiFi hotspots that overlap into my home, and it can sometimes take several minutes if not hours until my computer detects my wireless connection and connects. Once it finds my connection, it works fine, but locating the hotspot seems to be the trouble. It will, for example, show just "Ashley" as a wifi and nothing else, and at some random time, maybe minutes or an hour, it will show only, "KateNMikes" as a hotspot without "Ashley" showing up, and etc, and it can be a pain until the only one that shows up is ours, which luckily connects automatically when it does show up.

Once connected, it stays connected the whole time until I shut the computer off. When the computer restarts is when the trouble picking up my wireless happens. There is a strong connection. 2 iPhones and 3 other computers pick this internet up perfectly every time. Once I am connected, I will stay connected until I restart the computer, thus making me afraid of turning the computer off in case it won't connect when I need the internet up.

So my main question is how do I get my computer to pick up all wifi hotspots at once so I don't have to wait until it feels like picking up mine? I haven't had this problem until about after a month or two after switching to Windows 7, so I'm not sure if I accidentally toggled some setting or something, but I don't believe I did.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, and let me know if more details are needed. Thank you very much!

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Things to try.
by Kees Bakker / August 30, 2010 6:24 PM PDT

1. Set your own router to a different channel.
2. Another card in your PC.


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Different Channel
by ericface / August 31, 2010 3:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Things to try.

How would I go about setting my router to a different channel? What does that do exactly?

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