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Author Topic: Only sees G Networks, doesn't see N  (Read 23111 times)

mark0978

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Only sees G Networks, doesn't see N
« on: April 19, 2012, 09:02:57 AM »

DWA-121 WIRELESS N 150 PICO USB ADAPTER  (Don't see a forum for this model, 131 seems closest)

Bought the DWA-121 at office depot trying to get connected to an N Network.  It worked while on vacation for about 2 days, then either that network went away or it quit working.  Now all it sees @ my home is a G network, not the N Network.  MacBookPro sees the N Network just fine, so I'm thinking its this adapter?  Should I just return it because it doesn't work, or should I try to get it replaced?
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Re: Only sees G Networks, doesn't see N
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2012, 09:06:43 AM »

What wireless modes are you using on the host router?
Try single mode G or N or mixed G and N?
Channel Width set for Auto 20/40Mhz or try 20Mhz only.
Try setting a manual channel to a open or unused channel.
What security mode are you using? Preferred security is WPA-Personal. WPA2/AES Only. Some WiFi adapters don't support AES, so you might want to try TPIK only or Auto.
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Re: Only sees G Networks, doesn't see N
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2012, 09:26:26 AM »

Netgear router settings are here

ipods and macbookpro work just fine.   Seems to just be this adapter that doesn't work
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Re: Only sees G Networks, doesn't see N
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2012, 09:29:16 AM »

Well it's your host router settings I believe, not the adapter. Looks like the 2.4Ghz is set up for 54Mb only?
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Re: Only sees G Networks, doesn't see N
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2012, 10:32:38 AM »

If I switch N to run at 2.4GHz then G is disabled.  Does N not run in the 5Ghz band any more?  Why does this adapter only work on the 2.4Ghz freq.

Changing it to 2.4 allows me to connect, but this adapter not working on 5Ghz makes it pretty handicapped.  What about when I can't adjust the frequency?  Then I just don't get networking?
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Re: Only sees G Networks, doesn't see N
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2012, 10:37:12 AM »

Thats because this adapter only supports 2.4Ghz WiFi radio. the DWA-160 supports both 2.4 and 5Ghz radios.
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Re: Only sees G Networks, doesn't see N
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2012, 10:53:43 AM »

Thanks for the info, guess I need to swap for that one.  Wish they had had one in stock when I bought this one.
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Re: Only sees G Networks, doesn't see N
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2012, 11:22:18 AM »

WE found a few online places. Check places like DLink shop, pricewatch, amazon and ebay. The 160s work great.
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Re: Only sees G Networks, doesn't see N
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2012, 06:20:33 AM »

Wish they made a dual band adapter but the size of the DWA-131. Hate having a big adapter sticking out of laptop. Anyone know if there is such an adapter out there that is the size of the 131 but dual band?
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Re: Only sees G Networks, doesn't see N
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2012, 07:49:00 AM »

All adapters only werk in one mode however support modes to to n. i just bought the 131. Very small. Only 2.4ghz only though.
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Re: Only sees G Networks, doesn't see N
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2012, 09:13:05 AM »

All adapters only werk in one mode however support modes to to n. i just bought the 131. Very small. Only 2.4ghz only though.

Would love to have a adapter the size of the 131 but be dual band like the 160. Any other adapters out there by other manufacturers that is dual but nano size?
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