Wifi Repeater invisible from Win10

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Confused.Wifi.Guy

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Hi, the problem is as simple as misterious:
I've been using a Xiaomi Wifi Repeater 2 in my home for over a year but lask week when I came home my laptop couldn't see the Wifi-repeater network any longer.
I can work with every other Wifi just fine -including the source wifi that's being repeated- and the repeater works great with any other device at home (Win10, Androids, Google Home etc).
When the repeater is on reset mode then its network is visible, when I configure it then it vanishes.

So far I've tried:
- Resetting the Wifi Repeater
- Forgetting said Wifi on the laptop from the known networks list
- Manually adding the wifi network to the list of known networks
- Resetting my Network through the Win10 option
- Updating the drivers for my Network Adapter
- Disabling/re-enabling my Network Adapter
- Unistalling/re-installing my Network Adapter
- Turning off the Power Management Save Energy option for the Network Adapter
- Disabling the Firewall
- Increasing/decreasing Wifi Roaming aggressiveness

I got no clue what else to do and I'm going insane! Using a repeater is the only way to get wifi in most of the house

Network Adapter: Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4A Wireless Network Adapter
Wifi repeater: Xiaomi Wifi Repeater v2
OS: Windows10
 

zx10guy

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Repeaters are the worst things you can add to a wireless network. If you need better coverage, use a unified wireless system which utilizes multiple access points acting as one. The best system is to have the wireless APs wired together. If that's not an option, using a mesh unified wireless system would be the next best. There are plenty of options out there for home users that no one should be using a repeater now. You have options from Google WiFi, Eero, Linksys Velop, and Netgear Orbi.
 

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What channel is used in "reset mode"?

To what channel do you configure it?

What channels are your wireless adapter capable of using?
 

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@zx10guy : Please don't divert the topic, I use a repeater because that's what I need, not because I enjoy it.

@TerryNet :
Once it's reset it picks channel 1
After configuration it picks channel 13
Channels are picked automatically and can't be changed

My wireless adapter should support them both
(specs: https://www.qualcomm.com/products/qca6174a )
I'm not diverting the topic. But if you want to use a product that causes more trouble than it's worth. By all means, that's your decision...hence why you're here for help. What I suggested would fix your issues permanently and make your wireless network perform even better. But what do I know?
 

Confused.Wifi.Guy

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@zx10guy : I'm here to ask for help fixing my car not to get advices on how to buy a pickup truck.
I clearly stated what my issue is.
 

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OK, guys; I think you've both made your very valid points.


My wireless adapter should support them both
I agree. But the symptoms are screaming "it's only supporting channels 1 - 11."

Sometimes there are different drivers for different regions--e.g., one for North America and one for Europe. (And remember that Windows 10 loves to sneak in a different driver behind your back.)

Sometimes there is a setting, such as specifying the region or the channel range. Check in Device Manager for the adapter's Properties--Details and Advanced tabs to see if you can spot anything like this.
 
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