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Wireless Connections have disappeared since installing Realtek USB Wifi Booster

Discussion in 'Networking' started by entombedpit, Jan 31, 2013.

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  1. entombedpit

    entombedpit Thread Starter

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    Hi everyone, I hope someone can help me...

    I am running an ASUS laptop with Windows 7. My wireless has been working fine, but my room is quite far from the router, so I bought a signal-booster USB aerial made by Realtek (REALTEK 11n USB Wireless LAN Driver and Utility). It came with a small software CD too which I installed, and it worked fine for two days and boosted my wireless signal.

    However (you knew it was coming, the story can't stay happy) soon the red light on the USB booster stopped blinking and it showed the red 'x' where my wifi connections are. I couldn't get it to re-establish a connection without doing a full system restore and re-installing the USB signal booster, which would then work again for a short amount of time (maybe a day, maybe an hour). And worse, now when the USB booster is unplugged from the computer my laptop will not return to recognising wireless connections like it did before I installed the USB signal booster. It simply does not find any connections - the only time it does is directly after I have re-installed the software from the small disc which came with the Realtek USB signal booster.

    I have now uninstalled the Software and anything made by Realtek but still it is finding no connections.
    Now I would just like to find a way to get back to where I started when my computer was finding all wireless connections like normal... a connection with a weak signal is better than this nightmare of constantly restoring my computer just to get a brief connection.

    Please help if you can, i'll be very grateful. Thanks for reading.

    Cheers,
    Matt
     
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    entombedpit Thread Starter

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    p.s. I'm a freelance graphic designer using my computer for work and hence don't have IT support to help out! Plus no money for a techperson
     
  3. entombedpit

    entombedpit Thread Starter

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    By the way it is a Realtek RTL8188S WLAN Adapter
     
  4. TerryNet

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    Did you ever try the latest driver from Realtek's web site?

    What adapter are you trying to use when not using the Realtek? If it is an integrated adapter is it switched on?

    Please attach a screen shot of the Networks page (don't collapse the Radar, Connection or Signal History) of the Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector. If you need help with that see TSG Posting a Screenshot. FWIW to take screen shots with Windows 8 or 7 or Vista I prefer to use the built-in Snipping Tool.

    Also show ...

    Open a (black) Command Prompt window:
    Hold the Windows logo key and press r; in the Run box type cmd and click on OK.

    Type the following command:

    IPCONFIG /ALL

    [Note that there is no space between the slash and ALL.]

    Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
    Paste the results in a message here.

    If necessary use a text file and removable media to copy the results to a computer with internet access.
     
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