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  03 March 2013
Need help with WIFI usb adapter

Hi, I got one of these little gadget:

http://www.buffalotech.com/products...ess-usb-adapter

I bought it because it's suppose to permit me to create a wifi spot from my computer. I dont have a wireless router, just a normal router that connet to my computer via ethernet.

No I am quite lost at the total lack of information about how to turn this little thing into a wifi spot. I know it can be done but how??

Any one confortable with this kind of stuff could advice me?

thanks
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  03 March 2013
I try to follow this tutorial but the Wireless Network Connection refuse to enable. Pretty annoying.
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  03 March 2013
Any wifi capable win7 PC can become a hotspot.
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=how+to+turn+pc...ifi+hotspot&l=1
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  03 March 2013
Well, that's the point. Mine cannot.

I guess it's that nasty virus I got last year that messed up everything. I fixed it but it was just that. A fix. I really dont feel to reinstall windows though. I'm just going to try with another computer.
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  03 March 2013
There is little to nothing different between wifi adapters, conceptually, other than the drivers (rather stock standard stuff revolving around the same three or four chips anyway).

If you can't do it you must be missing some step, or something like an always-on antivirus or other gating/protection might be interferring.

Do you run stuff like Norton's shield, AVG's always-on or similar? Microsoft Essentials is also potentially interferring if unconfigured, but it's normally much smarter and less obtrusive.
Disconnect from the interwebs and try taking down all safety/security and see if you can get it going.
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  03 March 2013
I do have AVG and Zone Alarm running. I will try turning them off. Thanks!!
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  03 March 2013
how'd it go?
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  03 March 2013
It's not working. Disabled Zone Alarm and Avast. Wireless network connection is disabled and won't enable.

Some say uninstall and reinstall the drivers but that adapter dont have drivers, it's plug and play.

Some others say reinstall the BIOS but right now I have no time for that kind of messy stuff.

It's a bit of a pain in the ass because I got a new macbook pro coming today and I will not be able to use wifi right away. No ethernet on a macbook of course...
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  03 March 2013
Plug and play and not having drivers are different things. Everything these days is "plug'n'play".

If your adapter isn't even recognized at all then you clearly need drivers, because the standard ones coming with windows for that chipset (if it even has any) are obviously not working for some part of that adapter.

Look on the manufacturer's website and find recent drivers that will work.
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  03 March 2013
I've checked the download page last week for drivers but there's only a big 300mb pack full of stuff and drivers for all the different products. I found my adapter folder in it but it look to be more for XP than anything else... also I dont know how I could install that driver as there's no installer.

In the device manager, when I click update the adapter, it say that the driver is up to date.

Here the download page, you can see that there's manual, client manager (???) and a CD image. I
http://www.buffalotech.com/products...ess-usb-adapter

Windows do recognize my adapter. The name appear. It just refuse to enable it.
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  03 March 2013
Do you have admin permissions?
If it's seen with the right device name and all then it's an OS setting somewhere preventing you from enabling it.
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  03 March 2013
Ok, big step in the good direction. By totally uninstalling Zone Alarm I got it to work. I could setup the bridge connection and for like 1min I could see my newly created network on my Iphone. However it refused to connect when I entered the password and the network is often absent from the list.

When entering my code, I get "Unable to join the network "xxxxxxx".
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  03 March 2013
The wifi is now working but only in unprotected mode. If I put a password, using WPA2, My Iphone, Ipad and Macbook Pro refuse to connect.

I am using the connection unprotected right now to install my crap on the macbook pro but Iit's far from ideal.
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  03 March 2013
Well, it's a step forward, and it's what anybody would have guessed early on, so that's good news.
Now it's up to you to do more searching and figuring out the right protection schema and what protocols your devices support
Still better than nothing, at least you didn't waste the money of the adapter.
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