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Low signal when using USB Wi-FI adaptor with hAP Lite

Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:05 pm

I've got a generic USB Wi-Fi connector that I occasionally plug into my PC so I can do "wireless" stuff. However, it's getting a very poor signal with a hap Lite. The router is currently 3m away from the PC/adaptor but this is the strengh:

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So note how low the Mikrotik is compared to my other Wi-Fi network Middle-Earth which is on the other side of the room. But my mobile phone has a perfectly good signal and that's right next to the USB adaptor:

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Re: Low signal when using USB Wi-FI adaptor with hAP Lite

Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:14 pm

I've just plugged the USB adaptor into my laptop and same problem. Use the laptop inbuilt Wi-Fi and totally strong signal. Use the USB Wi-Fi adaptor and very low signal. Can get a slightly better signal if I move the laptop right next to the router but still only one bar.

So this particular USB Wi-Fi adaptor is struggling with hAP Lite Wi-Fi...

I've got a couple more Mikrotik routers in the cupboard. Will give them a go.
 
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Re: Low signal when using USB Wi-FI adaptor with hAP Lite

Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:15 pm

Sounds like the USB adapter is bad.
 
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Re: Low signal when using USB Wi-FI adaptor with hAP Lite

Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:16 pm

Hmm, sort of - it works fine with every other Wi-Fi access point and I live somewhere where there are lots of access points:

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It's perplexing but does seem to be a problem between the USB adaptor and the hAP lite alone.
 
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Re: Low signal when using USB Wi-FI adaptor with hAP Lite

Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:03 pm

In post #2 you said the laptop with built in wifi got a strong signal but that when you plugged in the USB wifi it got a poor signal.
 
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Re: Low signal when using USB Wi-FI adaptor with hAP Lite

Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:05 am

It got a strong signal when using the in-built Wi-Fi interface but low when using the USB-adapter. So the signal is clearly strong but something else is causing it to report/run low signal. It's very weird.
 
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Re: Low signal when using USB Wi-FI adaptor with hAP Lite

Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:02 am

Change the channel on the hAP and see if that improves things. You could be "auto"ing to a channel your USB dongle doesn't work with.

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