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Windows 7: How does one change which wifi adapter the wifi miniport uses?


11 Aug 2014   #1

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 
How does one change which wifi adapter the wifi miniport uses?

Everyone's had the problem of wanting to disable the wifi miniport, or enable it to share wifi.

I have a different problem. I would like to change which wireless device the wifi miniport uses, as the external USB wireless adapter I was using died. I cannot see the wifi miniport adapter without that device attached, it seems. I don't even know if the wifi adapter even as options to select which wireless card to use even if I could get it to appear.

Is there a way to do this without having to resort to reinstalling Windows 7?

I am fairly familiar with netsh. No command line option seems to be available to switch network adapters for the wifi miniport.

It also appears that it will simply not switch to the only wireless network adapter detected, and I know it will host a virtual wifi network, I've done ICS/AdHoc before.


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11 Aug 2014   #2

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

I tried the solution in this link: How to change default Microsoft Virtual WiFi miniport adapter?

This did not work.
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12 Aug 2014   #3

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

I have tried a couple of other things. Changing the internal wireless network card did not help. Changing over to a different user account did not help.

I'm really stuck looking at a reformat, aren't I?
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12 Aug 2014   #4

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Right click on your network icon in the Notification Area. Select Open Network and Sharing Center.

In the left pane of NSC, click on Change adaptor settings. You should get a new screen of all available adaptors. You can enable/disable adaptors there. Keep in mind that you should disable the active before enabling a new adaptor.
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12 Aug 2014   #5

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
Right click on your network icon in the Notification Area. Select Open Network and Sharing Center.

In the left pane of NSC, click on Change adaptor settings. You should get a new screen of all available adaptors. You can enable/disable adaptors there. Keep in mind that you should disable the active before enabling a new adaptor.
Tried that. Miniport doesn't show up. It disappeared when the wifi adapter failed.
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12 Aug 2014   #6

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Does it show in the Device Manager? Post a screen shot with Network Adaptors expanded.
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12 Aug 2014   #7

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 



Negative, Ghost Rider.
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12 Aug 2014   #8

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

To boot, the RealTek 8187 is known-compatible for Hosted Networks.
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12 Aug 2014   #9

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Oh-ho! I just plugged the dead card in and tweaked it, and got it to come on long enough to disable the virtual miniport and kill the driver for the adapter so it should be gone.

Now, how would I tell Windows to use the other wifi card?

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12 Aug 2014   #10

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 


Click on View in the menu bar and click on Show hidden devices.


Ops, we were typing at the same time.
You should be able to right click on the adaptor and enable it. But disable the other first. It may cause Windows to hang. (Had that happen once.)
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