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Why there is a "limited internet" message while using Huawei WiFi dongle?

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    Finally I bought a Huawei E8221s 3G dongle (they call it wangle) with WiFi facility. But I am facing some issues while use it wireless. It works well when it is connected directly to my laptop USB or through an extended cable. But It shows "limited internet" which I use it as a WiFi. I mean this problem arises when I plug the dongle in a USB adapter separately and try to access it through WiFi. The distance is less than 10 meters, close to two meters only.

    Hope somebody already using it can give some advice on how to solve this issue.

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    when you are using through USB, the dialup is done from the computer and access settings of APN, password etc are stored in the access program. For using over wifi, you need to first setup the APN and password in the dongle. Have you done the settings first?
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    Is that so? In fact that is a grey area for me. I need to check it up and come back to you. Right now I am using my old non-WiFi Idea netsetter.

    But when I watched YouTube videos on this model, the user did anything except putting the WiFi key. He just plugged it into a power source through an USB adapter and the dongle (wangle) itself starts installing in the computer. Then it was ready for use. Next time when they use it there is no installation it will connect directly.

    Are you sure that we need to take care of APN thing for this model too?

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    The service provider details have to be set up for any router when its directly dialing up. Otherwise it can not function independently.
    Not sure which youtube video you watched but this guy definitely sets up APN in dialup>profile management option. He does not setup username and password but that is operator specific and some operators do not need them.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in6bVC7TeSg
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    Thanks for the reply, I will try to do the settings and share the result.

    But as you said I have never entered the service provider details. Their site which is linked to my WiFi connection automatically took it as Idea and it is being shown in the site along with other details like signal strength, data usage etc.

    Has it anything to do with signal strength anyway?

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    if there is signal problem, then it would indicate limited connectivity even via usb
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    Quote Originally Posted by panchabhut View Post
    if there is signal problem, then it would indicate limited connectivity even via usb
    You are right, I never thought of that. The video shared by you was quite easy to follow and I created a new profile for my idea SIM with APN (as "internet"), but the problem still persists. My computer says "only limited connectivity". Does that mean it is something related to the settings in my computer?

    Also when I attach the dongle separately as WiFi, it first scans for a network, then WiFi indicator goes on and after sometime both WiFi and network indicators starts glowing. But it lasts only a few seconds (may be 30 seconds max), then suddenly both the lights will go off. Again the same process repeats.

    I don't know what is the real issue here?

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    possible issues,
    1. power source. try with a different usb adapter
    2. wifi settings not properly configured. try WPA2-PSK with proper wifi password.
    3. SIM problem. try with different SIM.
    4. not enough balance/no data pack.
    5. APN settings problem.

    A search for Idea APN gave following result

    APN internet
    Access Number *99# or *99***1#
    Username [blank]
    Password [blank]
    Authentication Type normal
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    Thanks for the suggestions. USB Adapter is a brand new Samsung adapter, but cannot guaratee that it works well. I need to check it out then or buy a new one. Datapack I use is unlimited one and the SIM works well when it is connected through USB cable. So, I think there is no issue with the data pack. I will change the WiFi settings and check it then.

    While checking online, I got a tip that by deactivating the Microsoft Virual WiFi Miniport Adapter could solve this issue of frequent disconnection as in some cases it use to interact with the connection. But that also did not work and I enabled it back. I think I need to take the laptop and WiFi dongle to the nearby Huawei service centre to check it out.

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