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I have this module RaLink RT3290 in my laptop which is an HP Pavilion. I cannot connect to an access point at home which is literally feet away (and other devices at home connect flawlessly, even at a greater distance).

The device works fine with WPA networks, since the one at my university uses WPA-Enterprise. However, at my home, I cannot connect to a WPA2 network. This is strange, since I can easily connect to my Android phone's hotspot which claims to be a WPA2. There are some networks to which it will connect flawlessly, and offers excellent download speeds when connected, however, it is impossible to connect to other networks.

I was using Windows 8.1 earlier (the default OS), and now I have shifted to Windows 10 (clean install). The same issue persists. ("Can't connect to this network"). This happens after I am asked to type the password.

I'm sure I have had this issue with other networks as well in the past.

There seems to be a problem with the module as suggests this thread. Anyone who figured out what is the case with RaLink RT3290?

  • The RT3290 WiFi adapter was garbage in HP's, even HP admitted it... problems connecting to and/or staying connected to WPA2 networks, EAS encryption issues. In several support threads replacing it with a "more appropriate adapter for your scenario" was recommended, such as this thread: h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Wireless-and-Networking/…. Honestly, I would grab your service manual from HP support, find an Intel, Broadcom, or Realtek chipset adapter, they can be had on eBay for next to nothing. – acejavelin Jul 5 '16 at 1:06
  • I see. I think I'll skip replacing it for now, since I can connect at my university. Thanks for that anyways. That means it's not something resolvable through firmware upgrade/downgrade. – U. Muneeb Jul 5 '16 at 3:05

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