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Using a LG TV Wi-Fi adapter on a PC

Updated 2016-01-04: There’s a newer Netgear driver that works on Windows 10, as well as a way to force installation without Test Mode. Ignore the comments about IRQL_UNEXPECTED_VALUE blue screens, those relate to the old Belkin driver.

Some old LG TV models did not have integrated Wi-Fi, instead requiring the AN-WF100 USB Wi-Fi adapter. This adapter has a standard Broadcom chip, and can be used on a Windows PC with the steps below:

  1. Download the Netgear WNDA3100v2 driver.
  2. Install the driver normally. A Netgear Genie screen will ask you to plug in the adapter – close it by right-clicking its taskbar button and clicking Close.
  3. Optionally disable the “WNDA3100v2.exe” startup entry using AutoRuns to stop Netgear Genie from bothering you every startup.
  4. Connect the LG adapter to your PC. It will be detected as an unknown “Remote Download Wireless Adapter” device.
  5. Open Device Manager, right-click the unknown “Remote Download Wireless Adapter” device, select “Update Driver…”, choose to browse for driver software, then to pick from a list of device drivers.
  6. Select the “Network adapters” category, wait for it to load, scroll down to “Netgear” and select the “Netgear WNDA3100v2 N600 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter”.
  7. Ignore the warning about driver compatibility.

After following these steps, Wi-Fi should be working. If it doesn’t, you have the wrong adapter, or you’ve done something wrong.

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