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Using a LG TV Wi-Fi adapter on a PC

Updated 2018-03-04: The latest Netgear driver still works, and has proper support for Windows 10, so I updated the link (updated 2018-04-12: now a direct link). Ignore the comments about IRQL_UNEXPECTED_VALUE blue screens, those relate to an old Belkin driver which didn’t work properly under Windows 10.

Some old LG smart TV models did not have integrated Wi-Fi, instead requiring the AN-WF100 USB Wi-Fi adapter (pictured above). Since most of the “smart” features on those TVs no longer work, re-using the Wi-Fi adapter seems like a good idea. The adapter is based on a standard Broadcom chipset, 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 on 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 “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 (this guide is for the AN-WF100 only), or you’ve done something wrong.

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