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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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26 Responses to “Using a LG TV Wi-Fi adapter on a PC”


  1. 1 John
    November 14, 2015 at 19:33

    I have bumped into a problem. So I’m running windows 10 and did the tutorial (which worked fine), the computer rocognizes my wifi router, but every time I try to connect to it I get a error screen with irql_unexpected_value, followed by a restart. So I’m stuck and do not know what to do, and yes I’m using the vista driver folder.

    • 2 RichardG
      November 14, 2015 at 19:35

      I should update this post, as I have since discovered a better method – you can point Device Manager to the .inf file and tell it to show incompatible hardware. Also, a newer Netgear driver enables the hosted network capability on Windows 7 and higher.

      Are you sure you have the same model as I do?

      • 3 John
        November 15, 2015 at 07:57

        Yes:-) Just plugged it out of my tv since the older models can no longer use apps made by google.
        It is an wf100. Could you link the newer driver?

  2. 4 John
    November 20, 2015 at 09:28

    Think you missed my last repy:-)

  3. November 28, 2015 at 03:05

    Hi Richard, im running the same issue as John: windows 10 recognizes my wifi network, but every time I try to connect to it I get a error screen with irql_unexpected_value, followed by a restart (my dogle AN-WF100 too). Any suggestion? Thanks in advance

  4. November 28, 2015 at 13:22

    [ Windows 10 – RESOLVED] I tried installing this generic drivers: http://wikidevi.com/files/Drivers/Broadcom/bcm4323x_5.100.68.46_vista_win7.zip With the “unsigned” method and works fine without editing .inf files

  5. 9 ed
    February 24, 2016 at 06:47

    works great. Thanks for the help.

  6. 10 kenny
    March 1, 2016 at 03:41

    the heading lists Lg wf-an100 but you only give instructions for netgear…..???

  7. April 6, 2016 at 03:41

    thanks richard, its work!

  8. 13 Rikard
    April 17, 2016 at 09:12

    Worked as a charm on Windows 10, speeds are good, 97/17 on a 100/10, 10 ms ping. (router in another room)

    Thanks!

  9. 14 KAROL
    April 17, 2016 at 13:50

    GRACIAS, RESULTO MUY UTIL. PUDE RESOLVERLO

  10. 15 Victor
    May 3, 2016 at 11:42

    Hi, i did everything you said and it worked fine.
    However, everytime i turn the PC on the Netgear Genie runs automatically at start and keeps trying to enable Push n Connect. Turns out that i have to turnoff the genie everytime i turn my PC on.
    I dont want to use that Genie, how do i bypass it?

  11. June 6, 2016 at 04:47

    How can I get instructions step by step on how to use my LG wireless wifi adaptor as a repeater or hotspot? I tried over 20 times to do this per your instructions and I cant find or see the .inf file or anything about remote download. Please help if you can. I cant find any thing on the web about this and if I do it doesnt say how. Im using an HP pavillion laptop. It can do this Ive seen it before. Thank you

  12. July 14, 2016 at 14:47

    No one mentioned that you have to have the LG WIFI USB Dongle plugged in, in order to see the .inf file or the remote download wireless adapter that you right click on. Once you get into Device manager, plug in your wfan-100 usb stick and it will pop up halfway down the page. I tried and tried until i stuck it in and then it showed that option. The other thing is this crappy instruction dont tell you how to connect to it, set it up or how to use it as a repeater booster anteni or just a hotspot seperate from your normal wifi. Youll have to get what you can from this then go to youtube to finish the other half of what you need unless your really good with a pc all ready.

  13. July 21, 2016 at 23:50

    Works like a charm. Thank you.

  14. 20 Hung V. Nguyen
    September 25, 2016 at 02:03

    Thanks, it works and speed is very good, ping is stable at (mostly) 1ms!

  15. 21 Marcus Fletcher Davey
    October 30, 2016 at 04:45

    is there any way to do this on linux (specifically debian)

  16. 23 Rado
    November 13, 2016 at 17:58

    TANKS !! Resolved Adapter WiFi LG !!

  17. 24 Marcelo
    December 5, 2016 at 20:22

    Hi. Not work at LG AN-WF500. Some help to do?

  18. 25 Arthur
    January 1, 2017 at 09:32

    Hello, after searchng a lot on the INTERNET, I FOUND YOUR TUTORIAL, AND its great! But is not working on my case. Im using Windows XP, because the PC is a old… But I can follow all the steps until: “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”.
    The PC cant find any software compatible with the Network adapter, and asks to me to find a especific location… So I go until the NETGEAR folder, on Program Files\NETGEAR\Drivers.
    It finds a Dll file, but can not instal or recognize as a Wifi adapter drive or setup… =[
    Could you please help me?

  19. 26 Thiago
    January 24, 2017 at 11:15

    Hi. When I put the adapter the Windows 10 didnt find any adapter. What can I do?


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