Is it possible to use the WIFI to connect to a device while plugged in to a PC USB port for charging?

Posted on April 4, 2011

As soon as you plug your Drifta into a PC (which has the Drifta device driver loaded) the Wifi on the Drifta is disabled to prevent you using the Drifta on the PC and a wireless device at the same time.

I couldn’t find a way in the client software to enable the Wifi (and disable the client), but there is a way. Not convenient but it does work for me.

Here goes :

  • Plug in the Drifta
  • The Wifi light goes out
  • Right click on “My Computer”
  • Choose “Manage”
  • Click on Device Manager
  • Expand the “Network Adaptors” grouping
  • Right click on “DStv mobile decoder”
  • Select “Disable”
  • Now unplug the Drifta
  • The Wifi light goes on
  • Plug the Drifta back in
  • It should now charge and stay WiFi enabled.

However, if you now load the Windows software it won’t detect the device.

To enable again :

  • Repeat the above procedure
  • In the final step choose “Enable”
  • Unplug and plug back in
  • Wifi now goes off
  • You can now use the Windows software.


Posted in: iPad/iPod/iPhone, The Drifta Device (original), Windows Software

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