Have you contacted the network administrator of the building you live to see if he or she has to say about it since you can connect in other places using channels from 1 to 11? Channel 13 is for Europe. Please check this link for further information: Intel® Wi-Fi Products — Moving from One Regulatory Domain to Another and Channelization
You should be able to do that from Device manager. Here is how: Device Manager >>> Network Adapters >>> Select the wireless card and right click on it and select Properties. From the dialog box that pops up, select the tab that says Advanced and from there, select the option that says: Ad Hoc Channel 802.11b/g... and from Values, you should be able to change channel to 13 as shown in the picture below.
Could you please check in Device manager the hardware ID of your adapter and inform us? The OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) can provide that info as well.
Hi Guys, i tried whats in the picture changing the value to 13 BUT it only works if i somehow put my laptop as an access point (hence the ad-hoc part) not if it is infrastructure mode.
And About the Hardware ID:
thats what i got from the driver.
I spoke with my building manager about the channel 13, that channel is available here in Peru, is not Europe but it's legal here, well he said that it's a policy they use because is the best way to solve problems among tenants, because there are lots of people connected and when they use channels between 1 to 11 it gets all messy cos there are too many networks broadcasting in those.
If anyone found an idea to enable channel 13 let me know i'm about to buy an el-cheapo USB Wifi adapter and be done with it.
Thank you for the info. If your computer came with this wireless adapter when you bought it, your best option would be to contact the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) to see if they have any updates that can enable channel 13 on the card. They should be able to tell you if your wireless card can support this channel as well as if there is compatible adapter that will support it.
Another possibility would be to use a USB adapter as you have mentioned. It is also important to verify if your computer platform is approved to support channel 13 as this is a very important point as it could prevent the OEM from providing you a compatible adapter due to FCC regulations.