Same experience here: I had my CHIP in the junkbox for six weeks thinking its unusable. Then after reading all posts in the forum, I connected from directly nearby the CHIP and changed to Client mode. This was all done indoors with LNA and Antenna connected and obviously without reception.
CHIP is now outdoors at a garden-shed about 30ft away from an old German-brand Fritz!-router, which works as WiFi-extension to the main router. And yes, its accesible from the LAN