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How to turn on the wireless switch on your Dell notebook computer

How to turn on the wireless switch on your Dell notebook computer

The first thing you need to do is locate your wireless switch. It is normally located on the left hand side of your notebook computer.


Next examine the switch to make sure that it is in the middle in the On Position. See the picture below. Note a common issue that will happen is when taking your notebook in and out of your bag that the switch with get knocked into the Off Position.

In regards to the Momentary Position this for the Wi-Fi Catcher. If you have you already have wireless networks configured and you are in range of the networks the computer will automatically connect to the network. Note this has to be setup through the Dell QuickSet utilities for Wi-Fi network connections.

Below listed are the different color indicators for the Wireless Activity Indicator

Flashing green - The system is searching for a signal.
Green - The system has detected a wireless signal and has good strength.
Yellow - The system has detected a wireless signal, but it is moderate to weak in strength.
Red - The system failed to detect a wireless signal, or the wireless signal is extremely weak.

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DELL Latitude E6510, wifi button was OFF, now it is not working.Wifi is showing red cross. Please help how t0 turn it ON? I think it is Hardware issue. Can I fix it through Windows? Windows 7


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Enable / Disable an Enterprise Laptop's Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi, short for Wireless Fidelity, is networking technology that allows you to connect to the Internet. If you have a wireless-enabled Latitude computer you can connect to the Internet when in range of an access point called a hotspot.
When not in use your Latitude's wireless card should be disabled. By disabling Wi-Fi, you will receive two benefits:
Start-up times will be much faster.
If the wireless card is ON and you are out of the office (not connected to your normal, wired connection), the laptop will try to use the Wi-Fi network during the login process to run the various start-up scripts, etc. It will eventually time-out (fail). By having the wireless card turned OFF, the start-up process will be much faster.
Computer will not continually search for a wireless network (and waste battery life).
If you are in the office (connected to your normal, wired connection) or in a location where there is no wireless hotspot, you don't need to have the computer waste processing power by looking and looking for a wireless hotspot. By disabling Wi-Fi, you will gain a little more power for your other tasks. In addition, you will maximize your battery operating time by disabling wireless activity.
NOTE: After your Latitude has started up completely, you can ENABLE the wireless card and connect to a wireless hotspot. For example, a wireless router at your home or at a local coffee shop. If you have connected to this hotspot previously, the wireless card should connect automatically for you.
NOTE: Once you have the wireless card enabled, before you shut down the computer, you should again DISABLE the card. The computer will then be ready for the next time you turn it on with wireless turned off.
Enable / Disable with Hardware Switch
The more recent Latitude models have a wireless switch to enable or disable wireless network devices and the
Wi-Fi Catcher Network Locator.
Dell Latitude E6420 and E6520 Series
These laptops have a small switch on the RIGHT side of the keyboard. The switch is toward the front of the laptop. The Wi-Fi Catcherâ„¢ icon will is above the keyboard. You will see a lit radio tower if the wireless switch is enable

Oct 17, 2016 | Dell Latitude E6510 Notebook

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how do i turn on the bluetooth on a dell latitude e5410


This link should be helpful. Dell website for all things Bluetooth. You may also need to download Bluetooth stack.
Good luck!

Jan 24, 2015 | Dell Latitude E5410 Laptop Computer (Intel...

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wireles adapter radio off


Look on both sides and the front of the computer for the wireless switch to turn it on.

After you turn the switch on there are keystrokes that can also toggle the wireless on or off. Normally you Press and Hold the FN function key located at the lower left portion of your keyboard, then hit the correct (F1 thru F12) key that toggles the wireless. The correct key to hit will have the icon of a wireless signal ))) or it will have the icon of a tower with the wireless signal ))).

Apr 24, 2012 | Dell Inspiron 1501 Notebook

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I cannot understand the answer


you can see wifi swtich in the front side of laptop.
You can also turn on\off wireless with FN key+ F5 key.
Press fn+F5 fn means function key it is on the key board.
Then yoiu can trun on/off wireless.
ALso make sure wireless is enable in laptop for that press windows key +R so you can see run type in run "ncpa.cpl" then press enter then you can see network adapters find your wireless adapter and right click on it enable if it is disabled.
Let me know if you need further assistance.
Thanks for using FixYa.

Jun 06, 2010 | Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook

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Dell D600


im not sure with your computer but my computer did the same thing but later after looking at my computer i realised it had a switch for wireless and it had accidently bin set to the off postion

Jan 18, 2009 | Dell Latitude D600 Notebook

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