I can't get this thing to install properly. It keeps *saying* it's installed, but A.) the "Available Wireless Networks" screen that's supposed to appear never does, and B.) the icon never appears in the taskbar. My Device Manager gives it a yellow triangle, but nothing more specific as to what the problem might be. I found a file in the install folder that makes the icon appear in the taskbar, but it's greyed out and completely non-functional. All you can do is open up the Available Wireless Networks screen, which displays no connections and all of the buttons except "Exit" do nothing at all. A network exists - I'm using it right now on a laptop. But my desktop using this device can't see it. (Both run XP SP3, in case it matters.) Any clues?
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You will need to install a wireless router on your network in order to use the device. Other wireless networks may occasionally appear around you, but it is unlawful to connect to these networks without permission. Any place that sells computer equipment will probably have a wireless router available. They range from $20.00 - $120.00.
The issue is that you have to install the card and its driver ..Look on that disk ..and see if it has a driver on it ..Run the driver and install teh card ..restart the computer ..and go to network places..In there look for teh wireless connection ..That will be the card you installed .click right on it ..and select either to see networks available ..or to enable first ..It should appear in the task bar in the working programs area in the right tray ..In there click right and see the available networks..identify your router and connect to it .. In short ..this is a device like any other ..and needs a driver . to work ..after that ..you have nothing to do with the other available connections in the computer but only with the card ..You need a wireless network available ..either a router connected with your ISP ..or another network you share ..with others or a free internet hot spot ..in the area.. When the card is installed and working ..you have to access the networks from it by scanning for them ..
The solution is to remove (Uninstall) the Dell WLAN Management
software this removes the device as well. Then Reinstall the wireless
card with the Drivers ONLY. (It seems the DELL software doesn't work properly with the DELL branded network card in a DELL Laptop; go figure)
When you download the driver it will unzip and try to install
automatically; but this will only reinstall the offending software
again, so you must cancel the installation after you unzip the file.
When I searched for new hardware again it found the device as a
Broadcom wireless card but could not install the drivers. This allows
you to click Update Drivers and point to the 'drivers' folder in the
location that the files were unzipped to. Once the device driver alone
is installed the wireless card works immediately and finds any
Are you using Windows XP on your primary PC? If yes, you dont need to install the wireless LAN monitor of the usb adapter because Windows XP has a built-in wireless monitor. Start with a clean slate by uninstalling it from Add/Remove Programs. Next, to install it properly, just plug the wireless adapter into your computer, and when Windows XP finds it, it will either look for the cd to get its driver or it will install it automatically (verify this by right clicking on My Computer >> Properties >> Hardware >> Device Manager. You should see the adapter under Network Adapters) and it should say something like "it's working properly). Once installed, go to Control Panel >> Network Connections. Right click Wireless Network Connection, click View Available Wireless Networks. Connect to your wireless router from here.
Please check tour wireless adapter if its working and properly installed in your computer. Here's how to do it;
Checking Device Status on the Device Manager
For Windows 2000 or XP:
1. Click on Start, go to Settings and then Control Panel. 2. Click on System, go to Hardware and then Device Manager. 3. Click the (+) sign on Network Adapters and select the adapter. 4. Double click on it and read the Device Status.
If your wireless adapter is not working and installed properly, you have to re-install the wireless adapter software driver. When the wireless adapter is already properly installed you can follow this steps below;
Enabling Wireless Zero Configuration Utility
1. Please click on Start, Run and type in services.msc and click on OK. 2. Scroll down and look for Wireless Zero Configuration. Right click on it and click on Start. 3. Right click on Wireless Zero Configuration again and click on Properties. 4. Under the General tab, set the Start up Type to Automatic and Service Status to Started. Then, click on Apply and OK.
Connecting Through Wireless Zero Configuration (Windows XP SP1 and SP2)
For Windows XP Service Pack 1:
1. Please right click on the Wireless icon on the right lower end portion of your computer. Then, click on View Available Wireless Networks. 2. Click on the Advanced tab. 3. Please delete all the preferred networks then click on OK. 4. Right click on the Wireless icon again and click on View Available Wireless Networks. 5. Please select your network and click on Connect. If you have Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) or Wi-fi Protected Access (WPA) enabled on the router, it will ask you for the network key. Please type in the Network Key and then confirm it. 6. Make sure not to enable IEEE and then click on Connect.
For Windows XP Service Pack 2:
1. Please right click on the Wireless icon on the right lower end portion of your computer. Then, click on View Available Wireless Networks. 2. Click on the Change Advanced Settings. 3. Click on the Wireless Networks tab remove all the preferred networks then click on OK. 4. Right click on the Wireless icon then click on View Available Wireless Networks. 5. Select your network and click on Connect. 6. If you have Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) or Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) enabled on the router, it will ask you for the network key. Type in the network key and confirm it. Then click on Connect.
Note: You may use the wireless utility of your wireless adapter in connecting to the wireless network but you need to clear "Use Windows to configure my wireless networks" on the Wireless Networks tab.
Connecting to a Wireless Network on Windows Vista:
a. Click Start then select Connect To. b. Connect to a network window will show up. c. Select your wireless network's name or SSID and click Connect. d. It will ask you for a network key. Type in your wireless network key on the field provided. Then, click on Connect.
I had a power failure while I was sleeping one night and the computer shut down along with my wireless. I had to setup my wireless all over again. If you still have your installation manual, just install it again and it should work. its a hassle but sometimes you have to. Good Luck.