We consistently have difficulty getting a good connection on this laptop (Dell Inspiron 5100) unless sitting directly below the antenna. My husband has no trouble with his laptop rooms away, and my neighbor can connect from her house. But my laptop rarely gets better than "low" connectivity. We now have a wireless router upstairs, connected to a booster which we keep on an open stair to cover the downstairs. I only get really good connection when I sit right below it.
Is it the PC? We had a NetGear card, and replaced it with something else, with the same results.
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Hey Mary, At the link below is information on setting up and troubleshooting your internet and wireless connections.There are step by step instructions. Dell Networking and Wireless Support Center http://dell.to/15yuglg Thank You, Dell-Jesse L Dell Social Media and Communities
First of all make sure the Wifi is turned on your laptop. You need to press Fn+F2 at the same time to turn the wireless on. Once its on you need to connect to the wifi network in range and you are good to go.
The User's Guide and the Service Manual for your model laptop (Dell Inspiron 5100) are located here. You can either download the guides or open them in your browser if you have Adobe Reader installed. I hope this solution helped, and have a great day!
be sure you have the driver installed for the wireless card ..To do that get to the support site and download he driver for your operation system ..and run it into laptop first . After that make sure you have a wireless source in the are a..(router or a hotspot ..) Some laptops..have a switch button to turn on the wireless card ...Look for it ..it can be located near the power button or near the wireless led ..or somewhere on the front edge ..If it do not have one ..it means it has to be activated directly from the network places folder..Just open the folder..look for the wireless adapter icon .., click right on it ..and enable .. This should make it visible in the task-bar tray ..and from there ..click right on the wireless icon ..and select view connection ...and in the window there is a search or scan for network link in the left area..Click on it ..and see what networks are available ...select yours..or one which is not protected by password and go for it .. Good luck and do not forget to rate my answer..It helps my activity on the site ..Thank you for using Fixya !
I had the same problem on my Acer Aspire 5920G, I have Intel wi-fi tho. Kernel update fixed it, but be careful when updating kernels. The network part of it can be updated separately. Check ubuntu forums about how to update kernel.
open bottom of laptop where ram and cpu is located usully in middle 2/3 screws there should be a slot arouns an inch long on board that this slots into however does your laptop have the wireless cables that run from motherboard to hinges that hold screen in place usually black1 and grey 1 which are main and aux grey is usually main
Do you have your computer connected to your wifi network and your ethernet cable at the same time? Try having it connected to only one and see if that changes anything (ie, keep the wireless on and unplug the cable, or keep the cable plugged in and disable the wireless - if your laptop does not have a button/switch to turn off the wireless, you can do so by going to your network connections area from the control panel, right clicking on the wireless internet icon, and selecting disable.)