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Blynn, You will need to make sure the drivers are reinstalled back into the system. Below is a link to download the drivers as well as the driver reinstall order. I am also including a link to provide instructions for setting up your network and wireless internet. Inspiron 1440 Drivers Download http://dell.to/190SecV Driver Install Help and Order http://dell.to/11JVAz1 Dell Networking and Wireless Support Center http://dell.to/15yuglg Thank You, Dell-Jesse L Dell Social Media and Communities
It my be the amount of devices connected? Try shutting down all but one, the laptop. It's possible you have a defective wireless device? If you connect the Laptop via a Ethernet Cable does it connect and work well? Turn off every thing, unplug remove battery from everything. install battery in the ISP modem , if applicable, plug in, allow self test, plug in Netgear, allow self test, plug in Laptop only, connect to wireless, enter security key. post results. Have you done any firmware upgrades on the Netgear? Does this apply to your device: http://kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18898/~/dgn1000-firmware-version-1.1.00.41-(for-worldwide-users-only)
Check ALL cables and reseat, try a Ethernet cable connected directly to the ISP modem. If you can connect with a cable, reboot the Wireless device. If no, contact your ISP to verify a signal, it may be a outside equipment issue. Unplug everything remove batteries when applicable, start at the ISP modem, allow the self test with the modem and wireless device. Reboot the laptop, Is your SSID in the Available Wireless Networks?