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My son has an old laptop (dell) and we can get it to connect via wireless card. can u help

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    Stephen Medley May 11, 2010

    The Dell model number, operating system and the wireless access point/router that you are trying to connect to is important. I assume you mean that you can't connect via wireless card, right? Steve

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How old is the laptop ? What model is it and what versions of Windows does it have ?

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Hi there I have a Dell Dimension 3100, and at the moment it is connected to the internet via a cable to my BT home hub. Someone has told me all I need to do is get a wireless card and slot it in and then...


The card mentioned is a PCI wireless ethernet card card.

Open your tower and look at the motherboard, you should find anywhere betwee 3 and 5 pci slots
(Longish connector slots usually coloured white all parallel with each other)

A PCI card will slot into one of these, with its face (with areal on it) pokes out the back. You may
have to remove a small long panel secured by 1 screw from the back of your tower.

Once inserted, your pc will probably find it as you boot up and will ask for a driver disk. Put the disk provided in your optical drive and off you go.

You will then have to set up the connection between the PCI card and your router.

A bit easier would be to buy a Wireless dongle which just slots into a USB port, saves taking your pc apart. The rest of the hoop jumping is more or less the same.

Please note, its probably best to go for one with WPA-PSK security, WEP is a bit old now. Best to check what your router can accommodate.

If you're still not sure just type "PCI wireless ethernet card" and "Wireless USB adaptor" into ebay, you'll get loads of pictures of what you're looking for. You don't have to be a member.

Nov 28, 2010 | Dell Dimension 3100 PC Desktop

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We have BT broadband. When we occasionally have to reset the router, everything except the 2 Dell Dimension 5150 desktops works via wireless. They refuse to reconnect. All the other Desktops / laptops work...


Not sure exactly what your hardware setup is, but I would reboot the broadband router, then reboot the wireless router. Everything should come up clean, but give it at least 5 min. To help connect after reboots, you can choose "repair" from the wireless icon in the system tray (XP?) or renew your IP address. Start --> Run... and type ipconfig /renew

Hope this helps!
If so, please leave a rating!

Mar 11, 2010 | Dell Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop

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Wireless issues with my Dell XPS/Dimension One desktop


Even if it's a new Dell, you may need to update either the drivers for the wireless card or the BIOS.

Also, verify which protocol your Dell is set to use (i.e. 802.11g, 802.11b, auto-select, etc.). Dell may have fixed to to a slower protocol for compatibility.

May 02, 2009 | Dell XPS One Desktop

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Dell dimension 2400, wireless internet


Hi Whitney,

I was able to locate manual and a troubleshooting guide.
  1. Manual
  2. Troubleshooting Guide
Summary: Your modem only supports 802.11b standard, which limits the throughput to max. 11Mbps (compare to 802.11g = 54Mbps, 802.11n = 108 Mbps). In other words: your connection is only about 10% of the speed compared to a wired connection via Ethernet cable (100 Mbps). So - if you can - you should try to use a wired instead of a wireless connection, but you have to decide what makes is more important to you: having no cable and you can be away from the modem or the connection speed.

This also means - and that is in regards to APremkumar's solution - that you can skip all 802.11n adapters (this would just be a waste of money). Since you will not find an adapter that only connects to a class b network, look for something like "802.11b/g".
An example page is here. You can choose between an internal (PCI card) or external (USB adapter) solution. Both are ok and the decision depends on the availablity of a free USB port on your Dell and your comfort of opening the computer case or not. (You can always come back here and ask for help;-)

If you have any more questions, please let me know - I'm happy to help!

Mar 30, 2009 | Dell Dimension 2400 PC Desktop

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Adding Dell Dimension 4600 to existing wireless network?...


Go to Staples and purchase a Linksys USB wireless-G (only G needed - the new "N" protocol is overkill) adapter (~$60.00). Insert the Linksys CD and follow the instructions. When prompted, plug the USB adapter into the Dell (frt or back) doesn't matter. If his "roomies" have security enabled on their router, you'll need to know the level, password/passphrase, and the network name that they assigned.
Good luck.

gurutim

Mar 21, 2009 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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Wireless connection set up


Are you trying to hook up the laptop wirelessly to the pc? because then the pc would need to have a wireless card as well....sounds like I need more info, but if you are trying to do what I think you are, you should just get a wireless router instead, hook the pc tower directly to it via ethernet cable, and then setup the laptop to connect to the router. The router would hook to your dsl or cable router....what service do you have?

Mar 10, 2009 | Dell Dimension 3100 PC Desktop

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Add wireless card


You can add one via a USB port like THESE

Or you can add one to an empty PCI slot on your motherboard if you have one available. Like This One

Mar 01, 2009 | Dell Dimension 4500 PC Desktop

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Dell dimension 3000 won't see wireless network


Hi, I've jst been looking on the web at the Mimo routers, you may find this article interesting, it may help even though its a couple of years old?

http://www.behardware.com/articles/614-2/wi-fi-mimo.html

Pay attention to part about 802.11n compatibility?
Perhaps try changing the IEEE standard on the router to 802.11g in the set up pages, as it may be set at 802.11n, which your older wireless card will not see.

As to the acquiring ip address message, try using a static ip address, here's a good guide:-

http://portforward.com/networking/static-xp.htm

Maybe this will help?

Jan 27, 2009 | Dell Dimension 3000 PC Desktop

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Belkin wireless adapter


Sometimes wireless phones will interfere with the signals. If the router or PC is anywhere near a phone, it might have a problem. I have one wireless network card that gives me fits like that. I have yet to get a PC working with it. I have other wireless cards that work fine. I also switched to 5GHz phones, which helped my old laptop. Check to make sure there's not a conflict with the encryption used by either the dell or the router.

Jan 19, 2009 | Dell Dimension 2400 PC Desktop

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