Wireless card in E1505 Dell not finding networks in range
Thank you for your imput. I tried what you suggested - again, the Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Minicard and the 1394 Net Adapter are both enabled. The 1394 says it is connected, the Dell Wirelesss minicard says it is not connected. When you double click, a window comes up saying there are no wireless networks found in range. That's not possible, because I am connected to a computer that is connected via wireless and the laptop is right next to it. What could be the reason why the minicard, though enabled and "working properly" does not recognize a wireless network?
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The 1390 WLAN Minicard may not be configured to communicate with your wireless router.
Check the wireless router settings, (check the wireless settings on your other computer) and configure the 1390 WLAN with the same settings eg. SSID, WEP/WAP encryption, etc.
Is MAC address filtering enabled on your wireless router, if so add the MAC address of the 1390 WLAN to the MAC address list in the wireless router.
Check the TCP/IP properties of the 1390 WLAN card the Internet protocol should not have a fixed IP address, set it to Obtain an IP address automatically including the DNS.
Use the Ipconfig command to see the IP configuration of the network cards.
Use the Ping command to see if you can communicate with wireless router.
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Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
Double-click Network Connections.
Right-click the Wireless Network Connection icon, and then click View Available Wireless Networks.
If the Choose a wireless network window states Windows cannot configure this connection, the wireless network card's configuration utility is managing the wireless network card.
If the Choose a wireless network window states Click an item in the list below to connect to a wireless network in range or to get more information, the Windows XP operating system is managing the wireless network card.
You need to check for the wireless switch located on your laptop. Once the wireless switch is on, you'll be able to see networks in range and you will be able to connect to your network wireless.
I had the exact same problem and went through the same steps that he did. It was only when I searched for a physical wireless switch (on the left side of my Dell D630) that the problem was solved. I didn't even know it was there and must have inadvertently knocked into the off position.
Go to Control Panel, and find Network Connections. Find the wireless lan icon and RIGHT click on it. At the top of the menu that comes up, it might say "Enable". If it does, then something has disabled it, and you need to click on "Enable". If it says "Disable" then you probably have one of two problems.
1. Need to reinstall drivers (or update the ones you have)
2. Wireless lan is going bad, so you'll need to use a PCMCIA card to wireless.
Personally, I've never liked the built in wireless anyway. It's more of a sales gimmick than anything else.
Did you input the WEP key? I will assume you are using Windows XP. So go to control panel, network connections and then go to the wireless connection and then select view wireless connections double click on the one with the highest strength, which should be your 2wire. When it asks for the network security key type in the numbers that are located on the sticker on the bottom of your router between the [########] brackets.
First, make sure that the wireless switch on the left side of the computer is
turned on (this should make the WIFI light go on -- beneath the lower
right corner of the screen). If it doesn't work, then try going to Start Menu > Control Panel > Network and Internet Connections > Network Connections.
You should see the Wireless Network Adapter in the window that comes up. If you don't, you need to download the driver for that adapter. The most common adapter in the D820 is the Dell 1390 WLAN MiniCard, and the driver for it can be downloaded at the following web address: