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Re: Unable to connect unless hard-wired ethernet cable.
Hi, yes there is acer utility for wireless which usually can be accessed through the acer E button on the laptops and if the wireless is set to be controlled by this utility then you will not be able to control it using standard windows utility no even on/off
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I may not understand you on this because the 5420-5687 notebook should have come with a wireless connection.
Does your "Modem" have both wireless and a hard wired LAN " For instance my "Modem" came only with a hard wire LAN" and no wireless transmitter. I needed to buy a "Wireless Router" to tramsit between the "Modem" and then wireless on my ACER 5420-5687.
If the "Modem" had both the hard wired Lan and a Wireless transmitter it should be able to go directly without the "Wireless Router". If that is true you should see the amber flashing light, on the last in the group of 4 below your touchpad. If it is not flashing as I said above, it is either not sending/receiving or likely not turned on. The on/off switch is alternately turned on/off by sliding the switch below the light to the right.
1. Go to: http://gd.panam.acer.com/home/ 2. Click "Notebook" under "Select Product Family". 3. Click "Extensa" under "Select Product Line". 4. Scroll down & select "Extensa 5420" under "Select Product Model". 5. Click on the down arrow opposite to the component you want to download the drivers for.
if it has WLAN which mostly llaptops have now adays look for Dish antenna like sign on the front panel of laptop it might be somehwere on function keys if u find it just pree it with the FN key it will turn on pls check in ur config on the box or beneath the laptop there should be written somewhere intel 2200 BG or 3945 bg or intel 4965 BG then it has wifi otherwise not there is no need ofr finding it but it should be there if u bought like after 2005
first of all, to check the wireless card on a friends network or a public hotspot, like starbucks. if that internet is slow, then most likely it is your wireless card that is on the fritz. otherwise, if it is fine on these networks there is a compatability issue with your router and your cards. make sure that if your router is very old, it is still compatible with a newer adapter.(e.g. n-wirelesscards maynot work with b-routers. and a-wireless cards will not work with b/g/n routers...or vise-versa.)