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Wireless cards What are they and how do they work?

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Wireless cards (provider cards) are portable wireless adapters for wireless network subscription services.

Both Sprint and Verizon offer this service.
I believe AT&T also offers this as well...

Posted on Apr 22, 2008

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Once the wireless card driver is installed the wireless card will detect any wireless router and access point within its range. You need to configure the wireless card to connect into the wireless router or access point eg. the encryption, SSID etc.
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If your other laptop is working fine, then have a look at the configuration of the wireless card and use the same configuration on the one that is not working.
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The particular wireless card that comes stock in those laptops is horrible. I work for a school district and we have 10 of those laptops in a school library with a wireless access point. They constantly lose connection, don't get an IP address and generally don't work well at all. We have tested everything we can and have narrowed it down to the fact that that particular wireless card is a piece of junk. We are currently outfitting all of those laptops with new PCMCIA Wireless cards. We tested a single laptop using a new card in the slot and disabled the internal wireless. After that was done, the laptop worked like a charm. For a comparison, we have other laptops in that same library that have an Intel wireless card instead of the Dell one. They have always connected fine and with no issue to the same Wireless Access Point that the Dell wireless has problems with.

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