some reason, my wireless does not show up in network connections. Even
the antenna switch in the front of the laptop, if set in the ON
position, does not light up, saying that the wireless in on. I went to
the Toshiba support site and DLed all the drivers for WiFi and
installed them, but it still does not work. Any ideas?
hardware is not recognized by my computer I think, b/c even when i turn
the toggle switch to the ON position, the Led indicating that it is on
does not light up, and there is nothing appearing in network
net adaptor does appear in Device manager, and it is enabled and says
it is working properly, I used the driver disc and reinstalled all
drivers from the webstite - I have the Atheros wireless LAN one. I also
tried to do a system restore to yesterday because it was working this
morning and now it is not. What happened in between is that my keyboard
went haywire and started typing LLLLLs and wouldn't stop and therefore
started opening and closing windows...Since it was just the keyboard
(it hasnt worked in a while, nothing new happened) I uninstalled the
keyboard driver so it wouldnt function at all. I think that or the
keyboard craziness somehow either corrupted or uninstalled my wireless
hardware. ..I've checked the Bios and the wireless device does not appear there, also if i run ipconfig only one connection shows up, but in network connection 2 local area networks come up...but still no wireless.
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Re: Wireless not functioning
Check the hardware. Most network problems stem from improper software and hardware settings, but occasionally hardware failures are responsible. If a shared Internet connection seems to be down, try to watch a cable television channel if you have a cable modem or use the phone if you have DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) to see if the entire service is down. If it is, contact your ISP to see if there is a problem in your area. Check all cable connections and consider replacing Ethernet cables if the problem seems to be confined to a particular computer or device.
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The system has a wireless switch located on the front of the computer. The switch enables or disables the wireless antenna. Since the system does not have Quickset, there is no additional function for this switch. For information on setting up your wireless connection you can click the link below.
Dell Networking and Wireless Support Center http://dell.to/1bhMlHP
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If your computer has a wireless network adapter, Windows will automatically detect wireless networks in range of your computer. You can see a list of wireless networks that Windows has detected in Connect to a Network.
Open Connect to a Network by clicking the network icon ( or ) in the notification area.
If Windows doesn't detect a network that you think is in range of your computer, it could be because of one of the following reasons:
The wireless switch on your computer is turned off.
Many laptops have a wireless switch on the front or side of the computer. If your computer has a switch, make sure it's turned on. Some computers also use a function key combination to turn the switch on or off. Check the information that came with your computer for details on locating the wireless switch.
Your computer is too far from the wireless router or access point.
Move your computer closer to the router or access point. If the computer is portable, try moving it around to determine the range of the wireless signal and the best place to use the computer.
If you can't get closer to the router or access point, consider buying and installing an external antenna for your wireless network adapter. Many wireless network adapters are set up so that you can attach an external antenna to them, which provides better reception than a built-in antenna. Check the information that came with your wireless network adapter to see if you can install an additional antenna.
The wireless router or access point is turned off or isn't working properly.
There are two things to try:
Make sure the router or access point is turned on and that the wireless signal light is illuminated.
Reset the router or access point by unplugging it, waiting at least 10 seconds, and then plugging it back in.
If it is showing that it is "Disconnected" that simply means you are not connected to a wireless network. To connect to a wireless network simply double click on the wireless icon by the clock (bottom right side, looks like a computer monitor with waves) and select the wireless network you wish to connect to.
HI, when you try to connect to the wireless network, you must be getting a message " turn on the wireless switch on your laptop " See there must be a sliding switch on your laptop. it could be on the side panel or on the front panel. Try to locate the wireless switch on the laptop. it must be having a wireless symbol on it like TOWER or Wireless signals. On some laptops it is a combination of keys like Fn+F2 or Fn+F5. If you have the user manual you will find the information about the wireless switch. Click Here for more info about how to connect to the network?
Power cycle the system by shutting it down and switching it on after at least thirty seconds. Check network settings to verify the IP address and other related information. Determine if the network card is working adequately. Identify the malfunctioning adapter by disabling the cards one by one. Move one of the portable hosts--such as a laptop--closer to the router. If it works better, interference or low signal strength is the reason for poor Internet access. Inadequate signal performance can be caused by several factors including cordless devices working within the frequency range (2.4 GHz) of a wireless network, shiny surfaces and too much distance between hosts and access points. Resolve this issue by using a wireless repeater?a device that amplifies wireless signal so it reaches distant areas within the premises. Minimize signal interference by maintaining a distance of at least one meter between cordless devices and the router. Alternatively, buy gadgets that function at frequencies other than 2.4 GHz. Try changing the WiFi channel for better results. Check the functioning of wireless router and access points. Adjust the router antenna to get an optimum signal. Most wireless routers come with omni-directional antennae to send signals in all directions, a situation appropriate for a square-shaped network. If hosts are arranged in a linear fashion, use an antenna that sends signals only in one direction. Some portable routers have internal antenna, giving more freedom to users who are on the go. Use an external antenna with such routers. The market now offers antennae with varying strengths, implying some are more powerful than others. See if using a more powerful antenna fixes the problem. Aside from increasing the range of transmitted signals, the reception capacity of hosts can also be enhanced. External WiFi-enabled antennae attached to laptops are now available for this purpose. Change the location of the router and access point. They should ideally be placed centrally between all computers. As the signal bounces off smooth and shiny surfaces, routers and access points should be placed away from windows, doors, mirrors and other metallic surfaces. Examine signal performance by using the monitoring utility that typically comes with the access point. Check that the devices show correct lights. Device lights are an indicator of accurate connections. Different lighting patterns indicate different things. For example, some network cards show green light on successfully establishing a connection. Similarly, the router's wireless LAN (WLAN) light is turned on at all times, even if no device is connected to it. Further, this light blinks when a host communicates with another host. Unexpected lighting indicates a problem. Go through user manuals to get familiar with this feature and make sure the devices show desired lighting behavior. Use wireless Internet utilities to check the SSIDs and channels neighboring wireless networks are using. Change your network's SSID and/or channel if they are the same as that of other networks in the vicinity. See if correct drivers have been installed. Check configuration settings for encryption keys.
Not really sure what you are expecting. The wireless antenna is within the computer--you won't see it. What you will need to do is to turn the wireless networking on. This is done in some computers with a small switch on the case (in this case, there is usually a light that comes on when you turn the switch on). In other cases, you will have to use the Fn key plus one of the special function keys at the top of the unit (has a picture representing a wireless connection on it--possibly something like an antenna). If this fails, go into your network connections and see if the wireless connection is actually turned on. If you have Vista, this is sorta easy as you click on "connect to" and then choose "wireless network"
list of wireless routers that are available in Windows is very limited
and the signal strength of any router that is detected is weak.
can occur when the Lite-On USB Wireless 802.11 b/g hardware and Windows
are not able to fully synchronize the signal strength data.
Figure 1: Example of detected wireless devices when the antenna cable wire is connected to secondary portFigure 2: Example of detected wireless devices in the same environment when the antenna cable wire is connected to primary portTo correct this error
, download and install
Lite-On USB Wireless LAN Driver Update (sp35177)
(in English) from the HP Web site. This update should only be applied
if your PC has the Lit-On USB Wireless LAN adapter and is exhibiting
As a work-around, you can connect the wire that runs from the wireless antenna port to the primary port on the cord as follows:
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Open the side panel.
the wireless networking board by following the antenna wire connected
to the wireless networking antenna port on the back of the computer.
Figure 3: Wireless networking hardware1 - Wireless network board2 - Antenna wire3 - Wireless networking antenna port
Very carefully, disconnect the small wire from the board by gently pulling the end of the wire away from the board.
Connect the wire to the other available port on the board.
Figure 4: Available port
Replace the side panel, connect the power cord, turn on the computer,
and use the computer again to verify that wireless signal strengths
reinstall it clean or reinstall wireless drivers..after that just unplug the router and let it reconfigure ..this will get the wireless network in sight again ..sometimes it just stops transmitting or makes issues like that ..but if the wireless card is fine ..than all it may be wrong is the router ..In worse case just reset the router and configure it again .. but I think it will be enoug to unplug it for 30 seconds..
I had this same problem sometime ago and I first reversed my last action and I still did not get back my wireles. So out of desperation I backed up my files and made use of the recovery disk that came with my laptop, Although I had to wait through the process of deleting the contents of my computer first, after the operating system was reinstalled, to my suprise my wireless connection was initialised and it started working. All I had to do after that`was to point it to the right wireless network to work with. I hope this solves your problem Sahaja.
Did you try - after switching on the "antenna switch" or WiFi hardware - to "Enable" the WiFi adapter, under (XP) Start - Settings - Network Connections - LAN or High-Speed Internet - Wireless Network Connection? (select, right click and select Enable)?
p.s. Once your WiFi hardware is recognized (by Win XP) there is (should be) always a "Wireless Network Connection" in your Network Connections, enabled or disabled, active or not.