I purchased the dell inspiron 7000 laptop last week. It has some issues with wifi connectivity.. Though it gets connected, we can see the signal bar fluctuating randomly and the speed of the interent connection is very slow. I am using the same connection for my phone and also checked it with other laptops and the wifi connection seems to have no problem. The download speed on the laptop shows 0.50mbps, while the download speed on another laptop connected to the same connection at the same time and spot shows 6.8mbps.
I have reported the issue the very next day of my purchase, so far I have not obtained any help from the dell customer support. Finally two days back I got a mail stating that there will be a service engineer visiting me in 2-3 working days. But ironically today I get a call form the customer support and they said the person wont be coming for the next week or so as they do not have the parts available.
Why would you want to change the part of a brand new laptop which is not even two weeks old????Is this a known issue for this model??
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guys just change ur card to a 7260 ac by urself i got for 25 bucks on new egg. didnt go throught dells hassles at all. wifi is stable now getting abt 400 mbps about 30 m away
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Ok so now dell support told me that they should change the network card and the wifi antenna of my new laptop. I was taken aback by this and I asked them I don’t want any parts to be replaced. So either return my cash or replace the whole system.
The customer support agreed to this and replaced the ,laptop. I just received new Dell inspiron 7537 yesterday. Thank s to dell for their prompt service.
But guess what..!! I have the exact same problem with this laptop as well.
The wifi doesn’t work even I’m just 5 feet away from the router.
I tried connecting the laptop via Ethernet port and the internet works perfect, so I don’t think it is the network card issue. I have just updated the drivers as well. But nothing seems to solve the issue.
Dell should do something about this!!
I am having the same problem with my new Inspiron 7537. I bought one a few days ago, only to find it had multiple problems:
So I got a replacement from the store, but had to return that one too because:
Took that one back for another replacement. This third one seems fine except for that exact same WiFi issue. I did finally manage to get Win8.1 installed, but only by telling it not to try to connect to the Internet during installation. When it was finally installed i was able to get a connection after multiple tries, but now I see I am rarely connected over 11Mbps. This seems to be an inherent problem with this model, probably a bad batch of Intel WiFi adapters, incompatibility with my WiFi router, or a driver issue. I suppose it is also remotely possible it is a Windows 8 problem, although my wife's 2 month old (cheap) Win8 laptop connects fine at full speed.
I should say that I use an expensive ($200CDN) Asus 802.11ac router with the latest firmware. I have at least 10 other devices in the household that connect fine, including a Samsung TV, multiple mobile devices, and multiple laptop and desktop PCs. The laptop I am replacing was consistently connecting at 300Mbps.
I don't know what to do now because I love the feature/price ratio of this laptop, but I don't need to be messing around trying to get the WiFi working on a brand new laptop when I should be working with it instead.
This intel wifi card is known to have issues. just go to intel's site and you will see an apology by them saying they are working on the problem. I have an idea to solve your problems...return the machine and purchase another brand. what is soooo amazing about this laptop that keeps you trying again and again? next year prices will drop, new models will be introduced and possibly intel will solve the problem. then you should pick it up and probably at a few hundred dollars cheaper.
I can't wait till next year, my current laptop just died and I use it to earn a living. As for why I really like this laptop, WiFi problems notwithstanding...
The only complaints I have are:
What this all boils down to is that this is the the best price/performance business class laptop on the market right now, although the faulty WiFi obviously spoils it. Actually, I could replace the WiFi adapter with something better (preferably Atheros, I'm not big on Intel or Broadcom) and still pay less in total than buying a similar Lenovo or HP with slightly inferior specs. Replacement laptop WiFi adapters can be easily had for $10.
My old laptop has a great Atheros card I'll probably swap into the Inspiron, and also a sweet 7200RPM 750GB hybrid hard drive that is much better than the 1TB 5400RPM budget drive in the Dell, so I'll put that in too. Just wish the WiFi adapter that came with it wasn't garbage. I've had trouble with Intel WiFi parts in the past, I wish Dell had gone for Atheros.
ok so two days back i received my new replacement laptop.. and i have the exact same wifi issue on this as well!!
tried everything possible the last two day...s nothing seems to set this alright..
updated the network drivers from the dell website.. later found a newer version of the driver on the intel website and installed that as well..
but nothing seems to work..
wifi works absolutely fine if i place the laptop close to the router.. if i move even a room away it stops working.. so i dont think it is a issue with the router.. other devices works even on the third floor of this building, but this laptop cannot even detect the hotspot on the third floor. when connected to ethernet, it works perfect...
like PhoenixRevealed said...it is one of the best possible model of laptop out there.. but what's the point if it doesn't work like its supposed to work...
it's been 36 days since i paid USD1450 for a laptop and till now i have not received a working machine!! i had to wait 29 days after i reported the issue with Dell to get my laptop replaced.. now i'm going to contact the dell customer service again..lets see how long i'll have to wait this time for them to do something to fix this issue!!
I just contacted the Dell support... Was on call for 1 hour 52 minutes..
he connected himself to my laptop through dell connect and tried changing as many settings possible on the network card and the router...tried installing different versions of the network driver but nothing seems to work...he's told me that he has arranged a call back for tomorrow from a senior engineer...
so now the wait begins all over again!
After purchasing a Dell laptop for my son, I had to call for repair after it would not turn on or off w/o removing the batt (within the year). They sent a maintenance man to my house to fix it and he brought the wrong part. After I sent it back to Dell for repair, I received a laptop back that did everything but get online! The windows 8 program worked like a charm... Till I tried to search online (right after warranty was up)... It showed that I had full strength of the wifi, but nothing else... Everytime I tried to get online... Nothing...I called Dell help line and was told after a long conversation, "it will cost $230 for a year of support"??????I will NEVER BUY A DELL AGAIN!!! POS in my mind. Why sell something that you cannot or will not support or stand by.????