Networking tips and tweaks (Updated 01/04/2016)


Networking tips and tweaks (Updated 01/04/2016)

The purpose of this Wiki is for forum members to suggest and give you helpful tips on getting your wireless devices working. So let's keep those suggestions coming in.


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Here are a few suggestions that I have to get things started.

Dell Networking and Wireless Support Center

Home Networking - Getting Started

How to by-pass the Dell Download Manager



Setup should look like...

Wall > ISP Modem/Router > Wireless router(if any) > Wired/wireless

If using DSL, a DSL Filter MUST be on ALL devices, phone, answering machine, faxes, etc..., everything EXCEPT the DSL Modem/Router.

You may share a DSL Filter.

Wall > DSL Filter > Splitter > Multiple Devices

How to login to your wireless router

Recommended Wireless Router Settings

Actually WPA2-AES Security is the way to go but not all wireless devices will work with WPA2. So this is why we are currently sticking with WPA-PSK(TKIP) Personal Security.

Connection is enabled

How to repair a connection

Sometimes connections fail due to power flickers. Try turning off your ISP Modem/Router, your wireless router and your computer for 60 seconds, then turn on the ISP modem/router. Wait 15 seconds, then turn on the wireless router(if any). Try to connect. Usually this happens during electrical storms and when there are power interruptions. Doing this resets everything back and then the connection resumes as normal.

After a clean installation of the Operating System the Wireless doesn't work

Bluetooth connection and pairing

Broadcom BCM5784M LAN or better known as Broadcom Netlink Gigibit Ethernet (64-bit drivers)

Broadcom Drivers (Latitude Broadcom USH Drivers CLICK HERE)

Connecting to a wireless network in Windows 8.

Data Safe Local 2.0 RMCPlg.exe and BTTray.exe Errors (0xc0150004)or Widcom Bluetooth/BTTray.exe error

Dell Mini 10 poor wireless connection fix

Dell Mini 10V (1011) wireless 1510, dropping connection {Solved}

Dell Networking and Wireless Support Center

Dell Wireless 360 Module with Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR Windows 7 drivers

Dell Wireless 370 Bluetooth Minicard Windows 7 drivers

Dell Wireless and Bluetooth Drivers - Windows 7/8

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Dell Wireless WLAN Card Utility & Windows 7 Solution

Dell WWAN Wireless not detected

Error 105, no wireless service

File and Print Sharing in Vista (Thanks to mombodog)

Finding System Information about your wireless adapters/cards

How to turn a computer into a WiFi hotspot

Having trouble connecting back to the internet after hibernate or sleep mode

How can I disable wireless configuration services and enable the Windows XP Wireless Zero Configurat...

How do I Identify my Wireless Card and Driver?

How to Download the Latest Broadcom USH Drivers - Dell™ Latitude™ E-Series Contactless SmartCard and...

How to Download and Install Drivers in the Correct Order

How to Fix Limited Wi-Fi Connectivity Issue in Windows 8.1

How to Network with HomeGroup in Windows 7

How to Optimize Intel Wireless Performance using the Advanced Wi-Fi Adapter Settings

How to resolve Wireless Networking issues on my Dell computer

How to start Wireless Zero Configuration using Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8

How to turn your Windows laptop into a hotspot

Installing My Wi-Fi Technology Intel® My WiFi Technology is supported only on the Windows 7 operating system with driver versions 13.1.1 to Intel drivers 14.3

New program is called Intel® My WiFi Dashboard Intel My WiFi Dashboard delivers ultimate Wi-Fi portability for chatting, transferring files, creating personal hotspots, and syncing between devices over Wi-Fi Direct. Intel My WiFi Dashboard for Microsoft Windows 7 is a free app for Intel® Centrino® Wireless products. Intel has Windows 8 drivers available.

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Intel® Centrino® Wi-Fi Products — Which operating systems are supported with Intel wireless products...

 Intel® Centrino® Wi-Fi Products — Intel® Wireless Products and Microsoft Windows* 8

Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030 connection problems{SOLVED}

Intel® Driver Update Utility for Intel® wireless adapters

Intel ~ Recommended settings for 802.11n connectivity

Intel® WiFi Products — Power Save Polling (PSP) causes connection issues with some access points

Affected cards:

Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205 For Desktop
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235
Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300
Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300 and Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200 products
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 100
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 105
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 130
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 135
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200 For Desktop
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100A Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software
Intel® WiFi Link 1000
Intel® WiFi Link 5300 and Intel® WiFi Link 5100 products
Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5350 and Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5150 products
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN

Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Power Options\Create a Power Plan

Select High performance.

Start, control panel, device manager. Click on Network and then right click on your wireless adapter, left click properties, power management. Uncheck the box, allow computer to turn off this device to save power.

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IPv6 Test your IPv6

Mobile Broadband Card and IE8 Connection problems {SOLVED}

Network Map in Windows Vista does not display computers that are running Windows XP

No Networking Hardware Available after Windows 10 Upgrade

Resolving Connection Issues on Your Wi-Fi Network for Windows 10

Security at WiFi Hotspots

Set up a shared Internet connection using ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) and Using ICS (Internet Connection Sharing)

Setting up the Dell Wireless Printer Adapter 3300

Setting up/Troubleshooting a Wireless Network

Share Files and Printers between Windows 7 and XP (This works both ways)

Sharing a printer through a wireless network

Solving wireless connections problems on a Dell PC

Starting WLAN AutoConfig Service in Windows 7

The default gateway setting is lost when you wake a Windows Vista-based computer from sleep

Turn off Dell Wireless WLAN Card Reminder at Login

Westell Versalink 327w by Verizon & Windows 7 connection problems [SOLVED]

Why can’t I connect to a network? (Windows 8)

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Windows 8 may not be able to connect to some Cisco routers

Wired and wireless network problems (Windows 8, Windows RT)

Wireless Networking for the Home

Most Dell Laptops use the blue Fn and F2 to turn the wireless card on/off. Some have a switch. Dell QuickSet helps to control the hotkeys.

Wireless N Routers

There are different types of Wireless N Routers, just Wireless N and Dual Band Wireless N Routers.


Wireless b/g broadcasts on the 2.4gh range.

***Unless you have a dual band Wireless N router, all the computers on your network will need a Wireless N Card/Adapter or they will not be able to connect to your network.***

Cordless phones

Cordless phones that are 2.4GHz use the same frequencies that wireless roiuters use(A,B,G)

Cordless phones that are 5.8GHz use the same frequencies that wireless routers use(N)

Using a cordless phone can and will interfere with your connection.

Tweak that wireless card

Windows has a feature that turn off the wireless card to save power. Here is how to keep the wireless card from turning off.

Go to device manager(right click my computer, left click properties, left click hardware, left click device manager). Click on Network and then right click on your wireless adapter, left click properties, power management. Uncheck the box, allow computer to turn off this device to save power.

If you have problems with installing drivers/software in Windows 7, the try installing the drivers in the Compatibility mode .

Right click on the setup.exe file, left click properties, left click compatibility. Change the compatibility to Vista. Then install the proper drivers.

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