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Here are a few suggestions that I have to get things started.
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
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.
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.
Dell Wireless 360 Module with Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR Windows 7 drivers
Dell Wireless 370 Bluetooth Minicard Windows 7 drivers
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.
|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.
Share Files and Printers between Windows 7 and XP (This works both ways)
Windows Vista cannot obtain an IP address from certain routers or from certain non-Microsoft DHCP se... (Broadcast flag)(Many connection Problems!)
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 N brodcasts on 5.8GHz range. THERE ARE SOME WIRELESS N ROUTERS/ADAPTERS THAT WORK ONLY ON THE 2.4 GHz BAND.
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 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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