spankdoggy
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where to insert a wirless card in a inspiron n5010?

Hi this should be a simple question in theory! just bought a N5010 but didn't get a wirless internet card with it. I do have internal bluetooth and looking at the online videos for other models I can see that I just have to open up the back panel and slide the card into one of the slots. Thing is on opening the back panel both slots seem to be already ocupied! So basically is the internal bluetooth card? taking up one of the slots or am i missing something? plus what might be in either slot and should i even attempt to move them? directions to videos or card instalation instructions would also be appreciated as well.

Thanks in advance for an help.

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8 Krypton

Re: where to insert a wirless card in a inspiron n5010?

It is very rare these days that a laptop comes without wireless. It's standard on the N5010.

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spankdoggy
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Re: where to insert a wirless card in a inspiron n5010?

Yeah but I got this one off the dell outlet site, have already asked the support team and with them looking into my order have found that it doesn't have a wireless card but does have the option to install one. They then gave me a list of wireless card options that are compatable with my machine. I know what you mean about strange as its virtually a brand new machine (has a i3 380 processor, they only came out in Dec) and has bluetooth but bizarrley no wireless , so any advice about where the card goes or if you have the machine itself and can locate it that would be handy.

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8 Krypton

Re: where to insert a wirless card in a inspiron n5010?

Download the manual and see where the wifi card is suppose to be installed. This is the only way to verify.

 

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spankdoggy
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Re: where to insert a wirless card in a inspiron n5010?

Yeah, just had a look at the manual seems i have to pull the whole thing apart, inc keyboard, palm rest  etc, looks v tricky and I'm pretty much a novice wen it comes to this stuff. Maybe i should just get a usb dongle?

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8 Krypton

Re: where to insert a wirless card in a inspiron n5010?

 spankdoggy,

 

Go to Drivers & Downloads,

 

Click on  Warranty status. Enter your service tag number, then look at origional configuration. It should give you a list of items installed on the computer.

 

 

Rick

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spankdoggy
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Re: where to insert a wirless card in a inspiron n5010?

I did what you said and the only network adapter available is the " Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller" but I like I previous said I have contacted dell, they looked into the order and said:

"Based on your e-mail, I understand that you would like to know if your Dell Inspiron N5010 supports wireless internet.

Dell Inspiron N5010 systems has WiMax, WWAN, WLAN and Bluetooth wireless capability.  However, our records indicate that for your Dell Inspiron N5010 system with Service Tag ********, it was not purchased with a wireless card.  It, however, has a bluetooth wireless card. 

Below are the wireless card option for your Dell system should you wish to purchase one.

Dell™ Wireless 1501 802.11gn 1x1 Half Mini Card
Dell™ Wireless 1520 802.11agn 2x2 Half Mini Card
Intel® WiFi Link 6200 802.11agn 2x2 Half Mini Card
Intel® WiFi Link 6250 802.11agn/WiMax 2x2 Half Mini Card"

Inspiron N5010
Optical Drive : 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including software
LCD Back Cover : Mars Black
Display 15.6in HD (1366X768) WLED with TrueLife
Intel i3-380M(2.53GHz)
4096MB (2x2048) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
misc
MOD,INFO,NO MEDIA
MOD,HD,320,5.4,P11,SGT-W,XLOB
MOD,SW,ADB,RDR,9.0,MLANG
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
1 Yr Collect & Return Warranty
Certified Refurbished

Any idea on what my options are anyone and what would you do to get wireless, plus is there a way to set the wireless through the bluetooth connection?

Inspiron N5010
Optical Drive : 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including software
LCD Back Cover : Mars Black
Display 15.6in HD (1366X768) WLED with TrueLife
Intel i3-380M(2.53GHz)
4096MB (2x2048) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
misc
MOD,INFO,NO MEDIA
MOD,HD,320,5.4,P11,SGT-W,XLOB
MOD,SW,ADB,RDR,9.0,MLANG
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
1 Yr Collect & Return Warranty
Certified Refurbished
Inspiron N5010 Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 BIT) 1 £ 242.99
Inspiron N5010
Optical Drive : 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including software
LCD Back Cover : Mars Black
Display 15.6in HD (1366X768) WLED with TrueLife
Intel i3-380M(2.53GHz)
4096MB (2x2048) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
misc
MOD,INFO,NO MEDIA
MOD,HD,320,5.4,P11,SGT-W,XLOB
MOD,SW,ADB,RDR,9.0,MLANG
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
1 Yr Collect & Return Warranty
Certified Refurbished
Inspiron N5010 Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 BIT) 1 £ 242.99
Inspiron N5010
Optical Drive : 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including software
LCD Back Cover : Mars Black
Display 15.6in HD (1366X768) WLED with TrueLife
Intel i3-380M(2.53GHz)
4096MB (2x2048) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
misc
MOD,INFO,NO MEDIA
MOD,HD,320,5.4,P11,SGT-W,XLOB
MOD,SW,ADB,RDR,9.0,MLANG
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
1 Yr Collect & Return Warranty
Certified Refurbished
Inspiron N5010 Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 BIT) 1 £ 242.99
Inspiron N5010
Optical Drive : 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including software
LCD Back Cover : Mars Black
Display 15.6in HD (1366X768) WLED with TrueLife
Intel i3-380M(2.53GHz)
4096MB (2x2048) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
misc
MOD,INFO,NO MEDIA
MOD,HD,320,5.4,P11,SGT-W,XLOB
MOD,SW,ADB,RDR,9.0,MLANG
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
1 Yr Collect & Return Warranty
Certified Refurbished
Inspiron N5010
Optical Drive : 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including software
LCD Back Cover : Mars Black
Display 15.6in HD (1366X768) WLED with TrueLife
Intel i3-380M(2.53GHz)
4096MB (2x2048) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
misc
MOD,INFO,NO MEDIA
MOD,HD,320,5.4,P11,SGT-W,XLOB
MOD,SW,ADB,RDR,9.0,MLANG
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
1 Yr Collect & Return Warranty
Certified Refurbished
Inspiron N5010
Optical Drive : 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including software
LCD Back Cover : Mars Black
Display 15.6in HD (1366X768) WLED with TrueLife
Intel i3-380M(2.53GHz)
4096MB (2x2048) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
misc
MOD,INFO,NO MEDIA
MOD,HD,320,5.4,P11,SGT-W,XLOB
MOD,SW,ADB,RDR,9.0,MLANG
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
1 Yr Collect & Return Warranty
Certified Refurbished
Inspiron N5010 Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 BIT) 1 £ 242.99
Inspiron N5010
Optical Drive : 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including software
LCD Back Cover : Mars Black
Display 15.6in HD (1366X768) WLED with TrueLife
Intel i3-380M(2.53GHz)
4096MB (2x2048) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
misc
MOD,INFO,NO MEDIA
MOD,HD,320,5.4,P11,SGT-W,XLOB
MOD,SW,ADB,RDR,9.0,MLANG
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
1 Yr Collect & Return Warranty
Certified Refurbished
Inspiron N5010 Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 BIT) 1 £ 242.99
Inspiron N5010
Optical Drive : 8X DVD+/-RW Drive including software
LCD Back Cover : Mars Black
Display 15.6in HD (1366X768) WLED with TrueLife
Intel i3-380M(2.53GHz)
4096MB (2x2048) 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel
misc
MOD,INFO,NO MEDIA
MOD,HD,320,5.4,P11,SGT-W,XLOB
MOD,SW,ADB,RDR,9.0,MLANG
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
1 Yr Collect & Return Warranty
Certified Refurbished
Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller
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8 Krypton

Re: where to insert a wirless card in a inspiron n5010?

 spankdoggy,

 

I like the 6200 but it's probably costly to add. The cheapest/easiest route would be to purchase a USB wireless adapter.

 

 

Rick

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spankdoggy
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Re: where to insert a wirless card in a inspiron n5010?

I did see the 6200 for £16 quid on ebay and am slightly tempted to do a DIY job! but I think the sensible option would be just to get a wireless USB. If it was just a case of taking a few bits apart that would be fine, but removing a keyboard with a knife! esp with a surface which looks like its made of tin does not sound good. Anyway for £310 quid you cant complain about the specs even if it hasn't got wireless.

Any ideas on decent wireless USB's anyone?

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8 Krypton

Re: where to insert a wirless card in a inspiron n5010?

 spankdoggy,

 

What wireless router are you using? If you have a wireless N router(or dual band) it would be nice to get a wireless N usb adapter for the speed.

 

I have used a Netgear USB adapter before with no problems. Just need to use these Recommended Wireless Router Settings

 

 

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Rick

#DellRockstar

What is a Dell Service Tag and how do I locate it? 

Original poster, If you have solved your problem, can you please mark the correct thread(s) with your solution. Thanks 

Welcome to Dell Community!

#DellWorld 2012

#DellWorld 2015

#DellEMCWorld 2016

#MicrosoftMVP - Windows Expert-Consumer April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2015

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