08-13-2011, 12:33 PM
| | Re: DELL Inspiron 8500 WLAN Fails - GOT IT WORKING!
On 8/13/2011 7:13 AM, Frederick wrote:
> Persistence pays off again. Turns out the danged BIOS was not set up
> properly (by default) for wireless. Once set correctly, wireless
> worked immediately.
> On the one hand, I rightfully feel stupid because I should have looked
> there first, but didn't. On the other hand, the many web references
> posted by others with the same problem, with the same Dell, says to
> me that others made same mistake. Maybe I missed it, but nowhere did
> I see a posted solution to CHECK THE BIOS. Makes me wonder if they
> ever solved their problem, or simply neglected to report it, or I
> simply missed their post.
> Anyway, I thank all of you for trying to help me, and for your many
> suggestions. You are good people. You need to propagate.
> Big Fred
Glad you were able to get the beast working.
Now have some fun and look at the Inssider2 program and you will see why
we like to use it when installing wireless routers and such. Nice to
see what is already in place and on what channel.
We even found one wireless network at a charity that was using channel
14, which is illegal in the USA. The DD-WRT firmware in the router and
the drivers in their laptops all were allowing the channel to work.
They changed it to one of the normal channels once they found out the
fines can be large if anyone complains to the FCC who normally is
licensed to use that frequency.