Where is my wireless switch on my DELL Dimension 8400 desktop?

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Where is my wireless switch on my DELL Dimension 8400 desktop?

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                I have an old DELL Dimension 8400 desktop with a DELL 1450 Wireless USB Adapter.     It was working fine with my Linksys wireless router.    I had to replace my wireless router.    I now have a D-Link 825 Dual band wireless router that I installed without any problems.   Other PC's I have are NOT having any trouble with the new router.   The 8400 does not find any networks in range even though the router is only 5 feet away.   Where is the wireless switch on the 8400 located at?

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  • There isn't one.

    Only laptops with the miniPCI wireless adapter can make use of the F2 key.

    my Dells:
    Precision M6300 - XP SP3 / Windows 7 / Ubuntu 12.04
    Latitude D620 - XP Pro SP3
    Precision M6300 - Windows 7

  • If there isn't one then why doesn't the wireless network show up when I display available networks?      The other Laptops I have pickup the new network without any problems.

  • Isp0tdh,

     

    I see that the Dimension 8400 uses a USB Adapter. Is the  Dell Wireless 1450 (802.11a/b/g) USB2.0 Adapter installed?

     

    You said...

    lsp0tdh
    It was working fine with my Linksys wireless router.    I had to replace my wireless router.    I now have a D-Link 825 Dual band wireless router that I installed without any problems.

     

    In order for the USB Wireless Adapter to work, I would suggest this.

     

    Update the firmware in the D-Link wireless router

     

    Make sure to change the SSID to something you didn't use before (This will make connecting easier)

     

    Broadcast your SSID

     

    Use WPA-PSK (TKIP) Security (Personal)  (The USB Adapter likes this type of security)

     

    Use channels 1, 6 or 11 (The USB adapters work best on these channels) I use channel 11

     

    Use mixed mode.

     

    Make sure your password is at least 12 digits long.

     

    Save everything and exit. Turn off your ISP Modem/router and your D-Link wireless router. Wait 30 seconds. Now turn on the ISP Modem/routeer first. Wait 30 seconds, then turn on the D-Link wireless router.

     

    Restart your computer.

     

    Now try to connect to your new network.

     

    What happens?

     

     

    Rick

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