I am trying to set up a friend's computer to work with my Netgear Router.
The computer is a Dell Inspiron 600m. The Netgear Router is WGT624.
I have used the router successfully with other laptops.
On the new Dell Inspiron 600m, there appear to be three software methods to access the built-in wireless:
1. The Dell Quickset
2. The Intel PROSet for Wireless
3. Windows XP Wireless configuration
I have tried to play with all three. In all cases, the laptop recognizes that there is a wireless network present, but will not connect with it. I have tried WPA-PSK security and WEP security modes.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
That is what I posted on "giving up on inspiron 8600 thread .."
Hope this will solve your problem.
I started this thread - I must provide the answers to othersso that they don't suffer as much.
After spending three days reading gazillian links including Inteland Microsoft databases, I finally made my machine's wirelessinterface work. It pushed the limits of my technical knowledge- but I finally got this thing to work (sending this mailusing the same!!).
1. Router Support
Most wireless routers, at this time, ship with the latest firmwarethat supports Centrino. However, if you baught it last year,you may want to get the latest firmware. The lack of latest firmware is most likely not the problem in most cases. But, you may want to make sure as a first step that there is no Centrino specific issue with the wireless router that you have (a visit to manufacturer's website willbe helpful. Netgear 814V2 versions before October 2003 release software had a Centrino specific issue â€“ causing links to operate slowly or connectionbeing dropped intermittently). If your router works with other Centrino notebook, you can totally ignore this step no matter where the advice comes from (including from a friend with good intensions on this thread.).
2. On XP/Intel issues on Dell Notebooks
Here is the pack of golden tricks to get Dell (Centrino) systemsto associate with the wireless link correctly:
1. The real culprit, it appears, is the Intel pro Software and Device driverfor Centrino bundled with Dell, and incorrectly setup before shipping.It doesn't seem to support XP's bundled wireless zero configuration.Hence, it will most likely not even see your wireless router, andif does it will not associate with it or your connection will be intermittent and/orYour throughput will be very poor. To get it to work correctly-, go to servicesmenu (through control panel to performance and maintenace, then toadministrative tools and the to services). i.) Open services and stop the wireless Zero service ii) Disable this service so that it doesn't start on thenext power up. That will fix the conflict between what XP wantsand what Intel driver does.
2. Open the wireless networking interface (connect to networkconnection on your startup menu, press right button and open theproperties for wireless network icon). Look for configure optionunder Intel(R) Pro/Wireless 2200 connection. Where it says powersetup for transmitter â€“ open the option and select manual instead of auto. Save configuration. I am not sure of this step - but I did it any way to ensure that IntelPro software doesnâ€™t apply any un-wanted power optimization that may conflict with what Window XP does. By controlling the power manually â€“ you know that you are getting maximum range (one things work for a few days â€“ you may tryauto setting but I havenâ€™t bothered.)
3. Make sure your router broadcasts the ssid, and your wirelessinterface is configured with the correct ssid. If you don't broadcastssid - your wireless connection will shift between your and yourneighbour's AP ( moronic XP design by some dim-witted sophomoreat Microsoft ignores the profile preferences if your ssid is not broadcast.Microsoft says it is by design!). For testing purposes, set no encryption andAuthentication type to open on both the router and your machine.
4. Power down the computer using system shut-off menu. Powerdown your router (don't have to, but better). Restart both oneafter another in any order you like (may be plug in the routerfirst so that there is a faster connection). Your wireless link should Work now. You should at least see wireless interface saying excellent signal from the router.
5) If for some reason, the system displays excellent signal foryour ssid but doesn't connect - check if your router is not applyingany Mac filtering, or if there is any security key mismatch (these are easy problems.) If you don't understand what I am saying here - you most likelydon't have a wep key or mac filtering setup on your router (unlessyour older brother set up the router ;-)).
6) If the system still can't see your wireless router - go tostep 1 and verify the configuration in step 1 and 2.
7) If it still doesn't work - you may have faulty hardware -arrange a return to Dell (with a brutally nasty note attachedto it - ;-)). But if it works, you would hopefully like yournew toy.
Hope, above directions minimize your pain.
ps: Dell support is pathetic - don't expect those telephone operatorsin India to know much about wireless. They can't differentiatea cow's tail from a 802.11 antenna given that they don't use802.11 there. Besides, you will spend hours trying to connectto them. So ignore them but do register your complain with Dell.