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  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8

    Wireless Problems


    Hi guys, I'm new here so sorry if I'm a total noob.

    A few days ago, my laptop (Dell Inspiron 15 3520) stopped connecting to wireless. Everything else in my house works except this. I'm currently using a usb wireless adapter, but my laptop won't connect unless I'm using it. Without it, it either says it's cannot connect to the network or it connects and is limited.

    I've googled and googled and although it seems as if many people have had the same problem, none of the suggestions have worked for me. I'm really hoping someone here can help me!

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  2. #2


    I've read around on this problem with your Dell Inspiron 15 3520 and apparently this problem is fairly common with the only real solution being to disable the Blue Tooth interface in Device Manager or you can disable it at the Network and Sharing Center>change adaptor settings , this is supposed to fix the problem with the wireless disconnecting or showing up as a limited connection.

    It may also help to update your system at the Windows Update Center using a wired connection.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Thanks for your reply. I disabled the bluetooth but still no good >:
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  4. #4


    Quote Originally Posted by pandahat View Post
    Thanks for your reply. I disabled the bluetooth but still no good >:
    I would try updating all the drivers for your system, there are many Windows 8 specific drivers.

    It does seem strange that this wireless driver was once working and then suddenly stopped, this may be cause of the anti virus software or some other reason like a hardware problem, if you can post a screen shot of the ipconfig/all it would be helpful.

    Drivers for Inspiron 15 3520
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  5. #5


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    I updated all my drivers but it's still the same >:

    Here is the ipconfig:

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.2.9200]
    (c) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.


    C:\Users\Michelle>ipconfig/all


    Windows IP Configuration


    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : MICHELLE
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : sonic.net


    Ethernet adapter Bluetooth Network Connection:


    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network)
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : A4-17-31-12-0E-88
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes


    Wireless LAN adapter Local Area Connection* 13:


    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter #2


    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 14-35-8B-03-04-21
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes


    Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi 2:


    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : sonic.net
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : 802.11n USB Wireless LAN Card
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 14-35-8B-03-04-27
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::b060:d8f5:b65e:8fb0%19(Preferred)
    IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.102(Preferred)
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Thursday, August 29, 2013 8:37:01 PM
    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Friday, August 30, 2013 8:47:22 PM
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
    DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 538195339
    DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-18-21-78-A9-E0-DB-55-8A-B4-FC


    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 208.201.224.11
    208.201.224.33
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled


    Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi:


    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : sonic.net
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz)
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : A4-17-31-12-0E-87
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes


    Ethernet adapter Ethernet:


    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : E0-DB-55-8A-B4-FC
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes


    Tunnel adapter isatap.sonic.net:


    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : sonic.net
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes


    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 14:


    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft 6to4 Adapter
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes


    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 15:


    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2001:0:5ef5:79fd:2cd3:6b5:3f57:fe99(Prefe
    rred)
    Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::2cd3:6b5:3f57:fe99%17(Preferred)
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : ::
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled
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  6. #6


    I'm curious as to the wireless settings that the router is set up to use.

    Using WPA-2 security with AES encryption should work best, it may also help to use the 802.11N Only wireless mode as opposed to the mixed settings a,b,g etc.

    You might also try going into the Device Manager and disable both the blue tooth adaptor and the Kernel debug adaptor as well, I believe a restart is required for this.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Using WPA-2 security with AES encryption should work best, it may also help to use the 802.11N Only wireless mode as opposed to the mixed settings a,b,g etc.
    Not sure what this part means.. O.o

    Also for the bluetooth adapter, am I disabling the 'bluetooth device'? If so, there are 2: personal area network and RFCOMM protocol TDI.
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  8. #8


    Quote Originally Posted by pandahat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Using WPA-2 security with AES encryption should work best, it may also help to use the 802.11N Only wireless mode as opposed to the mixed settings a,b,g etc.
    Not sure what this part means.. O.o

    Also for the bluetooth adapter, am I disabling the 'bluetooth device'? If so, there are 2: personal area network and RFCOMM protocol TDI.
    The router settings page will be located at 192.168.1.1, this is where you can check on the wireless settings which are very important.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    What do I do after checking the wireless settings? I can't seem to remember my username and pw :3 but I'll get back to you when I am able to check -____-
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  10. #10


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Ok I've looked at the router settings... not sure what I'm looking for or what to do @.@
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