14 See the documentation that came with your wireless router to do the
following in order to set up the wireless router:
Establish communication between your computer and your wireless router.
Configure your wireless router to communicate with your
Find out your wireless router's broadcast name. The technical term for
the name of your router's broadcast name is Service Set Identifier
(SSID) or network name.
15 If necessary, configure your wireless network card to connect to the wireless
network (see "Connecting to a WLAN" on page 91).
Connecting to a WLAN
Before you connect to a WLAN, ensure that you have followed the
instructions in "Wireless Local Area Network" on page 88.
The following networking instructions do not apply to internal cards with
wireless technology or cellular products.
This section provides general procedures for connecting to a network using
wireless technology. Specific network names and configuration details vary.
See "Wireless Local Area Network" on page 88 for more information about
how to prepare for connecting your computer to a WLAN.
Your wireless network card requires specific software and drivers for
connecting to a network. The software is already installed.
If the software is removed or corrupted, follow the instructions in the user
documentation for your wireless network card. Verify the type of wireless network
card installed in your computer and then search for that name on the Dell™ Support
website at support.dell.com. For information on the type of wireless network card
that is installed in your computer, see "Checking Your Wireless Network Card" on
When you turn on your computer and a network (for which your computer is
not configured) is detected in the area, a pop-up appears near the network
icon in the Windows notification area.
Setting Up and Using Networks