My Dell Studio xps laptop has just started experiencing extremely low signal strength. I did set up a wireless printer the other day, so maybe I screwed something up in the process.
Here's what I have tried so far:
- connecting to several different networks that all work fine for other computers, so it is most certainly my laptop.
- getting the latest driver, or at least I think I did. Some of the scanner software out there, like Software Informer, suggest there is a later one, but trying to apply the suggested update was not successful.
- Running a Dell diagnostic on the wireless lan card, which confirmed poor signal strength but not a suggested fix. It is quite lengthy so I have just put some of the seemingly more relevant info below.
Can someone help me troubleshoot this?
Dell diagnostic output:
**Signal Strength Test** Test Started 1/1/2012 4:22:55 PM Error Message: Unable to locate any available networks because the radio for the interface is turned off. 1/1/2012 4:23:41 PM Error Message: Unable to locate any available networks because the radio for the interface is turned off. 1/1/2012 4:23:42 PM Warning Message: The network might not have been configured properly. 1/1/2012 4:23:49 PM Error Message: Unable to locate any available networks because the radio for the interface is turned off. 1/1/2012 4:23:49 PM Test Finished: Completed 1/1/2012 4:25:34 PM **Wireless Connectivity Test** Test Started 1/1/2012 4:25:35 PM Test Finished: Passed 1/1/2012 4:25:36 PM Wireless Signal Strength Test Test Started 1/1/2012 4:25:36 PM Warning Message: Received Wireless Signal Strength: Low [16%]. 1/1/2012 4:25:37 PM **Network Card - Dell Wireless 1510 Wireless-N WLAN Mini-Card** MAC Address 00:24:2b:c9:e0:27 Adapter Connected Yes Current Speed 19.50 Mbps IP Address 10.0.1.3 IP Mask 255.255.255.0 Gateway IP Address 10.0.1.1 DHCP Server 10.0.1.1 Adapter DHCP Enabled Yes Driver Provider Broadcom Driver Version 188.8.131.52, 10-22-2008