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Is there a way to get the wireless LED of a laptop to indicate wireless activity the way that the hard-drive LED does?

It seems to have been implemented in Ubuntu, so fortunately it can be done with software. Does anyone know of a way to get it to work in Windows?

HD and Wireless LEDs

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I would definitely prefer to be surrounded by less blinking devices. –  Marco Aug 1 '12 at 17:11
    
@Marco, maybe, but it provides no useful information as it is; you may as well just disable the LED altogether. –  Synetech Aug 1 '12 at 17:23
    
Wow, I don't remember the last laptop I saw that still had a physical light for this (but then I deal almost exclusively with Thinkpads at the office). –  Shinrai Aug 1 '12 at 17:23
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@Synetech - And I wouldn't agree that it's no useful information - it lets you know the wireless radio is turned on (and draining your battery). It's only useless if the system doesn't provide a way to turn the wireless off. –  Shinrai Aug 1 '12 at 17:24
    
I don't see much use for this information. A simple on/off is enough. When it's blinking, that just tells you that something's happening. That's not really useful unless you can tell exactly what's happening. –  Iszi Aug 1 '12 at 17:30
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There is a how to for "influence the flashing of your laptops WiFi led" for windows found here at Boris Wach. with all do credit to Boris.

It explains and shows process in a pretty straight forward manner with screen shots.

Influence the flashing of your laptops wifi led

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That looks perfect! In fact, there are several other entries already in there that begin with led…, so this may in fact work. I’ve added the entry and will check if it works tomorrow after rebooting. –  Synetech Aug 14 '12 at 4:45
    
Hmm, it’s not working. I thought maybe it depends on the wireless adapter/driver, but Googling it seems to indicate it applies to at least two or three different kinds of wireless adapters, so presumably it would be at least a semi-universal setting. This post implies that some of the other pre-existing entries may be needed if LedMode doesn’t work, so I’ll search and experiment with those. Either way, this got me on the right track. –  Synetech Aug 14 '12 at 17:20
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