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Using a Network

Dell™ Latitude™ D620 User's Guide

  Physically Connecting to a Network or Broadband Modem

  Network Setup Wizard

  Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)

  Mobile Broadband Network

  Managing Your Network Settings Through the Dell QuickSet Location Profiler

  Dell™ Wi-Fi Catcher™ Network Locator

  Internet Connection Firewall



Physically Connecting to a Network or Broadband Modem

Before you connect your computer to a network that is not wireless, the computer must have a network cable connected to it.

To connect a network cable:

  1. Connect the network cable to the network adapter connector on the back of your computer.

NOTE: Insert the cable connector until it clicks into place, and then gently pull the cable to ensure that it is securely attached.
  1. Connect the other end of the network cable to a network connection device or a network wall connector.

NOTE: Do not use a network cable with a telephone wall connector.


Network Setup Wizard

The Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system provides a Network Setup Wizard to guide you through the process of sharing files, printers, or an Internet connection between computers in a home or small office.

  1. Click the Start button, point to Programs® Accessories® Communications, and then click Network Setup Wizard.

  2. On the welcome screen, click Next.

  3. Click Checklist for creating a network.

NOTE: Selecting the connection method labeled This computer connects directly to the Internet enables the integrated firewall provided with Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).
  1. Complete the checklist.

  2. Return to the Network Setup Wizard and follow the instructions on the screen.


Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)

A WLAN is a series of interconnected computers that communicate with each other over the air waves rather than through a network cable connected to each computer. In a WLAN, a radio communications device called an access point or wireless router connects network computers and provides Internet, or network, access. The access point or wireless router and the wireless network card in the computer communicate by broadcasting data from their antennas over the air waves.

What You Need to Establish a WLAN Connection

Before you can set up a WLAN, you need:

Checking Your Wireless Network Card

Depending on what you selected when you purchased your computer, the computer has a variety of configurations. To confirm that your computer has a wireless network card and to determine the type of card, use one of the following:

Start Button and Connect To Option

  1. Click the Start button.

  2. Point to Connect To, and then click Show all connections.

If Wireless Network Connection does not appear under LAN or High-Speed Internet, you may not have a wireless network card.

If Wireless Network Connection appears, you have a wireless network card. To view detailed information about the wireless network card:

  1. Right-click Wireless Network Connection.

  2. Click Properties. The Wireless Network Connection Properties window appears. The wireless network card's name and model number are listed on the General tab.

NOTE: If your computer is set to the Classic Start menu option, you can view network connections by clicking the Start button, pointing to Settings, and then pointing to Network Connections. If Wireless Network Connection does not appear, you may not have a wireless network card.

Order Confirmation

The order confirmation that you received when you ordered your computer lists the hardware and software that shipped with your computer.

Setting Up a New WLAN

Contact your Internet service provider (ISP) to obtain specific information about the connection requirements for your broadband modem.

Connecting a Wireless Router and a Broadband Modem

  1. Ensure that you have wired Internet access through your broadband modem before you attempt to set up a wireless Internet connection. See Physically Connecting to a Network or Broadband Modem.

  2. Install any software required for your wireless router. Your wireless router may have been shipped with an installation CD. Such CDs usually contain installation and troubleshooting information. Install the required software according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  3. Shut down your computer and any other wireless-enabled computers in the vicinity through the Start menu.

  4. Disconnect your broadband modem power cable from the electrical outlet.

  5. Disconnect the network cable from the computer and the modem.

NOTE: Wait for a minimum of 5 minutes after disconnecting your broadband modem before you continue with the network setup.
  1. Disconnect the AC adapter cable from your wireless router to ensure that there is no power connected to the router.

  2. Insert a network cable into the network (RJ-45) connector on the unpowered broadband modem.

  3. Connect the other end of the network cable into the Internet network (RJ-45) connector on the unpowered wireless router.

  4. Ensure that no network or USB cables, other than the network cable connecting the modem and the wireless router, are connected to the broadband modem.

NOTE: Restart your wireless equipment in the order described below to prevent a potential connection failure.
  1. Turn on only your broadband modem and wait for at least 2 minutes for the broadband modem to stabilize. After 2 minutes, proceed to step 11.

  2. Turn on your wireless router and wait for at least 2 minutes for the wireless router to stabilize. After 2 minutes, proceed to step 12.

  3. Start your computer and wait until the boot process completes.

  4. See the documentation that came with your wireless router to do the following in order to set up the wireless router:

  5. If necessary, configure your wireless network card to connect to the wireless network. See Connecting to a Wireless Local Area Network.

Connecting to a Wireless Local Area Network

NOTE: Before you connect to a WLAN, ensure that you have followed the instructions in Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN).
NOTE: The following networking instructions do not apply to internal cards with Bluetooth® wireless technology or cellular products.

This section provides general procedures for connecting to a network via wireless technology. Specific network names and configuration details vary. See Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) 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 you ordered the card at the same time you ordered your computer.

NOTE: 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.

Determining the Wireless Network Device Manager

Depending on the software installed on your computer, different wireless configuration utilities may manage your network devices:

To determine which wireless configuration utility is managing your wireless network card:

  1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.

  2. Double-click Network Connections.

  3. Right-click the Wireless Network Connection icon, and then click View Available Wireless Networks.

For specific information about the wireless configuration utility installed on your computer, see your wireless network documentation in the Windows Help and Support Center.

To access the Help and Support Center:

  1. Click the Start button and click Help and Support.

  2. Under Pick a Help topic, click Dell User and System Guides.s

  3. Under Device Guides, select the documentation for your wireless network card.

Completing the Connection to the WLAN

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 notification area (in the lower-right corner of the Windows desktop).

Follow the instructions provided in any utility prompts that appear on your screen.

Once you have configured your computer for the wireless network that you selected, another pop-up notifies you that your computer is connected to that network.

Thereafter, whenever you log on to your computer within the range of the wireless network that you selected, the same pop-up notifies you of the wireless network connection.

NOTE: If you select a secure network, you must enter a WEP or WPA key when prompted. Network security settings are unique to your network. Dell cannot provide this information.
NOTE: Your computer can take up to 1 minute to connect to the network.

Monitoring the Status of Wireless Network Connections Through Dell™ QuickSet

The wireless activity indicator provides an easy way to monitor the status of your computer's wireless devices. Right-click the Dell QuickSet icon in your taskbar to select or deselect Wireless Activity Indicator Off to turn the wireless activity indicator on or off.

The wireless activity indicator indicates whether your computer's wireless devices are enabled or disabled. When you turn the wireless networking function on or off, the wireless activity indicator changes to display the status.

For more information about the wireless activity indicator, see the Dell QuickSet Help file. For information about QuickSet and how to access the Dell QuickSet Help file, see Dell™ QuickSet Features.


Mobile Broadband Network

Much like a WLAN, a Mobile Broadband network is a series of interconnected computers that communicate with each other through wireless technology. However, a Mobile Broadband network uses cellular technology and therefore provides Internet access in the same varied locations from which cellular telephone service is available. Your computer can maintain the Mobile Broadband network connection regardless of its physical location, as long as the computer remains in the service area of your cellular service provider.

What You Need to Establish a Mobile Broadband Network Connection

NOTE: Depending on your computer, you can use either a Mobile Broadband ExpressCard or Mini-Card, but not both, to establish a Mobile Broadband network connection.

To set up a Mobile Broadband network connection, you need:

NOTE: Mobile Broadband cards may not be available in all regions.

If the utility is corrupted or deleted from your computer, see the Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility user's guide for instructions. The user's guide is available through the Windows Help and Support Center (or on the CD that accompanied your card if you purchased it separately from your computer). To access the Help and Support Center, see Windows Help and Support Center.

Checking Your Dell Mobile Broadband Card

Depending on what you selected when you purchased your computer, the computer has a variety of configurations. To determine your computer configuration, see one of the following:

To check your Mobile Broadband card in the Help and Support Center:

  1. Click the Start button and click Help and Support.

  2. Under Pick a task, click Use Tools to view your computer information and diagnose problems.

  3. Under Tools, click My Computer Information and then click Find information about the hardware installed on this computer.

On the My Computer Information - Hardware screen, you can view the type of Mobile Broadband card installed in your computer as well as other hardware components.

NOTE: The Mobile Broadband card is listed under Modems.

Connecting to a Mobile Broadband Network

NOTE: These instructions only apply to Mobile Broadband ExpressCards or Mini-Cards. They do not apply to internal cards with Bluetooth® wireless technology or WLAN Mini-Cards.
NOTE: Before you connect to the Internet, you must activate Mobile Broadband service through your cellular service provider. For instructions and for additional information about using the Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility, see the user's guide available through the Windows Help and Support Center. To access the Help and Support Center, see "Windows Help and Support Center" on page 13. The user's guide is also available on the Dell Support website at support.dell.com and on the CD included with your Mobile Broadband card if you purchased the card separately from your computer.

Use the Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility to establish and manage a Mobile Broadband network connection to the Internet:

  1. Click the Dell Mobile Broadband Card Utility icon, , on your Windows desktop, to run the utility.

  2. Click Connect.

NOTE: The Connect button changes to the Disconnect button.
  1. Follow the instructions on the screen to manage the network connection with the utility.

OR

  1. Click the Start button, point to All Programs® Dell Wireless.

  2. Click Dell Wireless Broadband and follow the instructions on the screen.

Enabling/Disabling the Dell Mobile Broadband Card

NOTE: If you are unable to connect to a Mobile Broadband network, ensure that you have all the components for establishing a Mobile Broadband connection (see What You Need to Establish a Mobile Broadband Network Connection), and then verify that your Mobile Broadband card is enabled by verifying the setting of the wireless switch.

You can turn your computer's wireless devices on and off with the wireless switch on the left side of the computer (see Left Side View).

If the switch is in the "on" position, move the switch to the "off" position to disable the switch and the Mobile Broadband card. If the switch is in the "off" position, move the switch to the "on" position to enable the switch and the Dell Mobile Broadband card. For information about the wireless switch positions, see wireless switch.

To monitor the status of your wireless device, see Monitoring the Status of Wireless Network Connections Through Dell™ QuickSet.


Managing Your Network Settings Through the Dell QuickSet Location Profiler

The QuickSet Location Profiler helps you create profiles for accessing the Internet with your computer in your office, home, or other public places with Internet services. You can also change the way network connections are handled.

For more information about the Location Profiler, see the Dell QuickSet Help file. For information about QuickSet and how to access the Dell QuickSet Help file, see Dell™ QuickSet Features.


Dell™ Wi-Fi Catcher™ Network Locator

The wireless switch on your Dell computer uses the Dell Wi-Fi Catcher™ Network Locator to scan specifically for Wi-Fi wireless local area networks (LAN) in your vicinity.

NOTE: For more information about the wireless switch, see wireless switch.

To scan for Wi-Fi wireless LAN, slide and hold the switch in the "momentary" position for a few seconds. The Wi-Fi Catcher Network Locator functions regardless of whether your computer is turned on or off, in hibernate mode, or in standby mode, as long as the switch is configured through QuickSet or the BIOS (system setup program) to control Wi-Fi network connections.

Because the Wi-Fi Catcher Network Locator is disabled and not configured for use when your computer is shipped to you, you must first use Dell QuickSet to enable and configure the switch to control Wi-Fi network connections.

For more information on the Wi-Fi Catcher Network Locator and to enable the feature through QuickSet, see the Dell QuickSet Help. To access the Help file, right-click the icon in the taskbar.


Internet Connection Firewall

The Internet Connection Firewall provides basic protection from unauthorized access to the computer while the computer is connected to the Internet. The firewall is automatically enabled when you run the Network Setup Wizard. When the firewall is enabled for a network connection, the firewall icon appears with a red background in the Network Connections section of the Control Panel.

NOTE: Enabling the Internet Connection Firewall does not reduce the need for virus-checking software.

For more information, see the Help and Support Center for the Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system. To access the Help and Support Center, see Windows Help and Support Center.


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