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how to get connect infrared to wifi

April 13, 2020 at 16:33:04
Specs: Windows 10 Pro
mistakenly ordered laptop, in transit now, then realized it does not have 802.11 wifi.
It has infrared compatibility?
Will it connect to my 802.11 wireless?
Would a wifi adaptor work?

If I open the carton, to attempt connecting, then I will have problems returning item.

Dell E7470 laptop

actually is Amazon item: Dell Latitude E7470 14in Laptop, Core i5-6300U 2.4GHz, 8GB Ram, 256GB SSD, Windows 10 Pro 64bit (Renewed)

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April 13, 2020 at 17:00:57
Exact make and model of laptop would be most useful here?

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April 13, 2020 at 17:17:51
Amazon item: Dell Latitude E7470 14in Laptop, Core i5-6300U 2.4GHz, 8GB Ram, 256GB SSD, Windows 10 Pro 64bit (Renewed)

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April 13, 2020 at 17:31:35
It does not appear to get very good reviews, if you read through them on Amazon...

I’d be inclined to return it unopened for a full refund.

Hang about for more input on the wifi from others possibly more familiar with “infrared wifi”, which a new one to me...

Amazon reviews refer to onboard Intel wifi chip described as unreliable, unstable etc.

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April 13, 2020 at 21:23:54
If you end up getting stuck with it, get a USB/Wifi Dongle with a little antenna that pivots and plug it into the side USB port.
If the reviews are not good I would just return it unopened.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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April 14, 2020 at 03:45:08
Besides that one Amazon web page, do you have any evidence
that the laptop has infrared capabilities? The old Dell laptop that
is sitting beside me has an infrared port. It was made in 1997 and
runs Windows 98 SE. I have never had an infrared device to
connect to it. A few years before that my friend had an IBM
computer with the keyboard connected by infrared. So IR has
been on computers, specifically Dell laptops, in the past.

But I suspect that the mention of "Infrared" on the Amazon page
might be an editing error. If that is the only place you can find a
reference to infrared on this laptop, I'd be pretty sure of it.

The page does say the laptop has WiFi capabilities. I expect it
meets the usual specifications.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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April 14, 2020 at 04:16:51
These are the specs for that model:

From which you'll see that it has both wifi and ethernet connections...

Like "Jeff" I've yet to use infra red on any laptop I had which may have had it; and I don't see any reference to it for this Dell

Reviews in most places other than some of those on Amazon seem generally quite favourable.

My feeling is that if you double check the reviews I've included below and maybe duckduckgo (better than google) for reviews as well, you'l likely find it's an OK system; albeit a little pricey in some respects and apparently a somewhat shiny display (reflections?).

This is link the Dell support area for this laptop; and you can download a manual, and other useful documents too, from there.

Personally (until I moved to Mac systems) I was always very happy with Dell desktops and laptops with which I had either personal use (they were mine, or friends), or were used at work.

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