How do I get my dell inspiron 8100 on WiFi no

December 23, 2010 at 12:30:57
Specs: Win XP SP3, PIII/not sure at moment
Our Dell laptop Inspiron 8100 has been on the Internet using a dial up connection, which we still need for our travels to our cabin which has a land line phone. I thought that I would give WiFi a try for use in the "hotspots" so I bought a Keebox (brand) Wireless N 150 USB Adapter this week, and installed the included software. To try it out, I went to my local library and the computer indicated receiving the WiFi signal, but could not connect; it kept coming up with my telephone dialer icon.

Some newer laptops have a WiFi switch, and the even newer ones, don't have any as on my new laptop that easily connects to a WiFi signal. The 8100 has none. I went to the "network connections" dialog box and it indicates that my WiFi adapter is working correctly, but not connected. My dialup connection does have a check mark on it showing that it is the one selected. I'll bet that somehow, I have to disable my dialup connection, I hope just tempararily so I can enable the WiFi adapter. It seems like my option if I "click on the dialup icon would remove it and I do not want to do that; disabling temporarily would be okay.

Any thoughts, please,


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December 23, 2010 at 13:38:20
Go to Internet Explorer (IE), Tools, Internet Options, Connections and select either Never Dial a Connection or Dial whenever a network connction is not present.
Click Ok and exit IE.


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December 24, 2010 at 06:52:49
Thanks Bryan for your quick response-that is something that I had not tried. I have to get off line right now (dial up) as I have to cut apples for my wifes apple pie making! The Dell 8100 is my wifes laptop and if I "screw it up", I will be in trouble! Thanks again and as soon as I get the "KP" work done here, I'll give your suggestion a try.

Seasons Greetings to you and yours from Warren, MI. Karl

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