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How to Turn the Wireless Antenna On and Off on a Dell Computer

Article ID : 429969Date Published : 2011-09-09Journal ID : 5b20a94d-c058-46e5-9539-8d5fe3c7d464
 
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This article provides information on how to turn the wireless antenna on and off on a Dell™ Computer.


The wireless switch will be either a sliding switch on the left or right side edge of the computer, a key combination or single key, look for the wireless icon .

Refer to (Table 1) for some of the more popular models of computers.

 Model 
 Number 
  Wireless Switch Location     Action to Toggle Wireless On or Off  
 Inspiron 3521 

Keyboard

Press and hold the <FN> key
and then press the <F2>

 Inspiron n5110 

Keyboard

Press and hold the <FN> key
and then press the <F2>

 Latitude e6410 

Right Edge of Computer

Move Slider Switch

 Inspiron 5537 

Keyboard

Press and hold the <FN> key
and then press the <F2>

 Latitude e6420 

Right Edge of Computer

Move Slider Switch

 Inspiron n5010 

Keyboard

Press the <F2>

 Latitude e6400 

Right Edge of Computer

Move Slider Switch

 Inspiron 1545 

Keyboard

Press the <F2>

 Inspiron N4050 

Keyboard

Press and hold the <FN> key
and then press the <F2>

 Inspiron 3421 

Keyboard

Press and hold the <FN> key
and then press the <F2>

 Inspiron 3537 

Keyboard

Press and hold the <FN> key
and then press the <F2>

 Latitude e6430 

Right Edge of Computer

Move Slider Switch

 Inspiron 5520 

Keyboard

Press and hold the <FN> key
and then press the <F2>

Table 1: Wireless Antenna Locations and Actions

For more information on where the wireless switch is located for your specific computer perform the following steps:
  1. Browse to the Dell Product Manuals page.



  2. Under the Customized section enter your computer's Service Tag to get a concise list of manuals for your specific product model. Click Submit to continue.
     Note:
    • Dell provides an automated tool to detect your Service Tag, click Detect My Product and follow the prompts.
    • For information on how to locate where your computer's Service Tag is, refer to Dell eSupport page What is a Service Tag and how do I locate it?.


     Note: If the Service Tag is not available, under the General Support section:
    1. Click Laptops or Desktops.
    2. Click the listing for the brand of computer you have.
    3. Select your computer model.



  3. Click Manuals.



  4. Click User's Guide or User's Manual.


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