Tech/Wireless

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Dell laptops and notebooks come with one of several wireless adapters.

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802.11a/b/g Wireless Ethernet

To find out your wireless chipset, use

hwinfo --wlan
17: PCI c00.0: 0282 WLAN controller
  [...]
  Hardware Class: network
  Model: "Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection"
  Vendor: pci 0x8086 "Intel Corporation"
  Device: pci 0x4222 "PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection"
  SubVendor: pci 0x8086 "Intel Corporation"
  [...]
  Driver: "ipw3945"
  Driver Modules: "ipw3945"
  Device File: eth1
  [...] 
  HW Address: 00:18:de:cd:2b:38
  Link detected: yes
  [...]
  Driver Info #0:
    Driver Status: ipw3945 is active
    Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe ipw3945"
  [...]

In this case we have an Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG WLAN card. It is activated, otherwise you could activate it with the command modprobe ipw3945.

Intel

Dell TrueMobile / Broadcom

Dell does not have tested and validated drivers for these cards at this time.

Bluetooth

Dell has not tested or validated bluetooth on these systems at this time.

Mobile Broadband (HSDPA, EVDO)

Dell does not have tested and validated drivers for these cards at this time.

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