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Wireless problems on Dell® Alienware Area-51 ALX
Dell Alienware Area-51 ALX has not only been built for an ultimate gaming experience but also to provide a platform on which users can effectively communicate and share files. It integrates both bounded communications enabled by integrated 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet NIC network adapters and unbounded communication supported by internal wireless Bluetooth 2.1 and internal 802.11 a/b/g/ Draft N wireless LAN connectivity. Whereas wireless LAN connectivity provides users with the benefit of mobility, it does, however, come with its issues. Sometimes, the user might not be able to use the wireless card in a hotspot or in a wireless LAN.
- Problems that may rise with the wireless connection in the desktop
- Resolving the issues
- Tips to ensure wireless network uptime
Problems that may rise with the wireless connection in the desktop
First and foremost, is breach of security during data transmission. This happens when a different user is positioned between your system and the destination device along the transmission line exposing you to the possibilities of hacking. Secondly, weak signals, i.e., signal attenuation is a common occurrence when the user is not familiar with the WLAN operating radius. Thirdly, the upload and download link often tends to be lower than the specified speeds. In addition, users may also experience disconnection issues when connecting to the network or may be unable to achieve connection at all.
Resolving the issues
Frequent disconnections and weak signals may happen when the users are farther from the access point than the recommended radius. Check the operating WLAN radius to ensure you are within the area of coverage. To avoid security breaches, i.e., tapping and hacking, make use of firewall and encryption security applications to prevent unauthorized users from accessing data packets being sent by your PC. Problems with unable to connect are attributed to incompatible protocol settings used in the WLAN and the settings in the desktop. Last but not the least, check that the connectivity devices such as, wireless router are switched on.
To ensure a smooth wireless connection at all times, the user can undertake the following tasks. Update the supporting device drivers from time to time to ensure it is compatible with access points that are technologically more advanced. Avoid using devices that may emit electromagnetic interference such as, cell phones and radio call devices as they disrupt signal transmission within the WLAN thereby, making the signal weaker.
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