How to Boost the Signal Strength of a Dell Wireless 1350 WLAN Mini PCI Card

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How to Boost the Signal Strength of a Dell Wireless 1350 WLAN Mini PCI Card
The proximity of the Dell laptop to the wireless router can determine signal strength. (wlan router 02 image by pmphoto from

The Dell Wireless 1350 WLAN Mini PCI card is found in some Dell laptops, and is the device that allows the laptop to connect to wireless networks. The signal strength on a Dell Wireless 1350 WLAN Mini PCI card is determined by different factors, including proximity to the wireless signal source (a wireless router). The signal strength can be improved by simple methods such as moving the router and-or laptop, but also by updating the wireless router.

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  • Dell Laptop with 1350 WLAN Mini PCI card
  • Wireless router

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    Move the Dell laptop closer to the wireless router, or add a wireless repeater to your network. The closer the laptop is to the source of the wireless signal, the stronger the signal on the laptop will be. The wireless repeater increases the strength of the wireless signal, so it is as if you had moved your laptop closer.

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    Move the wireless router to a central location away from walls and floors and away from possible signal obstructions. Walls and floors can weaken signals. Metal cabinets, cordless phones and microwaves can also cause signal disruptions.

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    Change the antenna on your wireless router to one that has a greater and more focused output. This type of antenna is called a high-gain antenna.

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    Adjust the router settings. Access the router's browser-based utility using the instructions in the router's user guide. Change the wireless channel and upgrade the router's firmware if possible.

  5. 5

    Download the latest driver for the Dell 1350 WLAN Mini PCI card for your laptop.

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