How to Setup a Wireless Connection on a Dell D400 Laptop

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How to Setup a Wireless Connection on a Dell D400 Laptop
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Released in 2003, the Dell Latitude D400 has an Intel Centrino or Pentium M processor and up to 2,048 MB of memory. The laptop features a 56k-modem, an Ethernet port, a wireless antenna and an optional Bluetooth radio. The D400 comes with the Windows XP operating system, which allows for the simple addition, management and connection to wireless networks, including private networks, ad hoc networks between two computers, and Wi-Fi hotspots. You must be in range of the network's signal to connect to a wireless network.

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Things you need

  • Wireless network
  • Wireless network information (SSID, security type and security key)

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  1. 1

    Turn on the Dell Latitude D400 laptop.

  2. 2

    Hold down the "Fn" or function key, then press the "F2" key to enable the wireless antenna.

  3. 3

    Click "Start," then "Control Panel." Click on "Classic View" in the left column, if applicable.

  4. 4

    Double-click "Network connections."

  5. 5

    Click "Wireless Network Connection" in the right column of the "Network Connections" window to highlight it.

  6. 6

    Click "Change settings of this connection" in the right column of the window.

  7. 7

    Click the "Wireless Networks" tab, then click the "Add" button in the "Preferred Networks" section.

  8. 8

    Type the name of the wireless network (SSID) to which you want to connect. Select the "Network Authentication" type that matches the router's settings, or click "This is a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network; wireless access points are not used," if you wish to connect to an ad hoc network. Click "OK."

  9. 9

    Click the "View Wireless Networks" button under "Available Networks" in the Wireless Network Connection Properties box. Click the network you created in the previous step to select it, and click the "Connect" button.

  10. 10

    Type and verify the "Network Key" if your network requires a security key. Click "Connect."

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