When you're searching for a wireless hot spot in an unfamiliar area, a network locator can take some of the guess work out of finding a good signal. If you own a Dell laptop, there's a chance that you already have a network locator. Dell's Wi-Fi Catcher, found in many of the company's laptop computers, can give you an idea of how strong the Wi-Fi is in your area. However, the Wi-Fi Catcher doesn't come pre-activated -- you first need to enable this feature.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Double-click on the "QuickSet" icon in your taskbar. Click on the "Networking" option within QuickSet.
Click on the "Radio Control Options" button in QuickSet's "Networking" menu. Check the "Wi-Fi Catcher Network Locator" box inside of the "Radio Control Options" menu, and then click "OK."
Slide your laptop's "Wi-Fi Catcher" button to position "3," the "Momentary" setting to begin scanning for nearby wireless hotspots.
Tips and warnings
- The Wi-Fi Catcher's indicator light will flash green while the network locator is scanning. The indicator light will turn solid green if the Wi-Fi Catcher finds reliable networks, or yellow if unreliable networks are found. If the indicator goes dim, no hotspots were found. A flashing yellow light indicates that an error has occurred -- switch off the Wi-Fi Catcher for a moment, and then turn it back on.
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