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How to Enable the Wireless Radio on a Dell Inspiron 15R Notebook

When notebook computers are shipped from the manufacturer, the wireless radio is turned off by default. Typically, the first time you use the wireless network card, the radio will have to be enabled.


On the keyboard the key used to enable or disable the wireless radio: F2 key.

Press the F2 key which has the symbol . If the radio is switched off it will turn on.

If the radio is turned on or off, a message will be displayed on the screen indicating the radio is turned on or off.

Note: There is a setting in the BIOS that when enabled makes the F1-F12 keys the primary action when they are pressed. It is “Function Key First.” This is not the default setting. If this option is enabled, the Fn key, in the lower left corner of the keyboard must be pressed and held before pressing the F2 key to enable or disable the radio.

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