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Windows 7: How do I know I have a wifi in my computer?

16 Dec 2015   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
How do I know I have a wifi in my computer?

Need to know if I have a built in wifi with my Dell Inspiron 537s? How do I go about looking for it? If I don't have it, will I need to install a card for it? Thanks for any advice! ~punkinbee59

(FYI..bought my computer in Sept 2009)

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16 Dec 2015   #2


If you have WIIF (and correct me if I am wrong this looks like a desktop PC) you should have an aerial coming out the back of the machine.

You can double check by doing the following:
Open Network Connections by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, clicking Network and Sharing Center, and then clicking Manage network connections. One will be called 'Local Area Connection' the other IF you have Wifi will be called 'Wireless Network Connection'
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16 Dec 2015   #3

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring

according to the specs its an optional extra,


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16 Dec 2015   #4


If you followed my steps then its an extra you don't have on your machine though you can easily purchase and install this.
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17 Dec 2015   #5

Win7 Home Premium x64

Bring up a run command (Windows key + R)
type devmgmt.msc to load the device manager
look for Network Adapters, expand it (little triangle or plus at the left of the N)

Do you see a WiFi adapter? If you do, the computer is capable of wifi with it's existing hardware.

(*note it's possible, but unlikely you have a wifi adapter installed, but no driver. If this is the case, you will not see wifi under network adapters, just to be double sure, make sure network adapters is highlighted, and from the file menu, scan for hardware changes. A wifi adapter driver may now install).
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17 Dec 2015   #6

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

The images below are not for the Dell model that you have...
...but they are close enough to give you an idea of what to look for:

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 How do I know I have a wifi in my computer?

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