Tech support for wireless problems in Toshiba® Satellite L500 Series
Guidance on wireless problems in the Toshiba Satellite L500 Series laptops
Toshiba Satellite L500 Series laptop is by no doubt one of the best in the manufacturer’s line of notebooks. One of the attractive features of the notebook is its wireless network connectivity with the Internet, which provides one with the flexibility to work from anywhere there is a hot spot without being confined to a cabled Ethernet environment. However, problems are likely to be experienced from time to time while trying to connect to a wireless network.
Discussed here are the possible reasons for the wireless Internet problem in Toshiba Satellite L500 Series laptops and tips to resolve these problems.
- Reasons for wireless Internet problem
- Tips to solve the problems
- Ensuring constant connectivity
Reasons for wireless Internet problem
The most common problem likely to be experienced while connecting to a wireless network is attenuation. This is the decrease in signal strength resulting in slow Internet connection and occasional disconnection. Compatibility with wireless connectivity devices, that is, access points and wireless routers, may arise where by the wireless network card is unable to recognize the devices, hence failure to connect. In addition, the operating system installed in the notebook may fail to recognize the wireless card as part of its hardware components. Total failure to connect to the network may be experienced from time to time even when the operating system shows that the device is functioning properly.
Tips to solve the problems
The first step is to always make sure that the connectivity devices, including access points and routers, are always on. The next step is to check if the right device drivers have been loaded to conform to the operating system. Wrong or missing driver may cause the wireless card to malfunction. Once the drivers have been verified the user should update the drivers from the vendor’s website online. Changes in technological development on access points and routers may cause the device not to be compatible with the connectivity devices.
In a case where connection attempts keep failing, the user should change settings from automatic connection to manual connection, which allows him or her to manually configure the IP addresses of the WLAN in his wireless card. In addition hot spot zones have a radius of coverage and if the user is out of range then they may experience connection issues. Since the signal transmission is facilitated by the wireless transceiver, the user should ensure that electromagnetic devices i.e. cell phones and PDAs should be kept out of range with the notebook to minimize loss of signal strength.
The user can put particular measures in place to ensure that the notebook always achieve wireless connection. To keep up with changing hardware changes, the user should constantly ensure that the device drivers are updated on the regular basis. In addition, they should change configuration settings such that the wireless card does not achieve automatic connection but manually connects to the network allowing for the user to verify IP settings.