I recently got a Dell XPS12 device as my new laptop at work. I like the device a lot, especially since I am travelling by plane a lot lately. Today, for some reason, the wireless network did not detect any networks. Other devices had no problem detecting all the wireless networks, but the Dell just gave me the notification Wireless (Off). Turning flightmode on and off didn’t bring any resolution. Looking online didn’t really b(r)ing a solution, apart from the fact that I could identify that the device could decide itself when the wireless connection was put off. You can look at that yourself by going through the following options.

Right click on your network connection (which should show with a red cross on the right bottom corner)

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Open network and shareing center

 

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Click on change adapter settings.

Rightclick your wi-fi adapter and select properties

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Select configure

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Select the power management tab and untick the box if it is ticked.

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After this, your wireless will still show as off. Even using the function keys to turn wireless on and off will not get you there. Press the windows key and type wireless

Select settings and then choose the option Turn Wireless On or Off

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And there, you will see that the wireless is off. Put it to status on.

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I’m not the only one who experienced this problem. And this fix seems quite easy. For some reason the wireless on / off key on the keyboard doesn’t seem to properly enable the wireless.