Enabling the WiFi adapter on a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo laptop

Whilst helping a friend to set up a home wireless network yesterday, I encountered a very unusual issue with the configuration of the wireless adapter on their laptop. The laptop was a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo L7320 and it was running Windows XP Home and contained an Atheros AR5005G WiFi adapter.

No matter what I tried, Windows simply refused to find any wireless networks. It kept saying that either the adapter is disconnected or the switch is off. The adapter was showing up fine in the Device Manager and there was no sign of a switch on the exterior of the laptop.

In the end, it turns out that you have to press Fn + F2 to enable the WiFi adapter on this model. Apparently, you also have to do this after each reboot, which Fujitsu Siemens claim to be a feature.

You learn something new every day!

104 thoughts on “Enabling the WiFi adapter on a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo laptop

  1. I have the same problem my is A Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Li 1818. Tried FN+F2 but nothing change! HELP TO ENABLE THE WiFi PLEASE…

  2. I have a Fujitsu siemens laptop and it drives me insane that i have to press fn+f1 to turn the internet connection on, is there anyway i can make it automatically connect without having to press them?

    I havent got any switches or anything on the front to turn it on and off, my dad done put the fn+f1 settings on it when we got the laptop but before he done that it worked without having to press them.

    I no longer have a dad so kinda miffed about how to change it back? any help would be great!! :)!

  3. I have a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo L1310g and none of the above worked for me, nothing would turn the switch on. Eventually I came accross this http://www.wirelessautoswitch.com/About.aspx
    switched it straight on for me no hassle. I was nearly going insane until i found this, I would highly recommend. Install it and thank me later.

  4. [I have a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo L1310g and none of the above worked for me, nothing would turn the switch on. Eventually I came accross this http://www.wirelessautoswitch.com/About.aspx
    switched it straight on for me no hassle. I was nearly going insane until i found this, I would highly recommend. Install it and thank me later.]

    i have a L1310G too. i installed win8 and it found the driver for the wificard.
    the button was still not working. the sollution that i found was to install the xp’s Atheros Client Utility & Power Manager silent mode/RF. now all works fine even the fan mode! the install programs i downloaded from Fujitsu site.

    http://support.ts.fujitsu.com/Download/ShowFiles.asp

    i came across that program (read above) and it did NOT work in win8 on a L1310G. i was searching my *ss off all over the net. adnd it turns out that the sollution was simple. 🙂

    win8 runs better than win7 on this laptop. to ad wat was my experience.

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