Atheros (Wireless) Client Utility - Radio disabled

Posted on 2007-07-19
Last Modified: 2013-11-12
I have two Toshiba laptops (belonging to other clients), and in the Atheros Client Utility (WLAN), each one reports the "RADIO STATUS: HARDWARE DISABLED", and the option to "enable Radio" is disabled. How can I enable radio with this utility?
Question by:DayITMgr
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    Accepted Solution

    Sounds like the wireless was disabled in the bios or more likely with the function key.  Most laptops these days have a Fn+ some number to enable/disable the wireless.  Dell even has slider switches on the side of some laptops.  Often its Fn+F2, F3 or F4 - there'll be an icon and you'll see and led light up when you get the right one.
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    Expert Comment

    3 places it could be disabled.

    1.  Device manager under network adaptors.
    2.  Network connections in the control panel.
    3.  A button physically on the laptop.

    Author Comment

    Yes...I had already tried the Fn + F8, but then discovered a slide switch on the right side of the laptop to turn radio ON/OFF. I guess I was just not that familiar with the Toshibas.

    Expert Comment

    I have a Fujitsu Series A  laptop with Atheros Client Utility Wireless adapter. Adapter has stopped picking up my wireless network.  I have already checked and it is enabled but when I run the diagnostic it says radio is turned off, and the Utility will not allow me to turn the radio on.  There is no external wireless on/off switch on my computer, and I have updated the adapter driver.  none of the FN keys does the trick. What do I do?

    Expert Comment

    I had this problem on a Panasonic Toughbook and I fixed it by going into the bios and turning off the wireless switch.

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