After all of the frustration I have had with the WiFi and wireless broadband I have had with my E4300, things are a little better. The really odd things I am not really sure why. Dell was supposed to have a BIOS update on January 19th but as of the 29th, it has yet to ship. I have been checking their web site daily.
I had taken the SIMM card out of my laptop to use in a Sony-Ericsson Z750 UMTS phone that I have and when I put it back in my laptop, I noticed that I didn’t have a BroadBand device listed with the Dell Connection Manager. Very odd. I cannot explain why it went away. After dinking with it off and on for a couple days, I decided to reinstall the Dell Connection Manager software.
After doing so, my BroadBand card was recognized AND both my WiFi and BroadBand connections have been more stable. I worked for almost two hours Saturday night via BroadBand without any problems. Last night I used my home WiFi connection for several hours also without any problems. I had also noticed that there was a newer version of the Dell Connection Manager (A11 vs A10) than I had installed so I have installed it as well and all seems to be well for now.
I will continue to monitor this and I am sure that now I have committed it to a blog post, it probably won’t work worth a crap tonight when I need it!