Dell will replace Microsoft's wireless setup wizard in its notebooks and mobile workstations with one from a smaller firm that should offer improved functionality and troubleshooting support.
The product from SingleClick Systems provides a sophisticated application for sensing the characteristics of a wireless network, setting up connections to the network, and managing a variety of network profiles for users who move their laptops from one location to another.
The product, which is also available directly from SingleClick, of Toms River, N.J., is shipping under the name of Dell Network Assistant on Dell's consumer laptops, notebooks for SMBs (small and midsize businesses) and its mobile workstations.
According to Dell spokesperson Anne Camden, those systems include Inspiron notebooks, Dimension desktops, XPS laptop and desktop systems, and the Dell Precision mobile workstations. Camden told eWEEK that Dell customers can try out the new software by visiting www.dell.com/networkassistant.