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Join Date: Jun 2012
06-21-2012, 04:59 PM
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Sorry abut above post I could not post because I had included link & still could not even after taking links out. It also seems to have merged my posts.
Thanx for ur reply. I will prob stick a 2 wire card then as I believe 3 does not give more range. I was going to look at the 3 wire approach but I don’t want to break my mini as cannot afford to replace it & also there is no other suitable replacement form factor wise. Also it looks like the pictures of how to do it have disappeared from this site Intel Wifi Link 5300 + 3rd Antenna Mod
When u say all Intel cards r good does that include the 6000 series I know they are half height but I can get an adapter here Half Size to Full Mini PCI-E Card Convertor Adapter | eBay.
I obviously would like my cake & to be able to eat so:
Intel 5000 & 6000 (if ok) have A but not for MAC
Broadcom 1505 no A & MAC
Broadcom 1510 A & MAC
Broadcom 1520 A but no B MAC?
Also the Broadcom’s seem to be available as official Dell parts.
Atheros don’t really seem much reference to them & the mini 9.
What is the linux situation with the above cards?
I am assuming that the more modern card the better i.e. less battery drain, more range etc.
So it’s starting to look like the Broadcom 1510 is the best card?
Pricewise they r all about they same on ebay
Is there any reason why any of these cards will not work with the wireless switch SW? And is there anything else I should know?
Cracking wise I don’t know myself yet. There are several hostile people who are in range & know more about wireless hacking than me so I need to know about breaking into wireless networks so I can stop them breaking into mine. Range in this case is not a prob as one of the buildings the access points is in my hallway. Range would be good for the garden but I don’t want to go USB.
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Looking round it seems I am in for a world of pain with the broadcom 1510 particually win7 drivers. I don't care that much about MAC.
So it now looks like a Intel 6200 & adapter is the best card.
ANy one with experience & will it work with the wireles switch sw?
Join Date: Jun 2012
06-24-2012, 01:41 AM
Ok been looking round the bay & found a Intel 6250 which adds wimax for not a lot more.
New Intel Centrino Advanced N WiMAX 6250 6250agn 622ANXHMW | eBay
Would think twice about this supplier but they r the people I will be getting my half height adapter from + they do have good feedback.
Any one with experience of the 6250 in the mini 9?
Also I've just had the wireless card out in the mini and there are 2 screw holes that look like they are in the perfect place for a half size card - do I actually need an adapter?
Half Size to Full Mini PCI-E Card Convertor Adapter | eBay
Going to order tomorrow night.
Join Date: Jul 2012
07-13-2012, 02:30 PM
Join Date: Jun 2012
07-14-2012, 10:38 PM
You do need the half to full height adapter.
While you get plenty of screws with the adapter & card and the holes in the mini9 that r in the right place for a half height card they r too big for the screws used for the card. So u use the supplied screws to screw the card to the adapter and the holes in the mini serve as a sink for the screws.
U could possibly skip the adapter and rely on the cover holding it in place but for £2.50 I went for the adapter.
The WiMax drivers went on fine but wanted a reboot, I just installed the WiFi ones next they seemed to work but was only getting 130Mb so rebooted.
WiMax seems to work but I did not detect any WiMax networks but that is not so surprising as WiMax is not really used in the UK. U cannot use WiMax & WiFi at the same time.
If u don’t care about WiMax u can save £5 of the £15 cost and get a 6200 but I thought what the heck my mini9 is all about portability so got the 6250.
WiFi was still slow @ 130Mb so swooped the aerials round and dropped to 80Mb; so put them back & did some reading.
My router is not 5GHz however it is 2*2 spatial and so is the 6250 so I should be getting 300Mb. It turns out the Intel do not advise using 40MHz wide channels for the 2.4GHz band. A quick look in device manager and the drivers were installed to use 20MHz wide channels so I set this to 40Mhz and got 300Mb connection. So note that the driver must be set to default or 40MHz if u want 300Mb if u r using 2.4GHz only.
Range not got any comparison but 2 floors (130Mb) in my building and then another access point I have over so may have been able to get >=3 also this was below my router which at the moment sitting on top of a metal computer.
It also works with the wireless switch sw/buttons.
Got the kit from http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/wifi-china...id=p4340.l2559 the ebay supplier above nice fast del, did not come in retail packaging
Go for it very happy.
Could a Mod plz add 'Intel 6200/6250' to the thread title to make it easier for ppl to find. Thx
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