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Default Is it worth purchasing a new WiFi Card? - 11-23-2009, 10:46 PM

I have been using the standard broadcom WiFi card in my Mini9 since I first bought it last November.

Does anyone know if it would be worth it for me to purchase an Intel 3945ABG for about £18 GBP? According to this installation article it is faster to connect.



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Default 11-24-2009, 12:49 AM

Well, the 3945 is a three year old card, but it should work ok.


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Default 11-24-2009, 01:19 AM

I'm mostly happy with the OEM Broadcom at the moment. It reconnects quickly to my home network after resuming from sleep (less than 5 seconds). My main complaints are awkward Linux driver installation/update process and the lack of N speed.

I did try my 3945 in the Mini 9 for a while. It seemed to use slightly more power than the OEM Broadcom. So, I put the 3945 back in the big laptop, where slight increases in power draw are less noticeable.


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Default 11-24-2009, 01:29 AM

why would you want an a/b/g card when you can get the 1510 mini card which is b/g/n.
'n' being the newest and fastest..its like buying a 20inch monitor that weighs 40lbs (guess) and the size alone.. over a 20inch flat screen monitor that weighs like 5lbs(guess) or so...at any price its still old technology


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Default 11-24-2009, 07:13 AM

The reason I am asking is that I am very keen on trying Moblin 2.1 which does not support the broadcom Wireless card and I am having a lot of trouble with.

Could anyone provide me with a link to a model which would be supported by the Mini 9, and wouldn't be such a drain on the battery?



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