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Default Re: 802.11n upgrade heat issue - 05-04-2009, 09:31 PM

I am using an Intel 5300 without any noticeable heat issues. You can get them on eBay for £13 ($20) from Hong Kong.


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Default Re: 802.11n upgrade heat issue - 05-04-2009, 11:05 PM

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I am using an Intel 5300 without any noticeable heat issues. You can get them on eBay for £13 ($20) from Hong Kong.
The Intel is a nice card for Windows, but there a plenty of folks using OS X (or at least dual/triple booting with it) and there aren't any drivers out there for the Intel card.

Obviously there are OS X drivers for the Apple card


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Default Re: 802.11n upgrade heat issue - 05-05-2009, 01:13 AM

will Atheros card work with OSx?
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Default Re: 802.11n upgrade heat issue - 05-06-2009, 07:43 PM

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I just downloaded Coolbook to test my temps. With my Apple draft-N card in the temp was 68 to 70C, I shut down, reverted back to the factory b/g card and am running at 56C currently. I notice a big leap in temp with the N card, so thought I'd check and it was indeed a jump.

I've ordered a Dell 1505 so will check what the temps look like with that.

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Let me know what the final verdict/result is on the Dell 1505 then. I'd like to see the temp difference between the Dell 1505 and Apple draft-N card. Looking forward to your future post.
eceived the Dell 1505 today, installed and watch a netflix streaming movie. Temp got as high as 59, but remained mostly around 56. Definite improvement.
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Default 05-14-2009, 08:56 AM

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eceived the Dell 1505 today, installed and watch a netflix streaming movie. Temp got as high as 59, but remained mostly around 56. Definite improvement.
Anyone know if there is an less heat generated by the 1510 half height card?
I have an airport as well and i think it fried my WWAN card or something because it stopped being recognised in either windows or mac.

So was wondering if its worth the extra effort to use a 1510 instead of a 1505. wanna keep it as cool as possible over the summer :P
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Default 05-14-2009, 01:44 PM

The standard WiFi card is so much faster than my ISP that I see no need for me to upgrade the card. Mini9 stays cool, and runs for hours on batteries.
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Default 05-17-2009, 05:31 PM

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The standard WiFi card is so much faster than my ISP that I see no need for me to upgrade the card. Mini9 stays cool, and runs for hours on batteries.
For those who upgraded, did you notice a significant increase in signal strength? I'm not really interested in data rate increase, but it would be nice to increase the reception coverage.


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Default 05-17-2009, 05:52 PM

If your wireless router is draft-N, then upgrading the Mini-PCIe WLAN to draft-N would increase signal level and bandwidth!


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Exclamation Fake Airport cards - 05-30-2009, 12:54 PM

Beware: Airport cards from China are fake.

I had the chance examine a few pieces. All but one had the same Mac address (which was different from the AP ID printed on the card). And all but one had the same S/N and AP ID printed on the label.

However those cards are indeed 802.11n cards using a broadcom 4321 chipset. The country code is set to "USA" instead of "Worldwide" which may cause trouble if you travel abroad or live outside the US.

In order to fix this you may use a tool called ssb-sprom. I used it with Ubuntu to change the country code from X0 (=USA) to X3 (=Worldwide). This tool can also be used to change the identification of the card (=this is how those fake Airport cards may have been created). Basically you can make any BCM43xx card appear as Airport, Dell, HP, etc. Use this tool only if you know what you are doing - you can easily brick your card.

The cards are getting a little hotter then the original b/g card but so far the heat did not impact the performance of my Mini9 (I use CoolBook to keep the CPU cool). The year printed on the PCB of those cards is 2006, maybe newer cards do not produce so much heat.


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Default N upgrade - 05-30-2009, 09:28 PM

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I just downloaded Coolbook to test my temps. With my Apple draft-N card in the temp was 68 to 70C, I shut down, reverted back to the factory b/g card and am running at 56C currently. I notice a big leap in temp with the N card, so thought I'd check and it was indeed a jump.

I've ordered a Dell 1505 so will check what the temps look like with that.

Jeff
Does the Dell 1505 card work under OS-X (and is it plug-and-play), or is the Airport Extreme card the only one supported under OS-X? I've read 4 or 5 threads on the 802.11N upgrade and I am a little confused as to which cards work under which OS...
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