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Upgrading an Old Dell Latitude Laptop to 802.11AC Wireless

Postby Apoptosis » Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:56 am

Our Dell Latitude E6410 has been a workhorse in the Legit Bunkers since we purchased it a few years ago. It was never designed to be a desktop replacement, but it is very capable in the field as it is light and is just solid with everything we throw at it. Lately, we have been working with very large video and image files in the office and since we connect via wireless, we are starting to get a bit impatient with the wireless transfer speeds. For less than $30.00, we were able to pick up an Intel 2-antenna 802.11ac wireless adapter from Newegg. The Intel 7260 HMW Dual-Band Mini PCI Express combo adapter is rated to work at speeds up to 867Mbps over 5.0 GHz and 300Mbps over 2.4 GHz bandwidths.

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Re: Upgrading an Old Dell Latitude Laptop to 802.11AC Wirele

Postby KnightRid » Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:25 am

I was thinking of upgrading my laptop but I still have a wireless N router lol.

How does the AC compare to N 5ghz in range? 5ghz N is so limited it makes it almost worthless unless you use a ton of repeaters.

Would the 3x3 increase throughput or just range? I will have to rip my Dell apart and see what is in there!
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Re: Upgrading an Old Dell Latitude Laptop to 802.11AC Wirele

Postby kenc51 » Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:17 pm

3x3 in theory increases both range & bandwidth by 30% over 2x2 - depending on the chip set (Intel are best for consumer parts)
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