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Best Wifi Card for Dell Xps 15 L502x (Gaming)

Discussion in 'Dell XPS and Studio XPS' started by Caladdon, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. Caladdon

    Caladdon Notebook Evangelist

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    Hello all.

    What is the best compatible Wifi Card available for the Dell Xps 15 for download speeds and gaming?
    Is it the Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230 (2x2 b/g/n+ Bluetooth Combo as shown on their website?
     
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    I actually hate the 6230. I've had a number of connection problems, and while newer drivers have made it a little better, it's still flaky compared to other PCs in my house. Maybe it's just fine (although there is a thread about it here). I've actually been looking for a good replacement card with bluetooth, but have not found one yet.
     
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    I too are having some real problems with this Bluetooth combo cards.

    Would a Intel N6205 work?
     
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    Same here.My older M11Xwith a 5300 mini,gets no joke, twice the throughput, and less laggy,and NO dropouts.I hear the newer intel I believe it's 6300 series are getting good reviews,not sure though about availability or compatability for that matter.Also the Killer 1103 in my M14X is or I should say feels 10 times faster, that's what counts to me is realworld.Not so much benchmarking.No bluetooth though.
     
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    I've had good luck with the 6230 in the XPS-17 I've had since May. I use wireless exclusively, and the laptop is on 5-6 hours a day. The connection is steady, and throughput is decent with a D-link DIR-655 router.

    I was surprised a couple weeks ago when I set up WMC. It'll pull full HD recordings from a share on my DVR box, and they play without a hitch.

    My only complaint is that it takes the card quite a while to reestablish the wireless connection with the laptop wakes from sleep. Probably only 20 seconds, but it seems like more.

    I'm at BIOS A13, but I haven't updated the Wifi driver since I installed Windows, still on whatever I downloaded from Dell in May.

    I don't use Bluetooth, so I disabled the Bluetooth adapter in the Network Adapters list, and "Bluetooth Device (Personal area network)" and "Bluetooth Device (RFCOMM Protocol TDI)" in Device Manager.
     
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    I also have the 6230 and have had no issues on wireless.
     
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    No problems with my 6230. I use both the wifi and bluetooth simultaneously.
     
  8. joegreen1967

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    Mileage as they say varies,I didn't have wifi issues before then they started a few months ago,I have the 3700 netgear dual band,it's an amazing router, was the maximum pc best of the best.That's not the problem regardless as I have an m11x with a 5300 no prblems and M14X with killer 1103,I had the 6250,the killer is incredible.But anyway I see on here alot of users have issues so severe dell gave them usb wireless sticks untill they resolve issues,then alot of others with good performance from 6230.
     
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    I have the 6230, and play mostly RIFT. I would get these lag spikes maybe once a week. Finally after dying from one, I ran some ethernet to where I game and performance has never been better. You can get some pretty lengthy cable for cheap, and in neutral colors so you can run it along the baseboard of your walls without it standing out too much.

    I was connected to my girlfriend's apple express router for iTunes through the stereo, and my cheap 2wire AT&T gave us for the DSL working in bridged mode.

    for gaming you can't beat ethernet, but its usually not that critical if its a hassle to run.
     
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    Is the Killer card compatible with the Dell XPS 15?
     
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    I have the N-6300, it's 100% compatible with XPS 15 and works perfectly. Never had any kind of problems with it.
     
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    There you go! I heard real good things about intels 6300 as a matter of fact theres a firmware for it that makes it even sweeter!
     
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    Is the 6300 an option when configuring the system at Dell, or did you buy it separately and install yourself?
    Does it provide Bluetooth?
     
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    No idea if Dell offers N-6300 as an option, I got mine from ebay and replaced the N-1030 that came with my XPS.
    No bluetooth on N-6300 (I have no use for bluetooth anyway).
     
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    Ive had no issues with the 6200 which will work just the same as the 6300 due to you only have 2 ant.
     
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    True, I have only two antennas (no reason to buy the third one) but I have yet to see people complaining about the N-6300 like they do about the N-6230.
     
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    You will not see a differance due to only 2 antennas installed on your XPS. Either one will work.
     
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    Might as well to get the 6200 since they are much cheaper if you are using only 2 antennas.

    If you want an non Intel solution, take a look at the Killer 1102/1103 series.
     

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