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dv6-7XXX / dv7-7XXX: Dual-band WiFi cards that work!

Discussion in 'HP Pavilion Notebooks' started by justinkw1, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. justinkw1

    justinkw1 Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    I recently received an HP Pavilion dv6-7014nr (part of the dv6-7000 series) and it came with the not-so-great Broadcom 4313GN 1x1 wireless card. I had a couple of standalone Intel dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n wireless cards laying around and I decided to give them a shot. And guess what...the system successfully booted with these cards! :eek:

    Obviously, these wireless cards did not prevent the system from booting. I'm hoping that this post will help those of you who have the Ivy Bridge or Trinity-based dv6 and/or dv7, and are looking for a dual-band wireless solution that actually works. :)

    <span style="font-size: 12pt">Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200 (2x2, PCIe Half MiniCard)</span>
    Model: 622ANHMW
    Specifications: Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200, Dual Band

    Screenshot (click to enlarge):
    [IMAGE=500]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-j7PivmvO8X8/T9wkMjc85AI/AAAAAAAAAaE/zo0FZFiNs8E/s1366/HPIB-6200.png[/IMAGE]

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    <span style="font-size: 12pt">Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 (2x2, PCIe Half MiniCard with Bluetooth 4.0)</span>
    Model: 6235AN.HMWG
    Specifications: http://ark.intel.com/products/66890/Intel-Centrino-Advanced-N-6235-Dual-Band
    Confirmed working by: sailerboy
    Confirmed working on both INTEL and AMD notebook models (see this post)

    Availability options:

    Screenshot (click to enlarge, courtesy of sailerboy):

    [IMAGE=500]http://i.imgur.com/1w3tn.jpg[/IMAGE]

    A handy installation guide is located here.

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    <span style="font-size: 12pt">Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 (3x3, PCIe Half MiniCard)</span>
    Model: 633AN.HMWWB
    Specifications: Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300, Dual Band

    Availability options:

    Screenshot (click to enlarge):
    [IMAGE=500]https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-wk1RQKhjIG0/T9wkNVzynaI/AAAAAAAAAZ4/2XYrwYUsonQ/s1366/HPIB-6300.png[/IMAGE]

    Also works...although you will only be using 2 of the 3 antennas possible. I personally would stick with the 6200/6230/6235 series - it's cheaper and you would be fully utilizing the card's capabilities.

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    <span style="font-size: 12pt">Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 (2x2, PCIe Half MiniCard with Bluetooth)</span>
    Model: 7260.HMWG
    Specifications: http://ark.intel.com/products/75439/Intel-Dual-Band-Wireless-AC-7260

    Availability options:

    Screenshot (click to enlarge):

    [IMAGE=500]https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Ya-zKmWQbhY/U-2F_53WPmI/AAAAAAAABzk/HSRR0E9KmY8/w1598-h667-no/HP-dv6-IB-7260AC.png[/IMAGE]

    If any of you guys decide to purchase and try out other dual-band wireless cards (especially those that have an integrated Bluetooth module), please feel free to share your experiences here!
     
  2. Falco152

    Falco152 Notebook Demon

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    Wow Nice.

    Way much better than the 6000 :p
     
  3. sailerboy

    sailerboy Notebook Guru

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    I've bought the Intel 6235, and will be sticking that in my DV6T, to see if it works, once the DV6T gets back from warranty.
     
  4. jep8821

    jep8821 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Let us know if it works.... I just bought the same card today and should have it by the end of next week! Hoping it works... :D

    Thanks

    Jason Pollard
     
  5. JCTdeadeye1985

    JCTdeadeye1985 Notebook Guru

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    Does the 6200-series that good compared to the intel 2200 series?
    Is it really something u can tell ?
     
  6. Falco152

    Falco152 Notebook Demon

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    Only if you got a quality wireless ap, you will notice a large difference in performance (for the average user, they wouldn't care much if they only surf the web) and range.

    I wonder if the 6250 works with it too. If it does, then it possible to have dual band + bluetooth 4.0 + wimax + 4g support in a single laptop.
     
  7. saish

    saish Newbie

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    I upgraded dv6 7000 CTO in the wifi card into the intel one integrated with bluetooth. To be honest, I do not think it is a wise choice.
    It is intel N 2230 card, which according to intel, is a 2*2 but only work with 2.4 Gbps card. Compared with my other two laptops, Asus M51 series with a Atheros AR928X and I failed to find its specs. The other is HP elitebook 6930p with a intel 5100 wireless card.
    When I put all the three laptops at nearly the same position, according to wirelessmon version 4.1, the other two can both find more than 10 APs but the 2230 can only get 4 APs at most. Also at my working place, I found that the 5100 can connect to the internet smoothly, while the 2230, although can reach the router, failed to connect to the internet.

    Also, last night I was playing LOL, and the internet gets off 4 times in 15 mins. I have to figure out what the problem is.
     
  8. Falco152

    Falco152 Notebook Demon

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    Were you playing on battery or using a power saving profile?

    The newer Intel cards are really aggressive on their power saving method.
    Namely the 6230, 6235, 2200, 2230.

    Try playing with the power saving settings with the Intel Wireless properties.

    Their newer power saving algorithm don't play very nicely with older wireless ap due to different timings.
     
  9. zuvieltext

    zuvieltext Notebook Geek

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    Wait.

    Intel Advanced-N 6250 Product Brief
    does neither list Bluetooth nor "4g" (as in 4G LTE).

    Note: There's also a 4G WIMAX. However it is not based on the mobile network technology and therefore separate hardware is required.

    It's a shame that 4g, wlan, bluetooth, nfc, a-gps, fm, ... all fit into a single tiny mobile device, but they fit into a laptop.
     
  10. Falco152

    Falco152 Notebook Demon

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    The Bluetooth thing required that you already have an existing separate card, which is already in most retail HP bluetooth included laptops.


    I forgot there is more than 1 different meaning of the term 4g ... bah :eek:
     
  11. uncola

    uncola Notebook Consultant

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    The intel 6250 that has wimax is dirt cheap on ebay.. just ordered one for $6.99 including shipping. I don't use bluetooth much so don't mind that it doesn't have it. Hopefully the 2x2 antennas in my laptop will work with this card.. I'm still waiting for my laptop to arrive. (dv6-70XX) ordered it with the intel 2230 so the 2x2 antennas should already be installed
     
  12. JCTdeadeye1985

    JCTdeadeye1985 Notebook Guru

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    What does 2x2 antennas mean anyway?
    Btw- where do i install the card in the laptop?
     
  13. uncola

    uncola Notebook Consultant

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    2x2 means there are two antennas in the laptop that plug into the wifi card. the more expensive wifi cards use 3, so you'd have to buy the 3 antennas and install them, which is a big hassle since you have to take apart the laptop. The wifi cards we're talking about plug into the mini pci express slot which is under the same panel you remove to get to the hard drive. this laptop takes half size cards, which are pretty easy to find
    Here's a picture of where to install the card, it goes on the top left. you can see the two wires for the antennas plugged into it with gold connectors. The intel wifi upgrade you can buy from hp has 2x2 antennas for 300mbps. if you don't get the upgrade, there's a chance they'll only install one antenna.. no one has confirmed that though
    [​IMG]
     
  14. JCTdeadeye1985

    JCTdeadeye1985 Notebook Guru

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    Wow man - thanks for the answer.
    So if i got the intel upgrade - does it mean that the bluetooth is on the same card with the wifi?
    Comparing the 2200 vs 62xx series - will i notice any difference in the range? will i get more AP using the 62xx ?
     
  15. zuvieltext

    zuvieltext Notebook Geek

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    Well, it means that the two antennas can be used for "Spatial multiplexing. This is a transmission technique in MIMO wireless communication to transmit independent and separately encoded data signals, so-called streams, from each of the multiple transmit antennas. Therefore, the space dimension is reused, or multiplexed, more than one time."
    wikipedia

    Note, cheaper 1x1:1 solutions like the BCM4313 or AR9485 also have two antenna ports, but these chips are not able to process the data for both antennas at the same time, so they just switch between the antenna and ignore the one with the weaker signal.

    If you just want to know more about the nomenclature of 2x2:
    IEEE 802.11n-2009 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  16. zuvieltext

    zuvieltext Notebook Geek

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    Yeah, that was true.... I remember I had a BCM2070 with the BCM4313. But HP now mostly sells combo cards (802.11 + 802.15) like AR9462, Intel (x)x3x (i.e: 1030, 130, 6230, 2230, ...) and the RT3592BC8 that have everything on the minipcie card as well (usually the bluetooth is connected to the minipcie usb pins though).

    Na, I think they called it "4g WIMAX" on purpose just to sell that stuff.
     
  17. JCTdeadeye1985

    JCTdeadeye1985 Notebook Guru

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    Thanks for the info.....
    I just hope the intel 2200 perform well.....
    I know dell/apple wifi card are very good so i hope the 2200 will have a good range....
     
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    sailerboy Notebook Guru

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    I didn't get the upgrade, and they still installed 2 antennas.
     
  19. jestermiami

    jestermiami Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have ordered the 6235 once it gets in later this week i will let you guys know if it works or not.
     
  20. JCTdeadeye1985

    JCTdeadeye1985 Notebook Guru

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    I have my dv6 for 2 weeks now and i think i have a problem with the INTEL 2230 network card.
    I have my router in my room and my dv6 in the living room. the router is behind a wall but the door is wide open.
    I can only get 2-3 bars of reception where my dad's MBP gets a full 5 bars.
    The MPB is placed next to the dv6. The room is pretty close to the living room - I have a small house....
    I've read people reporting about bad reception - is it because the intel card sucks or maybe a faulty card or bad assembly?

    Maybe i will buy the Intel 6235 - do u guys think it will help?
     

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