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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:
     

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