Intel® Dual Band AC 7260 and router compatability?

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  1. bthizle1

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    I´m considering buying the sager np8230 soon and I´m thinking about upgrading to the Intel® Dual Band AC 7260 for wireless support. However someone mentioned that the routers I intend on connecting to need to be AC compatible? I´m just wondering if I will have problems conecting to the internet down the road, because I travel quiet a bit internationally and use the internet at peoples houses, internet cafes etc....
     
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    Doubtful. Other than there only being drivers for Windows 8, there shouldn't be any problem with the WiFi card negotiating a downgraded connection.
     
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    No that wifi card supports all four wifi standards so you will be able to connect to any router you want.
     
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    maverick1989 is correct. You won't have trouble connecting to any wireless network you run across.

    That is actually the beauty of 'AC' wireless: you are guaranteed to have both the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz bands available.

    And if you have a choice of which SSID to connect to... you could choose the 2.4GHz band if distance/obstacles (from router) is the highest requirement or, if you're closer to the router/wireless ap; you could choose the 5GHz band to connect to for higher/highest performance and/or less interference from wireless phones, microwaves, other 'noisy' appliances in the same 2.4 band - or - simply to have less congestion from your wireless-equipped neighbors.


    If
     
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    maverick1989 is correct. You won't have trouble connecting to any wireless network you run across.

    That is actually the beauty of 'AC' wireless: you are guaranteed to have both the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz bands available.

    And if you have a choice of which SSID to connect to... you could choose the 2.4GHz band if distance/obstacles (from router) is the highest requirement or, if you're closer to the router/wireless ap; you could choose the 5GHz band to connect to for higher/highest performance and/or less interference from wireless phones, microwaves, other 'noisy' appliances in the same 2.4 band - or - simply to have less congestion from other wirelessequipped neighbors.


    If you need to use your setup wireless 'now' though; as stated... either order/configure it with Win8 or you'll be waiting for the Win7 (and lower) drivers to appear.

    What I would ask from Sager is to wire it so that it is 3 antennae capable 'now'... then, when you do upgrade (or can connect) to a full spec'd AC router (3-6 antennae): you will want to upgrade to the Intel wireless card that will allow you to use 3 spatial streams at once.


    (I would not wait. Windows 8 is already 'there' - and with SP1, aka Win 8.1... it will continue to be the dominate O/S going forward).



    Good luck.
     
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