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Intel 7260?

Discussion in 'Networking and Wireless' started by Aeny, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. Aeny

    Aeny Notebook Consultant

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    Are they released yet? I orignally found out about them trying to install Proset 16.0.0.0.3 but it turned out these only support the three variants of the 7260. A quick Google search later it looked like not a lot of websites are paying attention to this yet.

    One of the 3 supports AC, the other two seems to just differ in supporting vPRO or not (and N speed max!). All support bluetooth. I'll leave some Intel ARK links here if anyone is interested. Amazon has a page up but the item is unavailable. Found another site as well offering them for $29 dollars.

    Anyone has any idea when or if there will be 7300's out? Hoping for 3x3 AC with Bluetooth :D Hopefully these will use the digital magic Intel once spoke of to make them more energy efficient and things like that.

    Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 7260 (ark)
    Intel Dual Band Wireless N 7260 (ark)
    Intel Wireless N 7260 (ark)
    Amazon (dead link now)
    Compsource (with price for AC model)

    ~Aeny
     
  2. chenxiaolong

    chenxiaolong Notebook Geek

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    Interesting how there's zero news about this. I just found out about the 7260 from the new Intel wifi driver in Linux kernel 3.9: kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git - Linux kernel source tree :) I only see support for two variants of the dual band AC 7260 and two variants of an (unannounced?) single band AC 3160. The two variants for each are probably a BIOS-whitelist-locked version and a regular version.

    I don't see the point in the wireless N models though, since neither are better than the 6235.

    Anyway, glad to see that the 7260 is only $29. It's good to see some cheaper AC-stuff for a change!
     
  3. Aeny

    Aeny Notebook Consultant

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    I could be better if it's on a smaller production process, or if they use that digital magic I've once read about somewhere.. But I guess that's only going to lower heat and power consumption. I wish Intel would hurry up already and release the things, Perhaps launched alongside Haswell?
    ~Aeny
     
  4. Nspace

    Nspace Notebook Enthusiast

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    Uhmm it is June already, they are up on ARK... but cannot find a seller.
    Could you provide your link Aeny?
    Thanks

    I am looking for the power consumption redux,
    My old Centrino wireless card On versus Off, produces between half to 1 hour of less battery run...
     
  5. Aeny

    Aeny Notebook Consultant

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    I'd instantly buy one for potential powersavings and the fact that the last 4 or so drivers from Intel somehow destroy my 6300's speed. But to my knowledge no one actually reviewed/tested this card yet so there might be no reduction of power usage at all.

    I was actually referring to the compsource link in the OP.
    They claim to have stock and claim to ship on the same day. I've never ordered from that site but if you really want one give it a try I guess. Also make sure you're getting the RIGHT version since there seems to be 3 or so versions of the 7260.
    If you do order one/get one I'd love to hear back what you think of these cards.
    ~Aeny
     
  6. oled

    oled Notebook Evangelist

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    Interesting that it comes in both PCIe (HMC) and NGFF (M.2) version. Both single sided.
     
  7. WhatsThePoint

    WhatsThePoint Notebook Virtuoso

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  8. Aeny

    Aeny Notebook Consultant

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    Yep, no official drivers as far as I know, but yesterday I found some again and upon inspecting why they would install but silently not install the driver I found out it was another 7260 driver only. Intel proset v 16.0.4.1 (64bit only)

    I'm also waiting for a 3x3 AC + bluetooth or a 3x3 AC only since I already got (really crappy) bluetooth build in. But since there seems to be no drivers for it and no mention in the linux kernel as far as I know perhaps there isn't going to be one soon. :(
    ~Aeny
     
  9. WhatsThePoint

    WhatsThePoint Notebook Virtuoso

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    When I first saw the 16.0.4.1 Wireless ProSet I unpacked it but there wasn't an INF with supported wireless cards.

    Today there's a 16.0.5.3 driver version on station-drivers

    Hoping my AC-7260 is shipped today.
     
  10. Tim4

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    Will be waiting for your feedback. I am also interested in that wireless card.
     
  11. xjulzkx

    xjulzkx Notebook Guru

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    Be careful before jumping into some USB wifi adapters.

    A good source of information can be found here of current and even upcoming Wireless-N and Wireless-AC adapters on Wikipedia -> http://wikidevi.com/wiki/List_of_802.11ac_Hardware

    The reason I say to be careful is this, some 3x3 adapters advertise 3x Antenna's that theoretically can handle 450 mbps per stream. So 3x Antenna's by 450 mbps each antenna stream = 1350 mbps through-put (bandwidth). But, the most stupid thing is this, some of these adapters are USB 2.0 adapters which makes no sense since a USB 2.0 wifi adapter running 3x3 streams can only max out at 450 mbps since USB 2.0 ports can only do a max through-put of 480 mbps...

    And the same goes for 2x2 wifi adapters.. wireless N suffers the same draw backs.. 2x2 antenna streams of 450 mbps each antenna stream = 900 mbps through-put. But again, if it's a USB 2.0 adapter, it'll only reach a max of 480 mbps bandwidth.

    Stick around and wait for some of the USB 3.0 adapters.

    Other than that, the Mini PCIe half card's suffer the same problems, the bandwidth on some of them cannot handle the device's "advertised" through-put since the port itself does not have that much of a bandwidth pipe.
     
  12. WhatsThePoint

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    The only USB 3.0 WiFi adapter I know of is the Edimax EW-7822UAC but it too has only 2 antennas and on the 802.11ac 5ghz band it's max is 867Mbps

    Edimax EW-7822UAC - AC1200 Wireless Dual-Band USB Adapter
     
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    The new driver states for Widows 8 but I hope it will also work for Windows 7 since I have both in my notebook.

    It will also be interesting to see how the card performs with various 802.11ac routers.

    I have the Netgear R6300 for close to a year and have been patiently awaiting 802.11ac half height mini pci-e wireless cards.

    BTW,Gentech has the AC-7260 card in stock and is offering them as upgrades in some models.
     
  16. Tim4

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    I am hoping that it will work fine in Win 7 too.
    That's my source(Gentech) of that card. I've already contacted with Ken. Hopefully he'll ship one to me today.:D Should be here in 2-3 weeks.
     
  17. xjulzkx

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    There is also the Belkin F9L1106 v2.. It's 2x2 AC USB adapter USB 3.0.
     
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    downloads Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    I guess it goes without saying but Realtek is yet to offer a good Wi-Fi card/chip so these are 8 cards not to buy. ;)
     
  20. shnarf

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    for anyone interested, I have a Alienware m14xr2 I recently put a ac card in. the card I got is the Broadcom BCM4352 made by Azurewave. I found it on ebay a few weeks ago for $99 and it works great @ 866Mbps with a buffalo ac router. I just bought one of these today so ill have to see how they stack up. the ebay seller seems to be the only one with the broadcom card and has since jacked the price up to $196 lol. the 7260 I got for $59, also ebay. as far as the broadcom card, the seller actually has both the mini pcie and desktop pcie cards and wants twice as much for the mini card now. the funny part is you can clearly see in the pictures in his own posting that the desktop version is really just the mini card in an desktop adapter under a screwed on RF shield and includes antennas. dude even took a picture of the card with the RF shield removed, rofl!
     

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