Intel 7260AC or 3160AC in a single antenna notebook

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  1. ryanswj1

    ryanswj1 Newbie

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    I've got a HP ProBook 440 G1 with a rather meh Qualcomm QCA9565 wireless N card (1x1), and I'm considering getting an Intel Wireless AC card to replace it.

    From what I've read, the HP ProBook 4x0 Gx series notebooks do not come with BIOS whitelists, so they can take any card.

    I use an ASUS RT-AC68U router at home. I have two choices: the Intel 3160AC which is a 1x1 card, or the 7260AN which is a 2x2 card.

    Would there be any use installing a 2x2 card, especially when my laptop shipped with only 1 antenna embedded in the display? Would I be able to connect on the 5GHz band? Which is the wiser purchase? Thanks!

    IMG-20141210-WA0007.jpg

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    Here is an excerpt from the HP QuickSpecs document

    Wireless LAN (WLAN)
    Realtek 802.11 b/g/n (1x1)***
    Atheros 802.11 b/g/n (1x1) with Bluetooth® v4.0 combo*** (I've got this, the QCA9565)
    Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (1x1) WiFi with Bluetooth 4.0 combo***, ****
    Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260AN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) WiFi with Bluetooth 4.0 combo (Non vPro)
    Intel Dual Band Wireless-N 7260AN 802.11 a/b/g/n (2x2) WiFi with Bluetooth 4.0 combo***

    * WWAN is an optional feature sold separately or as an add on feature. WWAN connection requires wireless data service
    contract, network support, and is not available in all areas. Contact service provider to determine the coverage area and
    availability. Connection speeds will vary due to location, environment, network conditions, and other factors.
    ** 4G LTE not available on all products, in all regions and only available on products featuring Intel processors.
    ***Wireless access point and Internet service is required and is not included. Availability of public wireless access points
    limited.
    **** The specifications for the 802.11ac WLAN are draft specifications and are not final. If the final specifications differ from
    the draft specifications, it may affect the ability of the notebook to communicate with other 802.11ac WLAN devices.
     
  2. Apoxxx

    Apoxxx Notebook Evangelist

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    I would not recommend the 7260AC to even my worst enemy. That card is nothing but problems.
     
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    downloads Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    There will be no difference between the two as far as performance goes.
    Honestly, I'd install a second antenna. Nothing works well with a single one.
     
  4. wickette

    wickette Notebook Deity

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    I ordered from ebay a 7265AC because i lost faith in the 7260 : It's full of Hardware and software bugs...

    The 7265 is way better however :).
     
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    WhatsThePoint Notebook Virtuoso

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    Your single stream wireless card is put in there to keep the notebooks stock price competitive with others in it's category.

    It's not hard to add a second antenna.They can be purchased on ebay and amazon.

    I don't recommend the AC-3160

    The antennas are usually somewhere inside the top half of the notebook on the sides of the lcd.The bezel around the screen needs to be removed.

    If you follow the black antenna wire that is attached to the QCA9565 it wiil lead you to where the antenna resides.A second antenna should not be placed close to the other one for best results.

    On the 5ghz band the AC-7260 with the new 17.13.2.2 driver works well with my 2 AC-7260HMW wireless cards

    http://images10.newegg.com/User-Manual/User_Manual_34-257-663.pdf

    Page 82 = removing the bezel

    Antennas = page 85
     
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    ryanswj1 Newbie

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    I'd rather not try to open the notebook as I'm rather bad with these kinds of upgrades haha. The notebook is very new and has a 3 year on site warranty which I do not wish to void either!
     
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    ryanswj1 Newbie

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    Even when one is a single band and the other is a dual band? Is this due to the single antenna I have in the system? Then it makes more economic sense to get the 3160 as it is $10 cheaper.
     
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    Neither is single band. Both are 802.11ac cards - ac standard is 5GHz standard. Also the name clears that out - Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160.
    Intel 7260 is sort of a better card but with one antenna you are going to end up with the same max throughput regardless if you chose 3160 or 7260.
     
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    ryanswj1 Newbie

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    My bad, I should have said 1x1 and 2x2 respectively. So the wiser choice would be to go with the 3160AC?
     
  10. HTWingNut

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    How is 7265 way better? I still get ping spikes and frequent transfer speed dips. Never got that with the Killer 1525 AC.
     
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