Intel Wifi Link 5100 vs. 5300; Range or Speed? (More Antennas)

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  1. Mycorrhiza

    Mycorrhiza Notebook Enthusiast

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    I am getting the new Dell E4300.

    Is has the option for the Intel LInk 5300 which has 3x3 Antennas as opposed to 1x2 the 5100 has.

    Does the 5300 offer better range / reliability or merely more speed?
    At least in near future I will probably only us B or G, not N.

    Thanks for the info :)
     
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    Polarix Notebook Evangelist

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    I've heard the 5100 kind of sucks. Get the 5300.
     
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    MexicanSnake Juay de rito?

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    Get an atheros one, they are a ton times better.
     
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    intel 5100 worst wirless card ever,
    u dont expect product of such poor quality from intel,
    look at my sig, i had hp dv7t and now gateway p7811, both has 5100 in it,
    drops signal constantly.

    get dell wirless N card.
     
  5. Chango99

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    If it helps, I'm using an Intel Wifi Link 5100 only for a week though. I don't know if it's gonna give out on me later, but it's been working well with my Wireless N linksys router. I get 65 Mbps.
     
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    i got 5100 card in my hp, and i updated the drivers for it on the intel site and i now have wireless N and better reception than my step dads sony. dunno what hes got though.
     
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    I have the 5300 in my Lenovo x200, getting speeds of 144 Mbps on wireless N. It hasn't dropped out on me yet.
     
  8. havoc531

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    I upgraded to a 5300. It is fast but I never gave the 5100 a chance, so I have nothing to compare it to.
     
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    All depends on your wireless router, have an Apple Time Capsule Transmitting 5GHZ N only an Intel 4965AGN in my sony TZ and it's connected via the 5GHZ N band at 300mbps, the 2.4ghz N only does 144mbps, anyway i'm getting 5-7MB/s Read/Write speed over 5GHZ N, pretty Impressive, 54mbps G gives only 2-3MB/s, bottle neck is the Hard Drive in Time Capsule which has a crappy SATA-Ethernet bridger chip which max's out at 15Mb/s...

    If I had a better NAS i.e one that does 25MB/s and the wifi link 5300 who knows what speeds I would get...
     
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    jonlumpkin NBR Transmogrifier

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    I have the 5100 card in my Thinkpad x200, and have experienced no problems with it. Range is good, signal is stable, and speed seems good as well(although I have only been able to test with B and G, I don't have a wireless N Router [Yet]). The 5300 might be better in theory, although I have yet to see a single side by side comparison of the two products in real world usage.
     
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