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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 :)
     
  2. Polarix

    Polarix Notebook Evangelist

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    I've heard the 5100 kind of sucks. Get the 5300.
     
  3. MexicanSnake

    MexicanSnake Juay de rito?

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    Get an atheros one, they are a ton times better.
     
  4. nomoredell

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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

    Chango99 Derp

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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.
     
  6. roosta

    roosta Notebook Evangelist

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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.
     
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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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    meansizzler Notebook Consultant

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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...
     
  10. jonlumpkin

    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.
     
  11. Tinderbox (UK)

    Tinderbox (UK) Sir Pumpkin Longshanks

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    I have the 5100 for over a week and have had 0 problems, i must have downloaded 1000mb or more, but i dont have a draft n router!

    Regards

    John.
     
  12. ViciousXUSMC

    ViciousXUSMC Master Viking

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    If its only a bit more get the 5300 its the king of the hill, the 5100 is in some ways not even as good as the older 4965, less power use is about the only benifit.

    Im actually thinking of putting a 5300 in my Asus EEE netbook :p

    I have the 5100 in my G50V and its a fine card tho, I get full signal and full transfer speed, but just like John I only have a G router/AP not a "N" one.

    When I do make the leap it will be to a nice dual band N router thats not a piece of trash, and probably when its out of draft.

    I really do not like Dlink or Linksys anymore these days, Buffalo has by far been better at performance, and also I like its configuration software/firmware better too.
     
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    Less power use is what I was hoping from the 5100, though I haven't found anything confirming this. Have you seen any information about power draw of the 5100 vs 5300?

    I expect power consumption to be higher while moving a block of data, but with correspondingly higher transfer rate that probably evens out (bits per watt? ;)). What I'm interested in is whether the 5100 might be lower power on average during low-traffic or idle.
     
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    5100 & 5300 should be identical, the 5300 uses one more antenna connection and thats the only thing I can think will make it different but it probably only uses that antenna when your on dual band N connections, since it can move data faster, it will be in use less and thus will use less power so its probably still about the same.

    I mean the 5000 series in general is better than the older 4000 series so the 5300 & 5100 should use less power than the 4965.
     
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    I have a sony z with the 5100 card and a thinkpad t61 with the older 4965agn card.

    The 4965 card is much better. Its faster (300mbps vs 150mbps connection), more stable (doesn't drop connections at all vs the 5100 which drops all the time), and gets better range.

    Very disapointed with the 5100. I'm hoping its just immature drivers, but the newest drivers that came out 10/8 didn't fix any of my issues.
     
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    May just be a bad connection on the card. My 5100 gets the same speed & signal as my 4965.

    Not sure what the max bitrate is on it with a N connection tho, my networks are G
     
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    Does the 4965 do 40mhz with wireless N 2.4ghz? It's a shame that the 5300 that I have was all hyped up to be the card to get, but in the end, it'll only do 20mhz on wireless N 2.4ghz so it'll only connect at up to 130mbps.
     
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    Not correct it works up to 450mb/s on the intel spec sheet (http://download.intel.com/network/connectivity/products/wireless/319982.pdf) and I have had somebody personally vouch that it works on another forum, he had to manually set his router for dual band and then set his drivers up also.

    It may not be all "plug & play" and as with anything in technology often updating one piece of equipment requires another new piece of equipment to synergize with it. This is why I am in no hurry for N until its finalized forget this draft business.

    The router used in this case above was one of those linksys extreme N routers.

    Quoted from intel page:
    I bolded the part that would apply to you.
     
  19. kfm187

    kfm187 Newbie

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    The 5300 will need a 3-antenna 802.11n wireless router in order to get 450mbps.

    Does anyone know a router that can get 450? Someone suggested the D-link xtreme-n models, but all of those that I have seen only hit 300.
     
  20. miro_gt

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    mine does up to 144MB/s via single channel N mode on DLink 625 router.

    after I upgraded the firmware on the router, the connection went flawless. Before it used to give me slight delay from the time I opened a page over the internet to the time it loaded it, about 1-2 sec. Now it goes flat speed, like on wire :D This is on secure WPA2 connection.
     
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