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Intel WiFi Link 5300 Vs. ThinkPad WiFi (BGN)

Discussion in 'Lenovo' started by madroxinide, May 27, 2009.

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  1. madroxinide

    madroxinide Notebook Deity

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    Very much difference? I will be using this laptop on campus @ University Of Maine.
     
  2. MidnightSun

    MidnightSun Emodicon Super Moderator

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    I have heard that the WiFi 5x00 series is more power-efficient than the Thinkpad BNG, and also has better range, but no one has really given solid comparative data yet.
     
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    thptquochoc Notebook Enthusiast

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    i have a problem about choose wifi card:
    is the wifi thinkpad bgn is good???

    sorry all my english is very very bad, please help me !!!!
     
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    scholar80 Notebook Guru

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    The Fire Snake Notebook Virtuoso

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    Personally I would go for the Intel ones. This is just based on my preference not hard facts. What I can say for fact though is that the Intel Wifi cards work well with Linux and a well supported most of the time. Also something that I read on this forum is that the Thinkpad Wifi card is no longer the Atheros one but one from Realtek, if that makes a difference to you.
     
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    thptquochoc Notebook Enthusiast

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    thank you for reply. if i have a thinkpad wifi bgn card in my laptop . can i replace with a "intel wifi link 5100 card." ????
    both of them use mini pciexpress adapter?????
     
  7. MidnightSun

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    Yes, I'm pretty sure you can.
     
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    Only if it is a Lenovo branded card. Lenovo "whitelists" their own cards, effectively locking out wifi cards that do not come from them.

    That said, if you look on Ebay, I'm sure you'll find compatible cards for far less than if you went directly through Lenovo or affiliated parts resellers.

    Link to custom Ebay search

    You can find the 5300 card for around $25.
     
  9. thptquochoc

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    anyway, wifi thinkpad bgn is not good??? i intend to buy thinkpad t400 and in the store ,where i intend to buy, they have a thinkpad t400 with wifi thinkpad b/g/n card , and price is 999usd , should i buy this laptop????? please recommend me

    Lenovo Thinkpad T400 Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P8600 (2.4GHz, 1066MHz, 3MBL2)
    Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic
    14.1 WXGA TFT, w/ CCFL Backlight, Camera
    ATI Mobility Radeon 3470 with 256MB
    2 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1067MHz SODIMM Memory (2 DIMM)
    UltraNav (TrackPoint and TouchPad)
    160 GB Hard Disk Drive, 5400rpm4
    CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo 24X/24X/24X/8X Max, Ultrabay Slim (Serial ATA)
    Wifi Thinkpad BGN
    6 cell Li-Ion Battery
    1 Year Depot Warranty
    Brand new 100% ,Sealed, Warranty 12Months WorldWide
    Price: 999 USD
     
  10. MidnightSun

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    I think you can find a better deal from the Lenovo site, with some of the coupons that they always have.
     

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