Is the Intel Ultimate N 6300 WiFi worth it?

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  1. TigerWhistle

    TigerWhistle Notebook Geek

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    Thanks! Good to know it affects range increase well to be worth it. My main source of internet will be only wireless so if I suddenly discovered I was out of range that'd be a big problem.
     
  2. Trottel

    Trottel Notebook Virtuoso

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    I can't tell any difference in range between Dell's current cheapo wireless G card, the Intel 5300, and the Intel 6300. In somce cases the Intel cards will show one extra "bar," but this doesn't really confer any benefit in practice. The best part of using an Intel wireless card however is their great drivers and connection software. If you are not having any trouble with your current card, an "upgrade" or "future-proofing" by getting a new card is pretty pointless. Also buying one of these cards is good if you just want to feel good about yourself that you have the best (pretty much the only real reason I still have them).

    You are confusing 3 antennas on your router for actually being able to connect three spatial streams. There is nothing wrong with your 4665's antennas. It is your router that is limiting you.

    Since you have a 4965 already, the only reason to upgrade to a 5300 or 6300 would be if your current card broke. There is really no benefit for you going from a previous top of the line card to a current one. Even if you had a cheapo wireless G card you probably wouldn't notice any difference in most circumstances.
     
  3. G73Guy

    G73Guy Notebook Consultant

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    In the interest of full disclosure Trottel said he notices no difference. He is correct but if he was on batt it draws more. Lower bars mean more power draw.
     
  4. Trottel

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    How does it draw more power?

    And most of the time it shows the same "bar level." My girlfriend has the same laptop as mine except she has Dell's cheapest wireless card and mine has either the 5300 or 6300 installed.

    Besides, the OP has a 4965, a great card to begin with.
     
  5. G73Guy

    G73Guy Notebook Consultant

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    Do you have a cell phone? Amplification. I am new here I would appreciate you not call me out. I said what I said if I am wrong so be it. I could be wrong. On cell phones lower signal strength does not affect quality it just takes more batt power to achieve. Thanks Trottel nice to meet you.

    I apologize I am correct. But so be it.
     
  6. crayonyes

    crayonyes Custom Title! WooHoooo !!

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    IMHO,
    1. 5300 is cheap, great and reliable card. buy 5300 and sell your 4965 and even with a good trade you can have profit instead.
    2. up to 450Mbps. Yes, it depends on the ISP, router and usage. but whats wrong with having one with that capability
    3. the notebook's value gets upgraded
    4. the use of MyWiFi is quite nice
    5. hey, it's the forum's favorite so far :D

    I don't see any waste effort changing 4965 to 5300 but hey, thats just me :)
     
  7. Trottel

    Trottel Notebook Virtuoso

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    Calling you out? I asked a simple question about a phenomenon you mentioned that I was unaware of. Thank you for answering though; now I realize you are incorrect.

    I mean yeah, there is nothing wrong with a 5300 or 6300. They are both great cards, but is there any tangible benefit for internet access over the card he already has? Not that I can really think of. Not that I'm one to talk. :D
     
  8. jtcady

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    I noticed an improvement in speed and range with my 6300.
     
  9. BamAlmighty

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    I wouldn't be enjoying this if I didn't have 802.11N...

    [​IMG]
     
  10. wishmaster.dj

    wishmaster.dj Notebook Evangelist

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    doesnt matter much in real life situation, at least as of now.

    Pick whatever is cheaper! :p
     
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