Quick Wifi card question

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by Danja, Apr 28, 2011.

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  1. Danja

    Danja Notebook Evangelist

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    Hi guys,

    I just got the Acer 8943G which was notorious for its wifi dropping issues. I applied the updated driver which is supposed to solve the problem and while it has reduced the frequency of drops, it has not eliminated them. I'm therefore thinking of following the advice of some posters on the Acer forum and plopping in a new card. The card they suggested when the laptop was new and popular (last summer) was the Intel Wifi 6300. I looked on Amazon and now there's a 6300 that's more expensive, and the specs are unlisted. Does anyone know anything about the 6300? Is it worth the extra $25?
     
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    Gracy123 Agrees to disagree

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    Why not 6200?
     
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    Marecki_clf Homo laptopicus

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    Intel Ultimate-N 6300 has 3 antenna connectors; make sure that Your laptop has 3 antennas before purchase. The 6300 can operate in 3T3R mode (3 channels for transmitting and 3 channels for receiving data; 150Mbps per channel; 450Mbps in total). It is a dual-band card (2,4GHz and 5GHz). It's one of the best WiFi cards on the market, but to be able to fully utilise its potential, You'd need a 450Mbps, dual-band 3T3R wireless router as well. $25 is not much for the card; less than a year ago I paid $45 for mine.
     
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    tijo Sacred Blame Super Moderator

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    Unless your laptop has 3 antennas already in it, you'll need to add an extra antenna to take full advantage of the 6300. If you won't want to go through that trouble, get the 6200 like i did.
     
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    Awesome, 6200 it is. Thanks!
     
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    Yep. I'm quite happy with 6200 and it is dual-band too :)
     
  7. Danja

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    Sorry to bring back a week-old thread, but what's the best order of operations for installing this thing? I need to:

    Remove the old card
    Uninstall the old drivers (?)
    Insert the new card
    Install the new drivers

    What's the best order to do it?
     
  8. tilleroftheearth

    tilleroftheearth Wisdom listens quietly...

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    Go to device manager and uninstall the device (choose the 'remove' software/drivers option too).

    Shut down the computer and remove the old card.

    Insert new card, boot up and install new drivers.


    Make sure you are not shuffling your feet (no static electricity) and that you remove the battery and power plug when removing/inserting new components.

    Good luck.
     
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