Upgrade wireless card or stay stock?

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  1. caulayflames

    caulayflames Notebook Enthusiast

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    After much research and indecisiveness, I've got my NP9150 build ready to order, except for one thing - the wireless card. I have no idea if I should bother upgrading it, or keeping it stock. I do plan on gaming with my laptop online, and it will be over wifi 90% of the time - so I don't want to be unable to play due to my wifi card.

    The 4 options (including stock) available in my build config. are:

    -Internal 802.11 B+G+N Wireless LAN + Bluetooth Combo Module +CA$0.00
    -Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 - 802.11A/B/G/N Wireless LAN + Bluetooth Combo Module +CA$25.25
    -Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 - 802.11A/B/G/N Wireless LAN Module +CA$35.35
    -Killer™ Wireless-N 1202 802.11 A/B/G/N Wireless LAN + Bluetooth 4.0 Combo Module +CA$50.50

    I don't really want to shell out an extra 50$ for the Killer card if it is honestly not going to give a significant boost compared to the stock card, or if one of the Intel cards are going to be a close 2nd to the killer.

    (also, I have no intention of using the bluetooth ability, so that is not important at all when choosing the card)

    Is it worth it to upgrade to one of the Intel or Killer Wifi cards, or just stay with the stock Internal card?
     
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    festa_freak Notebook Enthusiast

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    When I make mine I think I am going to go for the 6235. I value bluetooth but not losing $50 for upgraded range/throughput. I hear higher options have better range.
     
  3. DeutschPantherV

    DeutschPantherV Notebook Consultant

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    It kind of depends on the network too. A good card doesn't help with a bad network, it just helps you take advantage of better networks more effectively and switch between routers in multiple router networks quicker.

    A better card, like the Killer, would help with ping (The time between when you tell the computer to do something in an online game and the time the server recognizes that you are doing something and acts on it) which can be a game changer depending on what games you play.
     
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    I have mentioned this issue couple times on this forum. It depends on your Wireless Router and your DSL speed. If you get a free router from your DSL company, you will not get any benefit from upgrade the Wi-Fi card. If you shares with your Wi-Fi routers with a lot of users, please do not upgrde your wi-fi.

    Router is like a gate door. One road going out built by your DSl and the other road going in built by your Wi-Fi bandwidth. All 3 of them must be fast enough to increase the performance.
     
  5. caulayflames

    caulayflames Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks for the quick responses. I will mostly be using the wireless connection in my apartment (with a router given by the company - Bell) and on my university campus. Looks like I may be sticking with the stock card after all :p
     
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    hackness Notebook Virtuoso

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    The thing with the Killer N1202 is that it comes with a bandwidth control tool, if you are left with little Bandwidth and you still want to have multiple programs connected to the internet, you can divide the available bandwidth and assign the allowed bandwidth for those programs individually and avoid constant disconnections due to the agressiveness of bandwidth usage by certain programs.

    And if you want to do this with stock wifi/Intel Wifi you have to do it through 3rd party software.
     
  7. YAYTech

    YAYTech Notebook Consultant

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    Also keep in mind that as long as the antenna wires are there, a DIY wireless card upgrade should be cake later on if you feel its needed.
     
  8. extide

    extide Notebook Deity

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    I would suggest either going with the Intel 6235 if you want bluetooth, or the 6300 if you dont. The upgrades are so cheap you might as well do then, and you never know if it may be useful in the future.
     
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    Piggybacking on this thread -- what do you guys recommend I get as a college student? Do the three antennas on the 6300 show that much of difference compared to the 6235? Will I be able to get a decent connection with the stock card? Bluetooth isn't that important to me.
     
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    Couchking Notebook Enthusiast

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    I would avoid the 1103 unless your absolutely set on having a Killer-N branded card. I have one and Ive been experiencing random disconnects every hour or so, for which I end up having to reset the WIFI (FN+F11) to get it working again. I've tried a few different recent drivers with no success, apparently it's a known issue.
     
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