1. You may have noticed things look a little different around here - we've switched to a new platform (XenForo) and have some new forum styles and features. This how-to guide will help you find your way around. If you find anything that looks strange, post it in this thread.

Which HP laptops support 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz Wireless N?

Discussion in 'HP & Compaq' started by seasalt29, Aug 8, 2010.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. seasalt29

    seasalt29 Notebook Consultant

    Messages:
    173
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    30
    Which of the current HP laptops support dual band Wireless N (2.4GHz & 5 GHz)? Maybe it's me, but I couldn't find any mention of dual band Wireless N or the make/model of the Wi-Fi card in the specs. I just bought a dual band router (Linksys E3000) and found to my surprise that my 1st gen DV5t with an Intel 5100 Wi-Fi card supports 5 GHz. I don't want to give that up when I buy a new laptop.
     
  2. justinkw1

    justinkw1 Super Moderator Super Moderator

    Messages:
    2,830
    Likes Received:
    31
    Trophy Points:
    66
    The only currently sold model that I know of that has a dual-band option is the 2nd gen refreshed dv5t. All the other models from what I can tell don't originally come with a WLAN option that supports the 5 GHz.
     
  3. seasalt29

    seasalt29 Notebook Consultant

    Messages:
    173
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    30
    That's too bad. With all the new dual band routers coming on the market you would think that a dual band Wi-Fi card would at least be an option in the more expensive laptops. Interestingly, it's an option in the better desktops of all things!
     
  4. justinkw1

    justinkw1 Super Moderator Super Moderator

    Messages:
    2,830
    Likes Received:
    31
    Trophy Points:
    66
    HP is definitely going on the cheapo route when it comes to wireless options now. They used to be pretty generous when they provided the Intel WiFi Link 4965AGN, which steadily worsened with the 5100 AGN, and 6200 AGN. Now, they seem to just be providing the Intel WiFi Link 1000 BGN to many of their Intel lineups (they are assuming that most people don't use 802.11a and the 5 GHz band).
     
  5. Falco152

    Falco152 Notebook Demon

    Messages:
    1,747
    Likes Received:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    56
    It seems the AMD models gets the dual band card. Try focus research on that, and avoid the Intel Wireless.
     
  6. seasalt29

    seasalt29 Notebook Consultant

    Messages:
    173
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    30
    Do you have any information about the dual band Wi-Fi cards that HP offers in their desktop computers? I was just wondering how well a desktop does Wi-Fi vs. a laptop, even with a dual band card.
     
  7. newsposter

    newsposter Notebook Virtuoso

    Messages:
    3,882
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    105
    Has the OP taken the time to work through the HP on-line config pages to see which machines can be built with a dual-band wireless nic?

    You could also d/l a service manual for your machine and see if a part number is listed for a dual band card.

    If a part # for a dual band nic is listed in the service manual, even if there was no way to actually buy it at config time, you could probably find one on the used market and install it yourself.

    Problem these days is that HP and other makers depend so much on white/black lists to manage system configurations that you can't just add hardware even if it appears to be plug-compatible. You need to be sure that the BIOS will let you use the stuff. This affects wireless nics mostly (based on mac address) but I've seen CPUs get locked out too.
     
  8. seasalt29

    seasalt29 Notebook Consultant

    Messages:
    173
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    30
    I went through the configuration pages for Intel-based laptops and desktops. Only the desktops offered a dual-band Wi-Fi card as an option. I would be open to a desktop with a dual-band WiFi card. That's why I asked if desktop wireless performance is as good or better than a laptop. I have zero experience with desktops with built-in wireless.
     
  9. newsposter

    newsposter Notebook Virtuoso

    Messages:
    3,882
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    105
    wireless performance is probably driven more by the quality/capabilities of the AP and interference issues.

    a wired connection will always outperform a wireless connection.
     
  10. Falco152

    Falco152 Notebook Demon

    Messages:
    1,747
    Likes Received:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    56
    Modding your bios can get it to work, but doing so would void your warranty.

    Then again HP Customer Support would say anything to void the warranty;)
     
  11. JoeCHecht

    JoeCHecht Notebook Consultant

    Messages:
    157
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    30
    I have two DV-7's, one with an Intel WiFi Link 5100 AGN, the other with a Intel Centrino Advanced N 6200 AGN, and they both support it. Even my old DV9500T's supports it (with an Intel 4965 AGN).

    I do know that HP locks down the WiFi cards you can use with a "whitelist" in the BIOS (it can be hacked but I do not recommend this route), however, you can often purchase those cards on ebay for cheap (less than $10 or so), and replace the card in a unit (usually a pretty easy switchout).

    Your best bet is to pick out your notebook, then check out what optional cards are available, then check the manufacturers site.

    J
     
  12. newsposter

    newsposter Notebook Virtuoso

    Messages:
    3,882
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    105
    you guys who say that HP BIOS can be hacked, do you have any concrete examples, successes, documented howtos or????

    if not, well........
     
  13. seasalt29

    seasalt29 Notebook Consultant

    Messages:
    173
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    30
    My dv5t/5100 AGN supports 5GHz too. I'm connected at 5GHz as I type this. The problem is that I can't find a new Intel-based laptop that definitely supports 5GHz.
     
  14. 2.0™

    2.0™ NBR Macro-Mod® Super Moderator

    Messages:
    7,532
    Likes Received:
    870
    Trophy Points:
    281
    The Envy series uses Centrino Ultimate N 6200.
     
  15. Falco152

    Falco152 Notebook Demon

    Messages:
    1,747
    Likes Received:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    56
    :eek: Well, it does help to read the service manual prior before purchase.
     
  16. Laeadern

    Laeadern Notebook Consultant

    Messages:
    143
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    31
    I have a DV7 3067CL, it's an AMD unit though with an Atheros AR5009 that supports dual band.
     
  17. paradigm

    paradigm Notebook Deity

    Messages:
    980
    Likes Received:
    25
    Trophy Points:
    41
    to the OP, yup the ist gen DV5T does support the 5Ghz spectrum, but i'd have to say the Belkin that i have paired it to..is 'orrible....i'd be glad to get a decent 120Mbps...so i was wondering if i could buy one of those 6200AGN chipsets.....so is it compatible..i know the 1st gen DV5T dont have the 6200AGN mentinoed in their partlist

    can it be done.......
    i am on the latest BIOS F.21
     
  18. paradigm

    paradigm Notebook Deity

    Messages:
    980
    Likes Received:
    25
    Trophy Points:
    41
    -bump - bump
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page