WiFi upgrade to 1.3Gbps AC (Broadcom BCM94360HMB) success

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  1. MZWiZard

    MZWiZard Notebook Consultant

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    Last year, I saw Raidriar mention this card as a possible upgrade for our M15x and bought the card. Tonight, I finally put it in, and it seems to work just fine.

    A couple of pics:

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    - Note that you need adaptor cables to reuse your existing antennas.


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    My ISP router surprisingly supports max speed!

    The card I bought was this:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/262756360373

    And the antenna adaptors were these:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/252383477894


    Note: I made a Windows 10 x64 driver package here - otherwise wifi and bluetooth drivers can be found at ASUS Z97 download page:

    https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Z97DELUXEUSB_31NFCWLC/HelpDesk_Download/
     
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    kosti Notebook Virtuoso

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    Nice work. 1.3Gbps wireless! Faster than the wired NIC :D
     
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    still unusable for gaming tho xD... wireless is just too unreliable

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    Congrats on the install! I myself have the BCM94352HMB connected to my M15x. It has 866Mbps WiFi ac and it does not need the antennae adapters. I also removed the Dell Wireless 370 BT module because it has BT 4 LE built into the 94352 card!
     
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    I like this upgrade! Something on the shopping list methinks!

    Nevertheless most service providers offer max 1Gps (1000mbps) at least in Switz that is the case. 1.3Gbps is fantastic future proofing.

    Another thing what is the max data tranfer speed of the mini pci-e slot? 1.3 Gbps must be pushing it!
     
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    That's also granted that the WiFi card and router can actually sustain that speed consistently. Even though it connects at that speed, there are very few places that will let you DL/UL at that speed. Not to mention range becomes a factor, but I'm glad we can actually take a laptop from 2011 and incorporate all the new technologies of today still!
     
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    King of Interns Simply a laptop enthusiast

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    Make that 2009. The first M15x shipped in September 2009 :D

    Yup approaching 8 years old already. Yet it still have a 4 core 8 thread processor, 16GB ram, Plenty of storage options (I have 500GB SSD and 2TB HDD internal), 1.3GBPS wifi! Pascal compatible (highly likely possible) etc etc

    I will still have this thing when it reaches a decade old.

    edit: forgot that most 1080p displays also capable of 120hz by overclocking due to it being high quality.
     
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    Wow I had no idea that this laptop was that old! I will have this laptop until it's on it's last legs and there are no more parts available. Even if I may buy another laptop for more powerful updated things, this laptop still smokes a lot of machines in the market today. Glad to see that we can still buy things for it to upgrade.
     
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    Its cpu was overpowered at release while everything else has proven to have excellent upgradeability. A wonder of a machine.

    Dual SSDs, 1.3gbps wifi and BT4, 16gb of ram, 1060 pascal and 120hz 1080p screen. Who could have guessed it would have such longevity.

    Top end laptops beat it only where cpus are concerned and thus high end gpus. However 1060 is enough at 1080p. In other areas it is just marketing gimmicky stuff like faster storage interface speeds etc
     
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    Wait, we can install a 120Hz 1080p screen? I thought the FHD displays were 60Hz. How are games looking at 120Hz? Where can I get a 120Hz 1080p display....eBay? Thanks!
     
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