Wireless N in HP notebooks

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  1. byrds6

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    Just out of curiosity why is it that the same options for nic cards arent offered in other machines. The DV9000z has the option of wireless N where as the DV9000T does not offer the same option. It makes little since not to offer it in both. By that same token, why is the HD DVD player cheaper in the DV9000z over the DV9000t?
     
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    It's all marketing and business tactics. HP has people (called actuarians) who spend their life sorting out what things should go where for maximum profit making. If a certain part is cheaper on one model, it's so that you can be lured to buy that model and probably spend more.

    I don't know about the draft-N cards. You can always upgrade that yourself, if you want.
     
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    Guess that depends on if the draft N card they use has more than 2 antenna. If it does it will not work in my current system as it only has 2.
     
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    I noticed that they say "Pre-N". Is this an incomplete and yet to be finalized version of "N" as Google results tend to imply? I'm wondering about the overall useability of this "Pre-N".
     
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    Pre-N means it hasnt been made a STANDARD yet. G was the same way before release too.
     
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    Ahh, I see. Thanks for the info.:)
     
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    So, does Pre-N and Draft-N mean the same thing? Because I did order the pre-n option. But my device information shows draft-n
     
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    Same thing. A draft is something before the final of it and pre-n means before N is actually a standard. Just different ways to say the same thing.
     
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    Got it. SO, they are basically the same technology? I can get a draft-N router and it will work on my supposedly pre-n wireless card?
     
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    Yes. Compatibility isn't a problem.

    Do note however, that the Pre-N wave of products came out before the Draft-N, and because of that, many Draft-N's are closer to the fuller spec N than the Pre-N's, with performance that follows. But that won't make too much of a difference for a laptop. In buying a router, for example, you would probably want to consider a Draft-N over Pre-N. I would personally recommend the Belkin N1 router if you're in the market for that. It has the best reviews, and is also firmware upgradable to full-spec N. I've been the owner of one for about 1/2 a year now and have had no problems with it at all so far. Beautiful compared to my old D-Link. (Note that I've heard problems about the receptor Belkin N1 cards, though.)
     
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