WiFi chipsets

Petter Adsen petter at synth.no
Sat Jun 20 06:45:56 UTC 2015


On Tue, 16 Jun 2015 08:40:42 +0100
David Fletcher <dave at thefletchers.net> wrote:

> On Tue, 2015-06-16 at 08:36 +0200, Petter Adsen wrote:
> > I was recently given an HP laptop by a family friend, that I need to
> > upgrade. It only has 100Mbps Ethernet and really slow WiFi, and I need
> > something faster. I have a 1200ac router running OpenWRT, so I'm
> > considering a WiFi adapter that will get as much speed as possible when
> > connected to that.
> > 
> > As I suspect the WiFi adapter is on a replaceable mini-PCI card, that's
> > what I will probably get, or a USB adapter if that isn't possible. This
> > machine will be running vivid for now.
> > 
> > What chipsets do you people have good experience with, and would
> > recommend? 
> > 
> > Petter
> > 
> 
> Intel and Atheros.

I found a "Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260" mini PCIe card at the site
of the people I usually shop from, has anyone tried that? It is the
only mini PCIe card they have, and I'd much rather replace the one that
is currently in the laptop than add another one via USB.

Are there any specific chipsets I should be looking for or avoid? I
really need the best network performance I can get.

> You may find, though, that a card won't work in your laptop even though
> it physically fits in the slot. For example I bought a couple of Intel
> chipped dual band WiFi cards through ebay. The first one I fitted, in my
> 10 inch Toshiba netbook, works perfectly. The second one I tried in a
> friend's older Acer laptop. It fits the slot, and shows up in lspci, but
> it won't work. I'm told that this might be something to do with hardware
> white/black lists built into certain BIOSes.

I'm aware of this, and I will contact HP and ask them if the laptop in
question has such a list. They list part numbers for several replacement
cards in the manual, so I'm a little worried that it might.

Petter

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