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by sktn77a
Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T430 wireless cards
Replies: 11
Views: 1682

Re: T430 wireless cards

OK. The 2.4GHz band setting is set at 20MHz width on both the router and the wireless cards (choices are 20MHz or Auto). The 5GHz band setting is set at Auto width on both the router and wireless cards (choices again are 20MHz or Auto).
by sktn77a
Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T430 wireless cards
Replies: 11
Views: 1682

Re: T430 wireless cards

So, In summary (if I'm understanding this correctly):

The N2200 is a single band dual stream (for 2x150mbps on the 2.4GHz band)?
The N6205 is a dual band dual stream (for 2x150mbps on either band)?
The N6300 is a dual band triple stream (for 3x150mbps on either band)?

???
by sktn77a
Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T430 wireless cards
Replies: 11
Views: 1682

Re: T430 wireless cards

Screamer wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:25 am
If you care that much about speed, why don't you get an AC 7260? Your Netgear R7000 supports the 802.11ac band, right?
Yes, the r7000 does but the T430 doesn't, without a BIOS mod to get around the whitelist (and I don't want to get into that).
by sktn77a
Fri Oct 09, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T430 wireless cards
Replies: 11
Views: 1682

Re: T430 wireless cards

Installed the N6300. I can get a 300 or 450mbps connection to my router on 5GHz and 144 or 217mbps on 2.4GHz. pretty consistently.

The plot thickens???
by sktn77a
Thu Oct 08, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T430 wireless cards
Replies: 11
Views: 1682

Re: T430 wireless cards

Is that triple streams on both 2.5GHz and 5GHz bands? I thought the 6300 had 2x2.4GHz streams and 1x5GHz stream(?) If that's the case, how can I get 3 streams when I can only have 2.4GHz or 5 GHz (not both).
by sktn77a
Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T430 wireless cards
Replies: 11
Views: 1682

Re: T430 wireless cards

OK, so I get it now for the streams: "if you had a 4-stream N router, you could get up to 4*150Mbps = 600Mbps. To get this maximum, you had to have a device with a 4-stream radio onboard " So, the N2200 will have two 2.4GHz N streams with my R7000 router (300mbps). The N6300 will have two 2.4GHz N s...
by sktn77a
Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T430 wireless cards
Replies: 11
Views: 1682

T430 wireless cards

OK, 20+ year thinkpad user. Not an expert on networks. Looking for some education on wifi card specifications and wifi performance capabilities. My T430 came with an Intel Wireless-N 2200 wifi card. Updated it to a dual band card - Intel Wireless-N 6205. Updated later to an Ultimate-N 6300. Here are...
by sktn77a
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: Wifi keeps disconnecting from Airport Extreme
Replies: 37
Views: 6979

Re: Wifi keeps disconnecting from Airport Extreme

Just in case anybody else has similar issues unique to the Lenovo wifi compatibility, has anybody just removed the mini-PCI card and used a USB nano card instead?
by sktn77a
Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T430 WiFi card options
Replies: 4
Views: 1722

Re: T430 WiFi card options

Thanks but like I say, I don't want to mess with a 3rd party BIOS. If I can get faster speeds (from multiple streams or bands) with the lenovo cards, I'll do that but if not, I'll just stay where I am.
by sktn77a
Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T430 WiFi card options
Replies: 4
Views: 1722

Re: T430 WiFi card options

Thanks RBS. I would love an AC card but I don't want to mess around with and aftermarket BIOS. My ISP speed is 300Mbps and it'a a Netgear R7000 dual band 1900 (600 + 1300) A,B,G,N,AC router. So I'm not sure if I gain anything with either the N6205 or N6300 over the N2200 card (other than the 5GHz ba...
by sktn77a
Sat Sep 05, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T430 WiFi card options
Replies: 4
Views: 1722

T430 WiFi card options

OK folks, our 4 T430 ThinkPads are still chugging along just fine with Windows 10 and an SSD in each. One of them has the Intel N-2200 (from 2012) wifi card which is only a 2.5 GHz band card. The specs say its a single band dual stream wireless N-card ("300mbps"). I replaced it with an older Intel N...
by sktn77a
Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T430 - crucial BX500 SSD not getting detected in BIOS
Replies: 6
Views: 2453

Re: T430 - crucial BX500 SSD not getting detected in BIOS

Hmmm........ my T430 has the 9mm bay and the rubber drive adapters in your AliExpress link (???) The 7 mm drive would wobble around if it didn't have the adapters.

The 9.5mm drive will fit in the bay but the SATA connector doesn't line up correctly.
by sktn77a
Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T430 UPGRADE QUESTIONS
Replies: 6
Views: 3212

Re: T430 UPGRADE QUESTIONS

After almost 20 years of jacking Thinkpads my observation is that (especially with the newer models - T400/500 and up) the biggest gains in performance are from 1) SSD upgrade, and 2) RAM upgrade. I've found that processor upgrades have had little practical improvement in performance.

Just sayin'
by sktn77a
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: T430 Keyboard failure with Windows 10
Replies: 7
Views: 6625

Re: T430 Keyboard failure with Windows 10

I have 4 T430 computers all working just fine with Windows 10. The shop didn't connect the keyboard connector properly when they reinstalled it (or broke something in the process).
by sktn77a
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: ThinkPad T460P, My First ThinkPad and I have questions
Replies: 5
Views: 4349

Re: ThinkPad T460P, My First ThinkPad and I have questions

After a clean install of Windows 10 on the T460p, it should activate automatically and will install most of the key drivers (particularly the wireless driver). Download the Lenovo Vantage application (does mostly the same thing as, and I think replaces, the older service bridge and system update). T...
by sktn77a
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: Buying advice
Replies: 3
Views: 2484

Re: Buying advice

Don't get anything older than a T430. And if you want newer, pass on the T440 (funky touchpad and low power CPU). I have T430 with the last of the "M" CPUs (i5-3320m) and a T460 with the newer low power CPU (i5-6300u). Both have SSDs and Windows 10 and they are more than fast enough for anything oth...
by sktn77a
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: cpu upgrade t430
Replies: 7
Views: 3879

Re: cpu upgrade t430

I have 3 T430 computers with the i5-3520m CPU and one with the I7-3520m CPU. I don't see any difference between them. Now, going from windows 7 on a HDD to windows 10 on an SSD made a world of difference on both!
by sktn77a
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T530 WiFi adapter stops auto-connecting - SOLVED
Replies: 15
Views: 4497

Re: T530 WiFi adapter stops auto-connecting

Well, sounds pretty much like a software issue. Do you have Lenovo Vantage installed on your computer? If so, use the System Update app to make sure you have the latest Lenovo driver and not an older Microsoft driver.
by sktn77a
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T410 core i5 m520 vs t430 Core i3-3120M 2.5GHz worth changing?
Replies: 10
Views: 4124

Re: T410 core i5 m520 vs t430 Core i3-3120M 2.5GHz worth changing?

Careful, some batteries from earlier T series won't work with later models (notwithstanding the fact that they physically will fit). Double check the T410 battery will work in the T430.
by sktn77a
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: Worth upgrading the T430
Replies: 4
Views: 6214

Re: Worth upgrading the T430

The T460 will not be significantly faster than the T430. The T430 has the last of the non-U CPUs (i5-3320m). The T460 has the low power i5-6300u which is only marginally (very marginally) faster than the i5-3320m CPU, despite being 3 generations newer. Now, if you want a smaller, lighter Thinkpad wi...
by sktn77a
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: FS: T420 Palmrest
Replies: 1
Views: 922

Re: FS: T420 Palmrest

Bump, Bump, Bump..............
by sktn77a
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: FS T430 Keyboard
Replies: 1
Views: 1018

Re: FS T430 Keyboard

Bump, Bump, Bump..................
by sktn77a
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T440S FOR extreme browsing
Replies: 2
Views: 2660

Re: T440S FOR extreme browsing

Well, kinda depends on what processor you would get in a T480 but I doubt you will notice a significant difference. In general, for internet activities, the host service will determine how "fast" your browsing experience is (assuming you have reasonably fast ISP and local network). You may want to c...
by sktn77a
Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T450 speakers rock!!
Replies: 11
Views: 3159

Re: T450 speakers rock!!

True, but in a laptop, you get what you get. I think the D/A converter and amp would have to be pretty bad before you could hear any difference through those awful Thinkpad speakers!
by sktn77a
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: Thinkpad T450 screen case bulge *PICS*
Replies: 1
Views: 2692

Re: Thinkpad T450 screen case bulge *PICS*

The bulges on the inside bottom of the display surround are common (the delicate plastic clips get broken off or aren't pushed in far enough) but I've never seen one on the outside of the top cover.
by sktn77a
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: FS T430 Keyboard
Replies: 1
Views: 1018

FS T430 Keyboard

Lenovo T430 keyboard (Alps - white buttons under keys).

Like new condition but missing "B" key.

$5.00 plus shipping. CONUS only.
by sktn77a
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: FS: T420 Palmrest
Replies: 1
Views: 922

FS: T420 Palmrest

Excellent condition. Has touchpad, touchpad buttons, and fingerprint reader. Bought earlier this year intending to replace the palmrest in my T420 but ended up selling the computer.

$15 plus shipping, CONUS only.
by sktn77a
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T450 speakers rock!!
Replies: 11
Views: 3159

Re: T450 speakers rock!!

If the speakers in the T450 are the same as the T460 (I see no reason they wouldn't be) then this post just baffles me. The speakers in my T460 are just plain awful, Dolby Audio notwithstanding!
by sktn77a
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: ThinkPad T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
Topic: Thinkpad T420 factory reset
Replies: 8
Views: 5080

Re: Thinkpad T420 factory reset

You can also download Windows 10 and install it on your computer. The product activation key stored in your existing OS will be used to activate Windows 10. If not, just use the Windows 7 key in the battery compartment.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/softwar ... /windows10
by sktn77a
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: T460s, camera and windows 1903
Replies: 6
Views: 4317

Re: T460s, camera and windows 1903

Well, I have a T460 (not a T460s) with 1903 and have not had that problem. Mine was a clean install from the Microsoft download page, not an upgrade.

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