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Wifi Card upgrade suggestions?

#1 Post by babysheegoth » Thu Jan 11, 2024 1:32 pm

Looking upgrade wifi card to something as modern as possible that also makes sense financially.

Also how to remove whitelist from middleton bios?

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#2 Post by TPFanatic » Thu Jan 11, 2024 2:46 pm

Middleton bios should already have removed the mpcie whitelist.
Ax210 soldered or adapted onto mpcie format card is the current most modern upgrade.
Other cheap popular choices are 7260ac, 6205n, and 6300n.
If you’re running Windows newer than 7, Anything is better than the 4965agn which crashes Windows due to no proper compatible driver.

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#3 Post by Gonzaleitor » Sat Jan 13, 2024 9:15 am

I have them 6300n and it works great. The bottleneck is on the rest of the hardware... :lol: :lol: :lol:

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#4 Post by babysheegoth » Mon Jan 15, 2024 12:46 am

Gonzaleitor wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2024 9:15 am
I have them 6300n and it works great. The bottleneck is on the rest of the hardware... :lol: :lol: :lol:
6300n fits in t61? it looks different from ebay listings then the wifi card currently in my laptop?

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#5 Post by RealBlackStuff » Mon Jan 15, 2024 2:15 am

Some cards are full size, some cards are half-size and need an extender bracket, as seen below:
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#6 Post by Gonzaleitor » Tue Jan 16, 2024 9:41 am

babysheegoth wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2024 12:46 am
Gonzaleitor wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2024 9:15 am
I have them 6300n and it works great. The bottleneck is on the rest of the hardware... :lol: :lol: :lol:
6300n fits in t61? it looks different from ebay listings then the wifi card currently in my laptop?
Yup, just as RBS said.

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#7 Post by babysheegoth » Mon Jan 22, 2024 11:56 am

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2024 2:15 am
Some cards are full size, some cards are half-size and need an extender bracket, as seen below:
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I'm having trouble finding extender bracket on ebay if there's a search term or another I place I need to look for it?

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#8 Post by axur-delmeria » Mon Jan 22, 2024 12:07 pm

babysheegoth wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2024 11:56 am
I'm having trouble finding extender bracket on ebay if there's a search term or another I place I need to look for it?
Something like this? https://www.ebay.com/itm/301239090014
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#9 Post by babysheegoth » Tue Jan 23, 2024 9:09 am

https://www.ebay.com/itm/114137088482?m ... media=COPY

There's multiple listing some saying Dell model in them. This one saying thinkpad. Is this the right 6300n?

Does it matter what brand the listing labels them as or are they interchangeable in all laptop brands?

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#10 Post by axur-delmeria » Tue Jan 23, 2024 11:01 am

babysheegoth wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2024 9:09 am
Does it matter what brand the listing labels them as or are they interchangeable in all laptop brands?
Certain laptop models (most Thinkpads included) have BIOS whitelists that prevent end-users from installing WiFi cards other than the ones that were certified with said laptop models. Installing the Middleton BIOS removes that whitelist on your T61, so it doesn't matter which brand of WiFi card you purchase.
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#11 Post by sktn77a » Sun Feb 11, 2024 6:15 pm

I updated my 2200 to a 6205 and then a 6300 in my T430. Didn't really notice any difference!
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#12 Post by axur-delmeria » Sun Feb 11, 2024 11:47 pm

sktn77a wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2024 6:15 pm
I updated my 2200 to a 6205 and then a 6300 in my T430. Didn't really notice any difference!
Well, they're all WiFi N cards, and a minor upgrade (2200 --> 6205) at best. The 6300's 450Mbps max only comes into play if your router has 3 transmit antennas. For casual internet use you won't really notice it.

Our WiFi access points at home are WiFi AC1200 (300+866). With two laptops with Intel 6205's connected on the 5GHz band, FTP file transfers between them averaged around 15 megabytes/sec, with bursts up to 20 megabytes/sec. With two laptops with WiFi AC cards (Intel 8260 and 9260) it averages > 20 megabytes/sec. Note that the source and destination directories are on RAM disks to ensure maximum throughput (minimizing bottlenecks caused by writing to HDD or SSD).
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