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Wi-Fi card recommendation for Frankie

#1 Post by positive » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:43 pm

Hi All,

Which Wi-Fi card would you recommend for the best performance in a Whitelist removed T601?

Thanks

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Re: Wi-Fi card recommendation for Frankie

#2 Post by olex126 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:36 pm

Intel 7260 HMW gets my vote!

AC speed +Bluetooth 4.

I have a half-dozen of them in various units, including my T601F. They work great :D

Spec sheet:

https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/p ... -brief.pdf

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Re: Wi-Fi card recommendation for Frankie

#3 Post by positive » Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:25 am

Thank you. Do I need to cut pin 51, or alter it in any way? I think I read somewhere that this was necessary in an x220, but not sure about the T601f

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Re: Wi-Fi card recommendation for Frankie

#4 Post by jronald » Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:07 pm

I started with the Thinkpads in the T21 era. That said I have consistently had the best luck with Atheros based WiFi cards. Nothing wrong with the Intel or Broadcom, but I have always had stronger signal, and easier configuration with the Atheros. In sketchy areas, it seems to me the A will always pick a signal out of the weeds and lock it in.

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Re: Wi-Fi card recommendation for Frankie

#5 Post by RealBlackStuff » Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:42 pm

Every Frankie that left my house was equipped with the dual-band Atheros AR9380 (a.k.a. Apple Airport Extreme AR5BXB112).
Unbeatable in quality!
Admitted, that was before AC cards came into fashion.

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Re: Wi-Fi card recommendation for Frankie

#6 Post by Shredder11 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:48 pm

So what would be the AC choice to replace your Atheros AR9380, that would also work in our older Thinkpads?
Z61p x3 (C2D T7600, 3GB, 500GB SSD, BCM70015, Advanced Dock x1, Mini Dock x2)
X61 (C2D T7500, 3GB, 250GB SSD, BCM70015)
X61s (2GB, 120GB SSD)
X60s (CD L2400, 3GB, 160GB)
T43p (P M 760, 2GB, IBM Port Replicator II)
G40 x2 (P4 2.8GHz, 2GB, 60GB)
G41 (P4 3.46GHz, 2GB, 40GB)

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Re: Wi-Fi card recommendation for Frankie

#7 Post by olex126 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:11 pm

Positive, I taped pin 51 for the x220 and removed the original Bluetooth, so it runs BT4 from the 7260.

Never did it with the T601F though, oversight on my part. Next time I have to open it up for anything, it goes on the list of Things-To-Do!

Regards.

Dave
Previous Thinkpads: 701C A22m A30/A31p T23p x2 T30 T41 X31 various 750's 760's & 390's.

Current Daily Drivers: Various X60T & X61T's, various T42p-T43p's, x200 x201 x220 x230 W520 T601F LED (T9500/8Gb/250SSD/W7 Ultimate)


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Re: Wi-Fi card recommendation for Frankie

#8 Post by E350 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:22 pm

I like the Intel AC 7260 HMW and HMWG.R half cards in our T61p and X61 laptops.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Network- ... 5240!US!-1

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