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T430 WiFi card options

#1 Post by sktn77a » Sat Sep 05, 2020 1:25 pm

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 N6205 (from 2011) dual band card - 2.4GHz and 5GHz - ("300mbps"). What's the difference between the performance of these two cards (if any)? I was thinking of getting the N6300 Ultimte card ("450mbps") but I'm not sure its worth it as each band is still only 150mbps (?)



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Re: T430 WiFi card options

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:40 am

It also depends on the speed from your ISP, your router and if you regularly transfer large amounts of data between machines and/or servers/NAS.
If you already have an AC-capable router, then a good card would be the Intel AC-7260 in Mini-PCIe format, otherwise the Intel 6300N is fine.
A proper AC-7260 would have Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 and only Model: 7260HMW printed on it.
Watch out: many sellers try to flog identical looking cards, but with Intel Dual Band Wireless-N 7260 and Model: 7260HMW BN printed on it.

All those cards also include BlueTooth 4.0, so you could take your old BT-module out and free up an internal USB port.
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Re: T430 WiFi card options

#3 Post by sktn77a » Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:30 pm

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 band option).
Keith
(Formerly 600E, T21, T30, T40, T41, 2xT42, 2xT61p, T420, 2x Ideapad K1)
(Currently 4xT430, 2xT460, H520S, M910q, M920q, M70q)

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Re: T430 WiFi card options

#4 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:19 pm

IVprep and 1vyrain take care of that.
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Re: T430 WiFi card options

#5 Post by sktn77a » Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:30 pm

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.
Keith
(Formerly 600E, T21, T30, T40, T41, 2xT42, 2xT61p, T420, 2x Ideapad K1)
(Currently 4xT430, 2xT460, H520S, M910q, M920q, M70q)

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Re: T430 WiFi card options

#6 Post by pdoherty926 » Sun Sep 26, 2021 9:02 pm

What did you wind up doing? I have a stock T430s and am also looking to upgrade to a dual channel card without messing with the BIOS. (I'd love to but can't risk the downtime.)

I ordinarily use a hardwired connection at home and got caught flatfooted at a client's facility last week when they didn't have 2.4G Wi-Fi. :oops:

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Re: T430 WiFi card options

#7 Post by sktn77a » Sun Feb 11, 2024 3:56 pm

Sorry I'm a bit late on replying (understatement). Here's where I am in 2024:
https://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=68&t=136035
Keith
(Formerly 600E, T21, T30, T40, T41, 2xT42, 2xT61p, T420, 2x Ideapad K1)
(Currently 4xT430, 2xT460, H520S, M910q, M920q, M70q)

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