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Recommend a wireless card replacement

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    Recommend a wireless card replacement


    Hello all. I currently have a Lenovo ThinkPad, which has an Intel Wireless-N 7260 installed. I have been fighting with this thing, for months, to get a stable connection. I was told to send the laptop in for repair under warranty, but it will be less hassle and less time for me to just replace the card with a more reliable model.

    I need the experts to recommend a new card for me, please.

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    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Welcome to the forum!
    There are new drivers dated the 3rd on the Intel site, have you tried those? https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Sea...ng&ProdId=3713

    A 20 page thread on the Intel site about that adapter: https://communities.intel.com/thread...t=285&tstart=0

    EDIT: Also, does the adapter you have now include your bluetooth radio? Will definitely need to know to make any recommendations.
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    I've got the current drivers, tried previous ones as well. Tried all the different settings. These cards are known to be extremely problematic. I'm done screwing with it. I've spent months screwing with it. I'm done messing with it. I would rather spend $50 on a new card than spend another moment screwing with this one.

    TBH, I'm not 100% sure whether the BT radio is built in on mine, or not. I will have to pull the cover off tonight and get the exact model number off of the card. Unfortunately, device manager, even under advanced>device ID, it only shows Intel Wireless-N 7260. The device tree isn't clear either.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    The card will have a little silver square at the top, that is the bluetooth.
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    Okay, I'll post back tonight, when I get home.

    Thank you.
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    Majority of the times, it is either a failing Access Point, power turned way down for the wifi signal on the Access Point, or user too far away from the Access Point. You can enter the following in a Command Window, to see what the signal quality is like for the Access Point you are trying to connect to: netsh wlan show all.

    Your best bet is to do like my son and get something like the Netgear A6200 Wireless-ac USB dongle. It comes with a 1' cord with a USB jack in it, so you can use velcro to attach to the lid of the laptop, or place away from the laptop.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Majority of the times, it is either a failing Access Point, power turned way down for the wifi signal on the Access Point, or user too far away from the Access Point. You can enter the following in a Command Window, to see what the signal quality is like for the Access Point you are trying to connect to: netsh wlan show all.

    Your best bet is to do like my son and get something like the Netgear A6200 Wireless-ac USB dongle. It comes with a 1' cord with a USB jack in it, so you can use velcro to attach to the lid of the laptop, or place away from the laptop.
    Valid points. I personally don't like a bunch of cables plugged into my laptop, I also use a bluetooth mouse. My combo Atheros ar5bwb222 is working very well for me over a year now. No dropouts and great speed for an N adapter but actually upgrading to an AC, the card is in the mail. I stream HD locally and really makes a difference any increase in speed.
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    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    Both my son's and my laptop have the Intel Dual-Band wireless-AC 7260 mini-pci card. He had to resort to using the dongle, because of the range with the A/P's at his school in the dorm rooms is lower, due to concrete block construction.

    He switches between the internal & external dongle as needed.
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    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Both my son's and my laptop have the Intel Dual-Band wireless-AC 7260 mini-pci card. He had to resort to using the dongle, because of the range with the A/P's at his school in the dorm rooms is lower, due to concrete block construction.

    He switches between the internal & external dongle as needed.
    That's understandable, sometimes no choice but to use an external adapter. I stay pretty close to my router though. Wonder how far OP is trying reach.
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    Click image for larger version
    Here is a pic of the wireless card.

    I would prefer to not use a USB wireless access point. It is not much more for a new card, and I will get better results without an extra piece of equipment. I can also assure you, that this is not an inbound signal issue. This card is known for problems. The tips and tweaks work for some folks, but not for others. I have three wireless access points in my home, none of my other PC's, laptops, tablets, gaming consoles, T.V.s or phones, ever have an issue with connectivity.

    I'm fairly well versed in troubleshooting and tech, in general. I used to volunteer on Sevenforums.com, back in the day, when I had more free time on my hands.

    Thank you both for your input.
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