Intel 7260 Dual Band Wireless-AC + BT 4.0 Network Adaptor PCI Express Half Mini Card £10.55 @ Kikatek - HotUKDeals
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Kikatek are selling the Intel 7260 Wireless-AC cards for a bargain £10.55 delivered - usual price is around £18 from other sellers. This card should be fine for most laptops apart from HP and Lenovo models which require a special version of this card. The card includes Bluetooth 4.0 so is a good way of adding BT to a laptop that doesn't have it. The Windows drivers seem to be stable now after a number of initial problems. 50 available on the website currently.
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#1
Good card, Dell replaced my old 7260 non AC with this when I had crappy speeds on my Inspiron 7537.
#2
Been after this card for ages to upgrade my Vaio Z to wireless to AC. Thanks for posting.
#3
I got one to swap in HpDV7 lappy but it noticed the change and couldn't get it to boot passed Bios.

Looked for info but couldn't find any, so any help out there?
1 Like #4
Siddy
I got one to swap in HpDV7 lappy but it noticed the change and couldn't get it to boot passed Bios.

Looked for info but couldn't find any, so any help out there?
You need the HP specific version of this card - they are hard to find for a decent price unfortunately.
1 Like #5
Thanks , used it to upgrade my ZX81 . Cheers !
#6
Excellent card - terrific price OP - paid about £19 a few months back, latest drivers are a must, and since then been very stable. Speeds (assuming you have an AC router) are fantastic - shift files around at around 25-35MB/s typically. These work very well with Miracast if your telly supports it.
#7
Cheers OP, ordered.

I did read a few comments elsewhere that seems to indicate that there are issues with the intel drivers/software and that your BIOS needs to support 802.11ac in order to get access to the 5Ghz band (unsure about whether this is the case though).
#8
Nice find.
#9
brookheather
Siddy
I got one to swap in HpDV7 lappy but it noticed the change and couldn't get it to boot passed Bios.

Looked for info but couldn't find any, so any help out there?
You need the HP specific version of this card - they are hard to find for a decent price unfortunately.

It's worse that that - you need to check whether your laptop supports the HP/Lenovo version of the card. That's because it's not just the SubManID that has to match - but also the DevID must be on the list.

So older HP/Lenovo that support 6200/6300 cards won't work with their own HP/Lenovo 7000 cards like this one - because it's not on the list!

Can't understand why this practice is not illegal.
#10
reddit
Cheers OP, ordered.

I did read a few comments elsewhere that seems to indicate that there are issues with the intel drivers/software and that your BIOS needs to support 802.11ac in order to get access to the 5Ghz band (unsure about whether this is the case though).

It's best if your laptop antennas are dual-band, i.e. 2.4/5GHz rated. If you have single-band antennas then performance on 5GHz will not be optimal but it should still work.
#11
Damn bargain, paid £18 few weeks ago.
#12
Adrian7
reddit
Cheers OP, ordered.

I did read a few comments elsewhere that seems to indicate that there are issues with the intel drivers/software and that your BIOS needs to support 802.11ac in order to get access to the 5Ghz band (unsure about whether this is the case though).

It's best if your laptop antennas are dual-band, i.e. 2.4/5GHz rated. If you have single-band antennas then performance on 5GHz will not be optimal but it should still work.

Thanks for the clarification.
#13
Great when it works but it's still temperamental as all hell under Linux.
#14
#15
Isn't this the Wireless-N 7260? This is based upon a quick google search of the product number on kikateks website.
1 Like #16
iAmLegendFam
The Amazon one is Wireless-N not AC.

Edited By: brookheather on Jul 24, 2014 20:34
#17
Is this PCI-E x1?
1 Like #18
epicp0tato
Is this PCI-E x1?
No but you can use an adapter to use it in a desktop.
#19
Got one from them on a previous deal, arrived really quickly. The speed difference with AC is amazing. I can shovel things back and forth to my server at 40MB/s (with the Netgear Nighthawk R7000).

I had a bit of trouble fitting to my Toshiba P850, I had to blank (used a bit of tape) one of the pins or it wouldn't work, something about the switch on the laptop and power management if I remember. After doing that it worked great.
#20
brookheather
iAmLegendFam
£10.25 amazon (buyur) Hide full quote

Slightly different product code to the usual one sold for £18? Not sure if varies http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B00E7QGHE6/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new
The Amazon one is Wireless-N not AC.
Damn. So I just upgraded my laptop card at a more expensive price, for a slower unit. Fantastic news :D
#21
brookheather
epicp0tato
Is this PCI-E x1?
No but you can use an adapter to use it in a desktop.

You can you it in a desktop if your motherboard has a mini-pcie slot that accepts half height cards, otherwise the adapter is your best bet.

I picked an adapter with shielding case and aerials from a UK based seller on a popular auction site for £7.50 in the last 10 days or so.
#22
Anyone know if you could use this with the Dell deal from on HUKD a few days ago? Dell's naming of 74 laptops as the same model is making Googling a problem.
#23
Jameseh
Anyone know if you could use this with the Dell deal from on HUKD a few days ago? Dell's naming of 74 laptops as the same model is making Googling a problem.
If it's the Inspiron 15 model 3521 then yes it will work but you will need to remove some parts to get to the card:

ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_laptop/esuprt_inspiron_laptop/inspiron-15-3521_Owner%27s%20Manual_en-us.pdf
#24
Good Card. HOT
#25
EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED!

Thank you.
#26
Thanks OP - just bought a couple to replace the awful Dell ones I have.
1 Like #27
If you look down the page you will see it states ◾Speed Coverage Capacity 802.11bgn, 2x2, 2.4GHz. If you look at the link below on the same site you will see the AC version. So probably a typo, check before you buy
http://www.kikatek.com/P324462/7260-HMWWB-Intel-Dual-Band-Wireless-AC-7260
#28
superboots
If you look down the page you will see it states ◾Speed Coverage Capacity 802.11bgn, 2x2, 2.4GHz. If you look at the link below on the same site you will see the AC version. So probably a typo, check before you buy
http://www.kikatek.com/P324462/7260-HMWWB-Intel-Dual-Band-Wireless-AC-7260

My Kikatek Order Acknowledgement email clearly states ...

Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Network Adaptor PCI Express Half Mini Card 802.11ac 2x2 Bluetooth 4.0 USB
#29
Not being negative but I bought L440 last week which has Intel 7260N Wifi card. WiFi connection has been bad. It knocked out wifi every 5 minutes. I finally found a post suggesting to use Intel driver instead of Lenovo. It fixed the intermittent cut out problem but still signal is a bit disappointing. May be this AC version is not as bad as N.


Edited By: fullmoon on Jul 24, 2014 22:23
#30
Thanks for HP feedback. Bugs me when they lock stuff down like this, It's my laptop not there's
#31
grumpyone
superboots
If you look down the page you will see it states ◾Speed Coverage Capacity 802.11bgn, 2x2, 2.4GHz. If you look at the link below on the same site you will see the AC version. So probably a typo, check before you buy
http://www.kikatek.com/P324462/7260-HMWWB-Intel-Dual-Band-Wireless-AC-7260

My Kikatek Order Acknowledgement email clearly states ...

Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Network Adaptor PCI Express Half Mini Card 802.11ac 2x2 Bluetooth 4.0 USB

Mine does too but when I Google the Manufacturers SKU: 7260.HMWBNWB I get Amazon Link which indicates that this is not actually an AC model.

7260.HMWWB is the AC model, so I suspect that Kikatek may find that they have a few unhappy customers.

I shall mail and find out.
#32
I have this card in my dell inspirion 7537, and it is a total nightmare. Both in Windows and Linux, with latest drivers. Either it likes the router, and works fine (50% of the time), or it is basically unusable. Speeds drop off a cliff, we're talking not even a megabit, and constantly drops. I ended up buying a £4 usb wireless-n chip (digitaz brand) which has been rock solid.
My workmate had this in his laptop too, and ended up having to swap it out. Seems like the hardware is great, but the drivers are buggy as hell. Possibly why it's cheap here.
#33
Adrian7
brookheather
Siddy
I got one to swap in HpDV7 lappy but it noticed the change and couldn't get it to boot passed Bios.

Looked for info but couldn't find any, so any help out there?
You need the HP specific version of this card - they are hard to find for a decent price unfortunately.

It's worse that that - you need to check whether your laptop supports the HP/Lenovo version of the card. That's because it's not just the SubManID that has to match - but also the DevID must be on the list.

So older HP/Lenovo that support 6200/6300 cards won't work with their own HP/Lenovo 7000 cards like this one - because it's not on the list!




It's easy to find a BIOS update online that doesn't have the "white listing" that Lenovo apply, just google for it.

That aside, the AC version of this card is pretty terrible as wireless AC cards go. DO NOT buy it if you have a router with an Atheros chip set, it'll be the worst money you've ever spent!
#34
NitrousUK
I have this card in my dell inspirion 7537, and it is a total nightmare. Both in Windows and Linux, with latest drivers. Either it likes the router, and works fine (50% of the time), or it is basically unusable. Speeds drop off a cliff, we're talking not even a megabit, and constantly drops. I ended up buying a £4 usb wireless-n chip (digitaz brand) which has been rock solid.
My workmate had this in his laptop too, and ended up having to swap it out. Seems like the hardware is great, but the drivers are buggy as hell. Possibly why it's cheap here.


I personally hate Intel wireless cards, for this reason alone. I've narrowed the problem down to connecting it to routers with Atheros chipsets - bad times!
#35
Will this work with my HP M6-1002sa Laptop?
2 Likes #36
OK, mail sent to their support as follows:

Hi and thanks for the confirmation.

There does seem to be some confusion though with the users over at Hotukdeals as to the description of the card.

On the site description it states that this is an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Network Adaptor PCI Express Half Mini Card 802.11ac 2x2 Bluetooth 4.0 USB.

The words dual band and ac would mean that the card supports both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz range.

On the product description though, it states Speed Coverage Capacity 802.11bgn, 2x2, 2.4GHz. 2.4 not being dual band.

Further checking of the Manufacturers SKU: 7260.HMWBNWB would also indicate that this is not ac and therefore does not support dual band.

Manufacturers SKU: 7260.HMWWB, as shown by a similar product on your site at http://www.kikatek.com/P324462/7260-HMWWB-Intel-Dual-Band-Wireless-AC-7260 would indicate that this is the real dual band supported card.

The header descriptions for both of the products is the same.

I offered to make the enquiry on behalf of the HUKD purchasers to give chance for clarification prior to any being despatched in order to both save users from potential disappointment and you from further hassle from them and the associated returns.
#37
I used it on my Dell N411Z which is Sandy Bridge based Core i5. It worked but would often disconnect and wouldn't tether to my phone. I put the original Intel 802.11n module back in eventually. If it works it's great but it seems lots of older laptops lack compatibility.
#38
does anyone know if this can go in a 2010 macbook pro?
#39
reddit
OK, mail sent to their support as follows:

Hi and thanks for the confirmation.

There does seem to be some confusion though with the users over at Hotukdeals as to the description of the card.

On the site description it states that this is an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Network Adaptor PCI Express Half Mini Card 802.11ac 2x2 Bluetooth 4.0 USB.

The words dual band and ac would mean that the card supports both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz range.

On the product description though, it states Speed Coverage Capacity 802.11bgn, 2x2, 2.4GHz. 2.4 not being dual band.

Further checking of the Manufacturers SKU: 7260.HMWBNWB would also indicate that this is not ac and therefore does not support dual band.

Manufacturers SKU: 7260.HMWWB, as shown by a similar product on your site at http://www.kikatek.com/P324462/7260-HMWWB-Intel-Dual-Band-Wireless-AC-7260 would indicate that this is the real dual band supported card.

The header descriptions for both of the products is the same.

I offered to make the enquiry on behalf of the HUKD purchasers to give chance for clarification prior to any being despatched in order to both save users from potential disappointment and you from further hassle from them and the associated returns.

Yep - this is not the AC version - have cancelled my order. The real one is here and costs £17.09 !!!

What you'll get is ...

Intel Wireless-N 7260 - Network adapter - PCI Express Half Mini Card - 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE - 7260.HMWBNWB

Transfer rate: 300Mbps (2.4GHz), not available (5GHz) • Security: 64/128bit WEP, WPA, WPA2 • Antennas: internal • Interface: PCIe mini Card • Special features: Intel wireless display, Bluetooth 4.0

Edited By: grumpyone on Jul 25, 2014 00:00: typo
#40
grumpyone
reddit
OK, mail sent to their support as follows:

Hi and thanks for the confirmation.

There does seem to be some confusion though with the users over at Hotukdeals as to the description of the card.

On the site description it states that this is an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Network Adaptor PCI Express Half Mini Card 802.11ac 2x2 Bluetooth 4.0 USB.

The words dual band and ac would mean that the card supports both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz range.

On the product description though, it states Speed Coverage Capacity 802.11bgn, 2x2, 2.4GHz. 2.4 not being dual band.

Further checking of the Manufacturers SKU: 7260.HMWBNWB would also indicate that this is not ac and therefore does not support dual band.

Manufacturers SKU: 7260.HMWWB, as shown by a similar product on your site at http://www.kikatek.com/P324462/7260-HMWWB-Intel-Dual-Band-Wireless-AC-7260 would indicate that this is the real dual band supported card.

The header descriptions for both of the products is the same.

I offered to make the enquiry on behalf of the HUKD purchasers to give chance for clarification prior to any being despatched in order to both save users from potential disappointment and you from further hassle from them and the associated returns.

Yep - this is not the AC version - have cancelled my order. The real one is here and costs £17.09 !!!

I shall wait and see.

Perhaps they will honour the orders on the reasonable belief that this was the AC model, based upon the descriptions.

If not, then at least it gives opportunity for them to contact those who ordered to see if they wish to go ahead before any resulting admin hassle on both sides with returns.

Only fair to give them a chance to see what they wish to do, which may well heighten their reputation for future purchases if they honour the orders.

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