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Found this on the Internet as needed to upgrade my WiFi card for my virgin media 152mb broadband. It looks like a great wireless card at a good price. Here is the description : T he 802.11ac, dual-band, 2x2 Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth* adapter that lets you move at the speed of life with faster speeds (up to 867 Mbps1), higher capacity, broader coverage, and longer battery life. Combined with 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors and exceptional Intel® wireless innovations, the Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 dramatically reshapes your connected experience at home, work, or on the go.

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#1
My W8.1 i3 lappy doesn't have bluetooth so this looks tempting...
What's all this "dual band" stuff about though?
1 Like #2
The dual band is for routers which can broadcast 2ghz and 5ghz wireless signals so it would be future proof to you if you have it or would upgrade in the future.
banned#3
good product, but bought this from ebuyer for £15.76 a few months ago so it may be cheaper elsewhere
#4
Are these modules standard connection/fitting? I have a Acer revo which is small form factor. Thanks
#5
It should be. Just check with your manufacture as I don't know a lot about acer.
#6
kyeung
Are these modules standard connection/fitting? I have a Acer revo which is small form factor. Thanks
They are MiniPCI Express, so you need to check if your Revo's motherboard has that kind of port.
#7
Also not all devices have 2 antenna connections (this card has) - won't stop it working but will mean you will only be able to use one antenna (and so presumably one wifi band - not 100% on that bit). I have this card and with an AC-capable router speeds are excellent.
#8
Bare in mind that some brands like HP and Dell have BIOS white-list for these things and the only chance to upgrade to dual band wi-fi is usb adapter.
#9
would it fit lenovo z580?
#10
ventoo
Bare in mind that some brands like HP and Dell have BIOS white-list for these things and the only chance to upgrade to dual band wi-fi is usb adapter.
I replaced the single band card with this baby in my Dell Inspiron 11-3137 without any problems. They even give you instructions in the user manual on how to do it!
It's a good little card, btw. Very happy with it.
#11
Does this give wireless capability to a desktop? When virgin broadband last went down (again!) I was thinking it would be useful to connect to my mi-fi box. The picture is just a card- doesn't it need an aerial?
2 Likes #12
werdas
would it fit lenovo z580?
Lenovo are known to use a whitelist too
I found out the hard way, replaced my daughters wifi card in her Lenovo laptop
With a lot of searching and messing with the Bios got it working but wouldn't recommend it

Edited By: rhitey on Aug 01, 2014 10:08: I can't spell
#13
olbasoil
Does this give wireless capability to a desktop? When virgin broadband last went down (again!) I was thinking it would be useful to connect to my mi-fi box. The picture is just a card- doesn't it need an aerial?
Not for desktops this one
You either need a PCI card to go inside the computer (If you've got room)
Or like ventoo above suggested use a USB wifi adapter, they're normally about the size of a big USB memory stick
#14
blacklion1725
Also not all devices have 2 antenna connections (this card has) - won't stop it working but will mean you will only be able to use one antenna (and so presumably one wifi band - not 100% on that bit). I have this card and with an AC-capable router speeds are excellent.

The second antenna is actually to allow a second stream at the same time as the first stream for more speed. I can't think of a decent analogy for the tech behind it but it's basically when two radios are broadcasting they interfere with each other, but if you can listen to that mess of interference from two different places (the two antennas) you can figure out what each one is saying because the signal from each reaches the antennas at slightly different times.
1 Like #15
Ordered a "Killer 1202" wireless card yesterday for £30 from amazon.
Was looking at this one as well, however I have the basic intel card which keeps lagging, stopping, and in general slow, also it stops every 5 sec, when the bluetooth is on, so decided not to go with intel ( was looking at this card as well)

However, if just looking at the numbers and prices, this seems like a greater value over the killer card.

Edited By: Eyodaa on Aug 01, 2014 10:30: typo
#16
werdas
would it fit lenovo z580?

I'm in the same boat as you, sadly Lenovo use a whitelist and no AC cards are on it yet so it won't work.
#17
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Edited By: Chuck U on Aug 01, 2014 10:49
#18
The BT drivers for this seem to be rather horrid under windows 7 - I've been having extensive problems with maintaining connection for a headset (the headset works perfectly on an older XP netbook). From what I've been reading Intel have done a woeful job with the BT driver support in this environment; the company knows all about it but have been sluggish to fix the problem. It literally drops half way through the call, the OS can never find it again and you have to completely remove it, delete drivers, bounce the machine and try desperately to re-install it; and it'll drop out again in the next skype call. Wifi support by contrast seems good but the BT support is a mess.
#19
I've got this in my Dell Inspiron 15Z 5523

Works very well.
#20
rhitey
werdas
would it fit lenovo z580?
Lenovo are known to use a whitelist too
I found out the hard way, replaced my daughters wifi card in her Lenovo laptop
With a lot of searching and messing with the Bios got it working but wouldn't recommend it
thanks for infor
#21
Gormond
werdas
would it fit lenovo z580?

I'm in the same boat as you, sadly Lenovo use a whitelist and no AC cards are on it yet so it won't work.


Check out badcaps.net forum and mydigitalife BIOS forum and see if anyone can help you with a modded BIOS.
#22
Sorry can't edit using my phone, more z580 BIOS whitelist removal here

http://www.bios-mods.com/forum/Thread-REQUEST-Lenovo-Z580-bios-Whitelist-removal--14268#

Please note if you mess up your BIOS you'll be in a fix as potentially the laptop won't boot. Read carefully and backup what they tell you to backup.
#23
would anyone know if this would fit in a Toshiba satellite laptop?
#24
Eyodaa
Ordered a "Killer 1202" wireless card yesterday for £30 from amazon.
Was looking at this one as well, however I have the basic intel card which keeps lagging, stopping, and in general slow, also it stops every 5 sec, when the bluetooth is on, so decided not to go with intel ( was looking at this card as well)

However, if just looking at the numbers and prices, this seems like a greater value over the killer card.


the killer 1202 is .11n, this card is .11ac and half the price..
#25
Meanwhile I'm at 2mb/s FML, voted hot
#26
rhitey
olbasoil
Does this give wireless capability to a desktop? When virgin broadband last went down (again!) I was thinking it would be useful to connect to my mi-fi box. The picture is just a card- doesn't it need an aerial?
Not for desktops this one
You either need a PCI card to go inside the computer (If you've got room)
Or like ventoo above suggested use a USB wifi adapter, they're normally about the size of a big USB memory stick


Wouldn't this just go into the mini pci slot?
1 Like #27
Be aware that there are loads of driver and performance issues reported with this card in Windows 8/8.1 Things like not reconnecting out of standby and woeful 2.4gig N performance.
#28
From a quick google search it is not easily compatible with aircrack (monitor mode).

I want to upgrade my card to dual band but when I do, I will make sure it is easily aircrack compatible (maybe Atheros based).
#29
I had the 152meg installed the other day and have had nothing but problems. 4 phone calls later to Bangladesh and i'm still no further forward. Current speed test result is 11.24mbps, tested wireless-ly on ipad. :(
#30
austinc
I had the 152meg installed the other day and have had nothing but problems. 4 phone calls later to Bangladesh and i'm still no further forward. Current speed test result is 11.24mbps, tested wireless-ly on ipad. :(

Unless you hard wired to gigabit network, you wont get those speeds. I have the same and finally hard wired my network. Spot on. Got my original Superhub(very poor wireless) changed to version 2 after five different departments and threating to leave(as bt infinity finally arrived). Sent me the new superhub 2, everything perfect. The fact is wireless is never going to be as fast as wired.
#31
rickstahh
would anyone know if this would fit in a Toshiba satellite laptop?


You need to be more specific, exact model
#32
Would this work on a sony vaio vgn-sz5xwn?
#33
a55assin
rhitey
olbasoil
Does this give wireless capability to a desktop? When virgin broadband last went down (again!) I was thinking it would be useful to connect to my mi-fi box. The picture is just a card- doesn't it need an aerial?
Not for desktops this one
You either need a PCI card to go inside the computer (If you've got room)
Or like ventoo above suggested use a USB wifi adapter, they're normally about the size of a big USB memory stick


Wouldn't this just go into the mini pci slot?


I've not seen a full desktop with a mini pcie slot yet, if they did have something like a NUC I don't think they would be asking.

You can get a pcie to mini pcie adaptor, but the antenna connection would need to be jimmied somehow.
#34
kyeung
Are these modules standard connection/fitting? I have a Acer revo which is small form factor. Thanks
I've fitted one to my Acer Revo r3600. It wants a full height mini PCIe this is a half hight but I used bluetack to keep it in place and it works fine. I'm using it with openelec media centre and the wifi works great. (no linux kernal support for the bluetooth part yet..)
#35
MrHot
a55assin
rhitey
olbasoil
Does this give wireless capability to a desktop? When virgin broadband last went down (again!) I was thinking it would be useful to connect to my mi-fi box. The picture is just a card- doesn't it need an aerial?
Not for desktops this one
You either need a PCI card to go inside the computer (If you've got room)
Or like ventoo above suggested use a USB wifi adapter, they're normally about the size of a big USB memory stick

Wouldn't this just go into the mini pci slot?

I've not seen a full desktop with a mini pcie slot yet, if they did have something like a NUC I don't think they would be asking.

You can get a pcie to mini pcie adaptor, but the antenna connection would need to be jimmied somehow.
MrHot
a55assin
rhitey
olbasoil
Does this give wireless capability to a desktop? When virgin broadband last went down (again!) I was thinking it would be useful to connect to my mi-fi box. The picture is just a card- doesn't it need an aerial?
Not for desktops this one
You either need a PCI card to go inside the computer (If you've got room)
Or like ventoo above suggested use a USB wifi adapter, they're normally about the size of a big USB memory stick

Wouldn't this just go into the mini pci slot?

I've not seen a full desktop with a mini pcie slot yet, if they did have something like a NUC I don't think they would be asking.

You can get a pcie to mini pcie adaptor, but the antenna connection would need to be jimmied somehow.

Loads of desktops and motherboards have mini pci slots, you need to check and find your motherboard model number, normally on the bios information screen and check, in my experience, if your mb has built in WiFi or sometimes a cache ssd there's a chance these may be plugged into a mini pci slot, also, for obvious reasons, recent SFF desktops frequently have them as well.

Another easy easy is just to look.
#36
Frits
austinc
I had the 152meg installed the other day and have had nothing but problems. 4 phone calls later to Bangladesh and i'm still no further forward. Current speed test result is 11.24mbps, tested wireless-ly on ipad. :(

Unless you hard wired to gigabit network, you wont get those speeds. I have the same and finally hard wired my network. Spot on. Got my original Superhub(very poor wireless) changed to version 2 after five different departments and threating to leave(as bt infinity finally arrived). Sent me the new superhub 2, everything perfect. The fact is wireless is never going to be as fast as wired.

The motherboard on my PC is fast ethernet 100mbps, so its either upgrade or new tower then. More money!
#37
these cards are utterly sh*t. I have two laptops - one at work, one at home, and the wifi drops out a lot, on windows and linux. It's not just me, lots of other people reporting problems:
https://communities.intel.com/thread/47983

the only time they're OK is when connecting to an 802.11ac access point, might be fine at home but no good anywhere else. avoid them like the plague.

I am going to be replacing my personal one with a "lesser" Intel 6235 or Atheros/Qualcomm card as soon as I can get one at a fair price.
1 Like #38
nightshot
Would this work on a sony vaio vgn-sz5xwn?

Will work fine! If you have bluetooth already in your laptop sony have a smaller bluetooth chip somewhere on the motherboard near the touchpad side, easy to take out!
#39
olbasoil
Does this give wireless capability to a desktop? When virgin broadband last went down (again!) I was thinking it would be useful to connect to my mi-fi box. The picture is just a card- doesn't it need an aerial?

http://www.intel.co.uk/content/www/uk/en/wireless-products/dual-band-wireless-ac-7260-bluetooth-desktop.html
#40
Card works absolutely fine! Just make sure to fully uninstall and remove your previous Bluetooth and WiFi drivers and install the latest drivers which have been updated from Intel, also have a fiddle with the Properties from Device Manager, some settings cause it to drop connection (selecting Auto) also Hotspot Assistant. Otherwise it's super fast with wireless!

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