Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I 867Mbps PCI Express WiFi Card £20.49 del @ CCLOnline
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Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I 867Mbps PCI Express WiFi Card £20.49 del @ CCLOnline

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Found 20th Mar 2015
I've been looking for a decent Bluetooth 4.0 adapter for my Motorola keyboard and mouse but all the usb adapters I've tried haven't been up to scratch. So I saw CCL Online are doing the Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I combined wifi and bluetooth 4.0 pci-e card for £17.50 plus £2.99 1st Class delivery. Compared to other sites, like amazon who are asking £39.90. this is a pretty good deal.

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Thanks great spot. Was looking for an AC card for my PC and the added bonus of the bluetooth is great.

This comes with the Intel 7260AC wireless card. It also requires a spare USB header on the motherboard.

Great price, the card itself is not much cheaper. Interesting adapter by providing USB socket support, would also work for other half-PCIe cards that actually use USB not PCIe functionality.

The 7260ac wifi cards have lots of known problems with bad connections

Looks good, I wonder what the range is like.

Great, thank you, I think this was the cheapest combined internal card I could find and it was £40 when I looked.

1% Quidco if you go through CCLOnline's website. Same seller has it for £20.81 on eBay, the drivers don't seem to be 100% so it's probably worth a few pence extra to have eBay/Paypal behind you in case of problems: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gigabyte-GC-WB867D-I-867Mbps-PCI-Express-WiFi-Adapter-/381199674913?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item58c1456e21#rpdCntId

I can't track down anything concrete, but it seems like it may be possible to get aptx compatibility by using different drivers, as the card is an Intel 7260 chipset and aptx is software functionality. The card does not officially support it so I wouldn't get your hopes up.

Edit: Though I should point out, you can still get separate USB bluetooth and Wifi adapters that support this stuff out of the both the same price, so unless you especially want something about this, just get a proper aptx one.
Edited by: "EndemicAlarm" 21st Mar 2015

Is there any way to find out if you have a spare USB header without opening up the case?

alexbutterell

The 7260ac wifi cards have lots of known problems with bad connections



Mine and others I've installed have been absolutely fine.

Price has gone up to £30.

Thanks OP, ordered 3 this morning before price rise. £52 after TCB and used free delivery option.

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The Bluetooth software that comes with the device isn't much good. There is no working Bluetooth stack so a trip to gigabytes website is required to download the correct one. The good news is that once the correct drivers and software are installed, the result is excellent. I haven't had a dropped wifi connection since installing the card and the Bluetooth connection to my Onkyo receiver is rock solid. I'm intrigued by this aptx software mentioned earlier in the thread, although I'm not sure I have any compatible hardware. The good news however is that, although the card is Gigabyte branded, everything about it is pure Intel. So any Intel drivers and software should work with it without any problems.

The card is now up to £30 + delivery so I'm expiring the deal.
Edited by: "mickrick" 26th Mar 2015

mickrick

The Bluetooth software that comes with the device isn't much good. There … The Bluetooth software that comes with the device isn't much good. There is no working Bluetooth stack so a trip to gigabytes website is required to download the correct one. The good news is that once the correct drivers and software are installed, the result is excellent. I haven't had a dropped wifi connection since installing the card and the Bluetooth connection to my Onkyo receiver is rock solid. I'm intrigued by this aptx software mentioned earlier in the thread, although I'm not sure I have any compatible hardware. The good news however is that, although the card is Gigabyte branded, everything about it is pure Intel. So any Intel drivers and software should work with it without any problems. The card is now up to £30 + delivery so I'm expiring the deal.



Strange, i had the opposite experience, downloaded drivers from Gigabyte for BT but they did not work,so used CD in box and all works now.

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Bully

Strange, i had the opposite experience, downloaded drivers from Gigabyte … Strange, i had the opposite experience, downloaded drivers from Gigabyte for BT but they did not work,so used CD in box and all works now.



Well I had another problem with intel driver update telling me there were newer drivers available for both wifi and BT (and my HD3000 cpu) and after installing them, BT just refused to work. I tried the drivers on the cd and the ones I downloaded but neither worked. It was only after visiting intel's 7260 support site and downloading another update tool, which detected newer drivers again, that I got it working again. I was preparing myself for a complete pc rebuild and possible rma. Thankfully I needed neither.

mickrick

Well I had another problem with intel driver update telling me there were … Well I had another problem with intel driver update telling me there were newer drivers available for both wifi and BT (and my HD3000 cpu) and after installing them, BT just refused to work. I tried the drivers on the cd and the ones I downloaded but neither worked. It was only after visiting intel's 7260 support site and downloading another update tool, which detected newer drivers again, that I got it working again. I was preparing myself for a complete pc rebuild and possible rma. Thankfully I needed neither.




Have you a link to the file / driver you downloaded? The BT on one of my cards has stopped working last few days, have reinstalled card, and drivers but no joy, tried to open a ticket to gigabyte but there are script errors on their form, tried 2 different browsers and that is the only way it seems to contact technical support, not good.

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Download and install the Intel Driver Update Utility Installer and run it. It should find and install the latest drivers. If not (I use Win 7 x64 so if you need Win 8 or 8.1 drivers then you'll need to search for them) you need Wireless_17.13.11_s64.exe for wifi and WP-BT_17.1.1411.01_s64.exe for bluetooth. Install the bluetooth drivers first. This will install the adapter drivers. When you install the wifi drivers they will also install the bluetooth enumerator drivers as well. Run the Driver Update Utility after installing these and it will update them, if necessary.

mickrick

Download and install the Intel Driver Update Utility Installer and run … Download and install the Intel Driver Update Utility Installer and run it. It should find and install the latest drivers. If not (I use Win 7 x64 so if you need Win 8 or 8.1 drivers then you'll need to search for them) you need Wireless_17.13.11_s64.exe for wifi and WP-BT_17.1.1411.01_s64.exe for bluetooth. Install the bluetooth drivers first. This will install the adapter drivers. When you install the wifi drivers they will also install the bluetooth enumerator drivers as well. Run the Driver Update Utility after installing these and it will update them, if necessary.



Many thanks for the reply, my pc is windows 7 64 bit, i will have another go soon at sorting the issue out.

I finally got around to installing this card and bluetooth doesn't work at all for me. Not even showing up in device manager. Tried the drivers on the disk, the website and from intel.

The wi-fi connection is OK, hovering between 80-120 Mbps when running an internet speed test. In comparison my laptop's USB 3.0 AC adapter maxes out my 160 Mbps connection.

Overall a disappointing buy as I wanted to use the bluetooth, but googling around this seems like a common and unsolvable problem. Any more hints would be appreciated.

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hydsouv

I finally got around to installing this card and bluetooth doesn't work … I finally got around to installing this card and bluetooth doesn't work at all for me. Not even showing up in device manager. Tried the drivers on the disk, the website and from intel. The wi-fi connection is OK, hovering between 80-120 Mbps when running an internet speed test. In comparison my laptop's USB 3.0 AC adapter maxes out my 160 Mbps connection.Overall a disappointing buy as I wanted to use the bluetooth, but googling around this seems like a common and unsolvable problem. Any more hints would be appreciated.



Have you tried the method I used (a couple of replies back)?

I actually downloaded the latest drivers from Gigabytes site and installed those the first time round, rather than the ones on the disc, and they worked. But when I updated them from intel driver update software, they stopped working. And neither the drivers on the disc or the Gigabyte site would revive the card. It was only when I checked intel's site for 7260 drivers that I got the ones I needed.

The intel site for ALL 7260 wifi drivers, including the wifi/bluetooth cards, can be found here. But as I said before, install bluetooth drivers first. If you don't the wifi drivers won't detect the bluetooth card and so won't install. And use the intel driver update app afterwards, even if the downloaded drivers work.

I totally agree though. Gigabyte has really done a half-arsed job on the drivers for this card.

Edited by: "mickrick" 4th Apr 2015

mickrick

Have you tried the method I used (a couple of replies back)?I actually … Have you tried the method I used (a couple of replies back)?I actually downloaded the latest drivers from Gigabytes site and installed those the first time round, rather than the ones on the disc, and they worked. But when I updated them from intel driver update software, they stopped working. And neither the drivers on the disc or the Gigabyte site would revive the card. It was only when I checked intel's site for 7260 drivers that I got the ones I needed.The intel site for ALL 7260 wifi drivers, including the wifi/bluetooth cards, can be found here. But as I said before, install bluetooth drivers first. If you don't the wifi drivers won't detect the bluetooth card and so won't install. And use the intel driver update app afterwards, even if the downloaded drivers work.I totally agree though. Gigabyte has really done a half-arsed job on the drivers for this card.



Cheers for that, bluetooth still hasn't even been recognised unfortunately.

Lots of people seem to have the same problem; https://communities.intel.com/thread/47530?start=150&tstart=0

Have put in an old 2.1 dongle as I don't think it is going to be worth the aggravation. Not sure whether to return or not, as it is still an excellent price for the AC PCI-E alone.

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Try running an uninstall for all the software and drivers using Revo Uninstaller free version, so that there is no reference at all to the software, and then run the driver install again..

That didn't work either.

I decided to open up the case and make sure everything was connected properly. Having replugged the USB cable I'm now getting a 'device descriptor request failed' under universal serial bus controllers in the device manager, which makes me think it is a hardware issue.

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When I first connected mine, I didn't have the usb connector connected to the header properly, only one side was on. It threw me a bit and it took me a while to figure what it was. You can also try and connect from the on-card usb socket to a spare external one and see if that works. If it does then it may be a problem with the internal header.

mickrick

When I first connected mine, I didn't have the usb connector connected to … When I first connected mine, I didn't have the usb connector connected to the header properly, only one side was on. It threw me a bit and it took me a while to figure what it was. You can also try and connect from the on-card usb socket to a spare external one and see if that works. If it does then it may be a problem with the internal header.



Good idea, I'll try that after easter.

Got mine working again.Windows update installed a driver after about ten minutes, all working great now.
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