Wi-Fi speed s up to 867 Mbps Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 mini card  £19.64 Delivered @ Ebuyer
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Wi-Fi speed s up to 867 Mbps Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 mini card £19.64 Delivered @ Ebuyer

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Found 25th Apr 2014
Delivers dramatically faster Wi - Fi speed s (up to 867 Mbps) than 802.11n , with more bandwidth per stream 433 Mbps), more capacity for more users (extended channel bonding 80MHz), broader coverage and better battery life (more data transmit efficiencies reduce power consumption ).

Spec: intel.co.uk/con…pdf

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I wonder if you need a proper antenna for AC ?

Original Poster

Antennas are the same ones.

no you dont need a proper antenia for ac the normal main and secondardy does just fine. bought this as a upgrade doesnt come with software and you have to download both packages from intel one for wifi and the other for bluetooth, p.s they are great cards

Does not the bios not affect use?

Original Poster

What is the best AC router to buy for this?

veedubjai

Does not the bios not affect use?



As long as it does not have a white-list (e.g. IBM/Lenovo, HP, some Sony models) you should be fine.

Most antennas should be fine, but if your laptop is older and has 2.4GHz antennas only, 5GHz use may be somewhat impaired. Some laptops may have just 1 working antenna but you're still better off than with N.

Wouldn't it be cheaper from here with delivery? cclonline.com/pro…74/

I have this card. I use the Asus AC68U, works well.

grom10

What is the best AC router to buy for this?



Surprisingly, the BT HomeHub 5 is one of the best on the market. It can be set up as an access point quite easily too.

As its free with all BT Infinity packages, there are loads of them on eBay dirt cheap. Most are well under £50, which is a steal considering it destroys my 2 year old Netgear £200 router.

TopCashBack are offering a bit back on this too.

Silly question. I'm buying myself a new laptop and thinking of specifying it with this AC modem. If I upgrade to BT Homehub 5 but don't upgrade my BT broadband to Infinity, will it do anything to increase my wi-fi download speeds??

+£2.98 delivery!

Excellent wifi card. Bought this previously to use in a dell l502x.

When paired with a netgear r7000 router I get 45 (yes megabytes) per second to my media server.
Edited by: "supertight" 26th Apr 2014

Works well in my Intel NUC

Joe90_guy

Silly question. I'm buying myself a new laptop and thinking of specifying … Silly question. I'm buying myself a new laptop and thinking of specifying it with this AC modem. If I upgrade to BT Homehub 5 but don't upgrade my BT broadband to Infinity, will it do anything to increase my wi-fi download speeds??



Nope, nothing. It's only going to go as fast as your connection allows.

Joe90_guy

Silly question. I'm buying myself a new laptop and thinking of specifying … Silly question. I'm buying myself a new laptop and thinking of specifying it with this AC modem. If I upgrade to BT Homehub 5 but don't upgrade my BT broadband to Infinity, will it do anything to increase my wi-fi download speeds??



Generally speaking, you're not going to get better download speeds unless your current wifi is swamped, I've got a 450mbs setup and it easily maxes out my Virgin broadband at 150mbs, and it's not faster than the older 300mbs wifi.

Really the reason you might want super high speed wifi is if you're moving lots of data around a wifi network on internal machines, either because you happen to move lots of data or need to stream high definition video.

If it's minimal cost it's worth adding it at the purchase point, just in case, but it's not going to help download speeds.

For me, I found download speeds were far more impacted on my laptop because it was using a hard disk rather than SSD, when using a newsgroup downloader or bittorrent, due to the multiple download streams these use, it was possible to start to slow the whole process because of the disk activity, switching to a SSD instantly improved performance in this case, doesn't help when moving 1 file across the network, but lots of simultaneous disk activity is improved dramatically.

mike

I had to tape over a pin to get it to work on my Toshiba laptop, though that is laptop compatibility issue not the card. though just saying as it had me confused till I read up, speeds are great with my Netgear R7000.

supertight

Excellent wifi card. Bought this previously to use in a dell l502x. When … Excellent wifi card. Bought this previously to use in a dell l502x. When paired with a netgear r7000 router I get 45-70MB (yes megabytes) per second to my media server.



is that streaming or transferring files?

70mb per second means around 300 seconds for a 21GB bluray rip... I will have some of that coz it takes nearer half an hour to send to my WD drive hard wired

supertight

Excellent wifi card. Bought this previously to use in a dell l502x. When … Excellent wifi card. Bought this previously to use in a dell l502x. When paired with a netgear r7000 router I get 45-70MB (yes megabytes) per second to my media server.



Just the same example I was interested in and checking up on google about. An easy change just in the back cover? What were the speeds you were getting in comparison against the original stock card? Many thanks.

Anyone know if this will improve/work with a Samsung R519 laptop running Phoenix Bios?

Cold. After delivery this is available slightly cheaper in a lot of places.

Make sure you're looking at the AC dual-band version though.

Will it fit in a dell vostro 3550 ? As it currently only supports the 2.4ghz.i am on virgins 100mb broadband and the wifi is tommy tank ! I prefer a wired connection but wifi is always a nice option. They Wont even give me the new superhub gotta pay £60-65 !

TwistedNerve

is that streaming or transferring files? 70mb per second means around 300 … is that streaming or transferring files? 70mb per second means around 300 seconds for a 21GB bluray rip... I will have some of that coz it takes nearer half an hour to send to my WD drive hard wired



In my testing I get about 200Mb/s (Megabits/s) from my wireless laptop with this card to my wired PC through an ASUS AC56U with a WD 1TB HDD on the other end, 200Mb/s is the maximum write speed of my HDD so I don't know how much faster it can go. I might try testing the other way in a bit as my Laptop has an SSD.

pesser

Will it fit in a dell vostro 3550 ? As it currently only supports the … Will it fit in a dell vostro 3550 ? As it currently only supports the 2.4ghz.i am on virgins 100mb broadband and the wifi is tommy tank ! I prefer a wired connection but wifi is always a nice option. They Wont even give me the new superhub gotta pay £60-65 !



If you are eligible for the 152mb upgrade for free order it online because they will automatically send you a SuperHub 2 in the post!

Alternatively if you phone up complaining say you want the SH2 because the range is terrible and ask for the home install, they might charge you the postage for a fiver kr maybe for free.

oonderware

If you are eligible for the 152mb upgrade for free order it online … If you are eligible for the 152mb upgrade for free order it online because they will automatically send you a SuperHub 2 in the post!Alternatively if you phone up complaining say you want the SH2 because the range is terrible and ask for the home install, they might charge you the postage for a fiver kr maybe for free.



I just went from 60mb to 100mb is recent upgrade roll out

Is this for a PC or a laptop? and Its there a compatibility list?

Banned

grom10

What is the best AC router to buy for this?



pcworld.co.uk/gbu…tml

grom10

What is the best AC router to buy for this?

Musician

[quote=grom10] What is the best AC router to buy for this?





That's massively overkill. the AC68U has virtually no advantage over the AC66U as AC1900 requires 2 routers in bridge mode. Even then the AC56U would be good enough as unless you've got 3 ac devices connected at one time your not going to saturate the 5Ghz band to any significant decrease.

If you want something good but also good value then the Netgear R6200 or ASUS AC56U would be best but they are a little expensive right now but they usually have good deals for them around £60 every once in a while. If you want something cheap now any number of AC routers on Amazon for around £60 like the Dlink 810, Edimax AC1200 but I personally wouldn't buy them and I'd rather wait for an ASUS or Netegar price drop

oonderware

In my testing I get about 200Mb/s (Megabits/s) from my wireless laptop … In my testing I get about 200Mb/s (Megabits/s) from my wireless laptop with this card to my wired PC through an ASUS AC56U with a WD 1TB HDD on the other end, 200Mb/s is the maximum write speed of my HDD so I don't know how much faster it can go. I might try testing the other way in a bit as my Laptop has an SSD.



This comment is particularly relevant to most people considering this type of upgrade. The average Joe will find that this sort of upgrade won't be the magic wand that it should be, purely because something else will become the bottleneck. My laptop is perfectly happy with 802.11n, purely because the hard drive is flat out and can't accept anything faster.

Have some heat. Going to try this on my MSI Z87I motherboard, a nice big upgrade for dirt cheap.

Probably more of an advantage in a laptop though or a PC far from the router (802.11ac has a lot of new tech to help with range) providing the router is ac as well.

mjbuckhurst

Generally speaking, you're not going to get better download speeds unless … Generally speaking, you're not going to get better download speeds unless your current wifi is swamped, I've got a 450mbs setup and it easily maxes out my Virgin broadband at 150mbs, and it's not faster than the older 300mbs wifi. Really the reason you might want super high speed wifi is if you're moving lots of data around a wifi network on internal machines, either because you happen to move lots of data or need to stream high definition video.If it's minimal cost it's worth adding it at the purchase point, just in case, but it's not going to help download speeds.For me, I found download speeds were far more impacted on my laptop because it was using a hard disk rather than SSD, when using a newsgroup downloader or bittorrent, due to the multiple download streams these use, it was possible to start to slow the whole process because of the disk activity, switching to a SSD instantly improved performance in this case, doesn't help when moving 1 file across the network, but lots of simultaneous disk activity is improved dramatically.mike



Many thanks to you and 581d for the answers. I suspected this might be the case. The AC modem is an extra £11 for my new laptop. I'll probably get it as it's a cheap future-proofing thing but forget about AC for the meanwhile.

As others have said this will help internal LAN transfers - especially by ensuring the minimum transfer rate is higher than N so that you don't get stuttering. You may not necessarily achieve 40MB/s transfers even at highest link speed but on average and minimum you will achieve higher transfer speeds.

As with Gigabit you need a SSD or hybrid to ensure highest sustained transfers, even the OS disk cache may not ensure perfect buffering thus a HDD will seek at some point and your transfer will crater. A fast CPU core will also help handle the interrupt rate as unlike Jumbo Gigabit the small packets generate lots of CPU load.

In any case any laptop/tablet will benefit from upgrading to this whatever the spec just don't expect miracles...

striker33

Surprisingly, the BT HomeHub 5 is one of the best on the market. It can … Surprisingly, the BT HomeHub 5 is one of the best on the market. It can be set up as an access point quite easily too.As its free with all BT Infinity packages, there are loads of them on eBay dirt cheap. Most are well under £50, which is a steal considering it destroys my 2 year old Netgear £200 router.


Good point - I think I will give it a go.

I'm assuming you will still be able to connect to N routers?

TwistedNerve

is that streaming or transferring files? 70mb per second means around 300 … is that streaming or transferring files? 70mb per second means around 300 seconds for a 21GB bluray rip... I will have some of that coz it takes nearer half an hour to send to my WD drive hard wired



That's transferring files from the laptop back to the server. Honestly, it's closer to 50MB/s most if the time, but I suspect that the bottleneck is on the server.
Edited by: "supertight" 26th Apr 2014

joetipper

Just the same example I was interested in and checking up on google … Just the same example I was interested in and checking up on google about. An easy change just in the back cover? What were the speeds you were getting in comparison against the original stock card? Many thanks.



It's an easy change to make. Take the memory door off the bottom, remove the antenna aerial connectors from the old card, unscrew the card and unclip the card. Fitting the new one is the reverse.


The laptop originally came with a dell 1100 wifi card, which was replaced with an intel 6230, which I then replaced with an intel 7260. The 7260 only connected to a linksys e4200 at 156mb/s over 5ghz, but connects to a netgear r7000 at 866mb/s.

Mine plays up at times. Sometimes the n 5ghz can't find my router and i have to connect with 2.4ghz for a while or reboot.

Make sure you get the version you want as the naming scheme is very similar for the maybe 3 or 4 models.

supertight

That's transferring files from the laptop back to the server. Honestly, … That's transferring files from the laptop back to the server. Honestly, it's closer to 60MB/s most if the time, but I suspect that the bottleneck is on the server.



Sorry, you cannot get that high transfer rates; with 2 streams you can get 2x2:2 433 link means 2x422 / 2 ~ 433Mbps actual data rate which realistically will give you 350-400Mbps thus perhaps 35-40MB/s. See AnandTech testing for example:

anandtech.com/sho…i/2

You need 3 streams to get higher than that, so far Intel hasn't got a replacement 3x3:3 i.e. 6300 successor.

Any ideas how well this would work with Mini PCI-E to PCI-E Express X1 Wireless WIFI adapter card ? i stumbled across it while researching this and wonder if it would be a worthwhile desktop upgrade ?

Hey, nice post! Could I just put this in my PC so I don't have to use a cable? (oh and it's gone down to £16.66!)
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