Upgrading an Old Dell Latitude Laptop With The Intel 7260 HMW 802.11ac Wireless Card

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Upgrading Your Computer’s WiFi Card to 802.11ac

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Our Dell Latitude E6410 has been a workhorse in the Legit Bunkers since we purchased it a few years ago. It was never designed to be a desktop replacement, but it is very capable in the field as it is light and is just solid with everything we throw at it.  Lately, we have been working with very large video and image files in the office and since we connect via wireless, we are starting to get a bit impatient…especially when we compare it to any of the Gigabit-connected desktop machines or even our 3-antenna Alienware M17x came equipped with an Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200 AGN adapter that worked at WiFi-N speeds of up to 300Mbps. 

Intel_WiFi_AC-7For less than $30.00, we were able to pick up an Intel 2-antenna 802.11ac wireless adapter from Newegg. The Intel 7260 HMW Dual-Band Mini PCI Express combo adapter is rated to work at speeds up to 867Mbps over 5.0 GHz and 300Mbps over 2.4 GHz bandwidths. The 7260 also features dual mode Bluetooth 4.0 technology where you can pair one of the newest low energy Bluetooth devices to the computer. This adapter also includes Intel’s WiDi (Wireless Display) where you can watch the multimedia content that is on your Laptop or PC on your Living room’s HD screen. 

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Intel WiFi-AC 7260 Featured Specifications:

                     Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260

Essentials

 

Status

Launched

 

Launch Date

Q2’13

 

Board Form Factor

PCIe Half Mini Card/ M.2 (NGFF)

 

Weight (in grams)

4

 

Operating Temperature

0°to 80°

 

Supported Operating Systems

Win7, Win8, Linux

 

Networking Specifications

 

TX/RX Streams

2×2

 

Bands

2.4 GHz, 5 GHz

 

Max Speed

300/867 Mbps

 

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED*

802.11 ac/a/b/g/n

 

Compliance

PCI, CISP, FIPS, FISMA

 

Integrated Bluetooth

Yes

 

System Interface Type

PCIe/ USB

 

Advanced Technologies

 

Intel® Wireless Display

Yes

 

4G WiMAX Wireless Technology

No

 

Supported Under vPro

Yes

 

Intel® Smart Connect Technology

Yes

 

 

 

So let’s go ahead and see what it takes to install our new Intel WiFi card in our Dell laptop.

 

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