I have a two year old Dell, an XPS Q740 (from the system info) Intel i7 CPU. Works fine but I've recently upgraded my router to an N standard with dual channels operating at 2.4ghz and 5ghz, so I'd like to improve the the network options for my machine.
Looking at the device manager, it says I'm using an Intel wifi link BGN 1000 which operates at 2.4ghz.
Can anyone suggest what card if any I can install to bring about a speed improvement. Fibre broadband is also due in my area soon so I want to take advantage of this
Thanks, that is a great help, very useful. Only one small question, will it work with Windows 8? A previous link you gave listed several network cards, only some of them certified for Windows 8
Hope this helps.
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It's a Dell XPS15 (L501X) if that is any help. I have checked the user guide, device manager and run driver manager to get as much info as possible to help identify my upgrade options
Thank you for the information.
The WLAN Mini-Card slot on the Dell XPS L501X system is located on the bottom of the system underneath the access panel. Only WLAN Mini-Cards work in this slot. Three wires can be connected to the card, all of which may not be used. The black and white wires are used on most WLAN cards, while the gray wire is only be used on certain N or draft-n cards. Dell has tested following WLAN cards with the XPS L501X:
For installation of wireless card on your computer, you may refer to service manual of system from link:
Copy and paste the above link in address bar and hit enter. Please ensure to follow safety instructions mentioned in manual.
Please reply in case you have any further questions. I'll be glad to assist.
Drivers for Intel 6235 card (For Windows 8) are available on support website but for different systems, that might work. However, while research I found the Windows 8 driver: http://intel.ly/YHGZQw
This driver is applicable for the following cards:
Hope this information helps.
Thanks for the advice and info
Have bought the Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300
In one of my earlier posts, I have shared the link for service manual of your computer. It provides step by step instructions for installation of various internal components. You may find it handy. Please ensure to follow the safety instructions as mentioned in manual.
Please reply in case you have any further questions.
I will download and read the the relevant section of the service manual. One question I do have is this; is my laptop fitted with a mini or half mini network card? The reason I ask is that I want to have everything ready before I start, and I will buy a bracket beforehand if it is required. Thanks
Sorry, I've just looked and the download link for the manual seems to have disappeared. Can you give me the link again please?
Harish on Dell support says: Unfortunately XPS 501X is not supported by Dell for Windows 8 upgrade. Please find the link below for the list of systems supported.
Will this affect the installation of my new network card?
Dell has not tested XPS L501X with Windows 8. For more information on this, you can refer to link: http://dell.to/U7cW0Q
I found a driver for Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300: http://dell.to/13EvKy2 compatible with Windows 7. You may try installing the driver for wireless card in compatibilty mode (for windows 7) and see if it works. To know more about compatibilty mode, you can refer to link: http://bit.ly/WcIF2t This might work.
If this driver does not work, you may try to download and install Windows 8 driver for Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 card from Intel website: http://intel.ly/YHGZQw and see if it works.
Installed the Ultimate N6300 and the Windows 8 driver and am using my laptop now, so presumably everything is working OK thanks
I am glad that the issue is resolved.
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Hello. I'd like would to upgrade the Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000 card in my 2011 Dell XPS 15. My order details do not specify if the card is PCIe* Mini Card or Half Mini Card. Which one do I have? Is the list above suitable for replacing my Centrino N-1000?