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Faster internet

Post by 120186 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:20 pm

Hello all,

As you might already have experienced, the internet at school can get quite slow.
To speed it up, here's a little tutorial (if you haven't stumbled upon it already, I'm spreading the news):

Make sure your laptop has a Wi-Fi card that supports 802.11a (Even if your laptop supports 802.11b/g/n, this won't be sufficient.)

If your laptop supports 802.11a, follow these steps: https://insight.nhtv.nl/faster-wifi-connection/
Else there is nothing you can do. (Except to stop streaming/downloading and using microwaves.)

Hope this helps, any tips can of course be dumped below.
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Re: Faster internet

Post by 121344 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:28 pm

Tough luck for me, my Dell XPS 15 contains an Intel WiFi Link 1000 BGN. These do not support 802.11a.

I have looked at possible replacement wireless cards. The cheapest solution seems to be the Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235, which costs about €20 and comes with Bluetooth 4.0. If you want a more high-end card and don't care about Bluetooth, you could get the Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300, which costs roughly €30.

If you want to go crazy, there is the Intel Wireless-AC 7260, which also supports the 802.11ac standard (very new, highly unlikely that you'll benefit from this, only supported on some new higher-end routers) and comes with Bluetooth. It's €20, but the Windows drivers seem to be in an experimental stage.

Of course, there might be also be a USB solution, but meh, who wants a dongle for that ;)
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Re: Faster internet

Post by 110157 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:18 pm

I can vouch for the Intel Centrino Advanced-N 62XX. I have a 6205 model which lacks Bluetooth, but I don't mind, because I can just use the 2 euro DealExtreme Bluetooth dongle whenever I need it. This chip is very stable, much more so than the original Atheros chip I had in my ASUS notebook.
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