Centrino laptops limited to 802.11b speed?

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Guest, Feb 25, 2004.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I'm trying to decide on buying a new Dell laptop with Centrino and I'm
    seeing that Intel has left Centrino at the slower wireless speeds of
    802.11b while others have moved up to 802.11g.

    One article http://www.pcmag.com/print_article/0,3048,a=38287,00.asp
    says that Intel will upgrade Centrino to 'g' by fall. I don't want to
    get stuck with a laptop wireless speed of "b" if I can avoid it.

    Is there a way to upgrade later, I doubt it?

    I already bought a Inspiron 8100 just before they changed to the USB
    2.0 and have been stuck with the slower USB port for a long time.

    Guest, Feb 25, 2004
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    Grafton Guest

    Centrino is a certification.

    If the dreaded car analogy is used, it's like a local dealership's 101 point
    certified used-car sales inspection. Only Intel's Centrino sticker carries
    no warranty, implied or otherwise. :)
    Then buy a laptop with an 802.11g card. You'll lose the 'Centrino' sticker,
    but that shouldn't be the concern. (Tail wagging the dog.) You're buying
    a laptop that meets your needs instead of solidifying Intel's marketing
    presence in the wireless mobile computing scene.

    The real concern is mini-PCI versus PC card. You can always swap out
    a PC card for the newest whatever. The downside is the antenna stub
    hanging off the laptop. The mini-PCI cards are much nicer, internal,
    but for some reason, Dell is always kind of obscure about upgrades.

    I'd buy an 802.11g mini-PCI and be done with it. It's been a while since
    I priced a laptop, but this will probably be the TruMobile card Dell offers.
    I dunno. I see this come up in the forums now and then, but I never
    see a solid answer. Upgrading the mini-PCI would be a hassle.

    But you could upgrade the pc card without any trouble at all.
    Grafton, Feb 25, 2004
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    WSZsr Guest

    you do realize that cable or DSL broadband max out at 10 Mbps so the "g"
    not help browse the internet faster?
    WSZsr, Feb 25, 2004
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    Jiz Guest

    yeah, but when I watch a movie off the server, the extra bandwidth would be
    Jiz, Feb 26, 2004
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    Guest Guest

    So if there is a mini-PCI inside the laptop that is "b" and I add a PC
    Card that is a "g" will I be able to shut down the mini-PC inside, do
    you think?

    Guest, Feb 26, 2004
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    Tom Scales Guest

    Yeah, they'd co-exist fine, but why? Buy a cheap mini-pci g card and
    replace the b card.

    I just bought an a/b/g mini-pci. $79.

    Tom Scales, Feb 26, 2004
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    WSZsr Guest

    The mini-PC card that came in my 600M was b/g compatible.
    WSZsr, Feb 26, 2004
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    Tom Scales Guest

    Then it's not (technically) a Centrino laptop!
    Tom Scales, Feb 26, 2004
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    WSZsr Guest

    Cirrect. Good point.

    WSZsr, Feb 26, 2004
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    goop Guest

    <--snip -->

    upgrading the mini-pci is simple. it constitutes unscrewing one screw,
    replacing the mini-pci, and putting the screw back. seriously, it's
    approximately that simple.
    goop, Feb 26, 2004
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    Guest Guest

    Well, THAT is good news - I figured they were configured on a board or

    Guest, Feb 27, 2004
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