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Finally! Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Wi-fi Card for Notebooks

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by hawkmat, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. hawkmat

    hawkmat Serious Server Member

  2. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member

    I wonder if existing antennas can be reused, which means you could easily upgrade your N card with an AC one.
  3. hawkmat

    hawkmat Serious Server Member

    Hi RMerlin! I just found that Provantage here in the United States is already selling the Intel AC 7260 wi-fi card for $28.23 ea. For that price I'm going to give it a try. I already have a RT-AC66U router so I will check compatibility. Intel has officially released this product now.
  4. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member

    I don't see it at any of the usual Canadian etailers, but at that price I'll definitely get one once they show up here.
  5. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Addicted to LI Member

    You should be able to re-use antennas, they're just 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz antennas. To a 5Ghz antenna a, n, and ac should all look the same (ditto for 2.4Ghz with b, g, n, ac).

    The problem comes up when you only have a 2.4Ghz antenna in a laptop and want to use a card with both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. That's the sticky widget.
  6. kthaddock

    kthaddock Addicted to LI Member

    Well that is not whole true. Bandwith with AC is 80Mhz and antennas must cover that frequency span.
    50% more can be some issue.

    kthaddock
  7. PetervdM

    PetervdM LI Guru Member

    that's not completely true either. the 2.4 GHz band has CENTER frequencies ranging from 2.412 ( ch1 ) through 2.472 ( ch13 ), this is a range of 60 Mhz, enough for 1 ac link on channel 7, although this is not so neighbour-friendly :)
    the 5 GHz band ranges from:
    5.180 ( ch36 ) through 5.320 ( ch64 ) -> 140 Mhz,
    5.500 ( ch100 ) through 5.700 ( ch 140 ) -> 200 Mhz
    5.745 ( ch149 ) through 5.825 ( ch165 ) -> 80 Mhz
    from the lowest to the highest frequency is a sweep of 645 Mhz, the antenna should ( must ) accomodate this.
  8. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Addicted to LI Member

    The frequency ranges of 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz haven't changed from 802.11a to 802.11ac (or 802.11b to 802.11ac), the antennas either work in those ranges or they don't. The only difference from 20Mhz/40Mhz/80/Mhz is how many frequencies are being used at one time. The antennas have to work across the entire range no matter how wide the channels are.

    2.4Ghz is a lost cause though. When family members come over with their antiquated PSPs (that have 802.11g chipsets inside but Sony, in their infinite wisdom, decided to only let them run in 802.11b mode) and have trouble, I give them about 5 minutes of effort then shrug and tell them to move closer to the router.
  9. hawkmat

    hawkmat Serious Server Member

    I received the Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Wi-fi Card today. Intel has the card listed in there download section of there website but there is no download available. I checked around the web and Intel said they will release the driver very soon. So i'll have to wait to test it. :(
  10. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member

    So they sell hardware... without the software to actually use it? Wow...

    Tech support couldn't provide you at least with a beta version to use in the meantime?
  11. plainv70

    plainv70 Network Newbie Member

    7260 2x2 driver <edit: Win 8>

    v16.0.4.1 http://www.asus.com/support/Download/3/479/WiFi/36/

    v16.0.5.3 http://downloadmirror.intel.com/22874/eng/

    Supported Adapters

    This version of IntelC PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software is compatible with the adapters listed next. Note that newer features provided in this software release are generally not supported for older, legacy adapters.

    The following adapters are supported on this release:

    Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
    Intel® Dual Band Wireless-N 7260
    Intel® Wireless-N 7260

    courtesy of http://www.station-drivers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=4518
  12. hawkmat

    hawkmat Serious Server Member

    Hi RMerlin! Intel has finally released their Driver for AC 7260! Intel Version 16.0.5
    I installed the AC 7260 in my Ivy Bridge Laptop which had a Intel 6235 Wireless card in it.
    Works great with Asus RT-AC66U with Firmware Version:3.0.0.4.354.29.
    Windows shows connected at 866.7 Mbps
    Windows file transfer at 30 MB/s right now.
    Thanks!

    Update: I just transferred a large 8 GB file from my NAS at 37 MB/s. WOW! Not bad for $28.23
  13. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member

    Nice :) I asked my boss to check with all our suppliers yesterday, and none of them even lists it yet. Guess it might take a few weeks for Canadian distributors to start carrying it.
  14. hawkmat

    hawkmat Serious Server Member

    RMerlin. I tried the AC 7260 in an older Core 2 Duo notebook that had a Intel 6300 Dual Band in it.
    AC7260 works great in that too.
    Windows shows it connected at 866.7 Mbps
    Transferred the same 8 GB file from my NAS and got the same 37 MB/s transfer rate.
    I used insidder on both the Ivy Bridge and Core 2 Duo and I noticed that the 2.4 GHz signal was not as strong as the previous generation cards. The 5 GHz signal is as strong or maybe a tad better so this card is really geared toward 5 GHz operation.
    Thanks!
  15. geo123

    geo123 New Member Member

    Thanks for all this info, bought the card from provantage but am not able to get the drivers to install from the links you posted, I am on win 7 x64, got the proset to install without errors, but it does not install the driver at all. Device manager shows an unknown network card. All the Intel Proset software is there, but without a driver it is pretty worthless, any ideas?

    Edit: Looks like these drivers are only for Windows 8, sigh... guess I will have to wait, wish my Samsung laptop was not such a PITA to open up, o well, joys of being an early adopter i suppose.
  16. vacaloca

    vacaloca Network Newbie Member

    Is the Windows 8 driver that works for the previous generation of WiFi cards different from the Windows 7 equivalent? i.e. would adapting the Windows 7 INF file from the previous driver to the new Windows 8 one work? The inf files are fairly complicated though...
  17. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Addicted to LI Member

    I've never tried retrofitting 8 drivers into 7, you could always point Windows to individual INF files and see if it works with one of them. Currently Intel's support site lists four downloads, two for drivers-only and the other two are full ProSet driver/application bundle (each has a .zip and an .exe, hence 2 downloads for each).
  18. vacaloca

    vacaloca Network Newbie Member

    Some posters have mentioned that it's just that the INF file isn't coded for Windows 7 at all... See here:
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/networking-wireless/716325-intel-7260-a-5.html

    I posted there to encourage someone to attempt to modify the INF... if no one does and drivers don't get released soon, I'll take a stab at it myself...
  19. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Addicted to LI Member

    I'll have to poke at this when I get home to my W7 x64 box tonight, Intel has done a pretty good job tucking away the .zip driver-only download for older drivers. Their driver-only executables won't let me extract them here because this W7 box is x86. Apparently Intel doesn't understand why people download driver-only options instead of full installers.
  20. vacaloca

    vacaloca Network Newbie Member

    I just downloaded the previous version .zip drivers myself... Here are the links:
    https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=22786

    You want:
    1) Wireless_15.8.0_De64.zip (previous version that includes Windows 8 x64 INF)
    2) Wireless_15.8.0_Ds64.zip (previous version that includes WIndows 7 x64 INF)

    (or the 32 bit equivalents, but I'm assuming you're running 64-bit)
  21. vacaloca

    vacaloca Network Newbie Member

    Sadly it's not as simple as an INF modification. Windows 7 x64 refuses to start the Intel 7260 AC card by just an INF modification using the Win8 x64 drivers. Comparing the Win7_x64 and Win8_x64 15.8.0 drivers, the naming scheme is different so presumably there is a good amount of architecture changes, especially since the INF change doesn't work. Time to wait for Intel... :)
  22. Vizir

    Vizir New Member Member

    Hi hawkmat,

    I'd like to buy this module in order to upgrade my laptops, Dell XPS Studio 1340 and Asus U47VC. There are at least three models of this module:
    7260.HMWWB
    7260.HMWANWB
    7260.NGWWB

    Which one did you get?

    Thank you in advance.

    Vizir
  23. plainv70

    plainv70 Network Newbie Member

    The Intel model numbers are as follows. Provantage listed mfr# 7260.HMWG for the 7260.HMW Dual Band Wireless 802.11ac mini-pci card.

    7260.HMW
    2.4/5 Ghz 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n Bluetooth 4.0
    HMC Form factor (M.2 Format 7260.NGW)
    7260.HMW AN
    2.4/5 Ghz 802.11 a/b/g/n Bluetooth 4.0
    HMC Form factor (M.2 Format 7260.NGW AN)
    7260.HMW NB
    2.4/5 Ghz 802.11 a/b/g/n
    HMC Form factor (M.2 Format 7260.NGW NB)
    7260.HMW BN
    2.4 Ghz 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 4.0
    HMC Form factor (M.2 Format 7260.NGW BN)

    The M.2 form factor is smaller for new ultrabooks, click on one of the product brief links and you can see the two form factors (and dimensions) on the data sheets. For example, the Dell 1505 wireless card is HMC form factor.

    Edit (2013/07/06) Intel uses two suffixes (G & WB, order qty. 10 and 100 units, respectively) with the 7260 product codes; e.g. the 1/2 size mini-pci card with 802.ac & BT capability is 7260.HMWG or 7260.HMWWB.
  24. Vizir

    Vizir New Member Member

    Who can test this driver under Windows 7? According to description it's "Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Driver for Windows 7 32/64 bit"
  25. somms

    somms LI Guru Member

    Just got finished ordering 8 of the Wireless-N 7260AN 7260.Hmwanwb H T 2X2 Agn+BT HMC from Provantage before they ran out of stock with the plan of future-proofing my home wireless network. I don't own a 802.11ac wireless router yet (still using the ASUS RT-66U w/shibby's tomato) but I plan to be ready for 802.11ac eventually in the future.

    BTW: These Intel mini-PCI cards will be replacing older Broadcom Dell 1520's in the notebook computers since Broadcom hasn't been very active in supporting their wireless driver for Win7 lately. Think the latest Broadcom Win7 driver is from last year although Broadcom is focusing on Win8 atm...
  26. PetervdM

    PetervdM LI Guru Member

    i have driver 6.31.139.2 dated april 2013. i think that's quite recent. :)
  27. vacaloca

    vacaloca Network Newbie Member

    Provantage seems to have messed up the description on that item. I don't think that is the AC version.
    Look at plainv70's post above.
  28. somms

    somms LI Guru Member

    [​IMG]

    v6.30.223.98 dated 5/23/2013 is even newer but like the driver you are using, I have verified is Win8 and fails to load under Win7...

    FYI: I will report once I actually RX'ed the Intel Mini-PCIe wether they are truly 802.11ac or just regular 802.11n and have to return as mislabeled...
  29. Vizir

    Vizir New Member Member

    somms,

    the modules you've ordered are definitely non-ac. One has to look for the following models:
    7260.HMWG/HMWGC/HMWGU/HMWD/HMWWB
  30. vacaloca

    vacaloca Network Newbie Member

    Sager did an oops, I already told them about it. That's not a Windows 7 driver. It's the same Windows 8 x64 driver that Intel has posted on their website.
  31. hawkmat

    hawkmat Serious Server Member

    Hi Somms!
    Intel produces a 7260 N and a 7260 AC wireless card versions. The link you provided is for the N version. Lokks like Provantage messed up the ad. I purchased 2 Intel 7260AC cards from Provantage. Right now the AC card will only work under Windows 8 with Intel's driver. I tried them in a Ivy Bridge and a older Core 2 Duo notebooks and file transfer speed was same from both (37MB/s). The AC card does a great job of picking up 5 GHz signals but seems a little weaker with 2.4 Ghz.
  32. Vizir

    Vizir New Member Member

    Hi Hawkmat,

    are you using trial or full versions of Windows 8?

    Thanks!

    I ordered 2x 7260.HMWWB, cause I wasn't able to find 7260.HMWG here in Europe. Hope they're both ac-compatible.
  33. hawkmat

    hawkmat Serious Server Member

    Hi Vizir! I'm using the full Windows 8 Pro. I ordered the Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 7260 2X2 AC+BT HMC # 7260.HMWG.
  34. somms

    somms LI Guru Member


    Thanks! Already emailed Provantage about the error and started the return process for the right 802.11ac type. Is anybody able to provide the correct link for the 802.11ac type avail at the Provantage website so I can reference this correct type when they email me back?
  35. hawkmat

    hawkmat Serious Server Member

  36. plainv70

    plainv70 Network Newbie Member

    "The good news is that manufacturers incorporate new platforms fairly quickly after announce: Ivy Bridge was launched on April 22nd and Lenovo announced its Ivy Bridge-enabled laptops about a month later. So we should expect to see [802.11] ac as at least an upgrade option on most mainstream laptops by late summer / early fall."
    http://meraki.cisco.com/blog/2013/01/802-11ac-roadmap-in-pcs/

    This statement is 6 mos old; Haswell laptops are starting to ship. Intel's priority has to be selling cpu's and chipsets and not upgrade cards for existing laptops. The laptop makers aren't going to be in a rush to release products that update their existing models to compete with their latest offerings. None of this bodes well for win 7 drivers for the 7260's any time soon. I hope I'm wrong.
  37. Vizir

    Vizir New Member Member

    Got 2x 7260.HMWWB yesterday. They are both ac-compatible.
  38. Vizir

    Vizir New Member Member

    Hi vacaloca,

    I've seen your posts at Notebookreview Forum as well as at Intel Support Page. Have you succeeded to install other driver version published by Sager?

    Thank you in advance.

    P.S. I have two laptops with Windows 7 and I'm not sure whether I should by Windows 8 for both of them...

    Hi RMerlin,

    Greetings from Russian forum called IXBT :). I've read that you're working on a firmware for Asus RT-AC56U. I got mine yesterday. How long would it take to debug it?

    Thanks as well!

    Regards,
    Vizir
  39. vacaloca

    vacaloca Network Newbie Member

    Hi Vizir,

    The sager drivers do not work... one was a Windows 8 version, the other Win7 version was a pre-release that installs, but you are unable to scan for access points... I even tried some Sony ones slightly older than the Windows 8 release ones, but those are only for Win8 x64 as well... *growl*
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  40. Vizir

    Vizir New Member Member

    Hi vacaloca,

    thanks for that! I've asked Intel Support Russia about Win7 drivers. They said AC 7260 was compatible with Win7 but they didn't have any information about drivers availability.
  41. plainv70

    plainv70 Network Newbie Member

    Vacaloca: from what I can tell Intel Proset Wireless drivers v15 and earlier do not support the 7260s and v16.0.0.1 and later are only win 8 at this time.
  42. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member


    I've been working on it since early May. There were a lot of bugs in the new SDK from Broadcom (nvram corruption, flat out crashes at boot time, etc...), and the rest of the firmware itself had issues with SMP (it never was designed with SMP in mind). The kernel module used for IPTraffic was also completely broken under the new kernel, and its author never answered my email so I ended up having to debug it myself.

    It's never possible to give any ETA with these kind of things. Some of the bugs took me 4-5 days of completely devoted evenings to track down and fix. I'm *hoping* that after the latest fix from a few days ago it will be stable enough now for me to at least plug it as my main router to test the rest of the features (that's right - it wasn't even stable enough for that yet). Since both work and personal life are also keeping me quite busy these days, this is also slowing things down.

    So it could be a week, or it could be another month - I don't know yet.
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  43. Vizir

    Vizir New Member Member

    Hi RMerlin,

    thanks for you reply. Hope it will be possible to download your firmware version. "Time is not important. Life is important" (c) :)

    Best regards,
    Vizir
  44. Discoveryellow

    Discoveryellow New Member Member

    Hi,
    How to find out what laptops the 7260HMW adapter would work with? I have a Sandy Bridge with a 2nd gen i5. Currently using Broadcom 43224AGN but there was also the option for Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (2x2). Thanks!
  45. PetervdM

    PetervdM LI Guru Member

    as you have currrently a dual band card, the antennas should be OK. locate the mini pci-e connector in the laptop and determine whether it is hmc or m2 form factor. acquire the right card and just try. is the driver for your OS already available?
  46. Discoveryellow

    Discoveryellow New Member Member

    Thanks. I just ordered it on eBay from "Buy". Should take a few weeks for shipping from the US to greater Europe. Hopefully by that time the Win7x64 drivers will be built by Intel. If not, I will have to resell it locally.

    So basically two factors determine compatibility:
    1. Matching connector HCM / M2
    2. Dual band (2.4/5GHz) antenna
    The chipset in this case doesn't matter, does it?
  47. PetervdM

    PetervdM LI Guru Member

    No.
  48. plainv70

    plainv70 Network Newbie Member

    My hunch is that the M2 connectors are exclusively found in the relatively newer units, e.g. ultrabooks, other super thin laptops and similar. If you have a Thinkpad T-something or "conventional" late model laptop, it's in all likelihood HMC form factor.

    Also, bear in mind that some manufacturer/resellers, e.g. HP, Lenovo, Dell specify wireless cards in their BIOS and their laptops will need either an OE card or a de-whitelisted BIOS for the pc to recognize the wireless card. So, you want to add a third item to your list: 3. a compatible or accommodating BIOS.

    Last, there has been a lot of discussion about win7 drivers. My current thought is that Intel has the
    win7 drivers (if they have win8 drivers, they have win7 drivers...) and have made some kind of handshake agreement with the ultrabook sellers, and or Microsoft, to keep the win7 drivers off the market (as well as withdrawing the 802.11ac cards for the moment, too?), or have supply problems (with the toll mfr?), or software/firmware troubles--probably with the ac side of things or some combination of the above. Whatever the reasons, it would appear that Intel's priority is with the new OE market and not the aftermarket--and that makes sense to me. I am not holding my breath waiting for win7 drivers. :eek:
  49. Discoveryellow

    Discoveryellow New Member Member


    Haha :( I guess I just ordered myself a PITA for $27.99 but I think you are right about Microsoft paying Intel lots of $$$ to keep the aftermarket Win7 at bay while it pushes Win8 Metro. Kind of like it paid Nokia to exclusively make Win8 phones keep off Android. Besides the whole Ultrabook idea was supposed to shore up PC sales in the light of Apple pressure, economy and all that. WiFi AC is a one more tipping point to upgrade an entire unit.

    I have an HP 2760P unit (but Thinkpad was a close guess). Seems like HMC in there. Locked BIOS? Ouch! But someone told me earlier about such locks when I wanted to buy a GSM/HSPA+ wireless card for it. Do you know where to look for an improved BIOS?
  50. plainv70

    plainv70 Network Newbie Member

    For a bios, dig around here and search on "bios whitelist wireless" or "2760P whitelist" (upon cursory examination, it doesn't look good the 2760P).

    I don't see MS paying Intel, but it wouldn't surprise me; however, they could have written or be writing the driver...

    My gut feeling is that a workable version is done and is on a marketing hold--or it is held up due to technical problems, http://communities.intel.com/thread/31090?start=0&tstart=0.
  51. Discoveryellow

    Discoveryellow New Member Member

    Doesn't look too good either: in fact finding nothing! Well, once my card is here I will have to sell it.

    Okay, so basically before you get too excited about this new WiFi piece remember to check-list that you have:

    1. Matching connector HMC / M2
    2. Dual band (2.4/5GHz) antenna
    3. A compatible or accommodating BIOS
  52. ztide

    ztide New Member Member

    does anyone know what the difference is between the 7260.HMWG and the 7260.HMWWB
    Both appear to be Wireless AC, and both are sold by provantage.
    The 7260.HMWWB is a few dollars more at provantage's site.
    Intel support doesn't know since it wasn't released yet....
  53. plainv70

    plainv70 Network Newbie Member

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  54. ztide

    ztide New Member Member

    Thanks for that clarification.
    Now I am just confused as to what is the 7260.HMWANWB
    Countless eBay sellers are offering this now, and most are saying it is Wireless AC too.
    Does it have AC?
    If so then what is the difference between this and the 7260.HMWG
    Thanks!
  55. Vizir

    Vizir New Member Member

    No, it doesn'n.
    7260HMWAN - 802.11abgn, MIMO 2x2, Bluetooth 4.0, mini PCIe (HMC)
    7260NGWAN - 802.11abgn, MIMO 2x2, Bluetooth 4.0, NGFF (M.2)

    If you look for ac-cards, buy 7260.HMWG or 7260.HMWWB.
  56. plainv70

    plainv70 Network Newbie Member

    This may help.

    7260.jpg
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  57. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member

    Grats Intel on coming up with such a confusing naming scheme.

    It's obvious that they target OEMs rather than endusers with these...
  58. plainv70

    plainv70 Network Newbie Member


    It is not uncommon, in fact isn't it really the norm, for the pc and peripheral manufacturers to be the primary customers of the chipmakers. They could have (and still can...) made their wireless cards & software available exclusively to them. Intel's sales record as a consumer product company is not flattering.
  59. Vizir

    Vizir New Member Member

    BTW, I've replaced Centrino N2230 with AC 7260 in my Asus U47VC. Waiting forward to test wireless connection speeds together with my RT-AC56U :)
  60. Vizir

    Vizir New Member Member

    Great! May I re-post this table in the Russian forum?
  61. plainv70

    plainv70 Network Newbie Member

    Of course.
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  62. plainv70

    plainv70 Network Newbie Member

    The Win7 x64 driver checked out on a Thinkpad T510 with a de-whitelisted bios, Lenovo-Intel & MS Bluetooth drivers.

    7/22/2013 add: bluetooth never worked with win7.

    8/1/2013: Bluetooth reappeared and is working; it has been up for a week. Go figure...
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  63. ojtioo

    ojtioo New Member Member



    what is the difference between:

    Manufacturer Part# 7260.HMWWB​
    Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Dual Band 2X2 802.11ac BT4.0 ($27.73)
    http://www.provantage.com/intel-7260-hmwwb~7ITE917V.htm

    and:

    Manufacturer Part# 7260HMWDTX1
    7260HMWDTX1 WL AC7260 300MB 2.4GHZ/5GHZ PCIE BT ($47.46)
    http://www.provantage.com/intel-7260hmwdtx1~7ITE91HJ.htm

    both have AC and 2.4/5 Ghz, right? So why one is twice as expensive?
  64. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member

    The first one is for a laptop, the second one is for a desktop (PCI-Express)
  65. 838Joel

    838Joel Network Newbie Member

    Hi All,

    I have this card installed in a mini-pc and using openelec on it...

    But before I was using a wifi-N (150Mbps) card and having problem of lag when viewing a movie on the wireless network... So I did buy a 2.4Ghz Antenna that boost the signal at 9db to help with the bandwidth. Did not help much, so when this card was finally available (and I have an ASUS rt-66AC router), I did installed it.

    But still now I have the same issues... But I did figured out that the antenna is only 2.4Ghz, so I might just change the antenna and have a dual-band antenna! This should help my case...?

    But the real question is, which antenna should I buy, any good antenna recommendation?

    Thanks,
    Joel
  66. wallyb133

    wallyb133 New Member Member

    I have a 7260HMWWB that I bought for my HP DV7-2000 laptop, I'm using a modified BIOS thats de-whitelisted. When I install the 7260, sometimes it works ok for a little while, other times it starts acting up immediately. What it does is first it will connect to the router and everything looks fine, but when you try to send any network traffic at all, doesn't matter what, it falls on its face, it remains connected to my AP but the signal strength drops to 0, cant see any other networks and no packets are going in or out. After a couple minutes it will start seeing other networks again and the signal strength returns to normal, but as soon as you try to load a webpage or ping something it does the same thing all over again, I've tried resetting it, I've tried all the driver I can find, 16.0.5, 16.1.3, 16.1.5, 16.6.0 it happens with all of them, 16.1.5 however remained stable the longest, I was actually able to use the card for several hours, most of the day, but then it started doing it too. I do have the proper antennas, my laptop originally came with a WifiLink 5100 a/b/g/n, and i currently have an Atheros AR5BWB222 installed and it works just fine.

    Any ideas?
  67. wallyb133

    wallyb133 New Member Member

    I just installed the 7260 in a Lenovo T60 also with a de-whitelisted BIOS and its working like a champ. so I know its not the card...
  68. plainv70

    plainv70 Network Newbie Member

  69. wallyb133

    wallyb133 New Member Member

    I've thought maybe it might be the BIOS, but the old card works fine, which is a WifiLink 5100, I also have a WifiLink 5300, it works fine as well and so does the Atheros AR5BWB222 card i'm using now.

    A couple other things worth mentioning is, I have a Dell DW1501 half mini card, which is a broadcom 4313 chip and it works fine, but I also have a 7260HMWBGN single band wireless-n card that was sent to me by mistake when I ordered my 7260-AC card. (It seems nobody had the part number right in the beginning), and it work fine as well.

    Over at bios-mods.com, they have several different BIOS revisions for my laptop, some are just straight de-whitelisted, and others have advanced features enabled. The BIOS i'm currently using is one of those with advanced features enabled. Its also not the newest revision available, its one revision behind the current, however the changes between the 2 are extremely. minute its makes me wonder why they even bothered.
    Tomorrow I'll try current BIOS thats just de-whitelisted, I was disappointed with this advanced features BIOS anyway, pretty much the only thing you can do with it is change the power states, yippy!

    Oh, and I tried the 7260-AC card on my father's Dell Latitude E6505 and it works just fine, so I'm faiely well convinced that its not the card.
  70. whcvip

    whcvip New Member Member

    Anyone having luck getting the bluetooth working?


    Just upgraded my ivy bridge from advanced-n 6235 to AC 7260 with bluetooth.


    Wifi working fine, and have installed both the wireless and bluetooth drivers from Intel, but nu bluetooth in device manager or anywhere on my system.


    Running Windows 8.1 Pro, HP envy 14 spectra.


    Am getting between 500-700mbit with my laptop, pretty good imo, worth the upgrade if I could just get bluetooth working (sing bluetooth muse in my office, so pretty annoyed it is not working).


    Any help much appriciated.

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