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Postby MadCnty2 » Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:19 am

Just a FYI... This module DOES work on the S10... The downfall is that it produces MUCH more heat than the stock wifi module... In fact, so much so, that I swapped it back for the original module... I just wanted to let others know this, that way you can make an "informed" buying decision...
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Re: Intel 5100 N Wifi...

Postby thitiv » Sun Jan 04, 2009 8:30 am

Thank you, MadCnty2. The Intel 5100N is the one with two antenna connectors rather than the 3-antenna MIMO type, right? Have you also tried the Broadcom "N" module?
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Re: Intel 5100 N Wifi...

Postby scottyinco » Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:18 am

I also tried the Intel 5100 card, and yes, it's the one with 2 antenna connectors rather than 3. It ran much warmer than the stock Broadcom card, but not hot enough to melt or burn the plastic palmrest. I ended up swapping it out with an OS X compatible Broadcom card.
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Re: Intel 5100 N Wifi...

Postby MadCnty2 » Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:25 am

Yes it is the module with 2 ant. connectors... I have not tried the Broadcom as of yet, nor do I think I will for fear of the same issue with the heat... I'm gonna just stick with the OEM one for now... ;)
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Re: Intel 5100 N Wifi...

Postby MadCnty2 » Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:46 pm

scottyinco wrote:I ended up swapping it out with an OS X compatible Broadcom card.
Does the Broadcom card run cooler than the 5100???
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Re: Intel 5100 N Wifi...

Postby scottyinco » Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:28 am

MadCnty2 wrote:
scottyinco wrote:I ended up swapping it out with an OS X compatible Broadcom card.
Does the Broadcom card run cooler than the 5100???


yes. it does run cooler, but it's not an N compatible card. just b/g.
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Re: Intel 5100 N Wifi...

Postby Luke » Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:54 am

How much more range does the Intel 5100 get compared to the stock card?
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Re: Intel 5100 N Wifi...

Postby scottyinco » Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:28 am

Luke wrote:How much more range does the Intel 5100 get compared to the stock card?


that's hard to quantify. a lot depends on the router, and the environment it's operated in. the 5100 is draft-N which is faster and has a longer range than the stock G card. i've never noticed anything "incredible" with a card. i've been able to get 40' away through a concrete foundation with a brick wall and small window, and the N card with N router still worked, where they G was inconsistent.
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Re: Intel 5100 N Wifi...

Postby pion » Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:18 pm

MadCnty2 wrote:
scottyinco wrote:I ended up swapping it out with an OS X compatible Broadcom card.
Does the Broadcom card run cooler than the 5100???

NO, Broadcom BCM4328 802.11n is even hotter than intel 5100.
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Re: Intel 5100 N Wifi...

Postby MadCnty2 » Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:29 pm

pion wrote:
MadCnty2 wrote:
scottyinco wrote:I ended up swapping it out with an OS X compatible Broadcom card.
Does the Broadcom card run cooler than the 5100???

NO, Broadcom BCM4328 802.11n is even hotter than intel 5100.
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