Dell Latitude E6400 :: Intel WiFi Link 5300 AGN Drops Connections
Dec 9, 2008
I just recieved my Latitude E6400 today. I like the laptop, but the Intel Wifi Link 5300 AGN adapter continually drops my wireless connections to my home Linksys WRT54G access point and router. This is a version 5 Linksys unit running in mixed b/g mode with WEP encryption. It is running with a unique SSID which is not broadcast.
At first, my connections would drop and it seemed related to the Control Point software preinstalled on the E6400. So I uninstalled the Control Point System Management and Connection Management software, and this seemed to result in a small improvement: I can do a download successfully, but if I'm idle any amount of time the connection drops. This last makes me think power to the Wifi Link card might be getting turned off somewhere if there is no activity. However the Control Point Security Manager software is still installed (as it came from the factory) and might also be contributing to the problem.
I've used an 802.11n-compatible WiFi card in my home.The driver version for the WiFi Link is 126.96.36.199 and is dated 07/08/2008. The Linksys access point has been here a couple of years and is running Linksys firmware version v1.00.6. It is set up for 128-bit WEP encryption. I've had numerous laptops connect to it, all with older Broadcom b/g cards, and as long as the WEP encryption is set properly there has not been a connection problem. now to see if I can duplicate the connection dropping issue.
Every time I boot up the computer and switch on the WiFi/Bluetooth button on the right side - only the Bluetooth light turns on above the keyboard.
I go to Device Manager and find that the "Intel WiFi Link 5300 AGN" slot has the exclamation sign next to it so I disable the card and then reenable it again, then the problem is gone (the WiFi light turns on and I can now finally see wireless networks in the "Connect" window) .....
I reinstalled Vista 64-bit Business on my laptop. And I've installed all of the drivers which are working, but my wifi drops out every 20-30 minutes. I've done some research and found this isn't uncommon...
so I installed the lastest Intel drivers, disabled all of the power saving features on my wifi card/DCP.
But, it still disconnects! What the heck!? I might have had this same issue in Windows 7, but I can't really remember. All I know is that when I tried to back it up using WHS, it would always fail.
I have the HP 8530w and a D-Link DIR-615 wireless router and am trying to make them work together. Using the G speed (54mbit), the network is stable (signal quality is excellent). But when I try the N speed, the situation is different. The network starts working as it should, but when loaded (big files transferred), the network suddenly dies and windows vista can take up to a couple of minutes before it discovers the missing link. During that time, the 5300 AGN still receives packets from the router (10 beacons per second as per setup in the router). But no packets are sent (checking with Intels statistics tool).
So it looks like the Intel 5300 AGN doesn't send any packets all of a sudden OR that the DIR-615 has become temporarily deaf. But disconnecting/reconnecting in vista make the network work right away indicating the problem is with the Intel 5300.
As an ekstra test, I tried having the Asus EeePC 1000H (also has 802.11n draft) transfer the same files while the HP 8530w was and then the network was MUCH more stable. The HP 8530w experienced 1 dropout but the EeePC continued transferring at full speed. Obviously the Intel 5300 AGN has severe problems talking with the DIR-615, problems so big it cannot figure out how to recover normally. :-(
Needless to say, I have tried playing with most settings in the Intel 5300AGN and also with the DIR-615, but without success. The network breaks down, always.
On the plus side, the EeePC 1000H is stable.
I wonder if it is possible to exchange the Intel 5300 in the 8530w with another wireless lan? I'd prefer to have a card that works.
I chose the Intel WiFi 5300 over the WiFi 5100 as I understand it is the better card. However, a few hours later I received an email telling me my order was cancelled because the 5300 was 'unavailable'.
I contacted Dell chat this morning, and was told that the part was available but was incompatible with my processor choice. Apparently the 5300 is a Centrino 2 part, and is only compatible with a Centrino 2 processor. I thought the T9400 was a Centrino 2 processor?
If it's true that the parts are incompatible should I go with the T9400/WiFi 5100 or the P8400/WiFi 5300? The Dell chat guy told me that these were the only compatible configurations. If I try to order T9400/5300 again will my order be cancelled again - anyone else tried this?
I recently installed Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit edition on my Vaio FW490 (upgraded from Vista 64). I received the free upgrade disks from Sony. When I checked my device manager I noticed that the driver version for the WiFi Link 5100 is 188.8.131.52 dated 5/28/09. On the Sony Site, they list the version for Windows 7 as 184.108.40.206 dated 10/8/2009, and when I checked on the Intel site, they are recommending driver version 220.127.116.11 dated 10/21/09.
I just got a new HDX16. Been having issues with the intel 5100 agn. I've updated drivers to no effect. It would stay connected for awhile, but loose all connection at times. Its starting to be a pain. It can't even pickup my neighbors' connects and I have 10 in my area which my Toshiba picks up. Its paired to the Dlink DIR-855.
Just recieved my intel 5300 wifi card ready for the upgrade.
Upgrade physically went semi well, the 4965agn that was fitted was a devil to get out.
Seems like acer decided to get superman to tighten the two screws that hold the wifi card down. In the end the only solution was to remove the 2 pillers from the pcb(with pliers and brute force) and remove the card.
Windows xp fired up fine, no wifi connected popup. drivers were my first thought.
Checked device manager, code 10 on the device. tried new drivers, old driver sets, no progress.
Also there was a few links about the pcie 2 and pcie 1 compatiblity problems. But a pcie2 card should run at the pcie1 speeds when fitted to that slot, so that shouldnt be the problem.
Ive ordered a 2nd intel 5300, one that should be 'more' compatible..we will see. will post update on that when it arrives.
as of this point id say that the intel wifi 5300 does not play well with the acer 6920g.
I just picked up a Latitude E6500 from the outlet, and it only comes with B wireless. People on the forum have mentioned that the E6500 has 3 Mini PCIe slots. One is full length and has 3 antenna connections, one is half length with 2, and one is half length with 1 (for Bluetooth).
I'm planning on upgrading with an Intel 5300 wifi card, it's amazing how cheap they are on eBay. The 5300 comes in two configurations, full and half, but it's a 3x3 antenna, so it'll have to go in my full length slot.
However, most of the listings seem to be for half, and they cost the same. I figure I might as well get the cheaper half length card that also saves .5 ounces of weight if it'll fit in the slot, and the antenna wires will reach. Does anyone know if this would work, or do I need to find one of the full length cards?
i have just purchased a new acer aspire 8730g-6353 and for some reason i cannot connect to the internet wirelessly. i can see the networks available and attempt to connect, but i'm never given the chance to input the WEP key to connect. it gives me an error telling me my troubleshooting options (which just alludes to it being a problem with signal or some garbage like that, but there is 100% signal strength at any given time).
I have a Dell E6400. Â The OS has been uprgraded to Windows 7 - 64 bit by an authorized Microsoft refurbish dealer. Â The driver stops randomly. Using the internet, Office, version 2010. Â is there a better driver?
I've been having issues with this with this utility either not connecting upon resuming my laptop or even from a fresh start. I visit many offices at I am the IT manger and all the connections are saved in profiles but despite them being saved they won't connect even when I try to connect manually. The only way to get the adapter to connect is to right click Proset running in the tray and click "reset proset". Even now while typing this I am connected via wifi but the proset icon shows "connecting"
I've tried updating the wifi adapter drivers from Dell and Intel directly and also completely removed the drivers and re-installed them but I am still having the same issue.
I've spent half an hour searching and still haven't found the answer. I'm set to order a Studio XPS 16, but am stuck on the wireless card. There are two Intel 5300 cards listed, a mini and a half-mini.
The half mini says it has "MyWiFi". That's not listed on the mini card
Intel® 5300 WLAN Wireless-N (3x3) Mini Card add $0
Intel 5300 Ultimate-N Half Mini Card (3x3) with MyWiFi [Included in Price