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chris926
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wifi verse broadcom Ethernet

I know this may sound like a stupid question, but what would be the difference between WiFi and broadcom Ethernet. Can I connect anywhere with either one? I just ordered a IdeaPad Y550 and ordered with the broadcom Ethernet that comes with it, im now wondering whether I should have ordered it with the Wifi instead.. Any help and knowledge would be greatly appreciated.. Thank you so much for any and all help

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Re: wifi verse broadcom Ethernet

Are you saying that you ordered without any wireless capability?

 

Ethernet uses a cable to plug in to a router or cable/dsl box.

Wireless is capable of connecting without cable to same.

Also wireless hotspots, etc.

 

Most laptops come standard with both, so I am not sure exactly

what YOU mean by WIFI.

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Re: wifi verse broadcom Ethernet

i never thought you could option the ideapad without a WIFI wireless card. 

Regards,

Jin Li

May this year, be the year of 'DO'!

I am a volunteer, and not a paid staff of Lenovo or Microsoft
chris926
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Re: wifi verse broadcom Ethernet

Under the ability to customize your laptop it gives two options for wireless lan adapters. i stuck with the standard Broadcom Integrated Gigabit Ethernet 802,11g the upgradeable option is a Intel WiFi link1x2 agn wlan. wish is better? Again thank you to all for any help..

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Re: wifi verse broadcom Ethernet

I see what you mean now!

 

What you ordered has wireless G.

The other option is wireless A/N.

 

G is pretty standard, and A or N are faster, but have to connect

to A/N router to see speed benefit.

 

Check THIS article.

chris926
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Re: wifi verse broadcom Ethernet

thank you for your time and the link...

 

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