08-03-2010 02:13 PM
How do I find out what level Wireless (e.g. Wireless-F, Wireless-G, Wireless-N, etc.) I have integrated in my PC? I am using Win7 and I want to know how to look it up on my PC, and what values equate to what versions of wireless. I do not want to use the documentation that came with my laptop, because it is inaccurate.
08-03-2010 03:01 PM - edited 08-03-2010 03:04 PM
Open device manager and see what kind of wireless adapter you got under "Network adapters". Then you have to check out what kind of features that adapter got (search using google or check at www.intel.com if a Intel adapter) or post back here with the specific WLAN adapter info and someone will provide the info for you.
To open device manager using Vista/Win7: Rightclick "Computer" and select "Properties", click on "Device manager". For XP: Rightclick "My computer", select the hardware tab and click on the "Device manager" button. or just run "devmgmt.msc".
Also if you doubleclick on the wlan adapter in device manager and check out the settings under the "Advanced" tab you could just check what kind of settings you got. If you got settings for 802.11n, 802.11a, 802.11g and so on you most likely have those features, but to be 100% check the spec for your wlan adapter of post back here with the details.
08-03-2010 03:50 PM - edited 01-05-2011 10:07 PM
It's an Intel(R) WiFi Link 5300 AGN.
Nothing in the properties box indicates which wireless version it is, although in places it does indicate 802.11.
The Intel® WiFi Link 5000 is a family of IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n wireless network adapters that operate in both the 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz spectra.
So can I assume this will work with my new, as yet, unpacked, Wireless-N 150 Router (Netgear) and will do so at the highest rate possible?
08-03-2010 05:06 PM - edited 08-03-2010 05:42 PM
Holy false marketing, Batman!
This router is called "Wireless-N 150", the salesman - yes, I know they are worthless - said it was rated for n, the fastest. From your post I looked at the fine print: IEEE 802.11 b/g
And I already opened the box! **bleep**, now I'm pissed!
Good catch, bananaman.
08-03-2010 05:20 PM - edited 08-03-2010 05:30 PM
Under the advanced tab you won't find the spec in clear text, but you should find settings that indicate that the adapter support 802.11n and so on. Like the 802.11n channel width settings or the 802.11n mode settings, those wouldn't be there if the adapter did not support 802.11n. Also under wireless mode you find settings for 802.11a/b/g that will tell you if it support 802.11g as well as 802.11a.
Anyway the Intel 5300 AGN support 802.11a/b/g/n so yes it should work fine with the Netgear and 802.11n. The netgear does not support 802.11a though which is preferable for 802.11n. To get the theoretical 300 Mbps you need to enable channel bonding and set the channel width to auto/40 MHz and two channels will be used. Since 802.11g only have three non-interfering channels there could be a problem with interference which normally will not be a problem with 802.11a that have a lot more non-interfering channels. So 802.11n/802.11a might often work better with higher bandwidth/less interference compared to 802.11n/802.11g. You also have to use WAP2/AES and not WEP or TKIP.
08-03-2010 05:29 PM
Actually the Netgear Wireless-N 150 support 802.11n as far as i can see, but not 802.11a. One correction to my previous post it does not support 300 Mbps and only 150 Mbps so the part with channel width/bonding is not relevant for the Netgear Wireless-N 150. You should have picked the Netgear Wireless-N 300 for higher bandwitdh (300 Mbps), but unless i'm wrong the Wireless-N 300 neither support 802.11a. I would have choosen a model that support both 802.11a/b/g/n and channel bonding.
08-03-2010 05:32 PM - edited 08-03-2010 05:35 PM
08-03-2010 05:38 PM - edited 08-03-2010 05:41 PM
Hi gan, This is a router which comes with some slick Netgear marketing "n speeds" "with some n features", but not actually certified n. Check the spec. Many have complained.
Ok, i'm sorry i didn't know. I would take for granted that a router where they mention 802.11n actually support 802.11n as well. In that case i can fully understand why there are many complaints. Taking a closer look i can see that 802.11n is not listed under standards. That's what i would call a completely useless product
In that case i would suggest that StupidUser do not open the box and return the router and buy a real 802.11n accesspoint/router.
08-03-2010 05:40 PM