10-23-2009 06:54 PM
I have a T500 on Win 7, with the latest WiMax driver and Access Connections. For some reason, when I open my Access Connections, I only have the WiFi box checked, and the WiMax box is greyed out even though I have the intel 5300 AGN. Or am I mistaken, but I thought the 5300AGN handles WiMax?
10-23-2009 08:51 PM
Or am I mistaken, but I thought the 5300AGN handles WiMax?
The 5300 does WiFi only, you need a 5350 card for WiFi + WiMax.
10-23-2009 09:25 PM - edited 10-23-2009 09:26 PM
Amplifying on Bill's post, the 5100 and 5300 are non-WiMax implementations of Intel's network card family. WiMax is supported by the 5150 and 5350 versions. (Why vendors of advanced systems, including Lenovo, would bother with the lower-performing 5100 and 5150 is a bit baffling.)
Another mystery is that, for many weeks, Lenovo hasn't offered the 5350 card on most CTO systems. We've had to configure recent T400 orders with the 5300 and swap them out (non-economic, but marginally useful as spares) for 5350s acquired elsewhere. We've been pleased with 5350s and service from this dude in Hartford:
Don't be tempted by others who offer "engineering samples" for a lowball price. Buy the production card. Incidentally, Lenovo/IBM carries the 5350 as a part (FRU #42T0965), but it's pricey: currently, $146.
11-01-2009 07:09 AM