08-30-2010 11:19 PM
I'm new to these forums so just want to start off with a big hello to you all.
I purchased an X100e almost 6 months ago and have been extremely happy with it; my first experience with Lenovo and I must say the build quality and especially the software support (x64 drivers) and Lenovo's own software applications have been awesome. Even the automatic driver update facility is a bonus (you won't find that w/Dell...)
Anyway, as per the subject title, I'm looking for a WiFi card that is supported by drivers produced by Wildpackets. If anyone has experience with using Wildpackets' software/drivers I would love to chat. Obviously my built in WiFi card is a no-go and the X100e's BIOS Whitelist is very limited in cards it will boot with - I'm almost certain their are no Wildpacket supported cards. That means a USB style card and I realize that there is not a great deal of support by Wildpackets, although some are meant to work OK. If anyone has direct experience in this area and can offer some advice I would be most appreciative.
I may post this topic on the forum.thinkpads site and possibly elsewhere here. Sorry if you have to come accross it multiple times; I'm just rushed for info on this issue and hope to resolve it ASAP.
Thanks again for your time. Hope to hear from as many people as possible.
08-31-2010 12:37 AM
I found a list of supported network adapters here on WildPackets' web site. It mentioned that Intel Centrino adapters are compatible. I installed the Lenovo-branded version of the Intel WiFi Link 5100 half-height mini-PCIe WLAN card (FRU 43Y6517) in my X100e which works fine with it, so perhaps one of these would meet your need.
Keep in mind the generic OEM version of the Intel WiFi Link 5100 card will not work; it has to be the FRU 43Y6517 model in order for the X100e's BIOS to recognize it as legitimate hardware.
08-31-2010 04:44 AM
Cheers for the quick reply.
I had heard from somewhere that the Lenovo branded Intel WiFi Link 5100 half-height mini-PCIe WLAN card (FRU 43Y6517) did boot with the X100e's BIOS. So it works A-OK with Wildpackets? That's super. No problems with any of the WP application options or features? I saw one on eBay a month on two ago so will start looking right away. Also, was it difficult to swap over with the standard mini-PCIe card?
Oh, just one other question. My X100e doesn't have built in 3G, but it does have a slot to place a SIM card - is yours the same? I suppose that part of the chassis was just a one-piece run of the assembly line.
Thanks again mate.
If anyone has exerience with external USB cards that would be welcome backup info too
08-31-2010 11:27 PM
I would suggest contacting WildPacket's support to verify compatibility, as their web site contains the following caveat:
Other Intel chipsets such as the 4965 and 5100 cannot be supported by OmniPeek until Intel adds ISV promiscuous mode to their feature set.It is worth noting that they mention Intel driver version 10.5.1.72 or later is required, and Intel is up to 13.2.2010.0, so it could be that promiscuous mode is now supported.
Failing that, if no MiniPCe card works with both the X100e and the WildPackets software, then you might want to consider going with an external USB wireless adapter. A model with an external antenna might even be preferred for its sensitivity and range.
I believe the full-sized MiniPCIe slot in my X100e has a Qualcomm Gobi 2000 WWAN card in it. I have not used it, though, except to try out the GPS functionality and make sure it worked.