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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dell Vostro 1500 Wireless N upgrade


My Vostro laptop is a couple of years old and only had wireless G capability.  I found that you can replace the Wi-Fi card in this laptop very easily.  I googled around trying to find a generic card to use because we all know Dell will sock it to us with their replacement branded card.  I found the Intel 4965AGN MJP card would work on this Vostro 1500.  Be careful to get the same part number, the last 3 letters come in a variety of models for different laptops like HP or Lenovo. 

You can watch the video for the installation which will take under 5 minutes for the complete upgrade to wireless N.  If you have Windows 7 no drivers are required, Windows 7 detects the Intel card and properly installs the necessary drivers.

The speed increase is great.  I was averaging 22Mbps with wireless G, the wireless N upgrade got me to 75Mbps.  I highly recommend this upgrade if you have an old laptop, I was able to find this Intel card on Ebay with shipping for $18.  


Watch the video for complete installation

7 comments:

  1. It's a miracle that I found this! I was about to buy a USB wireless-n network adapter! Thanks!

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  2. if it is possible to use taht same card to upgrade dell vostro 3500 ?

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  3. Looks easy enough to do. We are upgrading our internet soon with a new ISP and once we get a Wireless-N Router it will be worth switching the Wireless G card in my Vostro 1500 to take advantage of the extra speed.

    I backup my laptop across the network to an external USB drive that is attached to a desktop wired into the router. Switching to Wireless N should make my backups zip through at lightning speed, especially photos/videos.

    5 years old but my Vostro is still going strong. Nicely built machine and well worth the extra cost at the time.

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  4. Gary, I really appreciate your time in writing and recording a video on this upgrade. I've just completed my own with simple ease as a result.

    I used the Intel Wireless N 4965AGN MM2 WiFi Link Card.

    Cheers

    Kris

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  5. thanks for your tips, I bought my wifi card on ebay, and It works great!!!

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  6. Hah just ordered the Intel card you recommend above. Off ebay, the card is now down to $3.96 free shipping. No brainer right there, I can't believe a wireless N upgrade for my Vostro 1500 costs less money than a Starbucks coffee! Vostro 1500 still going strong, after upgrading the RAM, CPU, hard drive, optical drive (converted to caddy/2nd hard drive), and now the wireless card, over the past decade. What a workhorse.

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  7. hello, thank you for your video. i still have my pc with 6go of memory, and i switched to Windows 10. but apparently there is no driver for Windows, so there is system instability. do you have another wifi card compatible with Windows 10 for Dell bistro 1500 ?

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