1.    09 Nov 2015 #1
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    Did i "Upgrade" my wireless card? (Atheros AR5B195 vs Ralink RT3290)


    Ok so i just got a a Ralink RT3290 for my laptop. the card that was in there before was a Atheros AR5B195.
    did i really upgrade? is there any comparisons?
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  2.    09 Nov 2015 #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by xdarkmario View Post
    Ok so i just got a a Ralink RT3290 for my laptop. the card that was in there before was a Atheros AR5B195.
    did i really upgrade? is there any comparisons?
    SO, Atheros is used in many Notebooks [same as Laptop]. Looking at the specs for both doesn't show much difference. Was there an operational reason for changing?
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  3.    09 Nov 2015 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by xdarkmario View Post
    Ok so i just got a a Ralink RT3290 for my laptop. the card that was in there before was a Atheros AR5B195.
    did i really upgrade? is there any comparisons?
    The Qualcomm/Atheros AR5V195 is a 802.11n 150Mbps (single stream) + Bluetooth 3.0 card:
    Amazon.com: Atheros AR5B195 Wireless Bluetooth Half Hight PCI-E Card Single-chip 150 Mbps: Computers Accessories

    The Ralink RT3290 is a 802.11n 150Mbps (single stream) + Bluetooth 3.0 card:
    https://wikidevi.com/files/Ralink/RT...ct%20brief.pdf

    If you want a upgrade, a Intel AC-7260.HMWWB.R or a Intel AC-7260.HMWG.R would be a upgrade as both are the same card, 867Mbps AC Dual Stream + Bluetooth 4.0 + WiDi
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  4.    09 Nov 2015 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    SO, Atheros is used in many Notebooks [same as Laptop]. Looking at the specs for both doesn't show much difference. Was there an operational reason for changing?
    well 1 my friends laptop broke ans he let me salvage all the pieces i wanted (his computer is a little bit more modern then mines)
    and 2 i am having a odd wifi issue that i cant really seem to explain...
    (i have my wifi card added to my list on my optimum account) When i connect to optimum/Xfinity wifi it more then often says
    connected no internet connection and it would stay like that. it is EXTREMELY ANNOYING because the only way to fix it is to disable the wifi card for about 2-3 minutes and re enable it again and hope it connects this time around or reboot.
    this issue seems to be only since windows 8.1+ but i suspect that it could be a faulty hotspot.
    i have the new card in now and im testing various things on it now, two important things being tested are range and speed.
    is its good ill keep it in.
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  5.    10 Nov 2015 #5
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    I think Atheros should be better but no experience with Ralink so whichever one works better for you would be the better one.
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  6.    11 Nov 2015 #6
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    I'm having the same issue.
    But not at my friends house. There are bad hotspots here.
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