Dell Wireless 1510 Wireless-N WLAN Mini-Card – Slow!


Introduction

My new touch screen PC has arrived and guess what, I’ve a speed problem with the Dell Wireless 1510 Wireless-N WLAN Mini-Card again. This device seems to be slow, permanently! I’m only getting 96 mbps speed out of the thing.

With my Dell notebook, I purchased a USB N dongle, and fixed the problem. Well, more to the point, solved the problem by ignoring it, and installing something which works at 300mbps all the time.

Solution

Off I went to get another USB dongle, and install it into the new machine. I’m not going to try and sort out if the card can be convinced to work at 300mbps. I’ll probably disable the device altogether, I’m that “peeved” with the device, is putting my feelings mildly.

Conclusion

Why Dell persists with this device I have no idea. If I had the option of excluding it in the build of the machine, I would have made sure that I excluded it. But, excluding it from the build was not an option. So, now I have a new Netgear N Band USB dongle (Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter WNDA3100) chewing up a USB port on the new machine (not a big problem there are plenty at the moment).

Advice

If you want to use N wireless at a reasonable speed, don’t get one of these cards. If you have the option of getting something else get it! Otherwise, if performance of you wireless link is important to you, go and buy a good N band UDB dongle (or card if you have a spare slot), and ignore the card Dell supplies.

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  1. #1 by aussiecraig on February 18, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    Thanks for the feedback.
    There is nothing worse the “banging your head against the brick wall”, trying to figure out why it’s slow. When it is just a slow piece of hardware, and sidestepping it is the best option.

    Craig

  1. Usb Guy

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