Help Me Choose: Wireless

 
Wireless provides the simplicity of cable-free connectivity to the internet, home or office local network, as well as to other wireless electronic devices such as printers, storage, wireless peripherals and other computers on the network. Dell offers options for wireless connectivity whether you require a basic connection or the next generation in WiFi access.

For wireless access, you'll need:
  • Broadband internet access such as DSL or cable (not dial-up)
  • A wireless router to connect to your cable or DSL modem
  • An internal wireless card or USB adapter for your desktop

Standards Available

802.11n
  • 802.11n (also called Wireless-N) is the current wireless standard that transmits and receives multiple simultaneous data streams (called MIMO for Multiple Input, Multiple Output) to go far beyond the single-stream capabilities of 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g. Wireless-N cards have peak data rates from 150 Mbps to 450 Mbps* when used with Wireless-N routers.
  • 802.11n wireless cards are compatible with 802.11b, 802.11a and 802.11g wireless networks and provide maximum data rates of 450 Mbps*.
  • The following wireless cards are WiFi Alliance 802.11n certified:
    • Dell Wireless™ 1506 802.11n Single Band (2.4GHz) WiFi Half Mini Card
    • Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235 802.11n + Bluetooth 4.0 Dual Band (2.4GHz/5GHz) 2x2 Half Mini Card
    • Intel® Centrino® Ultimate®-N 6300 802.11n + Bluetooth 4.0 Dual Band(2.4GHz/5GHz) 3x3 Half Mini Card
802.11ac
  • 802.11ac is the next generation wireless standard (Draft) that provides faster throughput at greater distances over the current 802.11n wireless standard. 802.11ac cards have peak data rates from 433 Mbps to 1.3 Gbps* when used with 802.11ac routers.
  • 802.11ac wireless cards are compatible with 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, and 802.11n wireless networks.
  • The following wireless cards support 802.11ac
    • Intel® 7260AC 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0 Dual Band 2x2 Half Mini Card
The system you are configuring may or may not include all of the options listed here.

If you want ... Choose ... 
A basic WiFi connection to an 802.11 b/g/n wireless network supporting single band (2.4GHz) operation.Dell 1506 Wireless Card
A WiFi 802.11ac wireless network with improved range and up to 3X the speed of existing 802.11n networks supporting dual-band (2.4 and 5GHz) operation.Intel 7260AC Wireless Card

Note: Wireless access is subject to wireless provider’s broadband subscription and coverage area. Additional charges may apply.