We now have 1 gig fiber speed in our city and I am unable to use the 5ghz option with latest driver.
I downloaded this driver
Dell Wireless 1703 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth4.0 Driver
XPS-8700_Network_Driver_G9NMY_WN32_10.0.0.301_A01.EXE | Update Package for Microsoft® Windows® (282 MB)
Network|Release date 29 Dec 2014|Last Updated 30 Dec 2014
But still unable to take advantage of the higher wireless speeds without a 5 ghz driver, am I stuck with this? Or do I need a new wireless card that can be inserted to enable the higher speed
Any help or options would be appreciated, thanks.
Unfortunately, Dell Wireless 1703 doesn't support 5 Ghz operating frequency. You might have to look into upgrading the wireless card to Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235 Wireless/Bluetooth Half Mini-Card, as this card is compatible with 5Ghz operating frequency.
Hope that helps. Do let me know if you have any issues or questions.
I have a 8700 just got the card. Call Dell...I know. You want the AC 7260/ 7260 HMW part # 8TF1D.
I believe it was about $25.00. So take out the 1700 2.4 Ghz now you will have 2.4Ghz & 5Ghz w/BT 4.0.
Keep in mind that you're going to need an "ac" (5 GHz) router, or a dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz) router to connect at 5 GHz with any new "ac" WiFi card.
And 5 GHz works over shorter distances than 2.4 GHz, so signal strength may be lower on 5 GHz compared to 2.4 GHz.
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