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XPS-13 wireless: Broadcom vs. Intel

I'm getting tired of the flaky behavior of the Broadcom wireless card in my XPS-13. Some have said replacing it with the Intel card resolves this. Could anyone confirm this is the correct card:

If not, could someone post a link to the correct one?

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Shouldn't this be covered and fixed by warranty? My XPS13 2015 edition drops wifi connection at home every five minutes. It works just fine at work, but every other device I own has no trouble at home.

You'd think working WIFI would be a high priority when designing a laptop without a network port. Now wouldn't you?

Am I seriously going to have to get out my solder to use a computer I paid thousands for?

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I just installed that Intel 7265 referenced above. Works perfectly, much better than the OEM Broadcom. No solder needed for install, and the XPS-13 opens up with only torx 5 and clips, nothing is glued.

Works immediately upon boot, no drivers to install. Bluetooth works seamlessly out of the box, no need to hack drivers like with the Broadcom. And Bluetooth continues working after waking from suspend, which never worked on the Broadcom even after patching the driver. And it does not crash, doesn't need a patch.

This is definitely the card that Dell should ship as OEM in this XPS-13.

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Which kernel/OS?

I'm thinking of buying this Intel wireless too, and install Fedora or Arch right after.


is this the same one? I see some other numbers near ASIN, WFM etc.
Are they compatible in Europe?

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Interestingly my XPS13 came with the intel chipset out of the box (bought this in Europe)

02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Wireless 7265 (rev 59)

Stlll, it works very badly and requires frequent reboots etc. So clearly i might have to ship this as a dud to dell.

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02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4352 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter (rev 03)

Also from Europe, bought 10 days ago.

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that's funny, i bought this two weeks ago, seems to be a bit of a lottery then :)

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Doesn't that void the warranty?

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That's the card I installed - 7265NGW Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265.
It has been working flawlessly under Fedora 22. 

I had no success getting the original Broadcom to work under Fedora 21 or 22, although it worked with the factory Ubuntu install.

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Just to add my 2 cents, if you are unlucky enough to get a unit with the 1560 like I did, just bite the bullet and spend the $30.00 to get the Intel 7265. Dell will not admit to any performance issues with the Broadcom even though my first generation iPad air had better 802.11ac performance than my i7 based XPS 13 (and, under some conditions, so did my iPhone 6!). All my years-old 802.11n devices were faster on both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz than the XPS 13 too. 

Dell support considers this level of performance normal - I'll let everyone draw their own conclusions from that.

Win 10, and Fedora 22 are working great with the Intel card and performance is now what I expected out of the box. 

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