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M6800 - BT upgrade

Hello,

I hope I write in the correct section.

I have M6800 without bluetooth module, but I decide to upgrade it and install. There is a BT indicator on the main panel, so I thought, only BT module is missing. Ihave removed a battery cell and looked at the area, where it should be installed - green circle. But there is no socket.

 

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Does it means, this ntb cannot be equiped with a BT module?

Or, can I install the B

T module elsewere?

 

Thank you for advise

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Re: M6800 - BT upgrade

Looking at the Service Manual for the M6800 here, there's no mention of a dedicated Bluetooth module slot, and I don't see anywhere in the photo you posted where a Bluetooth card could be installed.  It's true that older systems had a separate dedicated Bluetooth card and a dedicated slot for it, but for quite a while now, Bluetooth has been included on WiFi cards.  It looks like your system uses a Mini-PCIe slot for its WiFi card, so one option for getting Bluetooth would be to upgrade that card to something like the Intel Wireless-AC 7260HMW, which includes Bluetooth.  In fact, depending on the WiFi card you have now, that might be a worthwhile performance upgrade just for the improved WiFi.  You can find that card from various online retailers for about $30.

The only possible issue I can see would be that on combo WiFi+BT cards, WiFi operates over the slot's PCIe pins and Bluetooth operates over the slot's USB pins, so if that system doesn't have a USB channel wired to its mPCIe slot, then the Bluetooth function integrated onto that card might not work (although WiFi still will).  But I personally would try it anyway.  You might consider the upgrade cost worth it for the WiFi benefit alone, even if Bluetooth doesn't work, and if Bluetooth DOES work, then you'll likely get much better Bluetooth performance with that card as well anyway, because dedicated Bluetooth cards are so old at this point that they would only support older revisions of the Bluetooth standard anyway.  The Intel Wireless-AC 7260HMW supports Bluetooth 4.0.

If you decide to upgrade your WiFi card, just make sure you get the Wireless-AC 7260 rather than the Wireless-N 7260 (no idea why Intel used the same model number for two very different cards) and also make sure to get the 7260HMW, not 7260NGW.  The NGW is a version that uses an M.2 slot, which your system doesn't have.

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Re: M6800 - BT upgrade

Oh,I just realized now, I was looking on YT on M6600 BT installation and not a M6800 - my mistake. So you are right.

BT is for me a better way of connection with my cell phone, than a cabel (mobility, less cabels, etc.).

I will look for the card you describe and try it. Thank you also for more detail about specifications of the card. It is my 1st Dell station and so far have to say, its kind a different notebook, comparing to my previous ASUS, HP.

I will inform you, if the BT will work. Thanks for detailed advice

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