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Dell Intel Centrino 1030 Wifi Card Troubles

Posting this because I've been practically pulling my hair out trying to fix various laptop issues that have been randomly disconnecting from Wifi. No matter what router/wifi connection you connect to the same intermittent problem happens. Turns out all these laptops have one thing in common and it's called the Intel Centrino 1020 wireless N card. Chances are if you have one of these model Dell laptop you have the 1030 chip (there are other brands that use it as well):

Inspiron 14R (N4110), N4120, 17R (N7110)
Vostro 3450 3750
XPS 15 (L502X)
XPS 13 (L321X) Ultrabook
XPS 15z (L511Z )

The offending Wifi card (hate you!):

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Do yourself a favor and get that piece of crap wireless card replaced. I opted for the 6230 model. Luckily the card is under the bottom access panel on those Dell laptops so it was a quick fix to replace and update the drivers. Now all my clients are happy!

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