Posted by: kurtsh | August 7, 2011

INFO: Installing a Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 – Network adapter (Mini PCI-E) into a Samsung Series 9/900x

I bought an Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 – Network adapter (Mini PCI-E). Why’d I do that? Because the adapter in the Samsung Series 9 is a little questionable:  The Bluetooth was unreliable and the range on the adapter wasn’t great, despite having replaced the original with another Broadcom adapter twice.

If you’re interested in doing the same thing, here’s the instructions on how to accomplish this:

  1. Purchase a Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 – Network adapter (Mini PCI-E) for $19 each.  This is the cheapest that I was able to find the adapter at.  Other places sell it for as high as $60… the hell?
    http://www.macmall.com/p/Intel-Wireless-Networking/product~dpno~8355777~pdp.gdicdec
  2. Replace the Broadcom WiFi Bluetooth adapter on your device. Be extra careful reattaching the antenna as it’s fragile and not easily replaceable… if at all.  TechRepublic has a photo of the adapter location on the unit here:
    http://www.techrepublic.com/photos/cracking-open-the-samsung-series-9-ultraportable-notebook/6235888?seq=50&tag=thumbnail-view-selector;get-photo-roto
  3. Download & install the latest driver for the Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Connection Utility (for Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200 series):
    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&ProdId=3227&DwnldID=19856
    (Note: You won’t need Bluetooth drivers as the existing Bluetooth drivers on your system should work just fine.)

EXTRA CREDIT: SETTING UP INTEL WIDI

Incidentally, if you want to enable your computer for Intel WiDi (Wireless Display technology that allows you to send your display to your home big screen/LCD television), here’s the web site on how to do this once you have the Intel Centrino 6230 installed on your computer. It’s similar to Apple’s Airplay.
http://www.intel.com/support/wireless/wtech/iwd/sb/CS-031109.htm

The above will work for normal, non-protected content like YouTube, Hulu, or locally stored videos.  For playback of DVDs, Bluray, or rights protected streams like Netflix, you’ll need to enable WiDi protection by following these steps.
http://www.intel.com/support/wireless/wtech/iwd/sb/CS-032474.htm


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