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I purchased an upgraded wireless card (Intel Centrino 6300) for my Dell Studio XPS 16, and need to know the correct antenna configuration. There were no install instructions for the wireless card, nor does the laptop itself explain the antenna configurations.

The laptop has three antenna cables, black, white, and grey. One of them was not used on the old wireless module. The wireless seems to work with the assignment I've chosen, but I've been having some connectivity issues which are perhaps related to an improper configuration.

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Please post the full model number of the upgraded wireless card. – Moab Nov 29 '11 at 17:11
Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 Model 633ANHMW – Charles Randall Nov 30 '11 at 1:30

I have purchased the same card and after quite some research I did it this way:

  1. white cable (main connector)
  2. black cable (aux connector)
  3. grey cable (middle connector for MIMO)

Performance is great!

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I found this on the Dell site

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I could find nothing on the Intel site about that particular card and the antenna connections

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Yeah I have that info too, sadly it's of absolutely no help. – Charles Randall Dec 4 '11 at 3:55
I think you need to connect all 3 antenna wires. – Moab Dec 4 '11 at 4:54
Well, obviously. And they are all hooked up -- but I don't know which color goes to which number. – Charles Randall Dec 9 '11 at 2:28
There was no information that came with the card when you bought it? If not contact Intel Support and ask. – Moab Dec 9 '11 at 4:15
Intel doesn't do consumer facing support for oem parts, and the oem parts don't come with manuals, unfortunately. – Charles Randall Dec 21 '11 at 20:47

This is probably way too late for the Original Poster, but you can find the dell branded versions of the Intel card on Ebay. The white and black wires stay exactly like they were, and the gray wire is in the middle. So position 1 is white, position 2 is black, and position 3 is gray. If you have the card turned so that the mini PCI-E connector is on the bottom and the wireless hookups are on top, position 1 is on the left (white), position 2 is on the right (black), and position 3 is in the middle (gray).

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