Dell Wireless 1500 Draft 802.11n WLAN Mini-Card Card Woes

Dell Wireless 1500 Draft 802.11n WLAN Mini-Card Card Woes

If like me you have this WiFi card in your laptop you may have seen some issues connecting to Wireless N enabled routers.

When connecting to Wireless N enabled routers from my Win 7 laptop with this WiFi card I was only able to get Wireless G speeds – 54mbps max.

This was frustrating as the whole point in having the N card and router is to get better speed/bandwidth. I started to route around in the settings of the WiFi card to find the issue.

It turns out that the driver had been automatically updated as part of a recent windows update – I noticed the driver option ‘Roll Back Driver’. This rolled the driver back to the older version:

Dell WLAN 1500 Adapter Configuration

After rolling the driver back my WiFi connection was connected at 243mbps – much better for a wireless N connection!

I would urge others using the same WiFi card to check if Windows 7 has automatically updated the driver if you are having issues.

I should mention there is one other setting that must be correct in the ‘Advanced’ options of the WiFi card settings for Wireless N connectivity to work properly -

  • IBSS Mode – 802.11a/b/g/n Auto

Hope this helps Smile!

4 thoughts on “Dell Wireless 1500 Draft 802.11n WLAN Mini-Card Card Woes

  1. Ron

    THANX so much!!! I’ve been trying to fix this for 4 days! I have a XPS M1710 and a Netgear wndr3700 with win7 and was stuck at 54mps, now I’m up to 270! Thanx again!

  2. Greg

    Thanks for posting this. I had to reinstall Win 7 on my Dell XPS M1210 and had to perform the steps you outlined above. The one problem I’m experiencing when I roll back to the previous driver (from 1/10/08) is that my wifi connection is very unstable. I can get up to 200Mbs, but only for a few minutes. After that, my internet connection drops. It’s so unstable that I had to reinstall the newer driver so I can at least 54Mbs. Have you had any troubles with connection stability after rolling back to the previous Win7 driver?

    1. Alex Post author

      Hi Greg,

      I’m afraid I didn’t have any troubles with connection stability – the laptop I had was very old though (Dell Vostro 1700) and I don’t have it anymore.

      Sorry I can’t be more help.

      Cheers

      Alex

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