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    G74SX Atheros 9002WB-1NG Wireless Garbage

    I apologize in advance if this post gets a little 'ranty,' but this wireless card is ridiculous.

    Approximately 4 months ago I ordered a G74SX-A1 from newegg and overall I have been quite pleased with the laptop. There are a few things that I find slightly annoying (Power cord location, lack of num lock key, touchpad size, etc), but there is one problem that I have which is completely unacceptable. As you probably gathered from the title of this thread that would be this piece of crap Atheros wireless card.

    When I originally received the I had issues with the card while using my wireless N connection. At this point in time I was okay with either running wireless G (which seems to work okay) or wiring in to a conveniently located wireless bridge. Now I find myself in need of wireless N and no longer have convenient access to a network bridge and for the life of me I cannot get this card to function stably at N speeds. I have tried pretty much everything I can think of (latest driver, disabling everything but necessary wireless components, checking antenna connections) to get this card to work properly, but unfortunately I have not gotten anywhere. Typically if I am running nothing but a ping to google through the card it seems to work reasonably for a short period with approximately 4 time outs every 15-25 pings, but as soon as I put it under load the latency rises (50ms, to 100-200ms, to 1000-2000ms, to 3000+ms) and will finally timeout repeatedly. After some time the card typically comes back into working order but this is obviously unacceptable as the card is completely useless.

    I have seen many threads talking about replacing the card with an Intel 6230 or 6300 but I find this completely outrageous. I understand that these cards are fairly inexpensive, but I feel that when I purchase a premium product I should get premium performance. Is there any way to get the stock Atheros card to work properly or am I going to be yet another person purchasing an aftermarket Intel product to fix ASUS' bad hardware decision?

    P.S. I have always been fond of ASUS laptops, but the decision to keep using this card in their ROG computers really makes me question if I'm going to buy another ASUS laptop in the future. Today its a piece of crap wireless card which is fairly easy to replace, but who says tomorrow it won't be a more serous/expensive problem.

    EDIT: At this point I assume this card is completely worthless and I doubt ASUS is going to send me a replacement Intel chip (anyone have any luck with this?). That said, where is the best place to pick up an Intel 6230? I assume, please correct me if I am wrong, that the Atheros card handles the bluetooth capabilities of the G74? For that reason I am going with an Intel 6230 - if it isn't responsible for bluetooth I'll definitely be going with a 6300. I have found 6230s on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Centrino...4440719&sr=1-2), but is that the best place to purchase this type of hardware? I hope to get a replacement card ordered ASAP so I can get it by next Mon/Tues.

    Thanks.

    tl;dr; version:
    Atheros card sucks
    Can it be fixed?
    If not, Intel 6230 or 6300 (does the Atheros card handle the bluetooth connectivity of the G74?)
    Best place to purchase 6230/6300?
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    I'm not sure if that's the best place to order that type of hardware, but I can tell you that, as soon you get your Intel Centrino 6230 your notebook is better then ever than with the crappy Atheros card...

    Aren't there any local resellers that sells this kind of hardware in your town?

    About the Atheros card handle the bluetooth, I don't know. I've read somewhere in this forum that the bluetooth is a own hardware in G74, but I could be remembering wrong about that.
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    Amazon is just fine. I ordered my 6230 from them and no problems.
    Read the User's Manual for more info.



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    Is it possible to change out the atheros chip for the intel w/bluetooth on my g73 when I currently do not have bluetooth?
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    Don't see why not....

    It's a tiny pci card, not just a chip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cwoggon View Post
    tl;dr; version:
    Atheros card sucks
    Can it be fixed?
    Nope. It's garbage. Atheros cards apparently have issues dealing with 802.11n in mixed mode, but hey! If you don't need 802.11n, dropping back to b/g networking works like a champ.

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    Thanks for the input. I'm going to be ordering a 6230 today so hopefully this problem will soon be behind me.

    Still quite annoyed at how worthless this Atheros card is though...

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    Ordered from Amazon for 34.45 with Expedited Shipping.


    Still annoyed at ASUS - I assume this problem has been brought to their attention multiple times?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwoggon View Post
    Ordered from Aazon for 34.45 with Expedited Shipping.


    Still annoyed at ASUS - I assume this problem has been brought to their attention multiple times?
    Yes, but give them an earfull anyway. :thumbsup:
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuzon1337 View Post
    About the Atheros card handle the bluetooth, I don't know. I've read somewhere in this forum that the bluetooth is a own hardware in G74, but I could be remembering wrong about that.
    That's not the case with the G74....there's no separate bluetooth. If you want BT capability, you MUST use a wifi card with integrated BT. The Intel card he ordered includes BT.

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