Razer Blade Stealth - Wireless Module Details?

Discussion in 'Systems' started by Cybaru, Feb 3, 2016.

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  1. Cybaru

    Cybaru New Member

    Hello,

    I'm a relatively new Razer customer (first post here) - I'm currently in the market for a new laptop, and I've been seriously considering a Razer Blade Stealth. However, I wanted to know more about the Razer Blade Stealth's wireless networking capabilities, and which wireless module it uses. I've visited the Razer support website, and indications point to a Killer Wireless module, but it's not clear exactly which module is used.

    I'm not familiar with Killer Wireless, so I did a little bit of research. At first glance it looks like Killer has a hit-or-miss record in terms of driver stability (according to Killer's own release notes and various forum posts). It would be nice to know exactly which module is Razer is using in the Blade Stealth so that I could narrow down the (potential) issues list.

    Additionally, it'd be helpful to know what type of interface the wireless module uses to connect to the main logic board. I'm considering swapping out the Killer module for an Intel 8260 wireless module. As a network administrator for a large-ish corporate network, I've found Intel cards are typically very stable and the PROSet drivers are extremely helpful for diagnosing any odd connection issues.

    To recap, my specific questions are:
    -Which wireless card does the Razer Blade Stealth use?
    -What type of physical connector does the wireless card use to connect to the main logic board?

    Thanks guys!
     
  2. mdaly001

    mdaly001 Active Member

    It uses the 1535 I am having problems right now. It will occasionally not even load when windows starts up and disconnects under heavy load. Also in Ubuntu I cannot connect to 5g at work... But can at home. Its been a huge pain in my ass
     
  3. Chuemmer

    Chuemmer Active Member

    My stealth has not had that issue at all, but my MSI did. From what I gather you need to scour Killers website for the newest drivers.
     
  4. mdaly001

    mdaly001 Active Member

    I realize i have done this on my ubuntu boot but not windows... good call
     
  5. Chuemmer

    Chuemmer Active Member

    No problem :blush:

    Also, do you have both OS on the same SSD? And could you link the download for the drivers when you find them for anyone else who might have an issue?
     
  6. mdaly001

    mdaly001 Active Member

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  8. mdaly001

    mdaly001 Active Member

    When you say you haven't had the same issue. Are you dualbooting linux as well?
     
  9. Chuemmer

    Chuemmer Active Member

    And I believe this is the Windows version
     
  10. Chuemmer

    Chuemmer Active Member

    No, I am not. But I did have the same exact issue on my MSI - which was also not dual-booting. Typically I only dual-boot Kali off of my external 500B SSD
     
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  11. Cybaru

    Cybaru New Member

    I did some more digging...

    It looks like the Intel 8260NGW (M.2 2230) should fit in place of the Killer 1535. The antenna connectors have nearly identical placement on both cards, so it should be a very easy matter to just swap them out. You'd just need the latest driver from the Intel website.

    Amazon sells the Intel 8260NGW for about $35.
     
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2016
  12. mdaly001

    mdaly001 Active Member

    Do you think this would be a better option?
     
  13. Chuemmer

    Chuemmer Active Member

    That just seems like a huge risk to me, plus it very well might void the warranty
     
  14. Cybaru

    Cybaru New Member

    Personally, I'd say yes - based on my prior experience with Intel wireless adapters versus other brands like Realtek.

    Intel wireless adapters aren't always flawless, but they have a good track record of fixing any reported issues relatively quickly. My experience with other brands has left something to be desired. I haven't used the 8260 yet, but I've heard good things about this particular wireless chipset, and Intel developed it specifically for Windows 10 (although there are also OS X and Linux drivers available).

    Both the Intel 8260 and the Killer 1535 are dual-band (2.4Ghz and 5GHz) 802.11ac 2x2 stream cards with max throughput of 867Mbps and Bluetooth. The Intel card supports Bluetooth 4.2 while the Killer supports Bluetooth 4.1.

    Additionally, the Intel 8260 brings WiDi and Miracast capabilities. Lastly, the 8260 is compliant with the requirements for Windows InstantGo/Connected Standby, the feature set that allows your email and certain other apps to update themselves (as in, check for new emails or sync your Evernote notes) even when the PC is in an ultra-low-power state.
     
  15. mintouch

    mintouch Active Member

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    Yellow Green : Killer 1535 M.2 Wireless + BT 4.1 module
    Green : Samsung PM951 M.2 NVMe SSD
    Cyan : 3950mAh / 45Wh Battery
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  16. mdaly001

    mdaly001 Active Member

    super informative... Thank you much!
     
  17. Cybaru

    Cybaru New Member

    Not a problem at all.

    If you look at the teardown image that Circuit.Board posted, the wireless module should be readily accessible after removing the bottom case (you'll need some torx driver bits). Be sure to wear an anti-static wrist strap when handling exposed logic boards and chips, and be careful when disconnecting and reconnecting the antenna leads.

    Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
     
  18. mdaly001

    mdaly001 Active Member

    will do.
     
  19. mdaly001

    mdaly001 Active Member

    So after a few days it does look like it is a range issue with work. Seems like the wifi card on the stealth doesnt have crazy range so the connection is shotty on the 5g. the 2.4g is fine.
     
  20. Cybaru

    Cybaru New Member

    Yeah, there are a number of factors that could be affecting the range of your corporate network. As a network admin, I've seen "off-brand" cards do all sorts of weird stuff when connecting to multi-access point networks. Among various other issues, roaming between APs seems to be especially difficult for many of these cards if they don't implement the roaming protocols correctly.

    Intel and Qualcomm Atheros modules tend to work best in large corporate wireless networks, with Broadcom coming in a close second-best.

    I haven't ordered my Stealth yet, but I already plan to put in an Intel 8260NGW given how easily accessible the Stealth's wireless module is.
     
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