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    Intel Centrino

    Does anyone know if a laptop with the Centrino chipset automatically included the 802.11b wireless technology?

    Here is the information from Intel regarding the Centrino Chipset.

    Here is Tom's Hardware's take on the processor. You'll note in the first paragraph says that:
    lying beneath the Centrino, including the Centrino Mobile Technology, is a combination of the new mobile processor Pentium-M (codenamed "Banias"), the new Intel 855 chipset family ("Odem," "Montara-GM"), and a WLAN adapter in mini-PCI format called Calexico, which is based on the 802.11b/a standard. Only notebooks with this whole package have Intel's approval to carry the name 'Centrino Notebook.' As soon as one of the above is missing, it ain't Centrino no more
    NOW....This laptop has a built in network adapter port but there is no mention of Wireless capability. Does anyone know if it is possible to enable the built in wireless or would I need to purchase a wireless card?

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    I thought most of these Centrino based laptops used bluetooth for their wireless capabilities.. guess not


    here's a laptop with the wireless card included:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=42201

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    I think that's where I'm confused.

    The Intel site says that in order to carry the Centrino name, you have to have the wireless capability built in. Now the specs on this pc do not mention wireless capability. Does that mean that this laptop is not a true Centrino chipset since it does not have the wireless component.

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    Wireless Networking Options
    IntelŪ PRO/Wireless 2100 WLAN (802.11b, 11Mbps) miniPCI Card


    That is the wireless network option, that makes it qualify to be labeled Centrino.


    It is a built in MiniPCI card.

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