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Posted on May 10, 2009
Intel WiFi Link 5100 Series

Intel WiFi Link 5100 Series

Intel WiFi Link 5100 Series Mobile Computing Laptop Hardware

The Intel WiFi Link 5100 Series is a family of IEEE 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N1 wireless network adapters that operate in both the 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz spectra. These adapters, available in both PCIe Mini Card and Half Mini Card form factor deliver up to 300 Mbps2 of receive bandwidth; in addition to providing a host of features that enhance today’s mobile lifestyle.

The widespread acceptance of 802.11 Draft-N products has been driven by users seeking to exchange information in a timely manner, stream High Definition (HD) video, and handle voice, video, and data traffic concurrently. This has led to the adoption of 802.11 Draft-N as a key technology component in both Consumer and Enterprise notebook PCs. The Intel WiFi Link 5000 Series Wireless Adapters incorporate this 802.11 Draft- technology with the Intel Ultimate N WiFi Link 5300 Series delivering leading edge bandwidths of up to 450Mbps


  • Over 5x bandwidth increase compared to existing 802.11a/b/g solutions
  • Up to 2x greater range
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g and Draft-N1 compliant
  • WiFi Personal Area Network capabilities
  • Industry-leading power consumption
  • Wireless support for Intel Active Management Technology
  • Advanced security via 802.11i
  • Easy-to-use Intel PROSet v12.0 WLAN Software
  • Support for Cisco Compatible Extensions v4
  • Performance-optimized with Connect with Intel Centrino processor technology certified Access Points

Intel PROSet/Wireless Software v12.0

Intel PROSet/Wireless Software v12.0 is available for users of Intel WLAN hardware. The latest version of the software helps enable a superior experience by providing enhancements for end users as well as IT administrators who deploy and manage wireless networks.

Intel PROSet/Wireless Software Features:

  • Enhanced simple User Interface
  • IT Administration Tool capabilities
    • Install Package Creator
    • Central Control over driver and application settings
  • Additional Profile management capabilities
  • Support for WiFi Protected Setup
  • Support for high rate Draft-N1 WiFi networks
  • Support Intel Active Management Technology
Performance, Flexibility, and Mobility
Over 5X Bandwidth increase
Up to 300 Mbps2 Draft-N1 receive data rates compared to 54 Mbps for 802.11a/b/g solutions
Minimizes the time needed to transfer large files and enables applications such as High Definition (HD) video streaming, Voice over IP (VoIP), and multi-player gaming
Up to 2X greater range
MIMO, diversity, and support for up to two antennas enable better wireless reception at the same distance when compared to 802.11a/b/g solutions
Reduces the number of "dead zones," network re-connects, and dropped data packets; dramatically improving connectivity throughout the home and enabling more consistent coverage in the enterprise
Intel My WiFi Technology
Wireless Personal Area Network solution for connectivity to consumer electronic devices
Enables wireless connectivity to selected WiFi-enabled consumer devices such as digital cameras, MP3 players, or game players for file sharing, file syncing, or file streaming activities
Industry-leading power consumption
Optimized power modes (sleep states) reduce power consumption during periods of inactivity
Reduced WLAN power consumption results in longer platform battery life3 for greater utility, enjoyment, and convenience
PCIe Mini Card and Half Mini Card form factor Support for the PCIe Mini Card form factor enables the Intel WiFi Link 5100 to be designed into existing laptops while support for the PCIe Half Mini Card form factor enables thinner and smaller laptops
Manageability and Security
Intel Active Management Technology
Asset management, remote system diagnostics, network protection, and network security technology
Provides IT managers the capability to remotely discover, heal, and protect wireless notebooks regardless of the functional state of the operating system which can result in reduced on-site support costs
Advanced Security via 802.11
Wireless security supporting AES encryption
Ensures enterprise wireless networks are protected from unauthorized access via stronger authentication and encryption mechanisms
Intel PROSet v12.04
Intel WLAN management software
Simplifies client deployments and allows remote management of wireless settings and profiles by IT managers
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N1 compliant
Compliant to the existing IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g standards; 802.11ncompliance expected when the standard is ratified
Enables interoperability with other IEEE-based Wireless Access Points and Wireless network adapters
Support for Cisco Compatible Extensions v4
Cisco Centralized Key Management, Call Admission Control, Unscheduled Automatic Power Save Delivery (U-APSD), and Voice Metrics
Helps prevent delays in VoIP calls when roaming between Access Points; enables improved network diagnostics
Connect with Intel Centrino processor technology
Intel certification that focuses on interoperability between IEEE 802.11 Draft-N1 devices
Selection of Access Points with the Connect with Intel Centrino processor technology label ensures that both the Access Point and the Intel Centrino laptop has passed numerous interoperability tests

Intel WiFi Link 5100 Series Technical Specifications

Dimensions (H x W x D) PCIe Mini Card: 2.00 in x 1.18 in x 0.13 in (50.95 mm x 30.00 mm x 3.30 mm)
PCIe Half Mini Card: 1.06 in x 1.18 in x 0.13 in (26.80 mm x 30.00 mm x 3.30 mm)
Weight PCIe Mini Card: 7.0 g
PCIe Half Mini Card: 4.0 g
Diversity On-board diversity support for systems designed with two antennas
Radio ON/OFF Control Supported in both hardware and software  
Connector interface Mini Card form factor, based on PCIe electrical interface  
LED Output Single WLAN-LED (as per Mini Card specification)
Operating Temperature 0 to +80 ° C
Humidity Non-Operating 50% to 90% RH non-condensing (at temperatures of 25 ° C to 35 ° C)
Operating Systems Microsoft Windows XP 32/64-bit, Microsoft Windows Vista 32/64-bit, Linux
Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-Fi Certified for 802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, WMM, WPA, and WPA2
(Wi-Fi Alliance Draft-N1 and 802.11n certifications expected when available)
Microsoft WHQL YES
IEEE WLAN Standard IEEE 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N1, 802.11d, 802.11e, 802.11i, 802.11h
Architecture Infrastructure or ad hoc (peer-to-peer)
Roaming Supports seamless roaming between respective access points
(802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11a/b/g, and 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N1)
Authentication Protocols Encryption Product Safety Authentication WPA7 and WPA27, 802.1X, LEAP, EAP-TLS, PEAP-TLS, and PEAP-MSCHAPv2 Protocols Encryption CKIP, TKIP, 64-bit and 128-bit WEP (for 802.11a/b/g), AES-CCMP (for 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N) Product Safety UL, C-UL, CB (IEC 60950)
Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5100 512AN_MMW 512AN_MMW (supports 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N1 in a PCIe Mini Card form factor)
512AG_MMW 512AG_MMW (supports 802.11a/b/g in a PCIe Mini Card form factor)
512AN_HMW 512AN_HMW (supports 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N1 in in a PCIe Half Mini Card form factor)
512AG_HMW 512AG_HMW (supports 802.11a/b/g in in a PCIe Half Mini Card form factor)

Intel Wifi 5100 Wireless Laptop Network Hardware Intel Wifi 5100 Series PDF

Intel Ultimate N Wifi Link 5300 Laptop Network Hardware Intel Ultimate N Wifi Link 5300 PDF

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