the wimax feature should not hurt your ability to do anything. however, dell's software is crap as far as what it will let you do, since it likes to dominate over windows. that being said, the wimax it uses is not verizon's 4g technology, so there is no benefit, either. for the wimax to work, you have to have a supported network available, though I'm unsure if sprint's wimax is compatible.
That is Intel's WiMax program. It has nothing to do with Broadband use. As an example, if you are connected to a WLAN and have that feature turned on, then your laptop will broadcast a wifi signal for other laptops to connect to. I think it's a maximun # of 5 or 8 connections and I can't remember how close they have to be.
It has nothing to do with any Broadband at all.
M91-30, thanks so much for clarifying this issue for me. Truly appreciate it. Very helpful. Merry Christmas
Toughbook, thanks for the speedy reply and clarification. I appreciate the input. Very helpful. Merry Christmas!
You are very welcome! Have a great holiday yourself.
FWIW, it's not "Dell's crappy software". Nice.
The OP's question involves the INTEL WiMax software GUI/interface for the N6250 Intel card.
I think you might be confusing the Intel 6250 N WiMax with the Intel Centrino WPAN internal functions (wireless personal network).
Y'all help me out if I'm wrong.
I'm in this thread for the same reason as the original poster; I've got a client's (they are a current Verizon customer 3G and want to go 4G LTE) brand new Toshiba Satellite here which has the Intel WiMax 4G software and internal card.
The question remains: Is the Intel 6250 N / 4G card compatible with Verizon's 4G LTE network?
Or - as I suspect - will the laptop owner have to purchase the 4G plan, a 4G USB modem and install the VZ access manager software for Verizon 4G LTE?
That's the question.
PS: the client didn't pay extra (per se) for the included WiMax hardware/software/"features". It came with the machine.
To; NVRambo, toughbook, & M91-30....thanks ya'll for your help. I have received my new Dell computer and have learned the following: The wireless internet connection on my new computer works fine with my existing Verizon USB 720 modem and current Verizon plan. The Intel Centrino WIMAX 6250 is of no value without changing plans from Verizon to (Sprint? AT&T?). I have disabled the WIMAX feature on my new computer and will only use it in the future if I decide to change from my current ISP to another provider. As for whether my current USB 720 modem will work with the new Verizon 4G LTE, that is still an open question. As Rambo suggests, I SUSPECT that if I am interested in Verizon's 4G, I will have to purchase a new 4G modem, and sign up for a new 4G contract at whatever that enhanced feature price is. As for now, my internet connection seems to be working just fine but I obviously am enjoying no benefit from the WIMAX feature as it is currently disabled on my new computer. Thanks again for all your help. Ken