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G751JT-DB73 Third RMA Videos inside. Major issues with Intel AC-7260 wireless.

Level 7
So I am currently on my third RMA for my G751JT-DB73. I have been struggling through Asus' horrible customer support for about 3 months now with no resolution. Apparently no one can properly receive information in the service center or even send out an email for my review.

I have been having major issues with the Intel AC-7260 wireless card in this model. It refuses to hold a stable connection and will constantly spike to high latency levels rendering a rubber band effect while playing any games. I have spent multiple hours of my own time attempting to remedy this issues and have had no luck. From driver updates to voodoo fixes from forums, nothing with stop this thing from spiking. Have other laptops in my home and one console that I have setup wirelessly due to the convenience and neither of these items have any issues. On top of that, there is a horrible crackle when any sound is played, typically happens whenever any sound is initialized and when the sounds is over, there is a pop. And lastly, backlight bleed on this model is the worst. I have never seen such bright yellow coming through such large surface areas of a panel.

So I sent it out for an RMA, the initial issues were for the above and it shipped with two broken keyboard keys. I know, that this point I'm regretting not returning it and just getting my money back. But the G-SYNC and all of the other hardware were such a great combination. The wireless card was replaced, keys fixed, and a "hinge" was replaced to fix the sound. Nothing was done about the backlight bleed but I wanted to see if the wireless was at least fixed. To my surprise, the first game I was able to play had problems. Spiking latency and rubber banding every 3 - 4 minutes. So it was time for a second RMA.

Second RMA was terrible. Laptop was at the facility for almost two weeks. I finally decided to follow up with Asus after the RMA status page said "repair in progress" with no changes made for days. They told me that the service center had sent me an email. Check all folders and what not and no email was found. Fought with them for the entire day, probably around 10 calls after constant disconnections, which I am chalking up to their poor phone infrastructure. I was directed to email someone that could get in contact with the service center and send pictures to them so they could further diagnose the issue because they "couldn't find anything wrong and the laptop is in excellent condition". I sent them a picture of me pining home with spikes over over 200ms. They said that is fine due to no packet loss, which is a joke of a response. They sent my laptop out that night without doing anything further.

So now we are on the third RMA and the same exact situation has happened. I had even sent videos and pictures to a CSS rep by the name of Jhamaica which I'm guessing she never forwarded to the repair team since the videos were too large to send to an email, she said I could upload them to youtube and give her a link. Well based off of the view count of one of the videos, no one but myself has watched the video. So I followed up with Asus, rep tells me that they sent me an email and they couldn't find anything wrong. It pains me to know that at this point, I'm going to be stuck with a near $2000 paperweight. I bought the unit to use it as a laptop, not have to hard wire ethernet wherever I go. At home, it's too much of a hassle and I don't "competitively" game so I am okay using wireless. Or on the off chance that I bring the laptop with me for travel or attend a LAN party (I'll never be too old for a LAN party) I will be stuck with this shoddy wireless card. It's really too bad that the wireless card is on the back of the mobo because I would have replaced it already but I don't want to void my warranty just yet.

Here are the links to the two videos.

Even doing a continuous ping will show the issues. Every 3-5 minutes or so, while pinging, I will see spikes of up to 150ms. I have tried multiple routers on different ISP's to no avail. And again, just like MrRuckus, no other wireless device in my home exhibits these problems. And now this is with the 8260 card. So I've had the same problems with the 7260 and the 8260 on high end routers, low end routers and different ISP's. At this point I'll probably change out the card when I have a moment. I don't think some posters get the point though. For the money paid for these units, the wireless should at least function properly. I do know that it's hard to make every wireless chipset be compatible with every router and so on but I've already went out and bought a higher end router. I should not have to spend additional money on a brand new product.

And the additional settings for the adapter, they do nothing. You can slightly mitigate the issue by forcing 2.4GHZ and 20mhz signal only though it will still come back and can be replicated with a continuous ping. The spikes will be ~50ms instead of in the hundreds. The "ScanWhenAssociated" trick seems to have worked in Windows 7/8 for these cards and not 10, though I have seen reports of it also not making a difference in 7/8. I have turned Bluetooth off, modified the wireless options and completely stopped Windows 10 from looking for any nearby access points. Still nothing.

At this point though I have given up as stated in a previous post. It's wired for now and I'll replace the card shortly. I have no hope that Intel will fix the 7260 nor the 8260 as the previous card has had the problems for nearly 3 years.

Level 10
I know this might sound silly, but have you tried putting your laptop to other areas of your house and try ping from there? Do your live near area with so much electro magnetic interference? Try using a usb wifi card just to compare.