Generally Arch users do not expect anything to work "as they are" or by dropping them in whatever system. When circumstances call for it, they will not balk at writing their own patch and recompiling a kernel module to make things work. Sorry if my phrasing led you to believe I was a push-button user. I'm not.
However I, as most in the Arch community, am more SW oriented than HW oriented. Hence my request for help on how to choose an Intel Adapter whose form factor and characteristics make it:
- a fitting choice for a Dell XPS15 9560 laptop
- generally compatible with the Linux kernel
- an improvement on the general characteristics of the Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter, whose Wi-Fi TX rate is actually capped by firmware at 1Mbps (yes, not a typo !)
So back to your advice: how do I contact Intel ? I thought posting on Intel's user forum was doing just that. For some unknown reason the contact chat bot does not work for me.
Is this forum not the right place for advice / help / suggestions on choosing a Wireless adapter ? Is there another way ?
Editing your post once it has been responded to is frowned upon, as now the conversation is disjoint and out-of-sync.
Ok, let me try again. You MUST contact DELL. Read paragraphs 2,3,4,5 and 6 here:
That was helpful, thank you.
Is that content the reason nobody answers the gist of my query; namely, what wireless network adapter would be a good replacement for Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac under Linux?
I did intend to install the device on my own and configure it according to local regulations in terms of emitted power, and available channels, channel width and range of Wi-Fi frequencies. The conditions of Wi-Fi emission/reception are mostly software-controlled in Linux systems. Various utilities make it uncomplicated and I will operate within wireless regulatory limits.