How do I find the right wifi card that is compatible with my laptop?

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  1. King_Wolf

    King_Wolf Notebook Guru

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    My laptop is an Asus X540L. The network card is a Qualcomm Atheros AR956x and it only can connect with 2.4Ghz. I want to upgrade my card so I can use 5GHz.

    Picture: https://imgur.com/eMbbZ4d

    A) I noticed my laptop has only 1 wire connecting to the network card. Other laptops have 2 wires. Does that matter when getting a new card?

    B) Would something like these work with my laptop?
    https://www.amazon.ca/NETELY-Centri...07FMHFGCY/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

    https://www.amazon.ca/Dual-Band-Wir...079NMLC4Z/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8
     
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    bigspin My Kind Of Place

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    Intel 6250 card will work but you need to install additional antenna to fully utilise that card. Otherwise your wifi range and data speed will be reduce by almost 50%. You can get internal laptop wifi antenna from ebay and fix it your self.
     
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    I only had 1 to begin with. Does it matter if I get a new wifi card?
     
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    it does not. but your card will not give 100%. get cheap laptop wifi antenna from ebay and attach it to bottom cover.
     
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