upgrade wi fi card on a old laptop

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  1. koneko22

    koneko22 Newbie

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    i have this really old laptop (1 gb ram dual core and a broken wifi card) that i want to give to my gramps (mail check, light browse and the ocational skype call with their great grandsons) i already swap the ram for a 4gb one i changed the hdd for a 240 ssd i had rolling around for a couple of years but the wi-fi card it's damaged or is utterly crap its a RTL8723BE and i want to change it what could be the best option? he lives with one of his daughters and she have AC capable router is there any chance that i could update the card to an AC capable one? thanks!
     
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    Yes, in theory there is as long as he buys an Intel 7260 in - I assume that's what you have - mini PCI Express format.
     
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    WhatsThePoint Notebook Virtuoso

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    koneko22,I have an Intel AC-7260 mini pcie wireless card I no longer need.

    If you are in the USA lower 48 I'll send it to you free for your gramps.

    Send me a PM if interested.
     
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    Wifi cards tend to be whitelisted in the bios,check the manual for this laptop and what options they had for it and then its a sure thing.. better is use a usb wifi card, I was stuck on N- speed and then got Linksys WUSB6300 AC1200 dual band, now I connect at 433 Mb/s.. $15-19.00 then your in like flint...You need an AC router and supporting ethernet carrier--like cable to get fast downloads,,I'm using Tp-link AC2600 got on sale an newegg with 3 year warranty,, brand new.. Oh almost forgot look for Qualcomm chipset they are tops,,I have all qualcomm,,, :)
     
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    Starlight5 Yes, I'm a cat. What else is there to say, really?

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    Very few vendors whitelisted WLAN cards in the past to begin with, it was mostly limited to IBM/Lenovo & HP; nowadays nobody does - only WWAN cards are whitelisted, again by greedy HP & Lenovo.
     
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    I too would like to see whitelisting vanished,, yet the bios except in certain models is crippled and need a mod, which I dont like doing to get to the switches that are hidden, You forgot Dell in whitelisting..
     
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    Aivxtla Notebook Evangelist

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    Dell does not I have replaced cards in quite a few ranging from Inspirons and Latitudes to Precisions and XPS infact they never even voided warranty for replacing anything that can be changed including Wi-Fi cards. They even sent me a new hdd in a repair unit with my ssd packaged separately because that was supposed to be factory default and said it was fine if I changed the Wi-Fi card.
     
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    Then they changed there policy...
     
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    Starlight5 Yes, I'm a cat. What else is there to say, really?

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    Eons ago!
     
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