How to upgrade or replace your pc’s wireless card

Memory and storage are frequently upgraded on laptop computers for better performance. Upgrading your Wi-Fi card can have a big impact on performance as well.

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The Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 is a 300Mbps, dual-band Wi-Fi card that includes Bluetooth 4.0. Ed Rhee/CNET

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Memory and storage are probably the two most commonly upgraded components on laptop computers. They’re easy to upgrade and have an immediate impact on system performance. Wi-Fi cards are upgraded less frequently, but upgrading them can have a dramatic impact on performance as well, with greater range and faster throughput.

In this tutorial, we’re going to upgrade the Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 inside a Toshiba U925t Ultrabook , with an Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235. The Intel 2230 card is a good midrange card, but it lacks dual-band support, so we’re going to replace it with the Intel 6235, which supports both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.

Choosing your new Wi-Fi card

There are a few things to consider when choosing your new Wi-Fi card. The first thing you should find out is if your laptop manufacturer uses a whitelist in the BIOS of your laptop. If your laptop’s BIOS uses a whitelist, it’s possible that the Wi-Fi card you want to use may not be supported. It’s not something most manufacturers advertise, so you may need to spend a little time searching the Internet to find out. If you can’t find a definitive answer, it’s up to you to decide if you want to move forward and try it anyway.

The next thing to consider is the size of the Wi-Fi card. Locate the old Wi-Fi card in your laptop and check the size. Most new cards are half-height cards, but some older laptops use full-height cards. If your laptop isn’t compatible with the newer half-height cards, you can try using a bracket adapter to make it fit.

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Full-height card on the left and half-height card on the right. Ed Rhee/CNET

Lastly, make sure that the number of antennas used in the new card matches the number in the old card. If you want to use a card that requires three antennas but you only have two, you can purchase a third antenna separately. You’ll just need to spend some time figuring out its optimal placement inside the laptop.

Upgrading your new Wi-Fi card

Before you get started with the upgrade, make sure to unplug the power adapter from your laptop and remove the battery if possible. If you have a nonremovable battery, be careful not to accidentally turn on your laptop while you’re working inside it.

Once you’re inside your laptop and looking at your old Wi-Fi card, carefully detach the antennas from the old card, making note of how they’re connected. You may want to take a photo of it for reference.

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Old Wi-Fi card (Intel 2230). Click to enlarge. Ed Rhee/CNET

After the antennas have been detached, unscrew the old card from the mounting area, which should cause the card to pop up. Carefully lift it out of the slot.

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Click to enlarge. Ed Rhee/CNET

Line up the contacts of your new Wi-Fi card to the slot, then carefully insert it at a slight angle. It will only fit in one way, so don’t force it if it doesn’t slide right in. Once it’s properly seated, screw it down. Next, reattach the antennas, then close up your laptop.

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New Wi-Fi card (Intel 6235). Click to enlarge. Ed Rhee/CNET

When you turn your laptop back on, it’s possible that the operating system will already have the correct drivers for the card you just installed. Even if that’s the case, we recommend that you check for the latest drivers from the manufacturer’s Web site. Once you’ve confirmed that your system has the most current drivers installed, join a wireless network and enjoy your new Wi-Fi card.

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There are several other posts, satisfactorily answering the exact same question, but all for the particular notebook model of the member who started that conversation. @huffer @ Paul_Tikkanen

So, although I didn’t want to flod the forum, unfortunately I needed to start another topic with the same question for my own particular notebook model.

Product Name: HP Pavilion 13 x360 PC

Product No: L0B89EA#AB8

I also want to replace my wi-fi adapter with a “802.11 ac” type adapter.

As far as I can understand from the below photo of my notebooks internal board, I have two antennas already installed in my notebook.

So, can I upgrade and which brand/model Wi-Fi adapters (WLAN modules) can I purchase for this upgrade?

Many thanks and best regards,

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‎01-02-2018 02:15 AM

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The series supports the following wireless cards

Integrated wireless local area network (WLAN) options by way of wireless
module
Built-in WLAN antenna(s) (in display assembly)
Support for the following WLAN modules:
● Broadcom BCM43142HM 802.11 bgn 1×1 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth® 4.0 HMC Combo Adapter
● I ntel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 802.11ac 1×1 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0 Combo Adapter
Compatible with Miracast-certified devices

Please use part number 784638-005

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I want to upgrade my internal wifi antenna from single to dual. There is currently only 1 black wire for antenna on existing adaptor. If this is possible, I would like to then upgrade my current 2.4 GHZ Wi-Fi Adapter to a dual Adaptor with 5.0 GHZ Wi-Fi . Can anyone suggest a compatible upgrade to have installed? Simply looking to take advantage of available much faster wifi in my home. Any links to necessary parts would be helpful (Amazon/Ebay, etc. ).

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‎12-04-2018 05:14 PM – edited ‎12-04-2018 05:16 PM

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It looks like from the parts list that your PC has the Realtek RTL8188EE 802.11bg/n 1×1 HMC WiFi adapter, correct?

A picture of this card your notebook has is below my reply, and it looks like that. yes?

If so, you will have to add the second antenna as you wrote, and below is the link to the service manual for your notebook.

You need to order the antenna kit listed in chapter 3 on page 20 (item #5). You will only need to actually use one of them –left or right, I don’t know. You will know after you take the display panel assembly apart. HP does not sell this kit (I checked the HP Parts Store website), so you will have to do a search by the part number and hopefully, you will find it.

As far as the card. your notebook has an Intel 4th gen core processor, so this card should work just fine.

Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 802.11 ac 2×2 WiFi + BT 4.0 HP Part # 710661-001

The card is readily available on eBay or Amazon, and shouldn’t cost very much at all.

Do your search by the HP part number, not by the model number of the wireless card.

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‎12-04-2018 05:14 PM – edited ‎12-04-2018 05:16 PM

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It looks like from the parts list that your PC has the Realtek RTL8188EE 802.11bg/n 1×1 HMC WiFi adapter, correct?

A picture of this card your notebook has is below my reply, and it looks like that. yes?

If so, you will have to add the second antenna as you wrote, and below is the link to the service manual for your notebook.

You need to order the antenna kit listed in chapter 3 on page 20 (item #5). You will only need to actually use one of them –left or right, I don’t know. You will know after you take the display panel assembly apart. HP does not sell this kit (I checked the HP Parts Store website), so you will have to do a search by the part number and hopefully, you will find it.

As far as the card. your notebook has an Intel 4th gen core processor, so this card should work just fine.

Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 802.11 ac 2×2 WiFi + BT 4.0 HP Part # 710661-001

The card is readily available on eBay or Amazon, and shouldn’t cost very much at all.

Do your search by the HP part number, not by the model number of the wireless card.

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Thanks for your quick response! That is the exact chip in my laptop. There is only 1 black wire connected to 1 side of the antenna. Are you suggesting ordering the exact same antenna, follow online you tube videos to install in the screen, then connect the old and new to both sides to a new dual chip you suggested, and it will work? I’m savy enough to put it all together, but not sure if I should buy a new and different antenna for new install in old computer. Part # 776770-001 HP Antenna 15-F272WM as listed Chapter 3 page 20 is a single black wire. Looks like this: Ebay part #

Again, thanks for the help! Cheap parts, but don’t want to waste the time buying and installing if it won’t work!

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‎12-04-2018 06:54 PM

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You’re very welcome.

The card will work as long as it has two antennas wires connected to it, and the ones I see listed on eBay should work as long as the one antenna wire/transceiver can go on either side of the display panel.

‎12-16-2018 02:44 PM

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Perfect solution! I ordered the WIFi Card and antenna as specified (about $30 USD total on eBay with free shipping). This Laptop has a separate opening just for WIFi card and RAM. I simply removed the old card, inserted the new, clipped the old and new antenna in. I then wrapped up the antenna, closed and put the 2 scres back in the door I had opened on the bottom. No updates were necessary (No BIOS or Windows updates needed). Instantly recognized 5.0 Netowork. WiFI speeds at 90 Mbps! No need to take the whole laptop apart to run the nw 2nd antenna! Great upgrade for little money and little effort!

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please kindly help me out.

1. did you change from a single band wifi card to a dual band wifi card on your hp laptop?

2. if you only had a single band card, you only had one antenna right?

3. please kindly advise how you installed the 2nd antenna to work with your dual band wifi card. i read on the internet that one would need to rip the laptop apart to put the 2nd antenna by the screen panel. however, your last comment seemed to indicate that you somehow accomplished the same effect without having to rip apart the laptop. did you just leave the 2nd antenna by the motherboard?

please let me know. i dont want to rip apart my laptop and risk messing it out. without installing a 2nd antenna, my option would simply be a single band ac wifi card (i have a b/gn card right now). thank you for your help in advance.

The Wi-Fi 6 (Wi-Fi AX) standard is here to stay. In recent years we have seen how manufacturers have been launching their first wireless routers and also Wi-Fi access points. If you are going to buy a new laptop, it is very likely that it comes with the Intel AX200 , an internal Wi-Fi 6 card with two antennas and of the AX3000 class. However, if your laptop is old and does not incorporate this card, you do not have to worry, you can buy the Intel AX200 for about 30 euros and install it. Today in this article we are going to explain in detail how to locate and install it.

Our laptop since 2015 is the Lenovo X1 Carbon , a device that at that time was really good at the connectivity level, incorporating the Intel Wireless Dual-Band AC7265 Wi-Fi card, an AC1300 class card with which we could get up to 400Mbps in the 2.4GHz band, and a speed of up to 867Mbps in the 5GHz band thanks to Wi-Fi 5. In all the analyzes in this article we have always used this laptop with the different USB 3.0 Wi-Fi adapters, including testing with the Intel AC7265 card which generally provided the best performance.

  • 2 internal antennas
  • Up to 574Mbps in the 2.4GHz band
  • Up to 2.402Mbps in the 5GHz band, thanks to the fact that it is compatible with 160MHz of channel width and Wi-Fi 6.
  • Beamforming, MU-MIMO and OFDMA compliant.

Therefore, we have all the characteristics of Wi-Fi 6 to achieve the best possible performance, in addition, as if this were not enough, it also supports the wireless security protocol WPA3-Personal and WPA3-Enterprise, as long as you use a compatible operating system ( like the latest version of Windows 10), and your router / AP supports this type of encryption.

Once we have seen the main features of the Intel AX200, we are going to disassemble the laptop and locate the Wi-Fi card.

Unmounting the laptop and locating the Wi-Fi card

The Lenovo X1 Carbon is an ultrabook that is really easy to disassemble, we will simply need a small star screwdriver, and also a flat screwdriver to help us remove the UFL connectors from the Wi-Fi card.

To access the internal components, all we will have to do is remove each and every one of the screws that we have in sight, there are none under the non-slip pads, therefore, we will not have to remove them and then put them back. Once we have removed all the screws, the case will come out on its own without having to “pry” with the flat screwdriver.

When we remove the lower case, we can see that in the upper right we find the 512GB SSD, the 4G LTE card that I bought optionally with the laptop, and just to the right we have the Intel AC7265 card.

In the following photograph you can see in detail the situation of the Wi-Fi card, and how there are two small cables connected to it through UFL connectors.

Replacing the old Wi-Fi card with the new Intel AX200

Both the gray and black cables, we must remove it from the UFL connector, to later remove that fixing screw of the Wi-Fi card, and finally remove the old Wi-Fi card to put the new one.

Once we have replaced one card with another, and we have correctly put the antenna cables in the UFL connectors, we will be able to see in all its splendor the new Intel AX200 Wi-Fi card in this laptop, which has provided us with around 1,000 Real Mbps speed over Wi-Fi.

In the following image you can see the detail of the new Wi-FI card perfectly installed to replace the previous one:

As you can see, we now have the Intel AX200 working perfectly on this laptop.

If you use the Windows 10 operating system, it will automatically recognize the card and install the drivers, but it may not install the latest drivers available, therefore, it is highly recommended that you go directly to the download section of the Intel AX200 and download the latest drivers available. When you install the latest drivers and have restarted your computer, you will be ready to connect to the Internet with the maximum possible speed.

In our recent tests, we have achieved synchronizations with the 2.4Gbps router, that is, the maximum speed that Wi-Fi 6 allows us with 160MHz of channel width and 2 internal antennas:

In addition, another important aspect is that we have compatibility with WPA3-Personal, and we can connect to any router or AP that supports this type of security, as you can see here:

We hope that with this tutorial on how to update your wireless card to Wi-Fi 6, you can connect at the maximum speed of your Wi-Fi network.

As many individuals are using desktop PCs in their households whether that be for work purposes or just casual use, a strong wireless connection to your machine is almost a necessity. Having the best WiFi card for your PC will eliminate any worries you may have over your wireless connection and will pretty much ensure that it will never drop, at least from your PC’s side anyway. WiFi cards come in a number of shapes and sizes but they all do basically the same job so picking the best WiFi card for PC is a little bit tricky.

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TP-Link WiFi 6 AX3000 PCIe WiFi Card

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So, as alluded to earlier, it is quite hard to select the best WiFi card for PC as they all do the same job. However, what you need to look to separate the weak from the strong is; wireless range, what wireless standard they’re running off, the quality of antennae the WiFi card is utilizing. These are the three key aspects that we used to select our top five picks in an effort to secure the best WiFi cards on the market. Moreover, we have given certain WiFi cards awards such as best budget, best range, and best for gaming to try and make it even easier to pick the right WiFi card based on your needs.

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TP-Link WiFi 6 AX3000 PCIe WiFi Card

Bundled in Bluetooth functionality

The first of two TP-Link WiFi cards on this best WiFI card for PC list is the AX3000. It utilizes the latest WiFi 6 technology allowing for speeds of up to 2.4Gbps, therefore making it fantastic for today but also way into the future. To get these speeds means this WiFi card is dual-band, allowing you to connect to both 2.4Ghz and the faster 5Ghz networks. Moreover, with this card being built for WiFi 6, it results in ultra-low latency and uninterrupted connectivity with OFDMA and MU-MIMO technology, making it perfect for not only the average user streaming video but also gamers keen to get the best connection possible.

Looking at the wireless range, we can see that TP-Link has implemented two antennae on a platform that can be attached anywhere on your setup through a magnetized base. While these antennae are already powerful as they are, the ability to place them wherever you like on your rig allows you to find that signal sweet spot and further improve that wireless range aspect. You’re also able to rotate these in a 360-degree fashion, thus not being limited to the fixed antennae that some WiFi cards opt for.

While we’re focusing on the WiFi capabilities, there is another top tier feature this WiFi card for PC has – Bluetooth connectivity. Yes, not only is it a fantastic WiFi option, but you’ll also be able to take advantage of Bluetooth 5.0 technology for your PC, opening up the possibilities of wireless peripherals if you so choose. While this might not be a requirement for some who have Bluetooth enabled motherboards, a large majority of individuals do not, and will benefit those dramatically.

To conclude, this WiFi card for PC has incredible range due to those dual antennae that can be placed wherever you like in your setup. Additionally, with the WiFi 6 capabilities and dual-band network connectivity, you can take advantage of that range and have a super speedy wireless connection that even wired advocates would be surprised by. That Bluetooth 5.0 inclusion is also a nice addition and in our eyes is extremely handy, especially if you’ve got a bunch of Bluetooth devices.

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If you are planning to upgrade the wireless adapter in you computer, we advise you to contact the http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/topics/OEMs.html Computer Manufacturer Support and check if a newer Intel® Wireless Adapter is compatible with your laptop.

Intel does not recommend end users to install or upgrade the various Intel® Wireless Adapter. They can only be installed by the computer manufacturer or its authorized representative.

An unsupported wireless adapter may not be recognized by the computer, it may lead to system errors or connectivity problems. Installing an incompatible adapter may even damage the adapter, the PC, or both. In some cases, this may even be illegal.

For more information about this topic, please review the following documents:

If you have problems connecting to Indiana University’s wireless network, make sure your device’s wireless software or drivers are up to date. Wireless manufacturers regularly release new driver updates to solve issues such as interoperability problems with access points from other vendors, or to address software bugs. Having the latest software or drivers for your wireless adapter will assure that you’ll have the best performance, reliability, and functionality.

Follow the appropriate instructions for your device.

macOS (Macbook Pro, Air)

macOS will typically perform a weekly check for software updates automatically, provided you are connected to the internet. To manually check your macOS device for the latest updates, follow the instructions at Keep your Mac up to date.

iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)

Android

  1. Navigate to your devices’s Settings menu. On most Android devices, this can be done via the app menu or notification bar. Typically, the Settings app will have a cog or spanner logo.
  2. Scroll down the Settings menu, and click About Phone , About Tablet , System , or System Updates (depending on your device and version of Android). If you have a tabbed Settings menu, this option will appear in the General section.
  3. The menu can vary slightly from device to device, but click the Software Update , System Update , or similar button. This section of the menu will also detail which version of Android your device is running.
  4. Your phone or tablet will now search for an available update. If you are taken to another menu, select the Software update check button or similar.
  5. If an update is available for your device, you will be asked whether you wish to install it. If you select yes , the system will download and install the new software and then reboot.

Windows 11, Windows 10, or Windows 8.x

Many times, Windows Update does not provide the latest drivers for your wireless adapter. To get the most recent updates, you’ll need to visit the website of your wireless adapter’s manufacturer.

To find the manufacturer of your wireless adapter:

  1. Press Windows and Pause|Break , or right-click Computer and select Properties .
  2. From the left menu, select Device Manager .
  3. The “Device Manager” window will open. Expand Network Adapters . If the wireless card is identified, its name will display. If it is not identified, you might have an unknown device (for example, “(?) Network Controller”) listed.
  4. To identify the device, right-click the listing under “Network adapters”, select Properties , and then click the Details tab. Under “Property”, select Hardware Ids .

Most manufacturers will have support pages where you can download files for your drivers as needed. If the driver on your computer is older than the driver on the manufacturer’s website, download the newer versions.

If your gaming computer is running slowly, has long load times, shows screen tearing, lag or other artifacts, you could be wondering what you need to upgrade on your PC. It’s likely that your hardware could be to blame. If it’s been a while since you bought a new computer or upgraded the components, it might be time to take a look at what’s available now and what could improve your gaming. Follow these steps for the best gaming PC upgrades to ensure you get the most out of your hardware.

Step 1: Install RAM

If you’re having difficulty loading pages, live streaming, or switching among applications, one gaming PC upgrade to consider is increasing or replacing your computer memory (RAM). RAM stores data that is currently being used. Many games store textures and maps in RAM.

Most factory-built computers have slots to add more memory modules. If there isn’t room for more modules, you can replace existing memory with larger-capacity modules.

The Crucial® Advisor™ tool or System Scanner tool can tell you which memory modules are compatible with your computer.

Step 2: Upgrade storage

If your current storage drive is nearly full or if it is just too slow and you’re experiencing freezing or hangs, upgrade it. If you have a traditional hard drive (HDD), this is a good time to look into a solid state drive (SSD). SSDs start up faster and are more reliable and durable than HDDs. SSDs run at a higher speed, and allow the entire system to run more efficient because the other components are not waiting for data like they do when using a HDD.

Compare the current capacity of your storage drive with newer models. Both hard drives and solid state drive manufacturers are always increasing the storage capacity of drives. You can get a faster drive with more storage space relatively cheaply.

The Crucial® Advisor™ tool or System Scanner tool can tell you which SSDs are compatible with your computer.

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It’s an exciting time getting a new graphics card for your PC, especially if you are buying one of our picks for best graphics card on the market. Whether you’ve been hanging on to the same one for years, or you’re a fan of the bleeding edge, it’s something that always brings new life to your gaming.

Getting a newer, more powerful graphics card means better performance in the latest games, and in some cases, it increases the resolution you can play at. Once you’ve got your new card, making the switch is fairly straightforward but there are some things you need to make sure you do.

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Right now, graphics cards are really expensive. The trouble is that the recent cryptocurrency boom has severely increased demand because there are plenty of currencies you can successfully mine with GPUs.

Our advice is to avoid buying unless you really have to, because let’s face it, spending potentially hundreds of dollars more than you need to isn’t a good idea. But that’s not to say there aren’t deals out there worth taking advantage of, and we’re doing our best to make sure we’re bringing you those deals regularly.

Remove the old drivers

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Even if you’re going from NVIDIA to NVIDIA, or AMD to AMD, you still need to sort out the drivers. If you don’t, you’ll most likely have a bad time. trust me, I speak from experience. (Yes, I forgot to do this during an upgrade.) This will remove the drivers for your current card, so you’ll also want to make sure you hook up your monitor to the onboard display output for your PC. This way you’ll be able to see what you’re doing.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. In the Cortana search bar type device manager to go there quickest.
  2. Select display adapters.

Right click on your current graphics card.

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Select uninstall device.

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Install the new card

How to upgrade or replace your pc’s wireless card

Installing a new graphics card inside your PC is easy, whether you’re going inside a pre-built machine or a custom creation. If you built your own PC, you’ll already be familiar enough.

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What you will need to make sure of is that you have the necessary power connector for your new card. For the sake of this guide, we’re going to assume you already have a big enough power supply. But you may still need a different connector.

For example, my old GTX 1070 used an eight-pin connector, whereas my new GTX 1080 Ti uses an eight-pin and a six-pin. Your power supply may already have the additional connector attached if it’s non-modular. If it’s a modular power supply you might need to go back into the box and find another cable.

It’s then a simple matter of slotting the graphics card into the now vacant PCIe slot and connecting the power.

Getting new drivers

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To use your new graphics card, you need new drivers. The only thing that differs is where you go to get them. You’ll also still need to make sure you’re connected to your onboard display output for this, not one of those coming from the graphics card.

  • To download the latest NVIDIA drivers click here
  • To download the latest AMD driver click here

Installing the drivers is no more difficult than installing any other program on your PC. They’ll be packaged up into an executable that you just open, follow the on-screen directions, and let it do its thing.

These driver packages will also install either the NVIDIA Geforce Experience or AMD Crimson applications on your PC. You can use them or not, but they’re not necessary to use the graphics card. Both apps are, however, an easy way to make sure you always have the latest drivers for your card.

That’s it. When you fire up your PC, your new graphics card should be off and running for all the gaming you can handle.

Updated April 24, 2018: We checked through our guide to make sure you still have the best information on upgrading your graphics card.

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Whether you’re a gamer, a visual artist, an audio operator or just a regular every day PC user, eventually you will ask yourself one question. Do you need to replace your computer, or can you just upgrade it somehow?

Many people believe that simply because they’re computer is a few years old, they have to replace it. That is not necessarily true. However, the older your computer the more likely it is that you should at least look into a simple upgrade. So, you’re laptops slowing down, and you think you have to replace your computer completely? Well, with most laptops that is probably the easiest solution to most problems. However, it is fairly simple to make a few significant upgrades on your own.

If your entire system is just slowing down, you might check to see if it came with an SSD installed, or an HDD. SSDs work must faster due to the way they transfer data. If you find that there was only an HDD, then you can probably find a guide online to find out if you can replace it, and good buying guides for various laptop sized SSDs. Just be sure to check that the drive you’re buying is compatible with your machine.

If your laptop is only getting slow if you have several programs running at once or many internet browser tabs, you might actually be slightly more fortunate. This is probably due to not having enough RAM. It should be fairly simple to check how much RAM your machine came installed with and to find a guide on how to add more. Once again, be sure to check compatibility.

On a desktop computer, these two upgrades apply about the same way. Beyond the RAM and drives in a desktop or tower, there are a couple of other key ways you can upgrade your PC. The first is fairly simple

If you’re a gamer or video editor and you notice that your machine is chugging along during graphics intensive workloads, it might be time to check out your graphics card. This is actually one of the easiest upgrades you can make in a full desktop. Basically just find out what card you have and what cards are better. Once you’ve made your decision, you can pull up a general purpose guide and swap it out.

The last option for upgrade is your CPU. This is the heart of your computer and should really only be replaced if you just can’t get anything done. Only attempt to replace this part if you are confident that you are able to do all of the research into compatible motherboards, sockets, types or RAM and a few other things you’ll learn on your journey. If you don’t plan to build your own computer, this is probably the point you should replace your computer outright.

If none of these upgrades are a viable option for you, or you can’t upgrade any further, and you are still having problems, you have found the right time to replace, rather than upgrade your PC.

Are you having problems with your wireless network? If so, you are not alone. Many wireless networks sometimes slow down or temporarily break down. This poor performance impacts your productivity. While there is no golden rule for fixing wireless network issues, the following tips and tricks may help improve the performance of your network.

1. Choose a central location

Central locations provide the best signal coverage across your entire building. For two-story structures, if your router or access point is on the first floor, place the router or access point high on a shelf to provide a stronger signal for devices on the second floor.

2. Move your router off the floor

Walls, floors, and metal objects can interfere and weaken your router’s wireless signals. Locate your router to avoid these kinds of obstructions as best as possible.

3. Replace your router’s antenna

Router antennas are usually omnidirectional, meaning they broadcast in all directions. So if you place a router near an outside wall you end up broadcasting half of your wireless signals to the outside world. Many routers, however, come with removable antennas. If you replace the omnidirectional antenna with a high-gain antenna, you can aim the router’s wireless signal in the direction you want.

4. Reduce wireless interference

The most common wireless technology, 802.11g (wireless-G), operates at a frequency of 2.4 gigahertz (GHz). Many wireless electronics such as cordless telephones, microwave ovens, baby monitors, and garage door openers use this same frequency. As a result, their signal noise could interfere with the connection between your device and router.

To reduce noise, buy cordless telephones and other devices that use the 5.8 GHz or 900 megahertz (MHz) frequencies. Because 802.11n (wireless-N) operates at both 2.4 GHz and the less frequently used 5.0 GHz frequency, these higher GHz devices may cause less network interference.

5. Replace your device wireless card-based network adapter

Wireless network signals are sent to and from your computer. Devices with built-in wireless networking typically have excellent antennas. Sometimes, however, the router can broadcast to your device, but your device can’t send signals back to the router. To resolve this issue, replace your card-based wireless network adapter with a USB wireless network adapter that uses an external antenna.

6. Add a wireless repeater

Wireless repeaters are handy devices that rebroadcast a wireless signal, strengthening the signal from your router to other floors or the opposite side of a building. You can place one anywhere there’s an outlet, but look for locations that are halfway between your router, modem, or access point and your device. Research these products before investing in one. Some wireless repeaters can be difficult to configure and can drag down your network’s performance.

7. Change your wireless channel

Wireless routers can broadcast on several different channels. If you encounter interference, try changing the wireless router’s channel through the router’s configuration page, which you can usually find by opening your web browser and typing in the IP address in the address bar. You do not have to change your device’s configuration, because it can automatically detect the new channel.

8. Update your firmware or network adapter driver

Router manufacturers regularly offer free updates. Sometimes, these updates can increase your router’s performance. To receive the latest firmware updates for your router, visit your router manufacturer’s website.

Network adapter vendors also occasionally update the software or driver that Windows uses to communicate with your network adapter. These updates can improve performance and reliability. You can check your vendor’s website for updates or sign up for email newsletters to receive notification.

9. Buy equipment from a single manufacturer

Although routers and network adapters from different manufacturers work together, they might perform better if produced by the same manufacturer. These improvements can be helpful if you’re using wireless-G devices to transmit over a long distance or live in an older house where thicker walls can block more of the signal.

10. Upgrade 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g devices to 802.11n

In general, when buying new equipment, purchase wireless-N technology. Although wireless-G may be the most common wireless network, wireless-N is at least two times as fast. It also has better range and stability. Wireless-N is backward compatible with 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g, meaning you can still use any wireless equipment that you already own. However, you won’t see much improvement in performance until you upgrade your device or network adapter to wireless-N.

How to upgrade or replace your pc’s wireless card

The WiFi driver for Windows 10 is used for the Windows 10 wireless network adapters. It makes the wireless adapter work properly on your PC. This post introduces how to download, install, uninstall, reinstall, troubleshoot Windows 10 WiFi driver. For more computer tricks and free utilities, you can go to MiniTool official website.

This post teaches you how to download and install WiFi driver in Windows 10, how to update WiFi driver in Windows 10, how to uninstall and reinstall wireless network adapter driver in Windows 10, etc. Check the details below.

WiFi (Wireless) Driver for Windows 10 Download and Install

Normally the WiFi driver is automatically installed for the wireless network adapter on your Windows 10 computer.

If the WiFi driver is missing or the network adapter is not working well on your Windows 10 computer, you can manually download and install the Windows 10 WiFi driver on your PC. Check how to download and install WiFi driver in Windows 10.

One way is to press Windows + X, select Device Manager to open Device Manager in Windows 10. Expand Network adapters, right-click your wireless network adapter device, and select Update driver. Click Search automatically for updated driver software to search for the computer and internet for the latest WiFi driver. Alternatively, you can also select Uninstall device, then restart your computer to automatically install the new version of the WiFi driver.

How to upgrade or replace your pc’s wireless card

If the first way doesn’t work, you can also go to the official website of your wireless adapter to find and download the WiFi driver file on your PC and double-click the file to run the installation.

Alternatively, you can also install some free driver updater software on your PC to automatically detect and install driver updates.

How to upgrade or replace your pc’s wireless card

How to stop Windows 11 update? This post provides 5 solutions to let you disable automatic updates on Windows 11. Check the step-by-step guide.

How to Find WiFi Driver in Windows 10

To check the WiFi driver name and version in your Windows 10 computer, you can follow the steps below.

  • Press Windows + X and select Device Manager to open it.
  • Expand Network adapters, right-click your wireless adapter, and select Properties.
  • Click the Details tab and select Hardware Ids under Property to check the wireless network adapter driver name and version.

Tip: If you want to find and check Windows 10 WiFi driver folder, you can go to Windows 10 driver location to search for the wireless driver folder.

How to upgrade or replace your pc’s wireless card

If you forgot Windows 11 password, you can check the 6 solutions in this post to reset/bypass Windows 11 password. Also learn how to change Windows 11 password.

How to Update, Uninstall and Reinstall Windows 10 WiFi Driver

The WiFi driver in Windows 10 needs to be updated to fit the new versions of the wireless adapter in Windows 10. If the WiFi driver gets outdated, you can go to Device Manager, expand Network adapters, right-click the wireless adapter, and select Update driver to update it. To uninstall and reinstall the Windows 10 WiFi driver, you can select Uninstall device, and restart your computer to reinstall it.

Alternatively, you can also update to a new version of Windows 10 to get the outdated drivers also updated. To update Windows 10, you can click Start -> Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update -> Check for updates.

How to Fix WiFi Driver Windows 10 Not Working

If you meet WiFi connection issues in Windows, you can follow the guide above to update or reinstall the wireless network adapter driver in Windows 10 or check how to troubleshoot internet connection problems to fix WiFi issues in Windows 10.

How to upgrade or replace your pc’s wireless card

Windows 11 won’t update? Check the 8 solutions in this post to troubleshoot Windows 11 update problems and can’t update Windows 11 issue.

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fabrymagg, Thank you for posting in the Intel® Communities Support.

In order for us to provide the most accurate assistance on this topic, we just wanted to confirm a few details about your system:

What is the model of the motherboard?

If this is a laptop, what is the model of it?

When did you purchase this computer?

Is there any particular reason why you would like to replace the Intel® wireless card?

The Intel® 3165 wireless card, did you purchase it separately or did it come installed on the computer?

Which Windows* version are you using?

Are you using this computer at home or in the work environment?

Any questions, please let me know.

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Hello fabrymagg, I just wanted to check if you saw the information posted previously and if you need further assistance on this matter?

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fabrymagg, You are very welcome, thank you very much for providing that information.

Just to let you know, when you install the wireless card on a laptop that is what is called “Wireless Integration”, and the thing about that process is that there are a lot of components that come into play, like for example: board, Wireless card, drivers, PCI adapters antennas / m.2 port, all those parts need to be compatible for the proper functionality of the Wireless connection. There is also regulatory information about the “Wireless Integration” that you can verify in the following links since there are restrictions depending on you are located to the upgrade that you are looking for:

So, in this case, what we recommend will be to get in contact directly with HP support to check with them directly which are the wireless cards that are fully compatible with their system. Then after that, you can always visit the link below to verify the specifications of the wireless card, based on the models they recommended, to pick one or you can always provide the list here and we will be more than glad to review that list to pick one of them depending on the needs you may have in reference to the performance of the wireless connection. If it is possible for them to install it in the case there is a malfunction after installation:

If you have a laptop but find it unavailable to surf internet through wireless connection work, what will you do? How to fix the situation when wireless network adapter driver is not working? In this article, you will be able to know how to download and update Wi-Fi driver for Windows 10 computer, just follow the steps to learn!

Solution 1: Reinstall Wi-Fi Driver in Windows 10

For users whose computer can surf internet via Lan and used to be able to surf through wireless connection work, you are firstly suggested to reinstall with your target Windows 10 computer.

Step 1: Right-click “Start” button to open “Device Manager”. In the following window, you need to scroll down to find “Network Adapters”. Expand this folder and find your wireless adapter.

How to upgrade or replace your pc’s wireless card

Step 2: Check the wireless adapter name and number for downloading. You can see the information by choose the option “Properties”.

How to upgrade or replace your pc’s wireless card

Step 3: Go to manufacture website and download proper Wi-Fi driver to your computer. You are required to download the driver according to the name and number you have kept.

Step 4: Choose “Uninstall device” by right-click the wireless adapter entry. Follow the hints to get it uninstalled.

Step 5: After it has been successfully uninstalled, reboot your Windows 10 computer and launch the wireless driver you downloaded to install it.

How to upgrade or replace your pc’s wireless card

Solution 2: Free Download Matching Wireless Driver with Driver Software

If you have no idea to find out the Wi-Fi driver’s name and number, you can also get help directly from driver software. Here we take Driver Talent as example, this software can identify the wireless network in your Windows 10 computer and help to download/update to the latest version.

Step 1: Run the program on your computer and let it scan to identity the drivers’ statement of your computer.

Step 2: Download or update the drivers for the wireless network card or for other hardware devices.

How to upgrade or replace your pc’s wireless card

Step 3: According to the result, you can easily get your Windows 10 Wi-Fi driver free download and update.

Besides, if you cannot get access to network, you can also use Driver Talent to install USB wireless Lan card driver on an available computer.

You only need to choose “Peripheral Drivers” on the menu and click “Install” to save the driver to the wireless USB card. After you have successfully made this card, yo u can use it to insert to your Windows 10 computer can surf through wireless network connection.

How to upgrade or replace your pc’s wireless card

That’s all about how to download and update Wi-Fi driver for windows 10, after reading this article you will be able to get Windows 10 Wi-Fi driver downloaded by yourself now. Or you have the same problem with Windows 8.1/8/7, you can also refer to the solutions.

And except for those users who find it annoy without network, lost/forgot password for Windows computer can also be a big trouble. If you have such problems, get help from Windows Password Key now, use it to burn a bootable CD/DVD/USB flash drive to assist you recover/remove all kinds of password for login.

Looking to change your current modem and/or router out for a newer model? First, you need to be sure that your equipment is approved with your current internet provider.

Check the lists of compatible modems for your specific cable company to see what the best matching modem and router for your plan is. Once you confirmed that your devices are approved, keep on reading.

1. Connect the router to the current modem

The first thing you want to do is connect your router to a modem that is already working and connected to the internet. This way you can be sure that if the router doesn’t work, the issue isn’t with the modem since we know that the modem is working.

You will want to connect your new router and go through all of the setup steps in order to set up a wifi network. Turn off your modem, connect your router, then turn your modem and router back on.

Most routers come with some built-in settings and the device works out of the box. Check the actual modem sticker for an SSID and WiFi password – usually denoted as WPA or WEP. These are the manufacture default WiFi settings and you should be able to connect to them.

If it doesn’t work, try resetting the router and see if that helps. After that, check to see if your router requires any type of software to install (either via download or a CD). If neither of those work, you should call tech support for the router and they will help you get started.

2. Connect your new modem

Now that you have set up and tested your router, once you connect your new modem and get it connected to the internet, all of the router settings you preconfigured will still be the same and you’ll connect automatically!

Disconnect your current modem and connect your new modem, copying the original cable configuration. Unlike routers, most ISPs require that you call and activate your new modem device with them.

Look at the side of your modem for a sticker. There should be a field that says MAC – this is the id that you will need to give your internet provider in order to have them activate your device on the network. Find your provider’s information and visit their activation page or call their support line.

Once they’ve activated your new modem, your router should be all ready to go and you should be able to connect to your WiFi network!

3. If you were renting, return your equipment

This last step is only if you were renting your equipment from your provider. After activating your new modem, you should bring back all of your old equipment so that you get credited back on your monthly invoice. We recommend that you take the equipment back in person and get a receipt in order to avoid any return issues.

If you were renting and instead replaced a modem and router that you owned previously, you are all set!

It’s really quite easy to set up and activates your own internet equipment. You won’t regret the faster internet speeds and lower monthly internet bill! Any other issues? feel free to ask in the comments section below we will be happy to answer 

The laptop’s most advantage compare to PC is the movability. That means we can take our laptop battery to everywhere for work fun and so on. So we can not leave internet to get the infomation, but you can not get a Cable Internet anywhere. In that time we must use the laptop wireless Mini-Cards to connect to internet.

If you ordered a wireless card Mini with the computer, the card already installed. Your computer supports three types of cards Mini Wireless: Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), Ultra-wideband (UWB)-map Mobile Broadband or Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN). http://www.laptops-battery.co.uk

NOTE: To avoid damaging the system board, remove the laptop battery from the battery bay before starting work within the laptop. As the short circuit may damage your laptop hardware.

Usually replace the Wireless Mini-Cards will divided into 2 step : 1. Remove and replace Mini Card. 2. Removing and replace the Module Flash memory cache. We will tell you how to do them one by one.

Remove Mini Card :

Turn on your computer with Dell Latitude D830 Battery.
Loosen the eight screws in the back to captivity, and then remove the cover.
Disconnect the antenna cables from the Mini-card. (NOTE: The Mini-card may have two or three connectors, depending on the type of card you ordered.)

Release the Mini-card by removing the securing screw.
Lift the card out of its system board connector.

NOTE: The connectors are coded to ensure proper load. If you feel resistance, check the connections on the card and the Dell XPS M1730 Battery motherboard, and the reorganization of the map.
NOTE: To avoid any damage has occurred in the mini-map, never the cables on the card and remove the Sony VGP-BPS8 , Sony VGP-BPS8A .

Insert the card into the system board connector of the connector at an angle of 45 degrees.
Press the other side of the card into the slot on the system board until the card snaps into place.
Replace the locking screw.
Connect the cable to ensure the mini-card, route the cables and Dell latitude d820 battery correctly. (Connect Note: For more information on the cable to the port, see the documentation that came with your mini card.)
Insurance antenna cable used in protective mylar sleeve.
Replace the lid and tighten the eight screws.

Removing Flash Cache Module

Start your computer and remove the Sony VGP-BPS9/B Sony VGP-BPS9/Sbattery compartment cover Mini card.
Forward by touching a metal connector in the back of the computer. (NOTE: If you leave the area, ground yourself again when you return the equipment.)
Remove the M2 x 3 mm to ensure screw.
Lift the FCM out of its system board connector.

Replacing the FCM

NOTICE: Install the FCM in the WWAN slot. Do not install an FCM in the WLAN card slot. Doing so may cause damage to your Dell Inspiron 6400 Battery computer.

Insert the FCM connector at a 45-degree angle into the system board connector labeled “FCM”.
Press the other end of the FCM down into the slot on the system board until the card clicks into place.
Replace the M2 x 3-mm securing screw and inspiron 6000 battery.

Now we successful replace our Wireless Mini-Cards for my laptop by ourself.

This depends strongly on what you expect to get out of your pc.

If you are a cutting edge gamer, expect to upgrade components of your pc every 6 months, and replace the entire unit in 20 months max.

If you use your computer primarily for typing and spreadsheet stuff, probably your unit will last you three years or so.

If you surf a lot, just add memory all the time and the necessary add-ons and your unit should last you three years as well.

Of course, the assumption is that when your computer was pretty much in the cutting edge when you first got it.

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I don’t mind how much it’ll cost me, I just need a good PC!

I’d say at least:

  • Processor: 300 MHz = Pentium II, AMD K6-2
  • Memory: 64 MB
  • Hard Disk: 4 Gb
  • Video Card: 32-bit, DirectX-compliant, 4MB RAM on-board (S3 Cards, SiS Cards, etc.).
  • Sound Card: 32-bit, DirectX-compliant
  • CD-ROM: 36X
  • Connectivity: Standard ports + USB; 33.6Kbps Modem for Internet connection
  • Monitor: 14″

    And I emphasize at least. Like the others said, different people have different requirements. I’d say the heavy specs go to the graphics/movie pros and the gamers, who push the hardware to the max.

    But to answer your quesiton re: When should we replace our PCs, the answer is: only when you need to. If your PC does the job you need it for, then stick with it. You don’t need super fast PCs for word processing or basic accounting. If you demand high speed for efficiency and better productivity, maybe you’d only need to upgrade, and not totally replace PCs.

    [This message has been edited by ginoledesma (edited 06-11-2000).]

    its time to replace your pc when:

    the monitor is being used as a paper weight
    you have an 8″ floppy disk drive
    your games rely on the pc speaker to entertain you

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    I am at a bit of a crossroads with my home PC and would appreciate some input.

    The PC is 7 years old and had a new CPU about 4 years when I put XP on and it all went really weird.

    The current spec is 1gig AMB athlon, 192meg of ram. It’s got a 12gig hard drive which is 7gig full 5 gig empty.
    It’s got a DVD rom drive and a CD writer drive (one speed!).

    I recently bought a lovely 19″ TFT screen for it to replace the dead monitor.

    At the moment I use it for web, email, home accounts, word processing etc.

    I don’t play many games on it and don’t do much graphics work on it.

    It is quite “clunky”, sometimes it slows down and the hard drive will whirr for ages as if it is looking for something that it can’t locate.

    I want to use it more – for the stuff as above, also want to put all my cd’s on there and turn them into MP3’s. I want to link it to an MP3 player and burn MP3 cd’s for the car (my car CD player can play MP3 cd’s).
    I would like to be able to link my turntables up and transfer my old vinyl but this is a way off as i do not have the time at the moment.

    As far as I can see I need to add another hard drive (to move a lot of the sh1te from the main one and also to store all the MP3’s), put a new quicker cd writer in and maybe a better sound card to allow the turntables to connect (I am an ex mobile DJ so have a mixer to do the phono pre-amp stuff). I suppose a bit more RAM would be worth a thought too.

    I can see that I would be lucky to get much change out of £200 for that list so I wonder if I should save up a bit and buy a new PC that has all the stuff I need or should I upgrade what I have?

    This PC wouldn’t be scrapped, I would clear it out and put it to one side for my 7 month old son to use.

    You have a few options for connecting your desktop PC to your wireless network.

    Not all desktop PCs come with built-in wifi, which makes total sense—why wouldn’t you just use an Ethernet connection for a system that’s going to mostly sit under (or on) your desk? It’s still good to have options, especially if your desktop PC happens to be located in an area that is difficult (or annoying) to access with a cable, and adding wifi to a system that doesn’t have it is easy.

    You have a few options for connecting your desktop PC to your wireless network: you can use a USB wifi adapter, install a dedicated PCIe wifi card, or upgrade to a new motherboard with built-in wifi. (We suspect most people will go for the easiest options—numbers one and two.)

    The convenient option: USB wifi adapters

    A USB wifi adapter couldn’t be any simpler to use, assuming there aren’t any quirks with how your operating system recognizes or uses the device. Simply plug it into your desktop or laptop. You might have to install some drivers to get it up and running, but giving your system wireless capabilities should be an easy plug-and-play routine after that.

    Since it’s a USB adapter, you can plug it into any working USB port on your system—on the front or rear of your system, and USB 2.0 or USB 3.0, too. (Though you might want to try USB 2.0 if you encounter any issues with a USB 3.0 port on an older desktop.)

    Sounds good
    Have up to 20 hours of battery life and can be used in multiple different listening modes to make you as aware as you want to be of your surroundings.

    The disadvantage of a USB wifi adapter is that you might find yourself bumped offline should your system go to sleep. You’ll want to play around with Window’s settings for sleep mode (sometimes, the answer might be a not-so-obvious choice ). You might even have to jump into your motherboard’s BIOS to make sure there aren’t any settings that are kicking off your USB devices when your system sleeps. You could also just disable sleep mode entirely, which isn’t the worst idea.

    Additionally, USB wifi adapters can be hit and miss with their performance . Make sure whatever you buy is at least rated for speeds your router can support—don’t buy a cheap wireless-n adapter if you just purchased a brand-new AC1200 router, for example. And know that an adapter isn’t a guarantee; you might still have spotty connectivity wherever it is you’re trying to connect your system, or the adapter might not be as strong as it sounds on paper.

    If you know your system is always going to need wifi access, you’re better off investing in a PCIe adapter with dedicated antennas. While these aren’t guaranteed to always beat USB adapters for performance in every situation, odds are good that you’ll encounter better speeds and lower latency (at least, compared to a tiny USB 2.0 adapter).

    Best for connectivity: PCIe wifi adapters

    PCIe wifi adapters offer the same kind of connectivity you’d find on motherboards with built-in wifi. They generally tend to work better than USB adapters—the tiny ones, at least—giving you more stable connections across longer distances (and better throughput). They’re also great if you know you’re going to need to use most of (or all) or your system’s USB connections. Offload your wireless adapter elsewhere so you have plenty of space for that flash drive, gaming mouse, or humping dog .

    There are only three real downsides to PCIe wifi adapters, and they’re relatively minor. First, these devices can be a little more expensive than USB wifi adapters, depending on what capabilities you’re looking to get. Second, you’ll have to install them in your system. That shouldn’t be a problem for most people, but it can be daunting for newbies. Finally, depending on your motherboard’s configuration and how much other hardware you’ve stuffed inside your system, you might not have room for a dedicated PCIe wifi adapter. If so, it’s back to a USB adapter for you.

    Best if you’re already upgrading your PC: A wifi-enabled motherboard

    If you’re planning to upgrade your PC anyway, and you suspect you might need wireless connectivity at some point—even if it’s just to have a simple backup solution if your Ethernet connection ever gets wonky—consider shopping for a motherboard with wifi capabilities built in. Some might even come with external antennas that connect to the rear of your motherboard and allow you to position them wherever you want (like on your desk), rather than having them shoot directly out the back of your desktop PC. It’s a minor point, but one that might get you a slightly stronger signal (or work better for your desk setup).

    This article was originally published in April 2014 and updated on 12/5/19 with more thorough and current information. Updated 3/3/22 with new details.

    Are you having problems with your Wi-Fi on Windows 10? Is your Windows 10 PC unable to connect to Wi-Fi networks? In this guide, we will see how to fix common Wi-Fi issues by reinstalling the Wi-Fi driver.

    On your Windows 10 PC, you might encounter issues while connecting to a Wi-Fi network or Windows 10 might intermittently disconnect from the connected Wi-Fi network. Your PC might not detect available Wi-Fi networks or fail to connect to a wireless network. At times, the Wi-Fi adapter might refuse to turn on or off.

    How to upgrade or replace your pc’s wireless card

    Most of the Wi-Fi related issues on your PC can be fixed by reinstalling the Wi-Fi driver on your PC. In fact, it’s the ultimate solution out there to fix Wi-Fi issues. Reinstalling the wireless driver includes downloading a fresh copy of the driver, uninstalling the current driver from your PC, and then installing the fresh copy of the driver.

    Complete the given below directions to reinstall the wireless or Wi-Fi driver on your Windows 10 PC.

    IMPORTANT: When you reinstall the Wi-Fi driver, Windows will delete all saved Wi-Fi network passwords. That means, after installing the Wi-Fi driver, you will have to enter the password again to connect to a wireless network. If you have forgotten the Wi-Fi password, please refer to our how to view saved Wi-Fi password in Windows 10 guide to back up all Wi-Fi passwords before uninstalling the driver.

    Reinstalling the Wi-Fi driver in Windows 10

    Step 1: Open Device Manager. To do so, right-click on the Start button and then click Device Manager.

    How to upgrade or replace your pc’s wireless card

    Step 2: In the Device Manager, expand Network Adapters to see all network adapters, including the wireless adapter. The Wi-Fi adapter usually has the term “wireless” in its entry.

    How to upgrade or replace your pc’s wireless card

    Note down the wireless adapter name and number as you will need to download the adapter driver before uninstalling the present driver. Once you uninstall the present wireless driver, your Wi-Fi adapter will stop working, so you cannot download the new driver unless you have an Ethernet connection.

    To check the version number of the driver, right-click on the wireless driver entry in Device Manager, click Network adapters, click Properties, click the Driver tab.

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    Step 3: Visit the wireless adapter’s official website or your PC manufacturer’s website, and download the right Wi-Fi driver. We repeat, make sure that you have downloaded the right wireless adapter driver.

    Step 4: Now that you have downloaded the Wi-Fi driver, it’s time to uninstall the current driver. In the Device Manager, right-click on the wireless adapter entry, and click the Uninstall device option.

    In the older versions of Windows 10 (build 10240), you will see only Uninstall instead of Uninstall device option.

    How to upgrade or replace your pc’s wireless card

    Step 5: When you see the following confirmation dialog, please select Delete driver software for this device checkbox and then click the Uninstall button to uninstall the driver as well as the device.

    How to upgrade or replace your pc’s wireless card

    Step 6: Once the driver is uninstalled, save your work, and restart your PC once. Please reboot your PC once to avoid driver issues later.

    Step 7: Launch the setup of the new driver that you downloaded previously (as mentioned in Step 3), and follow the on-screen directions to install the driver. That’s it!

    How to upgrade or replace your pc’s wireless card

    If asked, perform a reboot to complete the driver installation.

    You can now click on the Wi-Fi or wireless icon on the taskbar to see all available wireless networks. If the icon is missing, please refer to our fix to wireless icon missing from Windows 10 taskbar guide.

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    Hi Praveenan PH, thank you for your suggestion, where you say there are four options I only get three and ‘manually connect to a wireless network’ is not one of them. What shall I do now? The three options I get are #1, Set up a broadband or dial-up connection to the internet.

    #2, Set up a new network.

    #3, Connect to a workplace.

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    I clicked on ‘set up a new network’ but all that comes up is “choose a wireless router or access point that you want to configure” and underneath is an outline of a box but it is empty. Regards G.

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    I clicked on ‘set up a new network’ but all that comes up is “choose a wireless router or access point that you want to configure” and underneath is an outline of a box but it is empty. Regards G.

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    No problem. Now that we are beyond that.

    From your original post:
    “My desktop computer is connected via an Ethernet cable. I also now have a tablet so I need to change my wired connection to wireless so that I can use the tablet.”

    So the questions for you to answer are:
    What wireless access point do you have connected to your network? (Make & Model)
    Is your router/modem a wireless access point? (Make & Model)

    Essentially – in order to use the wireless on your tablet you must have another device (wireless access point) to connect to.

    The simple beauty of building a PC is having a constant gaming platform. While new generations of consoles appear every few years, resetting entire game libraries in the upgrade process, your PC will by-and-large continue to play every game you’ve ever bought. Consoles need an entire hardware overhaul every few years. As PC gamers, we have the luxury of making simpler, easier upgrades whenever we see fit.

    But how do you know when it’s time to make those upgrades? And here’s the trickier question: how do you know which parts of your rig need the most urgent attention?

    Upgrading your PC can help turn a 12-frame-per-second chug-fest into a sublime 60 fps gaming masterpiece. But reaching that point isn’t always as simple as plopping in a new graphics card, and it can be tough to identify what parts are due for an upgrade. We’ve broken down everything you need to know about upgrading your PC: when you need a new graphics card vs. a new CPU, when your old hard drive or RAM are holding you back, how proper cooling can affect your performance.

    Each of the following pages addresses a part of your gaming PC that affects performance. First we’ll tell you how to identify that a part needs an upgrade. Then we’ll tell you how to pick a new part to get your PC back into fighting shape. And if you do an entire system upgrade, check out our guide on what to do with your old PC.

    Right now I’m finding out how to use Wi-fi from my PC. I can’t find the Wi-fi option in the settings menu. When I try to troubleshoot, it told me to plug the Ethernet cable. How to change from Ethernet to Wireless internet?

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    Hi Miachael, you must first check o see if you have indeed got a WiFi card on your PC. All laptops have this functionality a lot of PC’s do not

    Open Device Manager (accessible by right clicking your Start Button)

    Expand the Network Adapters section

    Do you see a WiFi card listed there – please provide a list of the devices listed there . . .

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    The devices listed there:

    Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller

    WAN Miniport (IKEv2, IP, IPv6, L2TP, Network Monitor, PPPOE, PPTP, SSTP)

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    1) Do you have a WiFi router?

    A WiFi router transmits data to your computer over the air. Without a WiFi router, you cannot use WiFi.

    2) Does your computer have a built-in WiFi adapter?

    A WiFi adapter is a type of antenna that receives the data transmitted by a WiFi router. If your computer does not have a built-in WiFi adapter you can purchase a separate WiFi adapter that will connect to a USB port on your computer.

    WiFi router – Every WiFi router comes with a detailed instruction manual that explains how to set it up. If you can’t find the manual for your router you can also read it on the manufacturer’s website. In fact, the manufacturer’s website should have detailed information on setting up a WiFi network.

    WiFi adapter – In order for hardware like a WiFi adapter to work with Windows, you have to install software called a driver. The driver makes it possible for hardware to communicate with Windows. Drivers are always free. If your computer has a built-in WiFi adapter, a driver has already been installed. If you buy a separate WiFi adapter, the driver probably came on a CD or you can get it from the manufacturer’s website. The most important detail here is to make sure that you have a driver that has been tested by the manufacturer to make sure it will work with Windows 10.

    Getting it done:

    Step 1– If you need to, install the driver for your WiFi adapter.

    Step 2– Follow the directions in your WiFi router instruction manual.

    Step 3– Very important: Give your WiFi network a password, otherwise anyone can use it, and give you router its own password, so no one can hack in to your router.

    A laptop with the latest and greatest WiFi equipment will communicate no faster or better than the router or wireless access point’s top speed. Here are some things you can purchase to boost your wireless network to the next level.

    Upgrade your wireless hardware so that it matches the capabilities of your laptop. Current laptops come equipped with 802.11g or 802.11n WiFi circuitry; if your router is an 802.11b device, that is the speed you’ll get. The good news: prices for wireless equipment, like most technology, continue to go down even as capabilities improve.

    Upgrade the standard antenna on your router from the omnidirectional design provided by most manufacturers. An omni antenna is meant to send the signal in all directions; a directional signal allows you to aim the signal where you need it. Check with the maker of your router, or electronics suppliers, for information about purchasing a replacement antenna.

    Boost the capabilities of an older laptop’s wireless hardware by disabling its built-in WiFi circuit and antenna and installing an external adapter that uses the latest technology and has a larger antenna. External WiFi devices may plug directly into your laptop’s USB port or attach to it by cable. You can also purchase adapters that plug into a PC Card or ExpressCard slot.

    Repeat or expand your signal. You can add a wireless amplifier (called a repeater or a range expander) that picks up the signal from your router and then retransmits it. The best use of this sort of device is to place it somewhere near the edge of your existing signal; it then rebroadcasts the signal to cover more territory.