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I would like to upgrade to WiFi 6 on my desktop but am unsure of what card to buy. Any suggestions?

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Anytime.

 

It may not be as hard as you think...but you will need to invest in a small piece of equipment.

 

Buy a USB to NVMe adapter...something like this.

 

Amazon.com: SSK Aluminum M.2 NVME SSD Enclosure Adapter, USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) to NVME PCI-E M...

 

Use free cloning software to clone your existing drive's configuration to the larger SSD.

 

See this discussion for the software I recommend, and the other info regarding cloning a smaller drive's contents to a larger one.

 

Re: Need to replace SSD: two questions - HP Support Community - 8507347

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Hi:

 

What model Wi-Fi adapter does your PC have installed now?

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I believe this is what I currently have:  Realtek RTL8821ce 802.11ac PCIe Adapter

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That model card only uses one antenna wire to work, and a Wi-Fi 6 card would require two antenna wires.

 

So, my next question would be:  Is there a second antenna wire inside the case that is not being used, or only one going to the Wi-Fi card and no spare antenna wire?

 

If there are two wires you can connect to the card, then you should be able to upgrade to this model:

 

Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 ax 2×2 + Bluetooth 5.0 MU-MIMO M.2 2230 non-vPro   HP part number L35282-005.

 

You can find this model Wi-Fi card on eBay.

 

Search by the HP part number, not the model of the Wi-Fi card.

 

If there is only one wire, then you would have to buy a compatible desktop Wi-Fi conversion kit and use external antennas.

 

Something like this...Intel cards have to be non-vPro and looking at the blow-up illustrations of the Wi-Fi card kit, the SPS number they show is for a non-vPro card.

 

Amazon.com: 3000Mbps Dual Band Wi-Fi 6 Intel AX200 Gig+ Desktop Kit Bluetooth 5.1 for M.2 2230 Key E...

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I'm not sure about the second wire. But I'm going to be opening up the computer to swap out an SSD so I'll take a look. Thanks for your suggestions!

 

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Also - as long as I have you here. My computer currently has an SSD and a regular HD. I bought a bigger SSD but can I just add it or does it have to replace the one currently in my computer? Didn't know if there was a way to have 2 SSD drives installed. Thanks!

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You're very welcome.

 

You would have to provide the product number or full model number of your PC to see if it has 2 M.2 SSD slots.

 

The motherboard specs should have that info.

 

Most still only come with one.

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These are the specs:  

  • One PCIe x16 socket
  • One PCIe x1 socket
  • One M.2 socket 1, key A
  • One M.2 socket 3, key M for SSD (PCIe x4)
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Thanks:

 

You only have one M.2 slot for a SSD, so you would have to remove the existing one and install one having a larger storage capacity,

 

The One M.2 socket 1, key A is only for the Wi-Fi adapter.

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Okay thanks. This is turning into a harder project than I anticipated. I'd have to get everything on the original SSD somehow transferred to the new SSD and I have no idea how to do that. If I take out the original SSD - I have no OS in the computer to work from.

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