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Upgrade for Pavilion p7-1254 802.11 wireless b/g/n & Bluetooth 3.0 half-length PCI-Express Mini card

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Wondering if there's an upgrade card available which handles 5 GHz and also excellent speeds. The current card maxes out around 130 Mbps and I don't want my ISP giving me excuses about the card's speed. An Ethernet cable to the ISP's modem brings 1 Gbps to the table. Good ideas, anyone? Thanks very much.

Here's the desktop's product page - http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03135882

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Find a PCIe Mini-Card to replace your existing solution.
Replacement should be compliant with IEEE 802.11ac (December 2013 ratified) and include Bluetooth 4.0
You may desire to change or replace the existing antennas used by the PCIe MiniCard.
Numerous offerings for laptops, and desktops to choose from.

Your home Wireless Access Point (WAP) or Wireless Router will also need to be IEEE 802.11ac compliant (replacement?) for full potential.
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Some of the earlier 802.11ac cards did not have Bluetooth OR were not fully version 4.0 compliant.

Realtek, Atheros/Qualcomm, and Intel are 3 manufacturers.
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Thanks, beatgr 🙂 this is very helpful. I didn't have the hours for shagging down the specs I need because I'm not up on the ever-changing ones, like Bluetooth 4. My current card has internal antennas so I'll stick with that.

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FYI --the below information is not bluetooth but it's nice to know

 

IMPORTANT! The IEEE 802.11n/ac standard prohibits using High Throughput with WEP or WPA-TKIP as the unicast cipher. If you use these encryption methods, your data rate will drop to IEEE 802.11g 54Mbps connection.

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Interesting, that, Big_Dave. I'd been nosing around about throughputs and hadn't found that. Thanks. The reason I'm trying the upgrade is because wireless throughput with my ISP's standard issue router tops out between 50 and 70 Mbps with the existing wireless mini card.

But I *did* find that 256-bit security is conspicuously absent on all the wireless cards I found with the ac standard. I find that to be a giant step backwards. Script kiddies in high school regularly hack 128-bit systems. I don't use Bluetooth on the box in question so I just disable it.

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WPA2+AES should get you to 256 bit security with wireless.   I am using a Broadcom 802.11ac wireless adapter.

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