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Can I upgrade my wifi card?

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Laptop 15-ay009dx
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

Can I upgrade my wifi card to ac and bluetooth? Preferably a 5ghz card if possible.

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@mcnaught82 

 

You can use following cards

 

  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 802.11 ac 1x1 WiFi + BT 4.2 Combo part # 806723-005
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168 802.11 ac 1x1 WiFi + BT 4.2 Combo Adapter part # 863934-855

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Hi, @mcnaught82 

 

The two cards listed above require two antenna wires be connected to the wifi card in order for the Bluetooth to work.

 

Your notebook only has one antenna wire.

 

There is only one dual band AC wifi card where both the wifi and Bluetooth will work with a single antenna wire, and that is this one...

 

Realtek RTL8821CE 802.11 ac 1x1 WiFi + Bluetooth 4.2 Combo Adapter (MU-MIMO supported) HP part # L17365-005.

 

You can find this model on eBay, or Ali Express,

 

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=L17365-005&_sacat=0&_sop=15

 

The card will have the same 72 MBPS throughput as the RTL8188EE on the 2.4 GHz wifi band, but on the 5.0 GHz wifi band, it will have a max throughput of 433 MBPS when you have an AC router with an excellent wifi signal strength.

 

Below is the link to the service manual, where you can find the wifi card removal and replacement procedure.

 

h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c05087748

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