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Hello,

 

   I have a HP Pavilion 15 e001ax which has Ralink RT3290 wifi card and I want to upgrade my wifi card ot the latest supported wifi card, what are my options? Kindly Please Help....

 

Thanks in advance!!!!

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Hi, @luvshiv :

 

Yes, you can change the wireless card in your notebook under two conditions...

 

1.  Ensure that there are two antennas connected to the current wireless card you have in there now.

 

2. If there is only one antenna present, be willing and able to disassemble the entire notebook including the display panel area to properly run a second antenna.

 

Because your notebook has an AMD processor and chipset, you are limited to the following Broadcom dual band wireless cards with bluetooth...

 

Dual band Wireless AC

 

Broadcom BCM4352 802.11ac 2x2 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0 combo

HP Part # 724935-001

 

Dual band Wireless N

 

Broadcom BCM943228HMB WiDi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2x2 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0 combo

HP Part # 730668-001

 

 

See chapter 5 of the service manual below for the wlan card removal and replacement procedures.  Do not rely on the illustration to confirm that your notebook has two antennas connected to the wlan card.

 

http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03939658

 

Looks pretty easy to do if your notebook has two antennas connected.

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Thank you so much for your quick response, Are these two the only options that I have?


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Hi, @luvshiv :

 

Yes, you can change the wireless card in your notebook under two conditions...

 

1.  Ensure that there are two antennas connected to the current wireless card you have in there now.

 

2. If there is only one antenna present, be willing and able to disassemble the entire notebook including the display panel area to properly run a second antenna.

 

Because your notebook has an AMD processor and chipset, you are limited to the following Broadcom dual band wireless cards with bluetooth...

 

Dual band Wireless AC

 

Broadcom BCM4352 802.11ac 2x2 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0 combo

HP Part # 724935-001

 

Dual band Wireless N

 

Broadcom BCM943228HMB WiDi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2x2 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0 combo

HP Part # 730668-001

 

 

See chapter 5 of the service manual below for the wlan card removal and replacement procedures.  Do not rely on the illustration to confirm that your notebook has two antennas connected to the wlan card.

 

http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03939658

 

Looks pretty easy to do if your notebook has two antennas connected.




Also are these two chipsest for which manufacturers can differ? 

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You're very welcome.

 

Those are the only two cards that I know of that will work.

 

I do not know of any other wireless card manufacturers that make dual band wireless cards for notebooks exept Intel.

 

An Intel wireless card most likely will not work in your notebook because it has AMD hardware, so that is why I don't recommend you risk getting an Intel card on a 90% probability it won't work, where there is a 100% probability the Broadcom cards will--as long as your notebook has 2 antennas to connect to the card.

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Thank you so much buddy for all the help.

With your suggestion, I am keeping my fingers crossed and thus ordering the below...

BroadCom BCM4352 BCM94352HMB Half Mini PCIe PCI-express Wireless WIFI WLAN BT Bluetooth Card 802.11AC 867Mhz for 724935-001
http://s.aliexpress.com/iM3eEnqI
(from AliExpress Android)

King highlight to me anything that you would like to highlight as the order will be shipped not too soon...
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You're very welcome.

 

I take it then that your notebook does have two antennas connected to the current wifi card?

 

If so, you should be all set.

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If your willing to loose a USB port, you can buy a USB adaptor that supports the duel bands and AC. I found that my laptop only has one antenna which is probably typical on a single band card installed from manufacture. Antennas are not expensive, you can buy them from Amazon for around $10. But it's the disaasembly of laptop to run the antenna that's a challenge. I think a external adaptor is a easier choice. 

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Paul - Yes I got it confirmed today that my laptop has got two antenna connected to my wifi card and then I have placed the order, Keeping my fingers crossed & I shall keep posted with the updates. Thanks Cheif

Scott - I know USB wifi adaptor is a option but I am not looking for one... Thanks to you.

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That is great news.

 

You should be all set then.

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