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02-27-2021 02:54 PM - edited 02-27-2021 02:55 PM
Hi, I am trying to figure out if I can upgrade my laptop's wifi adapter to AX200 or AX210, I have a releak RTL8821CE on my laptop now, I wonder if it is whitelisted for this laptop. I wanted to upgrade because wifi 6 and wifi 6e are out now and this RTL8821CE is still using the old wifi 4, You guys have any idea? My laptop is using I5 8265U
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02-27-2021 03:22 PM - edited 03-01-2021 07:23 AM
Unfortunately, HP does not release any info on what notebooks have whitelists.
Most of them made from 2014 on do not, with a few exceptions.
We find this info out from feedback from other forum members.
However, notebooks with the RTL8821CE wifi adapters only have one wifi antenna, and the dual band Intel AX cards require two.
Adding a second wifi antenna and transceiver would require the complete disassembly of the notebook including the display panel area to properly route the second antenna wire.
If you want to go through all of that trouble to run a second antenna wire, you can try this card and see if it works...
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 ax 2×2 + Bluetooth 5.0 MU-MIMO M.2 2230 non-vPro HP part # L35282-005.
You should be able to find the card on eBay by searching by the HP part number.
Below is the link to the service manual, where you can find the wifi card removal and replacement procedure.
The antenna kit and part number can be found in chapter 3 on page 22.
Dual antennas HP part # L22497-001.
You can use the existing antenna and just add the one that is missing. It would be a different length.
03-01-2021 07:38 AM
The service manual has that information on how to run the cables...chapter 6, page 72.
Also believe that the antennas are two separate wires.
One runs on the left side of the display and the other on the right.