03-29-2017 12:09 PM
Good day, I'm looking for a recommendation for a new card that will support 'N' and 5GHZ ?
HP Envy DV7-7270ca existing original wireless is an Intel Centrio Wireless-N 2230 card.
Thank you for your insight.
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03-29-2017 12:31 PM - edited 03-29-2017 12:31 PM
The problem is that your laptop is on the borderline of the "whitelist". Up until about Q4 2014 HP laptops had a BIOS whitelist which would place a hard stop on booting the machine if any non-approved wireless card is installed. We know that all 4th gen Intel Core machines with Windows 8 and newer do not have the whitelist but I am not sure the dv7-7000 series with 3rd gen Intel Core does or does not have the whitelist "problem".
See page 28 of the Manual here:
The parts list identifies a
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 WLAN module 670691-001
That part number is actually a Ralink and is nothing you would want. If there is a whitelist you cannot use an Advanced-N 6230 (which is what you want to have) from another OEM supplier (say from a Lenovo or Toshiba laptop).
If there is no whitelist you can install any wireless card of the right form factor including an 802.11ac card, which is what you really would want.
Above would be the top of the line best card you could install. For $22 it might be worth the risk to try it and I have a recollection that some who own the dv7-7000 series have reported no whitelist but I cannot guarantee it.
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03-29-2017 02:02 PM
Hi, @oleinfidel :
Please read this discussion.
You can install the Intel 7260 dual band N or AC card...
03-29-2017 05:23 PM
You're very welcome, Todd.
Please post back and let us know how your wireless card upgrade went.
Feedback from forum members such as yourself, is the only way we are able to collect information like this to help others upgrade wlan cards on those 'borderline' models where the whitelist was being phased out.
I have given this information to several forum members, and I hear crickets afterward, save for that one discussion.
03-31-2017 07:13 PM
Thank you again to Paul for a spot on recommendation. I purchased the Intel 7260 dual band AC wireless card [40 bucks on Amazon] arrived in two days, Calgary to Edmonton...
Two minutes to swap out. Downloaded the "Intel Driver Update Utility" to install latest drivers and now my Chromecast 1080 streaming is great !....no stuttering, crystal clear.
Thank you !