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I want to upgrade my wireless adaptor to get 5GHz

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HP Pavilion Notebook - 15-p222
Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-bit)

Can I buy and add a dual band adapter to my laptop?  Right now I have the most updated driver for my Realtek RTL8188EE 801.11 bgn Wi-Fi adapter -- which does not access 5GHz bandwidth.  Is it possible to buy a dual band adapter that will work with my laptop and, if so, can I just attach it to the laptop by a USB port or would I have to take my laptop in to be opened?

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Here is the problem. Since your laptop came with the RTL8188EE wlan + bt card it only has one antenna. While you have no whitelist and could theoretically install any wireless card of the same form factor, to install any decent dual band card would require adding a second antenna which is a MAJOR project requiring nearly 100% disassembly. 

 

See pp. 3-4 of the Manual here:

 

Service Manual

 

If you have to pay someone the labor to do it, it is just not going to make economic sense. 

 

On the other hand for under $15 you can get a usb dual band wireless card like this:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Adapter-Desktop-Backward-Compatible-Supports/dp/B01HO53CTO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8...

 

They actually perform pretty well and don't stick out from the chassis much. 

 

Post back if you want more help. 

 

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