12-01-2020 07:01 AM
So is it possible to install a wifi card that supports 5g and is compatible with my laptop that uses the Realtek RTL8723BE without running any wires. Something that is just plug and play? I saw this list on another thread and it said that the last one that says dual band supports both 2.4 and 5. Is that accurate? Do all the wifi cards above it not support 5g. Would someone please be kind enough to help me with my doubts?
Please and thank you
NetworkingIntegrated wireless options with single antenna (M.2):
Compatible with Miracast-certified devices
Support for the following WLAN formats:
● Realtek RTL8188EE 802.11bgn 1x1 Wi-Fi Adapter
● Realtek RT8723BE 802.11bgn 1x1 Wi-Fi + BT4.0 Combo Adapter
● Broadcom BCM43142 802.11 bgn 1x1 Wi-Fi + BT4.0 HMC Combo Adapter
● Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 802.11 ac 1x1 WiFi + BT 4.0 Combo Adapter
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12-01-2020 07:25 AM
The only wifi adapter on the list you posted that supports dual band wifi is the Intel 3165 AC.
However, that wifi adapter requires two antennas in order for the wifi and bluetooth to work.
I am 99% sure that your notebook only has one antenna wire, so if you want to use the Intel 3165 AC card, you will have to attach the single antenna wire to the wifi card's 'Main' antenna terminal and go without Bluetooth.
12-01-2020 07:39 AM
You would not be able to use the Intel card.
This is the service manual that supports your notebook's model series.
Chapter 3, page 28 has the list of supported wifi adapters.
The only dual band card that would work in your notebook would be the Broadcom BCM4352, but again...no Bluetooth.
12-01-2020 08:27 AM
Because the dual band cards that work with your notebook all require two antenna cables and yours only has one.
The Bluetooth works off the auxiliary terminal which won't have an antenna connected to it.
The bluetooth will show up but the signal will be too weak for the bluetooth to connect to anything.
12-01-2020 08:34 AM
Unfortunately I wouldn't be able to help you with that.
Your specific model PC was only designed to work with single band wifi cards.
You would have to order the antenna kit listed in the service manual, and completely disassemble the entire notebook including the display panel to properly run a second antenna and transceiver.
IMHO, such an upgrade isn't worth the time and effort.