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Is it possible to upgrade the WiFi mini PCI-e card on my netbook?

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I've heard that a lot of people have been doing this kind of stuff on their EEE PC netbooks for quite some time, and I'm heavily interested in doing this because my current wifi card (The stock Atheros AR9285) sucks.

I've ben thinking of getting this baby for my netbook (an Asus EEE PC 1005HA), it fits because the Atheros card is 2 times larger than the Intel one, thing is... would it work?

Where can I get that card? How can I install it inside my netbook?
Edited by Icekilla - 2/14/11 at 9:22pm
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It should fit, just open the netbook and look for the mini PCI-e slot.
Try ebay for finding it.
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You should be able to upgrade it no problem. those things are meant to come out and be replaced.

try newegg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...e=&srchInDesc=
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Ok there's one thing about this Intel card and the Atheros one... I've researched a bit about my netbook and it turns out that the Atheros card has one antenna connector, while the Intel card has 3 connectors (Perhaps for MIMO).

The problem is that IIRC the Asus EEE PC 1005HA only has one antenna, and I'll need another 2 if I want to use this baby to the max.

My questions are:

* Can I operate the card with only 1 antenna connected?
* Will I still get full performance if I don't connect the other 2 antennas
* If I have to install the other 2 antennas, how do I do so?

And, if there's no solution... Can you reccomend a new WiFi card that...

* Is Mini PCI-e
* Works with WiFi B/G/N at least.
* Has a great coverage range.
* Works for WiFi Authoring (AKA WifiWay).

Please?

The WiFi authoring thing is for school, we're doing a project related to WiFi networks security.
Edited by Icekilla - 2/15/11 at 8:40am
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Originally Posted by Icekilla View Post
Ok there's one thing about this Intel card and the Atheros one... I've researched a bit about my netbook and it turns out that the Atheros card has one antenna connector, while the Intel card has 3 connectors (Perhaps for MIMO).

The problem is that IIRC the Asus EEE PC 1005HA only has one antenna, and I'll need another 2 if I want to use this baby to the max.

My questions are:

* Can I operate the card with only 1 antenna connected?
* Will I still get full performance if I don't connect the other 2 antennas
* If I have to install the other 2 antennas, how do I do so?
Do you have a N router capable of 450Mbps? There are less than 5 on the market. If not, you can get a cheaper Intel 5100.
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Originally Posted by Icekilla View Post
Ok there's one thing about this Intel card and the Atheros one... I've researched a bit about my netbook and it turns out that the Atheros card has one antenna connector, while the Intel card has 3 connectors (Perhaps for MIMO).

The problem is that IIRC the Asus EEE PC 1005HA only has one antenna, and I'll need another 2 if I want to use this baby to the max.

My questions are:

* Can I operate the card with only 1 antenna connected?
* Will I still get full performance if I don't connect the other 2 antennas
* If I have to install the other 2 antennas, how do I do so?
I believe you can buy antennas that you could just kinda run around the inside of your casing.
Duckie also made a good point too.
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What interests me about the Ultimate is that it's half sized, and that would come very handy for me since space is very limited. Although the Intel 5100 is also half sized and it seems solid too. It just worries me that it might no work with WifiWay 2.0.1

Here's a pic of the Atheros antenna in place


The red circle is the WiFi card, and in fact it's half sized.

Edited by Icekilla - 2/14/11 at 9:53pm
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I was thinking something... would a regular sized Mini PCI-e card fit in there?
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Although I cant offer anything to this thread, I'd also like to learn a bit from this.

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Ok I've done some more research and I think that if I buy an Intel card, I'll have to buy a pair of

antennas too, and place them somewhere in my netbook. Maybe if they're small enough I could place one right above the SD card reader and the other one at the lower left area. All I need to know is how big they are and if they'd fit well.

I just saw a few more pictures of my netbook's model dissasembled and installing some extra antennas, and I think I could follow this guy's example



Here's the antenna in place



Here's everything in it's place

He placed one antenna at the top right (the orange square, that's an antenna), and my plan would be to place the two antennas around the same area, one next to each other, pretty much like this



Now, there are some things that concern me: if I put the antennas that close, could they have some kind of interference? Would it be OK to place them there? And, are the antennas small enough to fit in that place? And if not I guess it's ok because I can place one antenna at the top left, and the other one right above the SD card reader, right?

Placing them there means pretty much that I won't have to dissasemble the netbook a lot, I'd just have to remove the hard drive to do some cable management.

BTW, what's that yellow tape they're using to hold the wires in place?
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