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Replacing on PCI-e mini laptop wireless with a different brand

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December 3, 2012 1:11:33 PM

My brother has a Asus K601 laptop with a atheros - Azure AR5B95 wireless card.

He has had a terrible time with it since he bought the laptop 2 years ago. Wireless speeds are horrible. If you google this card's model number you find lots of people with issues. We tried bios driver updates and a few differnt drivers.

My quesiton is.. Can I replace this card with a differnt brand of card? Looking at the specs on amazon and elsewhere it looks like a half mini PCI-e card
http://www.amazon.com/Atheros-AR5B95-AR9285-802-11B-PCI...

Since there are tons of bad reviews all over the place my plan was to replace it with an intel model
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-802-11n-draft-Wi-Fi-Adapter...

Is there any reason this wouldnt work?
a b D Laptop
December 3, 2012 1:17:32 PM

it should work as it uses the same interface, the antenna clips look slightly different
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December 3, 2012 1:29:25 PM

are the antenna ports fairly standard?
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December 3, 2012 1:32:34 PM

Yes they are all standard. Just make sure you connect the black and white wires the right way around when you fit the new card in.
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a b D Laptop
December 3, 2012 1:34:03 PM

i dont know as i have never messed with replacing mini pcie wireless cards, the clips are almost the same..maybe one picture is slightly smaller, its hard to tell but i would gamble and buy that card for $10
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