I think the Wifi adapter in my laptop is failing

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  1. nessie

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    The rest of my devices get speeds of 50-60 mbps, this one gets 1-3, and sometimes it drops and I lose the connection completely. I don't have this problem when it's connected via ethernet cable. Is the general solution to get a powerline adapter so I can connect it via ethernet cable always? (My laptop is downstairs and the router/modem is upstairs)
     
  2. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    If the laptop’s built-in wireless is failing, and you find that it’s a hardware issue, you may find that the wireless adapter in the laptop can be replaced, even upgraded — if wireless is provided by an add-on adapter card (attached to the motherboard; a so-called daughterboard).

    Or... the laptop’s built-in wireless adapter could be disabled and replaced using some USB wireless adapter.
     
  3. nessie

    nessie Member

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    Thanks! I think replacing the adapter inside the laptop is beyond my capabilities, but didn't realize you could get a USB wireless adapter to replace the one in the laptop. I think I'll try that

    Though my laptop has only 2 USB ports, think I'll need a usb splitter too
     
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  4. pdhenry

    pdhenry Ruthless

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    USB WiFi adapters are cheap, and you can find them so small that they barely stick out. This little one's $9.99

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  5. WVZR1

    WVZR1 Well-Known Member

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    Brand and model of the 'laptop'? - it might be less expensive and likely a better approach to replace the WiFi Adapter in the 'laptop' itself. Brand, specific model and as much info as you know about the 'laptop'!
     
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  6. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

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  7. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

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    i always avoid laptop repairs other than batteries, hard drives, and ram, they can be time consuming and a huge pita - an inexpensive plug-in usb solution would be a no-brainer, imho.
     
  8. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

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    When you add in your labor opening the laptop up there is rarely a case where it's less expensive than a $10 USB WiFi dongle.
     
  9. WVZR1

    WVZR1 Well-Known Member

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    If info isn't mentioned then one will 'never' know. It could actually be just a matter of updating 'device drivers' and some minimal maintenance as mentioned in post#2. I believe that in some instances 'stacking' similar devices actually won't work. I've had only ThinkPad product since the 600 days so maintenance for me isn't a nuisance.

    It costs nothing to mention product, model, OS etc.
     
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