Want to upgrade my wifi card

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 I have a Dell Inspiron 3542 laptop and want to upgrade my WiFi card with a new and faster one. Any suggestions which card will I chose.

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jphughan
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The Inspiron 3542 uses a half mini-card slot for its WiFi card, not the newer M.2/NGFF slot. I’m a fan of Intel WiFi cards, and the best Intel WiFi card that was made in mini-card form factor before everything switched to M.2 was the Wireless-AC 7260HMW. Make sure you get the HMW rather than NGW, since NGW is an M.2 card, and also make sure you get the Wireless-AC 7260, not the Wireless-N 7260. The latter card only supports 802.11n, not 802.11ac. For some reason, Intel thought it would be a good idea to use the same 7260 model number for two cards with very different capabilities.

Anyway, you can find the Wireless-AC 7260HMW from various reputable online retailers for about $35 in the US.

BALBIRAB
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Dear Sir!

I've hoped you can use your valuable time to help me out. I've been suffering with my laptops WiFi card for a while. I have a Dell Inspiron 15-3531, the one with the Celeron N2830. Could you help me out with choosing a WiFi card, it doesn't need to be mPCIE, I don't mind using a USB one neither. I really need 5 GHZ, and 2.4 GHZ as well for sure. I've been trying to read for answers over the internet but I'm really analphabetic to that topic. I hope you can help me out.

Thanks!

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jphughan
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@BALBIRAB wrote:

Dear Sir!

I've hoped you can use your valuable time to help me out. I've been suffering with my laptops WiFi card for a while. I have a Dell Inspiron 15-3531, the one with the Celeron N2830. Could you help me out with choosing a WiFi card, it doesn't need to be mPCIE, I don't mind using a USB one neither. I really need 5 GHZ, and 2.4 GHZ as well for sure. I've been trying to read for answers over the internet but I'm really analphabetic to that topic. I hope you can help me out.

Thanks!


Your system uses the same type of slot as the person who originally created this topic, so the answer above would also work for you.  If you would prefer to use a USB adapter, then there are a variety of good options.  I like ASUS products.  But any WiFi adapter that supports 802.11ac will also support 5 GHz because that is required for 802.11ac certification.  However, you will probably see better performance with mPCIe compared to USB because an internal mPCIe card can use the antennas that run up into the display.  A USB adapter would only have small antennas built into the adapter itself, unless you bought a version that plugged into an external antenna block, but that would obviously be much less portable.

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BALBIRAB
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Thank you so much for the fast answer! You really helped me a lot!

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5 years ago DELL SuPPORT said there was no update to ac on my 3542.  I guess that DELL tech I was talking to, was not up to date w knowledge.  I probably should have tried back again with another tech.  lol  My wife has that laptop and she uses it for banking and sometimes, even though we have DSL 5G or 45Mbps, in 2 days will be 100Mbps.  I didn't use it that much at the time, as had another i7 laptop with ac and still have it as back-up.

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*Inspiron 7572 15\8th Gen\i5\8GB Ram\256GB SS\Nvidia MX150 4GB\InfinityEdge Display [2019]
*Inspiron 3542 15\4th Gen\ i3\4GB Ram\500GB\DVD [2014]
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jphughan
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@Teetertotter wrote:

5 years ago DELL SuPPORT said there was no update to ac on my 3542.  I guess that DELL tech I was talking to, was not up to date w knowledge.  I probably should have tried back again with another tech.  lol  My wife has that laptop and she uses it for banking and sometimes, even though we have DSL 5G or 45Mbps, in 2 days will be 100Mbps.  I didn't use it that much at the time, as had another i7 laptop with ac and still have it as back-up.


Well 5 years ago that may have been the case, and/or even if suitable AC cards were available back then, it was probably true that Dell didn't offer an official 802.11ac upgrade for that system.  And even if there was an AC card on the market that should work in that system, I can see why it wouldn't be good for Dell reps to just recommend aftermarket upgrades that were never officially tested, because if they don't work (even if they should), then customers get upset that an "official Dell recommended upgrade" didn't work.  And unfortunately it also isn't unusual Dell support reps to give incorrect information, especially when it comes to questions that are fairly technical and/or specific to certain models.  They're simply not trained for deep technical knowledge and the minutiae of every product.  But again, in this particular case I don't think that would have been the issue.

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Ya, makes sense as you stated,  as a technical compatible issue.   

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*Inspiron 7572 15\8th Gen\i5\8GB Ram\256GB SS\Nvidia MX150 4GB\InfinityEdge Display [2019]
*Inspiron 3542 15\4th Gen\ i3\4GB Ram\500GB\DVD [2014]
Three 11.6" Laptops [2015, 17, 18]
WIN 10 ver 1809 & use Defender on all.
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