Solved Dell Inspiron 17R laptop wifi 6 upgrade

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Can I upgrade the laptop to wifi 6? I want to use an intel product, but open to other brands. I have learned to get the new driver before installing wifi 6. I need the upgrade for my online consulting.

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit, Build 19041, Installed 20201212125954.000000-480
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3612QM CPU @ 2.10GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9, CPU Count: 8
Total Physical RAM: 16 GB
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000
Hard Drives: C: 930 GB (776 GB Free);
Motherboard: Dell Inc. 023HTX, ver A00, s/n 27H2FT1.CN4864327D0538.
System: Dell Inc., ver DELL - 2, s/n 27H2FT1
Antivirus: Norton Security, Enabled and Updated

17R 5720

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Is your modem/router WiFi 6 capable ? What wireless card is in the laptop now ?
 

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BrettH:
According to the service tag number in your log, you have THIS Dell Inspiron 17R 5720 17.3" laptop.
It was originally purchased in September 2012 and came with Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit.
It came with an Intel Centrino Advanced-N 2230 or Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 wireless device.
Is that correct?

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BrettH

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Yes, laptop is originally as you (Frank) stated, laptop has upgrades ram, ssd windows 10 home. So I should look for half mini card form wifi 6. That's what I needed, Thanks to you both!
 

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BrettH:

I don't believe your laptop's current wireless card supports Windows 10 64-bit.
Have you been able to get a wireless connection with it?

I don't believe the new Wi Fi 6 wireless cards come in PCIe slot format.
I believe they only come in M.2 slot format.

If you run into an issue with replacing the internal wireless card, your best option may be to use an external USB wireless adapter.
Make sure it supports Windows 10 64-bit, and make sure it's a dual band 2.4/5.0 GHz model.

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I confirm that the laptop is running windows 10 (winver) and has a working wifi connection. Thanks for the external usb wireless adapter suggestion, not sure why I didn't think of that .
 

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Hello Alan, not sure if the modem is wifi 6 or not, sorry missed that nuance. Will check to see if the modem/router is wifi 6. Thanks for the links to the card. I think it is best to access the existing card to confirm size, just to be sure.
 

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I think you could still use a WiFi 6 card even if the router is not WiFi 6, the card will be backwards compatible to the lower speeds, but that could be a waste of money depending on the price difference between the different speed cards.

Yes I agree; you should check the existing wireless card size just to be sure.
 
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