Upgrading my Wireless Adapter in my Laptop

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I have a Asus X550CA laptop that is running Win 10.
It currently has a Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 WiFi adapter, which doesn't support 802.11ac and therefore it can't take advantage of the dual band WiFi speeds.
I would like to be able to replace my AR9485 WiFi adapter with a newer one that supports 802.11ac.
Do you have any recommendations about WiFi adapters that might fit and be compatible in my laptop?
Thank you for your time and expertise.
Jon :)

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Do you have any recommendations about WiFi adapters that might fit and be compatible in my laptop?
I do not, but suggest that if you want one that is almost guaranteed to work get one for which Asus provides a driver for your model of PC or get a USB adapter.
 

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Jon:

Your ASUS X550CA laptop should have either a "half height" or a "full height" wireless mini-card.
You can confirm that by opening the compartment where it's at.

I recently replaced the Broadcom 4322 wireless mini-card in my Dell Precision M6400 laptop with an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 model so I could take advantage of 5 GHz speeds.
It was a bit tricky to replace it, and I had to be careful not to damage the connecting wires, but it worked fine after I installed it and then installed its driver software.

Terry brings up a good point though.
The quickest and easiest way to make the upgrade in your laptop is to connect an external USB wireless adapter that supports 5 GHz speeds.

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I also agree with Terry. There are some laptops out there where the BIOS has a white list of approved devices which the manufacturer will allow to work in the laptop. I ran across this very issue with a Lenovo laptop. The Intel wireless NIC in it either went bad or is just junk. The wireless NIC in this laptop had the worst performance I've seen out of a wireless NIC so I wanted to replace it. When I installed the new wireless card, the laptop would not initialize it. I did some searching and found out about the white list. Someone did a BIOS hack which I downloaded but haven't as of yet used it on the laptop. For the moment, I'm still dealing with the lack luster performance.

I don't know if Asus does this to their products. I would think not but be prepared if you run into this issue.
 
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