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Can Desktop Wifi Cards be used instead of Dedicated Laptop Wifi Cards?

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#1 cameron_cam1


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Posted 16 December 2017 - 05:28 AM



I have a Dell XPS13 9350 laptop  whose internet connection is giving me problems. I have read that this device (https://www.amazon.com/Intel-Wireless-AC-8265-NGWMG-BlueTooth-Brown/dp/B01MZA1AB2?tag=wpcentralb-20&ascsubtag=UUwpUdUnU41865YYw) is suitable as a replacement WiFi card. However, I would prefer to buy from Australia to receive it ASAP. Is the card in this desktop device (http://www.skycomp.com.au/intel-dual-band-wireless-ac-8265-2230-2x2-ac-bt-desktop-kit.html) the same as that on the amazon website? If so, can I disconnect the card from extraneous desktop components such as the antennae so as to use it in my laptop?
Thanks for any help


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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 16 December 2017 - 09:49 AM

Here is the service manual showing the replacement of the Wifi card. I can't guarantee it but the skycomp card should work after removing the antenna wires if connected. 




You may want to look at using a Wifi dongle in a USB 3 port.




Connection problems could very well be a Windows and not a hardware problem. Windows 10, if that is what you have, seems to have it's share of connection problems.

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Posted 16 December 2017 - 10:22 AM

I would go the wifi dongle route as it usually works very well and is more straightforward than fiddling around with your machine

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