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I have a toshiba satellite laptop with:

AMD Athlon II P320 Dual-Core Processor 2.1 GHz
3GB RAM
Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit)
Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter

The wireless adapter is awful. I often have 4/5 bars of reception and it has trouble connecting, or 3/5 bars and sometimes it will not be able to connect at all, not to mention I can be within 20 feet of any router and half the time it won't show a full signal strength. I've compared with a friend that has an Acer and his laptop gets way better reception from the same routers I've tried, so I know it's just my laptop.

My question is how simple it is to replace the adapter and which one I should be looking at? I am assuming all I have to do is disconnect the antenna wires and pop it out and then pop in a new one - am I missing anything?
 

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Its about that simple (assuming it's a mini PCIe and not integrated..)

Hardest part is getting the case open and access to the mini PCIe. Unless your laptop happens to have an access door..
 

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I'll have a look to see if it's easily accessible. I actually do have a usb adapter, but it's simply the convenience. It's ok for at home, but when I'm on the go I don't want to have to have it with me all the time.

Any suggestions on which adapter I should be looking to replace mine with?
 

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Have you tried "carefully removing the antenna" and re-seating it. I think they are only good for a few careful re-seats.
 

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If the antenna sucks, the new card won't fare much better. Also if it's getting cooked, unless you happen on a low low power one, the new one will flake as bad or worse.
 

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Didn't try removing and re-seating the antenna and I was wondering whether a new card would help if the antenna wasn't very good to start with.


Hmmm, maybe I'll just have to continue to suck it up and deal with it!

Thanks guys I appreciate the opinions.
 
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