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Wireless Chip vs. Laptop's Antenna

What effects the range of a laptop wireless card the wireless chip or antenna or both?

I'm looking to increasing the strength and range of my laptop so I bought a new Intel 7260ac chip.

Would this help with my connection and range? I currently have a Intel Centrino 2330 N.
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John

8/22/2022 - Mon
John

Intel Wireless cards are top of class as I mentioned to you in another thread. Unlikely it is the issue and is not / has not been for me.

I have an Intel N-6205 and I get 5 bars (maybe 4 on occasion) on the top floor of my house and the Cisco Wireless Router is in the basement behind an 8-inch steel I-Beam.

This is good range.  What kind of range are you trying to achieve?
John

I should add that my Lenovo X230 and my prior T61p and prior again T41 all have dual antennas in the lid that are part of the Wi-Fi card. Both antenna wires hook up to the mini-PCI card and form part of the overall range of the laptop.
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@Faizan Mehdi  - Thanks and good luck servicing the card. It should really work well wherever you take it.
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