How to check if a particular internal Wi-Fi card would work for a laptop?

arise5 used Ask the Experts™
Hello everyone,

The Wi-Fi card that came with the laptop Dell Inspiron 15R (5537) – Intel 7260BGN is extremely slow and I was wondering if I can replace it with the 7260NGW Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 802.11ac, Dual Band, 2x2 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0 card

It's available on eBay as well.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.
Watch Question

Do more with

Expert Office
EXPERT OFFICE® is a registered trademark of EXPERTS EXCHANGE®
Provding it has the same fittings shouldnt be an issue and same dimensions shouldnt be an issue. Although have you considered a USB Wifi dongle? Far simpler to fit


Thanks for your response, cwstad2.

Just found out the dimensions appear to be same for all 7260 family cards. But you're right, it's indeed a lot of steps:

Replacing Wi-Fi card on Inspiron 15R
Also thought of picking up an USB dongle. You have a favorite brand of USB dongle that you would recommend?
Most Valuable Expert 2013
Before swapping it out see if simply adjusting the power settings on the WLAN card makes a difference to its speed.

1) Open Device Manager

2) Expand the entry for Network Adapters

3) Right-click "Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-N 7260" then click Properties

4) Click the Advanced tab in the Device properties window. Scroll down to "U-APSD support" in the list on the left, click to select and change its status to disabled

5) Click OK save the settings

See if you get any change in the card's performance.
OWASP: Forgery and Phishing

Learn the techniques to avoid forgery and phishing attacks and the types of attacks an application or network may face.


Will give that a shot! Many thanks, MASQ :)
Top Expert 2009

I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Not enough information to confirm an answer.


Thanks for your help guys. The Wi-Fi on this laptop is better these days.

I got an external dongle if need be.

Do more with

Expert Office
Submit tech questions to Ask the Experts™ at any time to receive solutions, advice, and new ideas from leading industry professionals.

Start 7-Day Free Trial