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Hi,

I have this Asus Rog G56JK laptop.

The WLAN card has been unstable for a long period now, so i decided to change it.

Can i add this network WLAN device into this ASUS laptop.

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/wireless-products/dual-band-wireless-ac-7260-bluetooth-brief.html
or
https://ark.intel.com/products/75442/Intel-Dual-Band-Wireless-AC-3160

(Or would you suggest another ?)

Today i have this WLAN card installed

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Wireless-wifi-card-Mediatek-MT7630E-802-11b-g-n-Wi-Fi-and-Mediatek-Bluetooth-4/32417080568.html
Mediatek MT7630E 802.11b/g/n 150Mbps Wireless WiFi Bluetooth 4.0 WLAN Half Mini PCIe card

As i see the "old" card only supports b/g/n and the "new" card also supports AC.

But will my two "connection" cables support AC ?
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Either will work (remember to update the drivers for the new hardware), your two "connection" cables are simply antennae for the wireless broadcast.
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But will AC also work ?

The antenna in the laptop must support AC, as i understand it ?
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Try the Intel Card. I have that here and it works great.
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But just to confirm..

https://ark.intel.com/products/75442/Intel-Dual-Band-Wireless-AC-3160

^ This card should work / fit inside the laptop ?

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Absolutely not
- if you look at the specs in your link it's an M.2 board - that's the wrong format for your laptop and won't fit - you need mini-PCI Express.
M.2 Format won't work in your laptop. You need Mini PCI-Express.
Get the AC-7260 in Mini-PCI-E format
eg: https://www.amazon.com/Intel-7260-HMWG-R-Wireless-AC-Network-adapter/dp/B00MV3N7UO
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I forgot the mini part. I have a mini-PCI-e in my laptop and the other format in my Desktop,

So Jimmy Frohn - get a mini PCI-e Intel (not Dell) 7260 / 8260 and it should work fine.
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Please don't get the 8260 - that is only available as an M.2 format!

The 7260 will do what you need (AC) you just need to remember it comes in two formats and you want the PCI-E version not the M.2

If you look on Amazon you'll see the difference in format, the PCI-E has one notch in the connector to the motherboard, the M.2 has two notches.
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My card in my X1 is an Intel 8260. Intel drivers updated it to the new model. It started as a 7260.
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The best Wireless LAN card has the capability to turn off itself when the laptop is connected using Ethernet.

Otherwise you'll flood your network with infinite loop when bot WLAN and Wired network connected to the same subnet.
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I placed an order on this oneSC
As you can see in the details:

Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 - Netværksadapter - PCIe Half Mini Card - 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE

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Case closed!

Did order

Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 - Netværksadapter - PCIe Half Mini Card - 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
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Thank you for the update
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