How to Replace a Network Adapter for a Laptop

Updated April 17, 2017

A laptop's network adaptor allows the laptop to gain access to the Internet for web browsing and general Internet usage. Users can replace or upgrade their network adaptors by simply opening up their laptops, either by removing the keyboard or removing the back panel of the device, disconnecting the old network adaptor and inserting a new network adaptor in its place.

Pry the plastic hinge cover that hides the laptop's hinge from the laptop unit.

Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the screws underneath the hinge cover that hold the keyboard in place.

Remove the keyboard and locate the network adaptor. See your laptop's service manual for its exact location.

Unplug the white and black antenna wires.

Pull apart the clamps that hold the network adaptor in place and remove the network adaptor.

Insert the new network adaptor in its place and plug the antenna wires back in.

Replace the keyboard and secure it with the screws removed in Step 2. Snap the hinge cover back into place.

Flip the laptop over and locate the screws that hold the back compartment panel in place.

Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to unscrew the screws and remove the back compartment panel. Locate the network adaptor per the laptop's service manual.

Follow Steps 4 through 6 in the section above.

Replace the laptop's back compartment panel and secure it with the screws removed in Step 2.


Discharge any static electricity your body may be conducting by touching a bare metal surface before working on any computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
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Alexander Poirier began writing professionally in 2005. He worked as the editor-in-chief of the literary magazine "Calliope," garnering the magazine two APEX Awards for excellence in publication. Poirer graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor of Arts in English.