Whether you're installing a new Broadcom 802.11 mini-PCI wireless network adaptor for the first time or you're reinstalling it, you'll need to attach the antenna correctly to ensure you're getting the optimal reception. Broadcom 802.11 mini-PCI wireless network adaptors are installed in a slot on your laptop's motherboard and are accessible through a small panel on the bottom of the laptop. The antenna is made up of two wires (a main and an auxiliary) that connect to the mini-PCI card and are easy to miss when installing, but are integral to the wireless adaptor's performance.
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Things you need
- Phillips screwdriver
Turn off the computer, disconnect the power cable from the laptop and remove the battery. Turn the laptop over so the access panels are facing up.
Open the panel that covers the mini-PCI wireless adaptor slot by removing the screws that fasten the panel cover into place with the Phillips screwdriver.
Locate the two silver antenna buttons on the Broadcom mini-PCI wireless adaptor card. One will be marked "1" or "MAIN" and the other will be marked "2" or "AUX."
Locate the white and black antenna wires in the panel cavity. Each wire has a silver button on the end, which is how it attaches to the mini-PCI card.
Place the end of the black wire over the main silver antenna button. Press down on the button to connect the antenna wire to the card.
Place the end of the white wire over the auxiliary silver antenna button. Press down to click the button into place, attaching the antenna wire to the card.
Replace the panel cover and fasten into place with the screws removed in Step 2.
Tips and warnings
- Some laptops require you to remove the keyboard or other components to access the mini-PCI network adaptor. Consult your laptop owner's manual for instructions.
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