Solved Atheros WiFi MiniPCI card...

Intel / D945gnt
February 27, 2019 at 12:40:47
Specs: Windows 7, Core Duo 2,58 GHZ /2GB
Hi,
I found an ancient Atheros AR5BMB5 and I am about to put it into a laptop (it is my first time). I noticed a little female plug for antenna on it (2 to be exact) and my question is:
Is it necessary to put an antenna over there in order for the card to work? Do modern WiFi cards have this plug for "external" antenna?
Thx

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March 1, 2019 at 07:42:39
I found the answer to my question here:
https://forum.toshiba.eu/showthread...
I have to use a USB stick. However I have one more question:

riider, does it matter which cable goes where?



#1
February 27, 2019 at 14:28:32
" Do modern WiFi cards have this plug for "external" antenna?"

Yes

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/tp-lin...

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#2
February 27, 2019 at 14:50:41
The wifi antenna on a laptop is usually mounted within the housing at the top of the screen. There are two wires, one white, one black. And yes, the antenna wires have to be connected to the wifi card for it to work.

https://i.stack.imgur.com/yFAUo.jpg


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#3
February 27, 2019 at 14:51:53
Desktop cards yes. Current on-board laptop cards, the antenna is built into the case. Older laptop plug in cards went in a slot on the side or rear edge of the base probably relied on the antenna screwed directly onto a connector, or via suitable extension cable.

Although I seem to recall some cards which were inserted into a slot in the laptop case didn’t rely on an external, screw on antenna; it was integrated into the card?

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March 1, 2019 at 07:42:39
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I found the answer to my question here:
https://forum.toshiba.eu/showthread...
I have to use a USB stick. However I have one more question:

riider, does it matter which cable goes where?


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