Upgrade: Asus UX32VD with the Killer Wireless-N 1202 Wireless Card
I’ve been having some really annoying wireless internet connection issues with my relatively new Asus UX32VD-DB71 ultrabook. Sometimes I have problems connecting to my Linksys EA3500 Dual-Band Wireless-N Router just one room away!
I knew something wasn’t right, but tended to suspect the router first as other devices’ connections weren’t stellar either.
I started having my doubts when I realized I sometimes had problems when trying to connect to other wireless networks–especially when my ultrabook wasn’t plugged in possibly due to some power saving setting.
There is a way to change the power saving setting, but I was often times having problems when connected to the AC adapter as well.
It turns out this is a somewhat common problem with the default Intel 6235 Wireless/Bluetooth 4.0 card that comes installed with the Asus UX32VD-DB71.
Swap out your stock Intel wireless card for the Killer Wireless-N 1202 Wireless Card. You will need this specific card because it has integrated bluetooth. It’s a top-of-the-line wireless card used in some Alienware gaming laptops.
I bought mine for $48 on Amazon (Prime shipping too!) here: Buy Bigfoot Networks KillerN-1202 Notebook Wireless Card on Amazon
There’s a useful YouTube video where someone explains how they swapped their card here: Swap UX32VD Wireless Card (YouTube Video)
He mentions that the connectors are a different size on the new Killer Wireless card, and how he got it to work using some tape but might consider soldering the connectors directly.
With my first try I simply put the connectors on their contacts and applied a piece of tape over them. When I powered on my ultrabook it was first in a weird state where the lights on the power button, the caps lock, and the f2 key were on. The connections obviously weren’t on good enough because once I got Windows booted up and tried installing the drivers I got an error that the Killer wireless card was not found.
I unscrewed the back again and ended up pressing down the connectors as hard as I (safely) could into the killer wireless card using a small screwdriver. I was able to get the connectors to attach nearly as well as the Intel card this way, then put a piece of electrical tape over them for good measure. Booting up Windows 7 and trying to install the drivers again resulted in success and I was done!
Here is a link to the Killer Wireless-N 1202 driver download page: Killer Wireless-N 1202 Driver Download (Works for Asus UX32VD-DB71)
One thing they suggest is installing all of the the old Intel wireless card drivers. I actually did not do this and it worked out fine, but might be better to do this just to be safe.