Upgrade: Asus UX32VD with the Killer Wireless-N 1202 Wireless Card

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in For Electronics, Tips and Tricks

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.

The Solution?

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.

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