Wifi comes in different speeds. The latest and fastest is 802.11n, or wifi-n. It’s pretty quick, but what if your Eee PC is an older model that only has wifi-g? Upgrading is actually really easy, and besides more speed should give you better range.
You’ll need a new wifi-n mini-PCI Express card, I used an Intel 4695 AGN because Intel are really widely supported. You can pick them up for tuppence on Ebay. You’ll also need a third antenna, which you can get here.
- Remove the battery and pop the bottom cover off your machine
- Disconnect the antennas, remove the two screws and remove the old wifi card.
- Route your new third antenna along the front edge of the inside of the case. The orientation of the antenna is important, and luckily there’s plenty of room for it if you run it under the RAM stick.
- Fit the new card and attach the antennas (the new one goes on post #3)
- Power up and enjoy.
I’m running Ubuntu, so it all worked as soon as I switched on. If you’re on Windows you might need to download some drivers from Intel and do the little Windows next > next > next > reboot dance. If you do have any problems booting try clearing the CMOS (remove the battery, remove the RAM and short out the two copper patches underneath it).