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Asus Q501L wireless adapter problem

IvanI9728 9 10 March 20, 2014 at 12:02 AM
Hello guys, this Asus laptop was on front page three weeks ago. I really like this laptop, awesome IPS screen, full HD, and backlit keyboard. However, i have a problem with the wireless adapter. The wireless adapter that came with the laptop is a Qualcomm Atheros AR9485WB-EG. This wireless adapter keeps disconnecting from the network very often. If i want to have the connection again, i have to manually disconnect and connect it again, or i have to restart the laptop. this happens since i received this and I have tried all the possibilities: upgrading latest driver, latest bios, disable wireless adapter's power saving, refresh the laptop and update it to windows 8.1. I have looked up on google and many people who have this card have the same issue too. However, this is only happened when it is connected to a "G" router. when i tested with a "N" router, everything goes smoothly for a whole day without any problems. It is not a problem at my house because i am using "N" router, however, my workplace is still using the old "G" router and i keep having problem with it. it is not only happened at my workplace, but anywhere that uses a "G" router. I am very annoyed with this but i do want to keep this laptop because i really like it. I am planning to replace the wireless adapter, can anyone suggest a good wireless adapter for replacement?

Edit: how easy is it to replace the wireless adapter? i have not looked at what's under the back cover.



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The Atheros one is garbage in it. I had similar issues connecting to G networks as well for no random reason.

Buy this..
it'll futureproof you and it picks up wireless signals much better and you'll add a few new features like
-802.11AC (new standard just released not too long ago. But should future proof you for the next few years as devices adopt it.)
-You'll also gain Micracast/Intel Wireless Display compatibility if you ever need it. I have an adapter connected to my TV and it's nice to have.

Replacing the adapter is easy. Takes like 20 seconds. Pop off the two wires, push the two tabs outwards and slide it out. Place the new one in, and replace the wires accordingly. They are color coded. So make sure you read what is connected to Aux and match them on the new card. That's it.

Taking off the back cover is the tough part. Once you remove the 8 screws, finding the "sweet spot" with a credit card or guitar pick to start prying it off will take some gentle care. Don't use too much force as you'll start breaking tabs, but if should come off pretty easily once you have that "feel".
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Last edited by dzap March 20, 2014 at 12:19 AM.
I've got same laptop and similar issue. Seems like my wifi will stop working every once in a while whether I'm currently using the laptop or waking it up from sleep. The fixes I have found are restart, or toggle off/on the wifi, or toggle airport mode.

On 5G connection, the laptop will lose connection completely. If i refresh the wireless access points, I no longer see the 5G AP. The fix is to restart laptop.

This has gotten so bad that I no longer connect to 5G. However, wifi is still intermittent.

Strange thing is I already have the Intel Dual Band Wireless-N 7260. My Q501L came with it. Not sure what to do. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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