Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have a Toshiba Satellite P205-S7402 laptop, and it supports 802.11b and g at present. I want to use 802.11n as well - can I just swap out the wireless card with a new PCI card?

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Yes, it would upgrade to 802.11n. But with laptops it isn't very easy to switch a PCI card. You could use a USB wireless adapter or a different kind of pluggable solution (PCMCIA or what it is called these days).

share|improve this answer
There's always option to get a miniPCI or miniPCIe card with the adapter. – AndrejaKo Jan 17 '12 at 9:23
Most people don't want to open their laptops, the manufacturers don't like it and you will have to say goodbye to your warranty. So a pluggable solution in a usb port would be the easiest ;) – Robert Jan 17 '12 at 9:31
@Robert: In the United States, a manufacturer can't legally void your warranty for this, it's prohibited by the Magnuson-Moss Act. – David Schwartz Jan 17 '12 at 10:01
Don't know if Sudipta Chatterjee lives in the US, doesn't sound like it. – Robert Jan 17 '12 at 10:25
@Robert His profile says he lives in California. – David Schwartz Jan 17 '12 at 10:36

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.