Can I Replace Killer Wireless 1535 Card in my 2016 Blade?

Discussion in 'Systems' started by paul8989, Jul 8, 2016.

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  1. After having wifi issues non-stop within the first 48 hours, i am confident i want to replace my killer card for an intel. Which intel card would you recommend? Which card will fit?

    I am going on a month long trip overseas, i need the wifi to work. Any help is much appreciated.

    The problem with the Killer card is the same one reported on the below threads. The connection simply goes on and off. I am going to be dealing with a lot of bad routers in Europe, need a card that will actually connect to them lol.
  2. Predator5

    Predator5 Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't suggest doing that at all, since I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be able to pull that off, because Blade is such a thin laptop.
  3. Blockmonster57

    Blockmonster57 Active Member

    Sure! Do it if you really want to break it...
  4. Basically, I am screwed than. Is that what I am reading here? Pretty sure I can change it, if the card will fit...

    Any other 2016 blade owners here with this issue? What are you doing to solve it?
  5. MrOzzy

    MrOzzy New Member

    Ofcourse you can swap it out, its just a regular wifi m.2 card.....

    Pause the video at "0:56" it's the small PCB under the red cable on the right side.
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  6. Derek712

    Derek712 Active Member

    lol, it's not that hard. It's the same as swapping out an SSD except you need to attach 2 wires. Maybe try an Intel 7265 AC? Problem is it might be the antenna and if that's the case, there's nothing you can do except RMA it.
  7. MrOzzy

    MrOzzy New Member

    Killer wireless cards are "famous" for the software / connection issues. so its probably just his wifi card.
  8. mintouch

    mintouch Active Member

    I recommend Intel 7265 or Broadcom BCM94352Z.
  9. Thanks for the replies. In this case, it is possible to buy an antenna as well? where is the antenna located?
  10. Derek712

    Derek712 Active Member

    the wires usually go up into the screen. There's no reasonable way to replace them except by replacing the screen assembly. Try the card first - it's cheap enough to do.
  11. Thanks Derek. Will try the card first.
  12. Would you have time to RMA it cause if you mess something up then your screwed.
  13. bearda

    bearda Active Member

    If you're ordering a new card the Intel 8260 and 8265 are newer versions of the 7265. There isn't a ton of difference, but there have been some slight improvements in Bluetooth support. It may be easier to get your hands on the newer ones at this point, but go for whatever you can find.
  14. I ordered the 8260 from Amazon. Will keep everyone posted on how it goes after the install. If it doesn't take, which it should, i'll just put the Killer back in and do an RMA i guess. It doesn't seem like an antenna issue since i can always see my neighbors wifi. Guessing its the card.

    Update: I put the intel 8260 card in and it is working flawlessly. It was very easy to do and fixed the problem. The problem was definitely with the Killer card. I don't know if some are just defective or if it is a software issue or what. I kept the card just in case it is a software issue... Thanks for the help along the way everyone.
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  15. Badgertista

    Badgertista Well-Known Member

    Why are people so scared of opening a laptop?
  16. I've found that Bluetooth severely slows down my 2.4G wifi, especially Bluetooth headphones + download + skype. Did replacing the 1535 with the 8260 solve that?
  17. Does not slow the intel 8260 chip down at all. I just tested it for you.
  18. woozyparrot

    woozyparrot New Member

    is switching the card as simple as removing the old killer card and replacing it with the new card or are there other steps?
  19. Download the driver of the new card first and save it to your computer. Then yes, its as simple as that. The new card is the exact same size as the old one, connects the exact same way.

    Also i want to let everyone know since i have put the new card in i have had absolutely no issues and its been since July 11th using this every day at multiple places (home, office, coffee shop).
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  20. woozyparrot

    woozyparrot New Member

    Thank you.
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