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Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Melbourne, Australia
01-26-2010, 09:20 AM
I think you'll be hard pressed to find one with the same aerial connectors. However you could mod the adapter to make it work. This link may help you along your way.
Antenna Mod for Buffalo Air Station g54
Join Date: Nov 2009
01-26-2010, 05:33 PM
If you follow TobyRhino's advice and modify a dongle, you might be able to install one or two of these on it:
SparkFun Electronics - U.FL SMD Connector
Another option might be to install the USB wireless adapter under the palmrest where the Bluetooth module normally goes; its built-in antenna might work well enough through the plastic of the palmrest.
Also, have you considered just soldering in a MiniPCIe slot in the area intended for a WWAN card?
Join Date: Jan 2010
01-26-2010, 10:20 PM
Fair enough, then. I just wanted to make absolutely sure.
I've also been looking for a WiFi card that supports USB interface, and came by this (actually found by another MyDellMini member looking to do something similar with their Mini 10, I think).
QCOM miniPCI-E WIFI card / USB
So in theory, I should be able to install the Broadcom HD decoder in the true mPCI-E slot, then install this USB-based WiFi mPCI-E card in the WWAN slot. It looks to have the same antenna connections as the current WiFi card, so this should be a pretty convenient solution. Once I solder the mPCI-E slot and standoffs, it will just be a matter of plugging everything in.
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