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Acer closed the thread on the wifi issues, but technically this is a "different subject" so I'll post it here.
After receiving my 3rd R7, I finaly got one with working wifi. I say "working" because it did work reliabily. The range was not great, and the speed was also bad compared to other laptops, BUT it worked.... It was just slow... For typical internet access you would never notice it unless you had a very fast connection or you were transfering files on a local network. I think they actually fixed the problem, but the broadcom chips in these laptops still arent very good.
SO, I still had that intel 7260 card laying around....
(I had ordered it when I wasnt sure I was going to send my laptop off for repair)
I ordered another 8GB of ram, and decided I was gonna open it up and upgrade the Ram and the wifi card.
I am so glad I did. I am now getting GREAT results with wifi speed tests.
I will say that the process is not for the faint of heart.
I believe I damaged the connector on the old wifi card trying to get the antenna connectors unplugged. They were on there VERY snug and wanted to pull the connector apart from the card when removed. Maybe I should not have used needle nose pliers to do it, but I wasnt able to get it loose with my bare fingers. It looked very easy, with everything being very accessable, but proved to be much more of a pain than I originally thought.
The 7260 is supposed to have bluetooth also, but I cant get it to work. (Not something I use anyway) So if that is important to you, you may not wanna attempt this.
I am learning to live with the space bar issue (which EVERY R7 I have tried exhibited), and I had to disable the ability to shutdown with the power button (I kept turning it off when I was reaching for the volume) but other than that I am TOTALLY happy with my R7 now. I just want to put in a wireless AC access point near my office now!