Introduction

If the base station is not sending out a signal, the Wi-Fi card may need to be replaced.

Image 1/1: CAUTION:  This part is very fragile, so it is recommended that a blow dryer is used on the covering to heat it up. Simply blow dry the covering while slowly peeling it away, and the covering will not tear.
  • First start by peeling off the outer rubbery covering on the bottom of the device.

  • CAUTION: This part is very fragile, so it is recommended that a blow dryer is used on the covering to heat it up. Simply blow dry the covering while slowly peeling it away, and the covering will not tear.

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  • After removing the rubber covering, unscrew the five 4.9mm Phillips screws in the holes of the plastic casing.

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  • After unscrewing all five screws, remove the plastic casing. The back should now look like the picture shown.

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Image 1/3: It should make a click when it comes apart. Image 2/3: It should make a click when it comes apart. Image 3/3: It should make a click when it comes apart.
  • The inner metal casing is latched inside the outer white plastic shell, so insert a pry tool underneath the metal casing and pry it apart from the shell.

  • It should make a click when it comes apart.

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Image 1/1: The exposed logic board should look like this.
  • Remove the outer casing.

  • The exposed logic board should look like this.

Remove the 3 connectors from the logic board to the antennas before removing the logic board from the metal surround.

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  • Take the device out of the casing and orient it so that you can see the WiFi card.

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Image 1/1: Carefully pull up on the end of one of the wires to disconnect it from the motherboard.
  • Wires come from the three antennas and connect on the outer edge of the WiFi card.

  • Carefully pull up on the end of one of the wires to disconnect it from the motherboard.

  • Do this for the remaining two wires.

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Image 1/1: CAUTION: For the following step, do not pull the clip after you have detached it. The clip is fragile and too much force may cause the clip to break.
  • There are two clips attached to the upper and lower ends of the WiFi card

  • CAUTION: For the following step, do not pull the clip after you have detached it. The clip is fragile and too much force may cause the clip to break.

  • Grab the end of one of the clips and pull away from the WiFi card. This should make the clip visibly detached from the WiFi card.

  • Do the same for the other clip.

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Image 1/2: Carefully pull the WiFi card to the right. Image 2/2: CAUTION: Do not pull UP (towards yourself) on the WiFi card when removing. The card is on a track that only allows it to move left and right. Forcing the card to move in other directions may result in breaking the track.
  • Grasp the upper and lower ends of the WiFi card.

  • Carefully pull the WiFi card to the right.

  • CAUTION: Do not pull UP (towards yourself) on the WiFi card when removing. The card is on a track that only allows it to move left and right. Forcing the card to move in other directions may result in breaking the track.

  • Completely remove the WiFi card.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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