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Having trouble keeping consistent Wi-Fi on your tablet? If so, use this guide to replace your Wi-Fi antenna. It should also be noted that, when separating the antenna from the motherboard, there is a connection that must be desoldered before it can be fully removed.

Before disassembling your device, make sure that the power is completely turned off. Use the plastic opening tool to release the clips holding the rear panel of the device onto the front section. The clips may take some pressure before releasing.
  • Before disassembling your device, make sure that the power is completely turned off.

  • Use the plastic opening tool to release the clips holding the rear panel of the device onto the front section.

  • The clips may take some pressure before releasing.

  • Continue around the entire device until all of the clips have been released.

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Use a spudger to carefully free the speaker from it's housing on the back panel. Place the spudger between the speaker and the rear panel.  Use a prying motion to remove the component.
  • Use a spudger to carefully free the speaker from it's housing on the back panel.

    • Place the spudger between the speaker and the rear panel. Use a prying motion to remove the component.

    • Be careful not to apply an over amount of force. If care is not taken, the speaker could break under the pressure.

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Detach the end of the Wi-Fi antenna from the tape on the edge of the shell. Detach the end of the Wi-Fi antenna from the tape on the edge of the shell.
  • Detach the end of the Wi-Fi antenna from the tape on the edge of the shell.

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Use the Portable Soldering Iron tool to heat the lead coming from the Wi-Fi antenna to the logic board, thereby breaking the connection.
  • Use the Portable Soldering Iron tool to heat the lead coming from the Wi-Fi antenna to the logic board, thereby breaking the connection.

  • For help on soldering, refer to the iFixit "How To Solder and Desolder Connections" technique guide as necessary.

  • Once heated, use tweezers to pull the wire free from its connection.

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Conclusion

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

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