Question Can I improve my laptops wifi performance?

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I have the Wireless-N 7260 HMW BN wifi card in my Lenovo Y410P. This model is b,g,n and only 2.4GHz. Would upgrading this improve the wifi performance in my laptop or am I stuck with this card. I don't play games on my pc so its not vital but would be nice. 5 GHz does not work in my apartment - cement walls... Based on the results of multiple speed tests, I was hoping upgrading my wifi card is the answer. Some details follow:

I have a 200 Mbps internet plan through Spectrum
When I connect my laptop via ethernet cable to my TP-Link AC1750 router, my speeds are 200+ Mbps
When I connect my laptop via 2.4 GHz wifi, my speeds are about 45 Mbps
- standing approx 4 ft from router with direct line of sight for tests
When I connect my Samsung S9 to the 2.4 GHz wifi, my speeds are anywhere from 150 Mbps to 190 Mbps
- standing approx 4 ft from router with direct line of sight for tests

I ran multiple speed tests with Ookla speed test online to get these approximate numbers. I have multiple devices connected to my account including: a Roku TV, Roku stick, FireStick, 1 android phone, 1 apple phone, an Amazon tablet and my laptop. All devices are connected via 2.4 GHz due to the fact that the walls in my 2 bedroom apartment are cement. The router is centrally located and every room does have decent coverage on 2.4 GHz but 5GHz is terrible in my apartment. I would like to try and improve the wifi speeds on my laptop. Our phones generally connect at 100+ Mbps anywhere in the apartment but the laptop is much slower and I use my laptop alot at home...

Lenovo Y410P (model: 20216)
  • Motherboard: VIQY0Y1
    • Version: 31900058STD
  • BIOS Version
    • 74CN44WW(V3.05)
    • 9/18/2013
  • Samsung 500GB SSD (860 EVO)
  • 16GB RAM
    • Timetec: 2x 8GB DDR3L 1600 CL11 1.35V
  • Wifi Card
    • Wireless-N 7260 HMW BN
    • 802.11bgn
    • 2.4 GHz Up to 300 Mbps
  • Modem:
    • Motorola Surfboard Model: SB6141
  • Router
    • TP-Link AC1750 Model: Archer C7 v2
    • 802.11ac
    • 2.4 GHz @ 450Mbps | 5GHz @ 1300Mbps
 

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