How to replace a WiFi card with an Ethernet port?

Wingman2

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Hello everyone,

I am looking for a way to replace the broken WiFi card on my internet radio with a cable connection (didn't find identical card for replacement)? Is it at all possible and if it is how should I approach the problem?

My internet radio suddenly stopped "seeing" WiFi networks, while its other functions (FM, remote control, etc.) remain intact.
The WiFi card actual picture is available at www.chmielna7.pl/wifi
The current card working temperature is ca. 160 deg. Celsius (320F - a bit high but tech specs say up to 250 deg. C/480F at peaks) and the green onboard LED is constantly lit (not flashing). It seems like the card is continuously seeking WiFi signals. I imagine when the connection is established the card temperature should be lower.

Since the exact same WiFi circuit board is unavailable I am looking for a way to connect the radio to the internet by wire (Ethernet port?)

Since very similar (same chip) WiFi PCBs are used in USB WIFi cards at first I thought I could use an Ethernet -> USB adapter and solder the USB plug cables to the radio main board thus replacing the WiFi board but I guess there may be a driver problem, if not all sorts of other problems.

My internet queries didn't bring hints on how to tackle the issue. And I don't want to scrap the otherwise well working radio - I just need the internet back.

Any suggestions most welcome.

Thanks!
 
So we are talking about a laptop then? The easiest is to use an USB adapter, they have WIFI or Ethernet variety, up to you. There may not be an ethernet plug-in board for your laptop, only your laptop vendor knows.
 

Wingman2

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We are talking about an radio set with WiFi :??: - if still interested please have a look at the web address in my initial post.
Thanks anyway.

 

Wingman2

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Yes, I thought about that (4th paragraph) but now many Ethernet -> USB adapters are being sold without drivers so maybe they are using some standard, generic software and things could work. But probably you're right.

Thanks for a quick reply.

Any ideas where to seek for a replacement part are most welcome. (I checked Aliexpress, Ebay - no luck).

Thanks!

 

kanewolf

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The original manufacturer will be your best (and maybe only) option.
 

Wingman2

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Yeah, but from my experience big corporations don't care and never reply to correspondence.

 

kanewolf

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When I looked up that radio it was 80 euro or something. The vendor may believe they are disposable.
 

Wingman2

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ln my view the size and finishing of the radio rather makes it to stay. In addition I am very much into zero-waste and hate scraping stuff that can otherwise be repaired in 5 minutes.
Thanks!
 

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