Having problems with the wireless on your laptop? If so it can often be useful to find out the name of your wireless card. This can allow you to check for updates, or even buy a new card or adapter that is an upgrade on the previous one.
Luckily, no matter what system you have it is fairly easy to find out what wireless card you have on your laptop. To see how to do this on Windows 7, 8, 10 and Mac, please read on.
What Wifi Card Do I Have On My Laptop?
The basic pattern on Windows is just to go to ‘Device Manager’ then ‘Network Adapters’ then take a look a look at which wifi adapter you have.
On Windows 7
1: Open The ‘Control Panel’
The Control Panel is found on your start menu. Simply open it up then click on the ‘System and Security’ option.
2: Go To ‘Device Manager’
In the ‘System and Security’ section. Click ‘Device Manager’. This will bring up a list of all the different types of devices on your computer.
3: Select ‘Network Adapters’
You should see a section called ‘Network Adapters’ about two thirds of the way down the list. Click on this sections to open up a list of your network adapters. This will include your wireless card, along with any external adapters, and also adapters associated with Ethernet.
4: Find your Wireless Card
If you aren’t sure which of the devices on the list is your wireless card. Just search for one that has ‘Wifi’, ‘Wireless’, or ‘Wireless card’ in the name.
On Windows 8
The method for Windows 8 is almost the same as the method for Windows 7. The only difference being how you get to the ‘Device Manager’ section.
1: Go To Search
You can find search by moving your mouse to the top right of your screen. Then you just have to click on the search button.
2: Search For Device Manager
From the search section. Type in ‘Device Manager’. It will be under the heading marked settings. After this, simply follow the instructions for Windows 7.
On Windows 10
Windows 10 is almost the same as Windows 8, but the search box is in a slightly different place.
Search For Device Manager
On Windows 10, the search box is at the bottom left of the screen. Simply click on it and type in ‘device manager’. Click on the option that opens and then follow the same instructions as above.
On a Mac the method to find your wireless card is pretty much as easy as on Windows. Simply follow these instructions:
1: Open ‘About This Mac’
Click on the Apple logo in the top left of your screen, and then click on the ‘About This Mac’ button.
2: Open The ‘System Report’
In the ‘About This Mac’ section, there is a button called system report. Click here. This section has pretty much all the information you will ever need to know about your computer.
3: Check your Wifi Devices
From the ‘System Report’ page, click on ‘Network’ then ‘Wifi’ to get a list of information about the wifi on your computer. You should see the name of your wifi card under the section named ‘Interfaces’.