Found this image online. It's a Gen 6 i5, but should be the same layout, I think.
Technically, with modern 2x2 MIMO, both antennas perform the same work, so in most cases it doesn't matter if they get switched. In the older generations of pre-MIMO 802.11, there was a Main and Aux where the Aux was receive only. If the antennas weren't "equivalent in performance" it would matter how they got connected, but in most cases those days are behind us.
Perfect, JamesU. I'd found some pictures of older boxes, and once I figured out what the comm chip looks like in my system, I thought I'd try to connect the wires based on what the varying lengths seemed to suggest. Did that... got your reply which confirmed that 1) I'd found the right chip to attach to, and 2) that re-attaching the wires based on what the lengths suggested was also a decent strategy. That black wire looping up and around is exactly what I thought must be going on, so it's how I'd attached it.
That's a funny style of connector for the antennas. I'd think a relatively small bump could bust them loose. But I'm not THAT kind of engineer.
Thanks for your help.
That was exactly what I needed... I'd already figured it out correctly by intuition, old pictures, and logic, but the picture sure did make me comfortable that my guessing was on target.
It would be awesome if Intel supplied photo-style images of the major mount points and connections. The one set of images on connecting an m.2 drive are oddly impressionistic.
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