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Cracking Open the Amazon Kindle

Kindle Dipole 26.5mm cellular antenna - Top

The Kindle uses Amazon's trademarked Whispernet service to wirelessly download material. Whispernet uses Sprint's EVDO data network. The Kindle appears to have two cellular antennas--a dipole 26.5mm antenna (shown here) and an antenna built into the keypad PCB.

Before lifting the main PCB away from the Kindle's case, you need to disconnect the antenna wires from each antenna. On this antenna, the connector is on the underside and difficult to disconnect without first removing the antenna from the case.

The antenna is held to the case with small amount of adhesive. Gently pry the antenna away from the case, taking care not to break it. With the antenna free from the case, you can disconnect the wire.

Photo by Bill Detwiler/TechRepublic.com

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4 comments
Wally Bahny
Wally Bahny

Great gallery, Bill. Did you happen to notice what was directly beneath the small knockout box? It was too difficult looking at the pictures to line it up. Is it something that may need to be user-serviceable or some sort of expansion?

ScarF
ScarF

Aligning the components, I believe it is the small ribbon connector you may see in pict.25 placed on the left of the battery connector. As seen in pict.13, removing just the knockout box will give you access to this connector seeing part of the metal shield, also. I can't figure why Amazon's designers added this knockout box. Maybe Bill can give us a hand with this.

Wally Bahny
Wally Bahny

It was in Image 11 -- he specifically pointed it out.