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Intel M.2 form factor WiFi cards in T-520 - possible?

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Intel M.2 form factor WiFi cards in T-520 - possible?

#1 Post by wsalomon » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:39 pm

I'm finishing my build of 2 T-520s and the last thing to do is WiFi. I have already flashed the BIOS with a ver 1.49 no white-list version, so my question is whether there are later later Intel Cards (8260, 9260) in the M.2 form factor that will work with an M.2 to Mini PCIe adapter. Given that the original WiFi card slot is half height, this leaves the WWAN slot as the only possible location. It is clear that one would a set of the smaller contact leads to adapt the antenna wires.

Has anyone tried this? Was it successful?

An alternative seem to be Chinese version of the 8260 on a 1/2 height PCIe, but doesn't include a Bluetooth 5 adapter.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Intel M.2 form factor WiFi cards in T-520 - possible?

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:08 am

Get the 7260-AC, it is mini-PCIe and includes BT.
E.g. here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/254063993862
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Re: Intel M.2 form factor WiFi cards in T-520 - possible?

#3 Post by wsalomon » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:27 pm

Thanks!

I actually switched over to the 7260 for all my T-61 and T-520 gear (except the really old T-42's which will take TP-Link TL-WN961N 300MBPS Mini PCI card with a patched BIOS to prevent the 1802 Error).

The question was whether the 8260 and/or 9260 might at any extra performance,

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Re: Intel M.2 form factor WiFi cards in T-520 - possible?

#4 Post by Screamer » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:50 am

The 8260AC or the 9260AC does not offer any extra performance gains over the 7260AC, as far as I know. The only difference that separates the 8260AC or the 9260AC from the 7260AC, is the Bluetooth standards that it supports.

The 8260AC supports the Bluetooth 4.1 and 4.2 standard, but the 7260AC does not. The 9260AC supports the Bluetooth 4.1, 4.2, and the 5.0 standard, but the 7260AC does not.

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Re: Intel M.2 form factor WiFi cards in T-520 - possible?

#5 Post by wsalomon » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:19 am

Thanks!!!! A perfect explanation, so will not waster my time further!

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