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802.11ax / ac Wifi Upgrade options for W520 ?

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802.11ax / ac Wifi Upgrade options for W520 ?

#1 Post by Supernova » Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:13 am

Hi,
Are there any 802.11ax (preferably) or 802.11ac Wifi cards compatible with W520 that I can upgrade to?

Thanks.

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Re: 802.11ax / ac Wifi Upgrade options for W520 ?

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:33 am

After a modded BIOS viewtopic.php?p=848822#p848822
a card like this AC-7260 will work fine: https://www.ebay.ie/itm/402317297704
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Re: 802.11ax / ac Wifi Upgrade options for W520 ?

#3 Post by Supernova » Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:45 pm

Thank you for the information!

Two follow-up questions:
- Is that the best/fastest 802.11ac card I get use in my W520?
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- Is it only the form factor of the wifi card that needs to match, or does it,e.g., have it be Intel as well?

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Re: 802.11ax / ac Wifi Upgrade options for W520 ?

#4 Post by TitoLabieno » Tue Jan 05, 2021 2:51 pm

The AC-7260 RBS recommended is a great card, I'm using one right now. Check if your W520 has a WLAN card whitelist too (then you should get a modified BIOS so that it doesn't refuse to boot with that card installed).
Any Mini-PCIE card will fit, the brand doesn't matter.
Also if you decide to get the AC-7260 take into account that card had some early production batches which had some problems (you'll have to tape a pin in order to get Bluetooth working and stuff like that). So try to get a "revised", late production model of that card and it will work perfectly I think. I found this document on Intel page and it helped me to get a revised model, perhaps it can help you too:
https://qdms.intel.com/dm/i.aspx/E66C49 ... 523-00.pdf
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Re: 802.11ax / ac Wifi Upgrade options for W520 ?

#5 Post by Supernova » Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:45 am

Thank you once again guys for your help!
I just replaced the wifi card with Intel 7260, and boy what a difference!

Cheers to you!

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