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Mini PCI-e Wifi Card for X230

#1 Post by myxomop » Fri Sep 03, 2021 9:07 pm

Hello Forum Friends,

I'm curious what the fastest mini pci-e wifi/bluetooth combo card is I can use on my x230. Any and all help greatly appreciated.

Thanks in Advance,

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Re: Mini PCI-e Wifi Card for X230

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Fri Sep 03, 2021 11:48 pm

After applying IVyprep/1vyrain it would be:
- the MPCIe format AC-7260, which needs pin 51 taped for BT 4.0
- OR spend a bit more and get an adapter and the newer AX200 with wifi-6 and BT 5.1
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Re: Mini PCI-e Wifi Card for X230

#3 Post by mikemex » Sat Sep 04, 2021 12:10 am

I believe Intel 6300 is the best card in that generation. With a modified BIOS (to remove the whitelist that prevent users from installing unauthorized cards) I believe you can upgrade to a 7260. There is also a modified AX200 selling in China, but it's not how intel released it. Depending on the seller, it may or may not have all antenna wires attached. If I were you I'd just stick to the 7260.

Also, keep in mind that there are no Windows 7 drivers for some of the newer cards. Worth checking in case you're still using it.
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Re: Mini PCI-e Wifi Card for X230

#4 Post by munchausen » Mon Sep 27, 2021 5:04 am

If going with 1vyrain you can also get the AX200 ready to go without an adapter https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4001035855462.html

This seller is confirmed everything hooked up correctly, I opened the tin can to check, see here: viewtopic.php?f=69&t=130562&p=858484#p858484

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Re: Mini PCI-e Wifi Card for X230

#5 Post by munchausen » Sun Oct 10, 2021 3:13 pm

This is now available on ebay as well https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/392873515376

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Re: Mini PCI-e Wifi Card for X230

#6 Post by RealBlackStuff » Mon Oct 11, 2021 1:05 am

Do the X230 wifi-antenna cables fit onto that AX3000 card without any adapter?
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Re: Mini PCI-e Wifi Card for X230

#7 Post by mikemex » Mon Oct 11, 2021 3:08 pm

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Mon Oct 11, 2021 1:05 am
Do the X230 wifi-antenna cables fit onto that AX3000 card without any adapter?
I've seen some cards selling on Aliexpress that appear to have the old and bigger connector. I think it's called IPEX.

Makes sense; laptops with Mini PCIe slots have the old style connectors.
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Re: Mini PCI-e Wifi Card for X230

#8 Post by munchausen » Mon Oct 11, 2021 10:59 pm

Yes they fit directly, I have it installed in two x230 machines here, both working perfectly. You need the BIOS whitelist removed but otherwise they are plug and play.

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Re: Mini PCI-e Wifi Card for X230

#9 Post by munchausen » Mon Oct 11, 2021 11:05 pm

Yeah the x230 needs larger connectors, which are provided on the mini PCI-E card I linked. NGFF M.2 versions have smaller connectors that don't match the x230, I believe.

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