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Wifi update for P73— will Ax210 work?

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Wifi update for P73— will Ax210 work?

#1 Post by Usher99 » Wed Sep 27, 2023 2:14 pm

Hi,

Verizon offered me a free update to the modem/router and it will support wifi 6E. I do not believe my laptop supports that as ships with AX200 newtwork card. is it possible to update the internal Ax200 to AX210?

I did find that some had trouble with unsupported network card error if it had not been "whitelisted" by Lenovo or have the Lenovo FRU for some similar laptops. Perhaps Lenovo eliminated that issue but it wasn't clear. Others did not see a bandwidth improvement but no installation issues, which is puzzling. My old Quantum gateway modem/router only supports up to wifi 5 so at least would gain wifi 6 but not 6E w/o changing something. The $25.00 AX 210 sounds like a perfect solution if it will work. Someone must have tried this or at least have a good idea if it would work?

I see third party wifi adapters that plug into a usb port too. Any comments/suggestions much appreciated.

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Re: Wifi update for P73— will Ax210 work?

#2 Post by TPFanatic » Wed Sep 27, 2023 2:19 pm

People have done it on P50 and P51 which are older than P73. Read the success stories here: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-P ... -p/5073219

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Re: Wifi update for P73— will Ax210 work?

#3 Post by theterminator93 » Wed Sep 27, 2023 6:22 pm

I put one in my T480. It works fine. Now that 6E APs are becoming more common, I've occasionally seen link speeds of 2.1 Gbps! :eek:
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Re: Wifi update for P73— will Ax210 work?

#4 Post by Usher99 » Thu Sep 28, 2023 6:41 am

Appreciate the comments. I even found a driver for win 10 that should allow wifi 6E.

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Re: Wifi update for P73— will Ax210 work?

#5 Post by theterminator93 » Thu Sep 28, 2023 7:44 am

FWIW, I never got that to work, for 6 GHz connections. Version 22.45 :??:

I reluctantly updated the T480 to Win11 and sure enough, it started working on 6 GHz then.
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Re: Wifi update for P73— will Ax210 work?

#6 Post by Usher99 » Thu Sep 28, 2023 3:03 pm

Was this the Win 10 driver you tried? I’ve read that win 10 will not report wifi 6E is being used even if it is, as not natively supported. Speedtest should be better though. Thank you again for your comments.

https://dongknows.com/wi-fi-6e-6ghz-intel-ax210-driver/

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Re: Wifi update for P73— will Ax210 work?

#7 Post by theterminator93 » Thu Sep 28, 2023 6:06 pm

I was using the official 22.45.1.1 driver. I wasn't about to pay to download it from that website so I found it elsewhere.
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Re: Wifi update for P73— will Ax210 work?

#8 Post by Usher99 » Fri Sep 29, 2023 10:03 am

It was my impression that the official driver will not allow wifi 6E in win 10 and that alternative driver should.

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Re: Wifi update for P73— will Ax210 work?

#9 Post by theterminator93 » Fri Sep 29, 2023 3:18 pm

It is an official driver, but it was quickly replaced with a new version that does not support 6 GHz.

Some people have said they got it to work for them, but I was not one of them. Not for a lack of trying either.
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Re: Wifi update for P73— will Ax210 work?

#10 Post by Usher99 » Fri Sep 29, 2023 3:43 pm

Thank you for the additional information. Might be worth a try.

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