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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-22-2017, 02:35 PM - Thread Starter
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Upgrading an old laptop for a family member that's using a single-band 802.11n wireless card. He lives in an apartment, so 2.4 GHz isn't treating him very well.

Looking for compatible upgrades, the best Intel card that's compatible appears to be the Intel AC7260 Revised - I'm a little skeptical of it because of problems being reported with it dropping frequently, though.

Does anyone have any experience with this card or any other (possibly newer?) recommendations?
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Upgrading an old laptop for a family member that's using a single-band 802.11n wireless card. He lives in an apartment, so 2.4 GHz isn't treating him very well.

Looking for compatible upgrades, the best Intel card that's compatible appears to be the Intel AC7260 Revised - I'm a little skeptical of it because of problems being reported with it dropping frequently, though.

Does anyone have any experience with this card or any other (possibly newer?) recommendations?

I'm sure you mean Mini PCI-E Slot. Which the version for that card isn't as prone to issues like the m.2 version.

I use the AC7260 every day in my work laptop, which I replaced the crap stock dell card. Never had a problem. It uses a Mini PCI-E card, on a old sandy bridge laptop.


Now the m.2 AC7260 in my mini hp desktop drops the 5ghz all the time, to a point where I just use a usb wifi adapter now. Maybe the newer rev's work better, but who really knows. The mini pci-e version works fine.

If this is a m.2 (NGFF), get a AC7265, AC8260, or AC8265.
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Just make sure your laptop can have the wireless card repalced. I have had Lenovos that refuse to boot if I changed the wifi card.

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Just make sure your laptop can have the wireless card repalced. I have had Lenovos that refuse to boot if I changed the wifi card.

Yeah Lenovos white list their cards, so you need to flash the bios with a modified version that removes the white list.

Dell, some HPs, and many others do not.

I would look up the model to make sure first. Or list it on here.
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Yeah Lenovos white list their cards, so you need to flash the bios with a modified version that removes the white list.

Dell, some HPs, and many others do not.

I would look up the model to make sure first. Or list it on here.

Forgot to mention it, but I had already taken care of that.

AC 7260 worked out well. No issues to speak of. Pinged my router for two days over wireless with no significant jitter and no dropped packets.
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Glad it worked for you, I was just about to mention the 7260 as well. Have one in my old socket M laptop that runs like a champ.

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