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chas_alpha
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Is Lenovo AC Wireless Network Card backwards compatible?


I am planning to purchase a new Lenovo G50-80 Laptop #80E501JFUS. This machine comes with a "Lenovo AC Wireless" Network Card. I presume that means that this machine talks state-of-the-art 11ac Wi-Fi network protocols. My question is, will 80E501JFUS work properly on an older Wi-Fi network that is based on the older 11b/g/n Wi-Fi network protocols such as one might find in a public library, ie, is the 80E501JFUS with its state-of-the-art 11ac Wi-Fi networking capability automatically & transparently backwards compatible with older 11b/g/n-based Wi-Fi networks?

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Re: Is Lenovo AC Wireless Network Card backwards compatible?

hi chas_alpha

 

Welcome to the Forums.

 

Looking at the G50-80 (80E501JFUS) spare parts, this system uses a Broadcom 43162 Wireless Card.

  - Link to picture

 

This type of card is indeed backwards compatible with 802.11/b/g/n wireless networking specifications (such as the WI-Fi access points in public library). 

 

As for making it to work on  802.11/b/g/n, you may need to look under the Device Manager > Wrieless card properties > Advanced Tab and toggle the band preference and the wireless mode.

  - Sample image

 

Article:

Advanced Wireless Adapter Driver Settings

 

More info on the card below:

Broadcom BCM43162

 

 

Regards



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chas_alpha
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Re: Is Lenovo AC Wireless Network Card backwards compatible?

 


Thank you for your excellent & timely reply! I gave it a kudos and an accepted solution. The Lenovo AC wireless network card looks like a fine and versatile Wi-Fi connectivity solution, and I look forward to working with it on various different generations of Wi-Fi networks.
Regards,
chas

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