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Lenovo IdeaPad Y510P - wireless upgrade to support 5Ghz

2016-10-14, 2:29 AM



I only found out after purchasing the Y510P laptop that it for some strange reason does not support 5Ghz networks, only 2.4Ghz. This results in me having insanely slow connection every single night around peak hours (7-11pm), and I'm unable to do anything like watching movies, playing games or download stuff.


Does anyone know exactly how to upgrade the wireless card on this laptop so it supports 5Ghz networks? Do I have to go out and buy another wireless card, or is it software upgrades like drivers only? I'm not a computer major so a walkthrough would be appreciated.



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Re: Lenovo IdeaPad Y510P - wireless upgrade to support 5Ghz

2016-10-14, 16:52 PM

Hi Windie , 


Welcome to the Community Forums.


Based from the list of WLAN card (item 12 page 87) , the only ac card 20200381 WLAN, WiFi AC+BT4.0, Ltn BCM4352+20702 2x2AC+BT4.0 HMC is only for Y410p  and all the reset are BGN . Other upgrades not supported on the whitelist may just show as unrecognizable. 


SImilar discussions here on this post as other fellow manage to upgrade with Wireless-AC 7260 but do take note the danger posed by any BIOS modifation if not done properly. 


You can also take the option of enhance wireless properties by disabling power save and setting roaming tendency and aggressiveness to highest. 


Take time to review the highlighted links.

Hope this helps answer your query.

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Re: Lenovo IdeaPad Y510P - wireless upgrade to support 5Ghz

2016-10-17, 14:38 PM

The only way you ae going to get a 5GHz card in there is -


1) Buy one and try if it works

2) Flash an unlocked BIOS and bypass the whitelist. This is what a lot of users have done and I too have the unlocked BIOS on my system (for thermal control). The limitation of the unlocked BIOS is that you should not mess with any setting within the BIOS other than the ones described in the thread on techinferno forums.


Also, its odd that you are getting low speeds no matter the traffic. My max speeds are 16-20Mbps and I get these throughout the day.

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