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Henn1ng
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Compatible WiFi cards (whitelisted cards)

Hi.

 

I got a 2-3 year old Lenovo Yoga 500-14ACL laptop, Machine Type Model: 80NA002MMX, with the newest BIOS firmware from Lenovo, in which I got a Linux distro installed to a partition.

 

 

My only problem is, the WiFi does not work, as there are no drivers available for this card on Linux systems. I tried as a last resort to use a program called "ndiswrapper" to install the windows driver in my Linux distro with the help from Linux professionals, sadly it did not work.

 

Now my only chance is to purchase a new WiFi card compatible with Linux distros (not a USB WiFi plug), so my question is, where is that "whitelist" which Lenovo has implemented into the BIOS online?

I have searched online, but I cannot find a list containing compatible cards.

 

I see many users has purchased cards previously without being aware that Lenovo reject certain cards, and that is exactly what many users report, the card is rejected by the BIOS, and the users are left with a card they can not use.

 

Before I order a new WiFi card, I want to make sure the card I order is compatible in my laptop. I came from the store I bought the pc today, and the techicians there were very surpised that Lenovo in fact had such a list in their BIOS, and they were not aware about it until I informed them.

 

They told me that all they could do is to contact Lenovo directly by mail, so they recommended I did that myself, in which this forum post is all about.

 

What WiFi cards are in the BIOS's "whitelist" for my model, Lenovo Yoga 500-14ACL laptop, Machine Type Model: 80NA002MMX ?

 

I would appreciate the whole list of compatible cards, as I then can choose which card suits me best, beside of that, a full list will help other users facing the same problem as me.

 

I hope for a solution to this problem. I'm sorry to see that Lenovo has made such upgrades unnecessary difficult and complicated.

 

Thanks in advance;

Henning

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Re: Compatible WiFi cards (whitelisted cards)

Hi Henn1ng,

 

Welcome to the Community Forums.

 

The list would be here in the hardware manual (item8 page 84-85).

 

Click here on the parts lookup tool (click on Wireless LAN adapters to filter the WLAN card certified for your machine along with 10 substitutes).

 

Regards

 

 

 



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Henn1ng
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Re: Compatible WiFi cards (whitelisted cards)

Hi and thank you spidey101.

 

I have now ordered the Intel Model: 3165NGW WiFi card, which should work fine with the Linux distros.

 

Best regards;

Henning

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Re: Compatible WiFi cards (whitelisted cards)

I leave the message here in case anyone else wants to speed up the WiFi in similar models.

 

Intel 9260 WiFi card (AC Wave2, 160 MHz, MU-MIMO, non-vPro version) with Lenovo part number FRU 01AX769 works perfectly fine with Yoga 700-14ISK (80QD00BDPB). This is a 2015 Skylake-based laptop, from the same generation as Yoga 500.

 

It easily maxed out what my Mediatek-based AC Wave1 2x2 router can provide: around 375 Mb/s download (compared to 275 on standard Intel 3165 card), and there are reports of much higher speeds achievable on newer Wave2 160 MHz AC routers. Highly recommended and fairly cheap upgrade!

 

Important note! My card has Lenovo part number, that might have played a role in compatibility. If you got 9260 from another vendor like Dell, there is a risk it will not be allowed to work with your Lenovo laptop.

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