02-21-2018 10:45 AM - edited 02-21-2018 10:47 AM
Please any info about new very fast wireless card with chipset AC9560?
I found this card with FRU number 01AX770, but no official info yet, no product info in any Lenovo shops...
And what about BIOS whitelist in ThinkPad P50? It is possible to replace WiFi card?
02-22-2018 02:38 AM
My ThinkPad P50 shipped with an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 wireless LAN card, which is an M.2 2230 form-factor card wich has both A and E keying. From looking at the photos in this article, we can see that the P50 only has the the A keying.
From looking at the specs of the Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 9560 wireless LAN card, it appears the card only has the E keying, so it will not fit into the ThinkPad P50.
There is another card called the Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 9260 wireless LAN card that appears to be identical to the 9560 card, but has A and E keying, just like the 8260. Whether or not it will work in the ThinkPad P50 I do not know, but I have sucessfully installed and used the 9260 card in both a ThinkPad P51s and a L380 Yoga.
01-31-2019 01:07 AM
01-31-2019 04:46 AM - edited 01-31-2019 04:48 AM
Can the Intel Wireless AC-9260 wireless be installed on my P51?
Is it simply just a "simple" swap/plug and play? Do I need to
download any Lenovo or Intel updates?
Does the swap void my warranty?
What potential speed/throughput does the AC-9620 offer
over my current wireless card?
A lot of questions so thanks in advance for any feedback.
02-01-2019 02:30 AM
The Intel Wireless AC-9260 will probably work in the ThinkPad P51 since it works in other models from that generation. However, you may need to order and test this yourself as I do not recall reading if anyone has successfully performed this upgrade.
When I installed the card into my ThinkPads, no additional changes were required. In my case, the computers were connected via Ethernet, so any driver updates were downloaded via that network connection.
Installing a card may or may not impact the warranty based on your specific device's model. Tthe ThinkPad P51 Hardware Maintenance Manual should explain whether or not specific components can be replaced or if the unit must sent to Lenovo for servicing. Installing the card should not void your warranty, however, it is also not supported by Lenovo, which means you may need to remove the card before getting the unit serviced.
Here are the specs for the Intel Wireless AC-9260: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/wireless/wireless-products/dual-band-wireless-ac-92... I don't know which card is currently installed in the ThinkPad P51, so do not have anything to compare it against.
02-02-2019 08:01 AM - edited 02-02-2019 08:02 AM
Thank You Aryeh for your comprehensive reply.
I will take your feedback under advisement and
decide whether it is worth the effort to "Upgrade"
to the AC-9260.
04-19-2019 08:41 PM
Hi Aryeh. The P51 that i have has the Intel 8265. Would the 9260 work with my P51? If it works with the P51, can i buy the card from Amazon or do i need to get it from Lenovo? Thanks!
04-26-2019 03:58 AM
I would suggest purchasing an Intel 9260 Wireless AC adapter which clearly lists that it has "FRU P/N: 01AX771" on its label, as that is the Lenovo part number. As long as it is a genuine part from a reputable seller, it should not matter where it is purchased from. You may, however, only be able to obtain support from Lenovo directly for the part if you buy it directly from them.
06-06-2019 11:48 AM
I greatly appreciate your comments on this particular topic, and in another post, where there was a question about installing an Intel 9260 in a P70 (p70 with Intel 9260 or Killer 1550? ).
I've tried two different Intel 9260NGW cards in my P50, both with Lenovo FRU's:
01AX769 (no Intel vPRO)
01AX771 (w/Intel vPRO)
With either one of these cards installed in my P50, replacing the original 8260 installed at the factory, I'm unable to enable the WiFi radio in the laptop, whether in Windows 10 or linux.
The 9260's definitely are detected: listed in Windows' Device Manager, but unable to turn on the radio. dmesg shows them present, and with firmware successfully loaded in linux, but rfkill reports a "hard block" .
Using either of the two 9260's, in either OS, I'm completely unable to turn the WiFi radio on in any way, including using the Fn+F8 key toggle etc.
I also had an Intel 8265NGW sitting around, FRU 01AX704, and it also exhibited the exact same issue.
I even tried a complete "restore defaults" in the UEFI BIOS to verify that didn't resolve the issue, either.
Once the original 8260 is reinstalled, the WiFi radio works normally, in both Windows and linux.
I'm curious if there was anything in particular you had to do, or maybe simply lucked out?
The only other thing I noticed is that your P50 appears to be a 20EN-, whereas mine is a 20EQ-; no idea just what that means, exactly, unless there's a potential system board revision making a difference here?
Thanks in advance for any ideas/thoughts!