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PCI Half Mini Card upgrade for Thinkpad T520

2016-02-27, 12:56 PM

Do they make an upgrade half mini card for the Thinkpad T520? The installed mini card runs 2.4ghz, my wifi is running 5ghz. I can"t find one for the T520, everything else but. I guess this is one computer they must have made a trial run on and nobody bought them or is it considered in the 500 series?

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Re: PCI Half Mini Card upgrade for Thinkpad T520

2016-02-27, 15:45 PM

Hello and welcome,

 

The T520 bill of materials includes a list of supported cards.  There appear to be some dual band cards in the list.

 

https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/parts/PD009237?LinkTrack=Solr

 

Keep in mind that a card must be a supported model and have a Lenovo FRU number to pass the BIOS white list.

 

For example, a "vanilla" Intel 6205 won't pass the list but a 60Y3253 should.

 

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Re: PCI Half Mini Card upgrade for Thinkpad T520

2016-02-28, 11:46 AM

I appreciate the link to the list but, I'm a dummy, I have no idea what I'm looking at. A desktop, no problem but when it comes to a laptop, I'm lost. Couldn't I just get one from Lenovo? That way I know it will work.

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Re: PCI Half Mini Card upgrade for Thinkpad T520

2016-02-28, 15:27 PM

You could certainly contact Lenovo about availability of a dual band card for your laptop but for systems like this that have been around for a while folks often go to the aftermarket first.  Parts are often quite inexpensive.

 

Using my example from above: 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-6205-60y3253-Wireless-Thinkpad/dp/B008V7AAJU

 

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Re: PCI Half Mini Card upgrade for Thinkpad T520

2016-02-29, 12:50 PM

So what you're saying is that this 60y3253 will work on my T520? Maybe, maybe not, that's basically what I'm reading in most of the posts on different cards. You buy it, try it and if it don't work send it back. I don't like hit or miss and you're right on the prices from the manufacturer. Their making bucks on a card that only costs ten or twelve dollers and even then, they buy in bulk and pay pennies on the dollar. I understand profit but this is rediculous.

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Re: PCI Half Mini Card upgrade for Thinkpad T520

2016-02-29, 13:00 PM

Sorry, I didn't finish reading the rest of the link you sent. It says it will fit the T520. So the only thing in need to do is stick this card in and that's it? Nothing with the BIOS? I'll have to look at that. Like I said, I'm ok with desktops but laptops is not my thing, this is my first one.

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Re: PCI Half Mini Card upgrade for Thinkpad T520

2016-03-05, 12:34 PM
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I would like to thank you for the link you provided. I ordered the Half mini card and at the present time it's working just fine. The only problem was trying to connect to my router. It would find my router but would not accept any password or whatever I put in to access the router. I finally just pushed the button on my router and it connected. Strange. But it worked and now I have 5ghz running rather than 2.4. Thanks again.
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