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Will any 802.11 ac pci express mini card work with T430, BIOS 2.70?

2016-06-26, 16:06 PM

Per the title, upgrading the home router, and I am seeking an upgrade from my internal Intel Centrino N-2200 to an AC compatible card. The last thread posted on this topic is about a year old (https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-T400-T500-and-newer-T/any-wireless-AC-PCI-express-cards-approved-for-T430/m-p/2154265/highlight/true#M101966), so I thought I would repost with the latest BIOS revision.

 

I have reviewed the equipment list here: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/documents/pd024705

 

but the bullet points titled "PCIe Half Mini Card", "Wireless WAN upgradable on selected models", "PCI Express Mini Card" are a bit ambiguous. Are there any AC whitelisted wireless cards? How would I be able to determine if my WAN Adapter is upgradable?

 

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Re: Will any 802.11 ac pci express mini card work with T430, BIOS 2.70?

2016-06-26, 17:21 PM

Hello, turbosaab16

Upgrade circumstance in this laptop have been discussed in the thread you've linked. There aren't new legal ways to add in T430 the card with AC mode support, neither in the past, nor in the future.

You mix some terms.
"PCIe Half Mini Card" means the designation and formfactor of the wlan (wifi) card in the laptops up to IvyBridge generation.
"PCI Express Mini Card" means the common designation of the wwan and wlan cards in the laptops up to IB generation. PCIe == PCI Express.
"Wireless WAN upgradable on selected models" means the laptop has the wwan antennas set and the sim card reader factory preinstalled and is ready to add the wwan card separately. It doesn't influence the wlan features.

All Lenovo laptops have the wlan upgradable adapters, but only from the list approved for certain laptop model. Except of the selected models in the last generations.



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Re: Will any 802.11 ac pci express mini card work with T430, BIOS 2.70?

2016-06-27, 12:26 PM
Thank you for the information and your quick reply.

At the time of purchase, this was >$1000 premium business class laptop. It's very disappointing that Lenovo has dropped the ball on whitelisting modern adapters for this model.

I have run into firmware issues with the 840 EVO based Samsung SSD's that are OEM'd in Lenovos as well.

This will definitely impact my future purchase decisions.
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Re: Will any 802.11 ac pci express mini card work with T430, BIOS 2.70?

2016-06-27, 12:36 PM

The wl case means "just" a money for the FCC and similar certification of the specific laptop WITH specific antennas AND specific wireless adapter installed. Especially for the EOL models - too big expenses w/out revenue.



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