11-22-2016 11:58 AM
I have an X120e, MTM 0596CTO. I am looking at buying an 802.11 AC USB wireless adapter since the onboard adapter only goes up to N, and I want to be able to use AC. Does anyone know how to disable the onboard WiFi adapter?
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11-27-2016 01:35 AM
I don't have my ThinkPad X120e near me, but from what I recollect, you can go into the Device Manager (filename: DEVMMGT.MSC), expand the Network Adapters entry, right-click on the 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter, and disable it from the context menu that pops up.
11-28-2016 07:55 PM
Thanks, Aryeh. Have a couple of questions though.
After I disable the adapter that way, if I right clicked on the device entry, would it then show an Enable option?
Also, my sons have a Y570 and a Z570 laptop. I believe that they have switches on the front to control the wifi. Do you know if I can disable the adapter on them the same way you said for the X120e?
12-01-2016 03:32 AM
Yes, if you disable the Wi-Fi adapter in the Device Manager, the option to Enable it will appear in the context menu.
I don't think the X120e has a disable radio switch like the other units.
12-01-2016 07:12 AM
What I meant was can I disable the adapter on the Y570 and Z570 the same way as you said for the X120e, or is using the switch on those two the best way to do it? Or should I do both switch and disable device in device manager?
12-02-2016 02:54 AM
I think the external radio switch on the chassis only disables the internal Wi-Fi, WWAN and/or Bluetooth radios, not USB-attached ones. That's something you'll need to test. My personally suggestion would be to just use the switch as it's more convenient to toggle that way than having to run Device Manager each time you want to change things.