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Greg_S
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X220 and Intel AC 7260 Wireless with Latest Driver

Compatriots,

 

I have a Lenovo X-220 that currently has a wireless N card installed.

 

A few days ago, checking System Update, I noticed the updated driver for Intel Wireless Cards (version 16.1.3, details available here: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/detail.page?DocID=DS036007) which expressly indicates support for Intel's AC 7260 wireless card and expressly for the X220.

 

I was previously aware of the whitelisting issues with unsupported mPCI wireless cards on Lenovo systems, but understood this update to indicate that Lenovo was adding support for the AC 7260, correcting the issue experienced by folks earlier in the year.

 

Accordingly, I ordered one and was somewhat surprised this evening to still receive the message "1802 unauthorized network card is plugged in.  Power off and remove the miniPCI network card".

 

Can anyone shed light on this?  Is there some other step I need to take to make this work?  Or have Lenovo actually issued a new driver expressly indicating support for the card while neglecting to update the BIOS whitelist to enable it to work.....?

 

Any advice appreciated.

 

Greg

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Re: X220 and Intel AC 7260 Wireless with Latest Driver

Hi Greg_S, and welcome to the Lenovo User Community!

 

I too want to believe that a software update makes my old X220 support a newer wireless card! But I'm pretty sure the release note means the software supports all those cards respectively in the systems they are built into, and not that it magically makes all those cards work in all those systems!

 

Hope this helps!

I don't work for Lenovo. I'm a crazy volunteer!
JudithKemper
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Re: X220 and Intel AC 7260 Wireless with Latest Driver

4 years on, this question is revisited.  Thinkpad X220 options for  wireless 11/AC.

Connecting to NetGear R8000 Nighthawk and the wireless keeps dropping off and losing packets.

I would prefer to use an AC wireless connection because of the speed, coverage, signal strength.

 

I've investigate USB wireless, but this machine only has 2.0 connectors.

 

1. Any current recommendations on replacing the mini half card with 11-AC capability?

2. Does my BIOS have to be WhiteList disabled?  I never did discover where to get a replacement BIOS.

 

Thanks.  I love this X220;  fast and reliable ( except now for wireless connections )

 

Thinkpad X220 4286CTO X64, i5, 8GB Ram, bios 1.43, intel ssd 160GB, Win7 Pro
intel 1x1 11b/g/n PCI Express half mini Wireless, Realtek driver 2023.1.1201.2014 , intel 82579LM Gigabit Network, 3x USB 2
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Re: X220 and Intel AC 7260 Wireless with Latest Driver

I installed an Intel AC7260 into my X220 a few years ago, and I did have to install a modified BIOS. God knows where I found it, and it made me nervous installing it, but it worked, and continues to work fine even though the X220 is not my primary laptop anymore, I use it more for testing things.

 

So it's definitely possible.

 

Edit: Miraculously, I found the installer! I looked thru some of my old Acronis disk images, and I did a full Acronis disk image of my X220 before I upgraded to Win10 in 2015. And lo and behold in my downloads, there was the whitelisted bios file that I found years ago. It's based on Bios 1.39.

 

Use at your own risk of course.

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| X220 i7-2620M | 12.5" HD IPS | Intel 180GB SSD | Crucial 480GB mSATA SSD | 8GB DDR3 | Intel 7260 AC |
| X260 i7-6600U | 12.5" FHD IPS | Samsung 850Pro 1TB SSD | 16GB DDR4 | Intel 8260 AC |
JudithKemper
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Re: X220 and Intel AC 7260 Wireless with Latest Driver

Thanks. I opted for the Linksys WUSB6300 because I could pick it up locally. Works great, even on USB 2.0 connectors. No noticeable advantage when I plug it into a laptop with USB 3.0.

My only concern is it sticks out from a USB slot and will damage the machine if it gets dropped.

So will likely put a USB extender to minimize any damage.
Thinkpad X220 4286CTO X64, i5, 8GB Ram, bios 1.43, intel ssd 160GB, Win7 Pro
intel 1x1 11b/g/n PCI Express half mini Wireless, Realtek driver 2023.1.1201.2014 , intel 82579LM Gigabit Network, 3x USB 2
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