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jren207
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Difference Between 8260 and 8265

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Hi, I am looking to purchase a new wireless card and have decided to go with one from Intel.

I want something up-to-date that will have full compatibility with Windows 10, so have narrowed it down to either the Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260, or the 8265.

Comparing these on the ARK shows pretty much identical specifications.

I downloaded and compared the two spec sheets and can't see much difference either, except for the 8265 seems to have MU-MIMO.

Other than that, are there any other differences between the two cards?

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idata
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Hello jren207,

 

 

As you suggested, the Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 is very similar to the Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260.

 

 

The main difference is that the ac 8265 is the 4th Generation of Intel 802.11ac, therefore, it includes full support the latest ac features such as MU-MIMO, 802.11r, 802.11k, 802.11v (pending).

 

 

You can check the briefs provided by Al in the previous post for information.

 

 

Keep in mind that you should contact the http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/topics/OEMs.html Computer Manufacturer Support before upgrading your wireless adapter, so they can let you know if a newer adapter is compatible with your PC.

 

 

We do not recommend end users to install or upgrade the various Intel® Wireless Adapter. They can only be installed by the computer manufacturer or its authorized representative.

 

 

An unsupported wireless adapter may not be recognized by the computer, it may lead to system errors or connectivity problems. Installing an incompatible adapter may even damage the adapter, the PC, or both. In some cases, this may even be illegal.

 

 

For more information please check the following documents:

 

 

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/network-and-i-o/wireless-networking/000005846.html Why Doesn't My Laptop Recognize My New Intel® Wireless Adapter?

 

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/network-and-i-o/wireless-networking/000005687.html Regulatory Information Regarding Hardware Installation or Upgrade

 

 

Regards,

 

Jonathan

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idata
Community Manager
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Hello jren207,

 

 

As you suggested, the Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 is very similar to the Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260.

 

 

The main difference is that the ac 8265 is the 4th Generation of Intel 802.11ac, therefore, it includes full support the latest ac features such as MU-MIMO, 802.11r, 802.11k, 802.11v (pending).

 

 

You can check the briefs provided by Al in the previous post for information.

 

 

Keep in mind that you should contact the http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/topics/OEMs.html Computer Manufacturer Support before upgrading your wireless adapter, so they can let you know if a newer adapter is compatible with your PC.

 

 

We do not recommend end users to install or upgrade the various Intel® Wireless Adapter. They can only be installed by the computer manufacturer or its authorized representative.

 

 

An unsupported wireless adapter may not be recognized by the computer, it may lead to system errors or connectivity problems. Installing an incompatible adapter may even damage the adapter, the PC, or both. In some cases, this may even be illegal.

 

 

For more information please check the following documents:

 

 

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/network-and-i-o/wireless-networking/000005846.html Why Doesn't My Laptop Recognize My New Intel® Wireless Adapter?

 

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/network-and-i-o/wireless-networking/000005687.html Regulatory Information Regarding Hardware Installation or Upgrade

 

 

Regards,

 

Jonathan

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jren207
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Thank you for your response. This has been very helpful.

idata
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Hello jren207,

 

 

We are glad to be of assistance. Feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.

 

 

Regards,

 

Jonathan.
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