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Is the Intel 3165 compatible with Intel AC 7260? (m.2)

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My laptop is a lenovo legion y520 and is equipped with the Intel 3165 AC

I am curious whether i am able to swap the Ac 3165 for a 7260 AC ?

Side question

The M.2 Size on both cards are quite confusing...can someone explain it to me?

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Hello EddieLeon,

 

 

As Gize2 mentioned, custom integrations may or may not work. We recommend to check with http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/topics/OEMs.html Computer Manufacturer Support if your PC allows replacing the http://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/product-briefs/dual-band-wireless-ac-316... Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 with an http://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/product-briefs/dual-band-wireless-ac-826... Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265. As you can see in http://ark.intel.com/compare/94150,89450 this comparison, they have similar features.

 

 

Please keep in mind that Intel does not support, nor recommends custom integration of wireless adapters since this may lead to installation errors, connection issues, software error messages, and in some cases it may even be illegal.

 

Intel does not recommend end users install or upgrade the various Intel® Wireless Adapter. For more information, please check the following advisories:

 

 

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 B.

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nevermind, i checked the model of the ac 7260 and its the HMW type which means it will not fit with the 3165 ,

Btw, is there any good wifi cards that can replace the 3165 (if possible list it down)

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For most OEM laptops (Lenovo / Dell / HP / etc.), there is a whitelist of WLAN adapters contained in the BIOS. You'll only be able to add adapters christened by the manufacturer.

However, I see that the Y520 also ships with the Intel 8265 card with the following spec:

8265.NGWMG.NV

AA# : J29844-001

MM# : 949399

So if you find that particular card, you may be in luck. There are absolutely no guarantees, though.

References:

Y520 Disassembled: http://laptopmedia.com/highlights/inside-lenovo-legion-y520-disassembly-internal-photos-and-upgrade-... http://laptopmedia.com/highlights/inside-lenovo-legion-y520-disassembly-internal-photos-and-upgrade-...

8265 WLAN in Y520 close-up: https://i1.wp.com/laptopmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_20170206_181830.jpg https://i1.wp.com/laptopmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_20170206_181830.jpg

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Hello EddieLeon,

 

 

As Gize2 mentioned, custom integrations may or may not work. We recommend to check with http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/topics/OEMs.html Computer Manufacturer Support if your PC allows replacing the http://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/product-briefs/dual-band-wireless-ac-316... Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 with an http://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/product-briefs/dual-band-wireless-ac-826... Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265. As you can see in http://ark.intel.com/compare/94150,89450 this comparison, they have similar features.

 

 

Please keep in mind that Intel does not support, nor recommends custom integration of wireless adapters since this may lead to installation errors, connection issues, software error messages, and in some cases it may even be illegal.

 

Intel does not recommend end users install or upgrade the various Intel® Wireless Adapter. For more information, please check the following advisories:

 

 

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 B.

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