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Lenovo Thinkpad wifi card BIOS whitelist

ruimanalmeida

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Hi
Anyone knows if situation remains as before regarding Lenovo Thinkpad 2018 range?
As you know, if you purchased a Thinkpad notebook, you couldn't use another wifi card besides ones at their service parts list (usually not newest models). It's a pity as you couldn't improve wifi reception by better ac wifi cards...or when new ax wifi standard appears end this year.
Regards

UPDATE (15 March 2018): Lenovo Service Center informed that situation continues equal (same shi...). Basically, If you install on your Lenovo computer a different wifi card from one that came with, you get a message at notebook Start Up, "1802: Unauthorized network card is plugged in - Power off and remove the network card. System is halted.
 
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JackMDS

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You might have some luck trying eBay.

Example - https://www.ebay.com/b/Lenovo-Wireless-Network-Cards/20318/bn_2789165

In case of a laptop it is tricky since there is No flexibility in adapting size and Antenna.

There is a good probability that a New card that would come in the future might physically fit most of the Laptops that are already out there.

A second choice is the ignore the internal Card and find a mini USB WIFI card.

As an example you can try something from this collection.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=wif+usb+ac


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ruimanalmeida

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Mar 14, 2018
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You might have some luck trying eBay.

Example - https://www.ebay.com/b/Lenovo-Wireless-Network-Cards/20318/bn_2789165

In case of a laptop it is tricky since there is No flexibility in adapting size and Antenna.

There is a good probability that a New card that would come in the future might physically fit most of the Laptops that are already out there.

A second choice is the ignore the internal Card and find a mini USB WIFI card.

As an example you can try something from this collection.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=wif+usb+ac


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"There is a good probability that a New card that would come in the future might physically fit most of the Laptops that are already out there."
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Even if it fits, it is not BIOS whitelisted ...so not permitted.
 

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