About Dell Latitude 7290 upgrade


  1. Posts : 27
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       #1

    About Dell Latitude 7290 upgrade


    Hi all,

    I have an old Dell Latitude 7290

    I would like to ask if anyone who is using this model laptop or knows if it is possible to just upgrade the wifi card to ax (wifi 6) standard?

    Do I need to make any changes in the BIOS, such as flashing the third-party BIOS to whitelist it?

    Thanks.
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  2. Posts : 6,651
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       #2

    I see that the Dell Latitude 7290 use a M.2 Intel Wireless-AC 8265 Dual Band WLAN WiFi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n M.2 Card.
    Look for a intel_AX200

    Intel AX200 Bluetooth Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Combo Adapter - Newegg.com

    9 Best M2 Wifi Cards In 2023 Reviews & Buying Guide - ElectronicsHub
    Last edited by Megahertz; 03 Jul 2023 at 14:34.
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  3. Posts : 1,124
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       #3

    Your laptop may have several different wifi adapter references from the factory.
    If you go to the page of your laptop you will find the different wifi adapters.
    I'm going, you can take in the references below
    Intel AX200 or intel AX201 for wifi 6. The format should be M.2 2230 (but if you open it and take a picture of the wifi adapter it will be better), and with vpro technology you should be fine, the Intel Wireless -AC 8265, if it's this one in your laptop, is vpro according to your laptop documentation. There are the same adapter without vpro.

    difference between ax200 and ax 201: What is the difference between the Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 and Intel...
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  4. Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Thanks all.

    But now what I concern is, do I need to make any changes in the BIOS, such as flashing the third-party BIOS to whitelist it? I know there are some models like ThinkPad series needed this procedure for replacing existing default hardware. I am not sure for Latitude 7290.

    Thanks.
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  5. Posts : 6,651
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       #5

    tkrojam said:
    Thanks all.

    But now what I concern is, do I need to make any changes in the BIOS, such as flashing the third-party BIOS to whitelist it? I know there are some models like ThinkPad series needed this procedure for replacing existing default hardware. I am not sure for Latitude 7290.

    Thanks.
    I don't think you need to do any changes to BIOS. As a PCIe card it will be recognized on BIOS and you may just need a Win 10 driver for it.

    Why don't you ask on a Lenovo forum: English Community-Lenovo Community
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  6. Posts : 1,124
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    I changed the wifi adapter on my dell, I didn't need a third party bios. I had been on the page of my laptop to look at what references of wifi adapters there were in the drivers to be sure that it was compatible and that there was the official Dell driver. Dell is not like lenovo, I don't think.
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  7. Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64
    Thread Starter
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    Got it, Thanks all bros for your replies~!
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  8. Posts : 1,968
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    itsme1 said:
    Dell is not like lenovo, I don't think.
    that's right.

    Dell is definitely not like Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard (HP) as HP & Lenovo laptops only accept "whitelisted" wifi cards
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  9. Posts : 282
    Windows 10 Pro
       #9

    You could also go the USB route, but do you? Do you need 802.11ax? I mean, do you have a router and other devices that support the standard?

    As far as I'm concerned it's a marketing gimmick until more and more devices catch on. Actually, a lot of ISPs use Wi-Fi as a marketing gimmick in a lot of ways... And BTW, 5 GHz and 6 GHz are absolute dreadful frequencies to use for Wi-Fi unless you have a certain distance from the router or line of sight without walls and whatnot in the way. The higher in frequency you go, the more line of sight you need to be. This is why a lot of IoT (think Ring doorbells, wireless cameras, etc) is 2.4 GHz. If they manufactured that stuff for 802.11ac people would fill the Amazon reviews and whatnot with comments of constant connection issues. I wish they'd just use 900 MHz and 1.2 GHz. But I doubt that will ever happen for reasons...

    You could accomplish a nice 5 GHz/6 GHz mesh system though...


    Edit-

    Ah, looks like 802.11ax DOES use 2.4 GHz as well as 5 GHz and 6 GHz.
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  10. Posts : 1,124
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    @tkrojam

    If you have a 7th, 8th and 9th gen processor with a 300 series chipset then get the ax200 adapter.

    If you have Intel Wireless-AC 8265 in your laptop, you can check in the task manager, then take the ax200 in vpro version (vpro must be indicated in the seller's page).

    If you have a qualcomm wifi adapter (always checking in the task manager) then take the ax200 in non vpro version (also indicated on the seller's page, nvpro or no vpro).

    If you have a 10th generation processor and above and a 400 series chipset and above then take the ax201.
    The non vpro ax201 if you have a qualcomm wifi adapter.
    If you an intel wifi adapter, search for its reference in google and go to its intel page, on this page if you see "Supported under Intel® vPro technology" "Yes" then take the ax201 in vpro version , if it's "no" then take the ax201 in no vpro version.

    Note. There should be no problem with vpro whether the laptop supports it or not.
    Last edited by itsme1; 09 Jul 2023 at 12:18.
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