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Wireless Network Cards - Compatibility

Every wireless network card has specific compatibility requirements. See our below guide on eligibility, upgrade paths, and more. Note: this is not a catch-all and not 100% guaranteed. For the most accurate information, consult with your computer's manual and/or manufacturer.

For support on Setup, FAQs and Troubleshooting, visit this support article.

Before Starting:

This article references several technical specifications. If you need assistance getting this information from your computer, see the related support articles.

Important Compatibility Notes:

  • Compatibility is generally dependent on your system’s
    • 1) Processor/CPU
    • 2) M.2 interface (to include if your system requires CNVio)
    • 3) Operating System version
Validate your new model is compatible by using the compatibility chart below.
  • Important: CNVio version 1 (i.e., AC-9461, AC-9462, AC-9560) is NOT compatible with CNVio2 (i.e., AX201, AX211, AX411).
CNVio2 is NOT backwards compatible with CNVio (version 1).
  • The AC-9560 has NO upgrade path. Do NOT try upgrading or replacing with the AX201, AX211, or AX411. It will not work and will cause system failure.
  • Installing the wrong CNVio version card generally causes system boot failure.
  • Systems that require CNVio (or CNVio2) generally will not work with the PCIe/NGFF (non-CNVio) modules installed (i.e., AC-9260, AX200, AX210).

Compatibility Chart:

  1. Start by finding your current wireless network card model in the Upgrade From column. You may have multiple options. Your possible upgrades are in the first (left) column.
  2. Validate the new model will be compatible with your system by:
    1. Checking your system meets the processor/CPU requirements
    2. Checking your system meets the M.2 interface requirements
    3. Checking your system meets the operating system (OS) requirements
    4. See the above section Before Starting if you need help getting any of this information

    Wi-Fi Model

    Wi-Fi Gen

    Upgrade From

    Processor Required

    Interface Required

    OS Required

    AC-9260

    Wi-Fi 5

    AC-8260, AC-8265, N-7265, AC-7265, AC-3168, AC-3165

    Intel 8th Gen+

    M.2 NGFF Key A or E

    Windows 10/11 64-bit or Linux

    AC-9560

    Wi-Fi 5

    AC-9461, AC-9462

    Intel 8th Gen+

    M.2 CNVio Key E

    AX200

    Wi-Fi 6

    AC-9260 & Most models the AC-9260 replaces

    Intel 9th Gen+

    M.2 NGFF Key A or E

    AX201

    Wi-Fi 6

    NONE

    Intel 9th Gen+

    M.2 CNVio2 Key E

    AX210

    Wi-Fi 6E

    AC-9260, AX200

    Intel 10th Gen+

    M.2 NGFF Key A or E

    AX211

    Wi-Fi 6E

    AX201

    Intel 10th Gen+

    M.2 CNVio2 Key E

    AX411

    Wi-Fi 6E

    AX201, AX211

    Intel 11th Gen+

    M.2 CNVio2 Key E

    Last Updated: August 2022

    Compatibility Chart Notes:

    • The processor (CPU), interface, and OS are mandatory compatibility requirements for each model.
    • Wireless network cards can generally continue to be upgraded as long as your system meets the new Wi-Fi model’s processor, interface, and OS requirements. See Upgrade From column.

     

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