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How To Upgrade the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro’s Wireless Card

September 2nd, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is a terrific 2-in-1 Windows 8 Ultrabook. It has a gorgeous display that you can interact with in fun and unique ways. It was even voted the best Ultrabook in a recent Lifehacker reader poll. Unfortunately, Lenovo chose to include a wireless card that doesn’t match the rest of the Yoga 2 Pro’s performance and modern appeal.

The Yoga 2 Pro’s Intel Wireless-N 7260 Wi-Fi card is a single band b/g/n card. Many modern devices support dual bands now. Heck, even phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s support both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks. The latest MacBook Air supports dual bands and AC networks out of the box. Luckily, you can upgrade the wireless card in the Yoga 2 Pro to a dual band Intel ac/a/b/g/n card in about 15 minutes.

Before you get started, here’s what you’ll need:

Yoga 2 Pro upgrade tools
Step 1: Download the Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 (7260NGW) drivers onto your hard drive prior to getting started. Just in case your system doesn’t load the drivers for your new card, you’ll want to download them onto your local drive while you still have an Internet connection.

Step 2: Remove the 11 T5 torx screws securing the back cover to the frame. If you don’t have a T5 torx screwdriver, you can pick one up online for a few bucks. Instead of a multi-bit set, I chose to buy a nice driver by Wera for just over $6. I also bought a steel spudger, but didn’t end up needing it.

Yoga 2 Pro back cover screws

Tip: The screws are very small and easy to lose, so consider putting them in a container or putting them on top of a piece of tape.

Step 3: After you’ve removed all the screws, you should be able to pull/peel the cover off using your finger nails to get it started. Use a spudger if you prefer. I found it easier to start from the back where the hinges are located.

After you get the cover removed, you should probably remove the cable to the battery. I left it plugged in and was just careful to not accidentally turn it on during the upgrade.

Yoga 2 Pro battery cable

Step 4: The Wi-Fi card is located on the left side, just above the battery. Carefully remove the “MAIN” and “AUX” antennas from the old Wi-Fi card. They should just pop off with a slight pull.

Yoga 2 Pro wireless cables

Step 5: Remove the single philips screw holding the wireless card in place.

Step 6: Gently slide the old card out, then gently slide the new card in.

Step 7: Secure the new card to the board with the philips screw.

Step 8: Reattach the antennas. The black cable goes to the jack labeled “MAIN” and the white cable goes to the jack labeled “AUX.” You should hear a light snap when they’re properly seated.

Yoga 2 Pro new Wi-Fi card installed

Step 9: Reattach the battery if you unplugged it, then put the back cover on. Leave the screws out for now.

Step 10: Power up the Yoga 2 Pro and make sure you can connect to your wireless network. The new card will probably be labeled “Wi-Fi 2” in Windows.

Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Wi-Fi status

Step 11: Once you’ve verified that the card is working, put the torx screws back in.

That’s it. Your Yoga 2 Pro’s wireless performance should now rock like the rest of the Yoga 2 Pro.

Lead photo credit: Lenovo.

  1. Michael
    January 8th, 2018 at 16:35 | #1

    I just did this upgrade. Your writeup was clear and easy to understand. Thank you for taking the time. I appreciate it.

  2. Stephen
    September 16th, 2017 at 22:00 | #2

    Don Day :
    This is still a timely subject for my formerly single-band Y2P. The T5 tool and the wireless card links at Amazon were all I needed. My only regret was that I pried off the plastic feet looking for interlocks when all I needed to do was to unsnap the bottom shell around the edges. The laptop recognized the new card with no special effort on my part to pre-load any drivers, thanks perhaps to the upgrade to Windows 10 I did awhile back. Happy to be finally using my 5G wireless service–thanks!

    @Don Day


    Does Bluetooth work with the new card? If so, where did you buy the card?

  3. September 16th, 2017 at 18:52 | #3

    This is still a timely subject for my formerly single-band Y2P. The T5 tool and the wireless card links at Amazon were all I needed. My only regret was that I pried off the plastic feet looking for interlocks when all I needed to do was to unsnap the bottom shell around the edges. The laptop recognized the new card with no special effort on my part to pre-load any drivers, thanks perhaps to the upgrade to Windows 10 I did awhile back. Happy to be finally using my 5G wireless service–thanks!

  4. David
    February 12th, 2017 at 03:42 | #4

    Try these following ideas before ripping out the 7260…

    Type run, cmd and then type ipconfig /release
    then type ipconfig /renew
    now type ipconfig /flushdns

    now go in as administrator and go to run then cmd and type
    netsh winsock reset (yes there are spaces between each word)

    then type
    netsh int ip reset (yes there are spaces between each word)

    Finally come out of above…go to device management and select the wireless card under network adapter and right click properties…click power management and DESELECT the turn off card to save power

    Fingers cross that will solve the 7260 going down or locking up issues

  5. Th Theuerkorn
    January 14th, 2017 at 08:14 | #5

    When I follow these instructions it seemed to work just fine. However, the next day it claimed to have an unauthorized wireless network card and asks to remove it. (With no option to bypass or “authorize”.

  6. Darci
    December 28th, 2016 at 10:24 | #6

    My wifi adapter kn the yoga 2 pro stopped working. I sent it in for repair, but the repair shop is now suggesting they alsp need to replace the motherboard. Everything esle was working fine except for the wifi adapter. Does it make sense that they need to also replace yhe motherboard?

  7. Marvin
    December 7th, 2016 at 03:41 | #7

    Hi, will this work for the Normal yoga 2, too? Is it identical with the Pro version?
    Can i order the same card?

  8. Tilo
  9. shayska
    October 22nd, 2016 at 21:38 | #9

    is it possible to upgrade to the AC8260 instead of the AC7260? where is this supposed whitelist? embedded in the bios only or is there or can end uses peruse a disclosed list supported per a certain bios?

  10. shayska
    October 22nd, 2016 at 21:26 | #10


    hi, where can you find the bios whitelist for the yogo pro 2? i have the AC 7260 installed but want to see if i can get better performance out of the AC8260 but not sure how I can check this “white list”. can’t seem to find anything. is the whitelist on the bios “wireless” list itself?

  11. Thomas Thompson
    October 11th, 2016 at 19:25 | #11

    Worked perfectly! Thank you!

  12. Sven
    September 18th, 2016 at 03:45 | #12


    just installed the card, worked very well. Recognized direct after start up, new password for the WIFI ready connected, BUT still max 144 m/bit connex.
    Upgraded to the newest driver from intel, for my Windows 10, 64bit, BUT still not the high speed, only 144 m/bit!

    Any one a idea why?!

    Thx in advance

  13. Sandeep
    August 28th, 2016 at 10:24 | #13

    could you share a picture of your card if available ? from the link I can read that several people received a different card which might get blocked too. I can then search and buy the exact same card as yours.

  14. Pam
    August 27th, 2016 at 11:01 | #14

    Thank you for this guidance. I purchased the AC-7620 from Amazon 8/20/16. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GUNZUG0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00GUNZUG0&linkCode=as2&tag=techdadreview-20&linkId=3FGQAZA3VTVCJSOU
    The Lenovo Yoga Pro2 model 20266 with a manufacture date of 6/9/14. Was windows 8 originally, but was upgraded to windows 10.
    I performed the steps exactly as listed in this article and it was accepted. I did not get the error message that many have gotten rejecting the card. So far, it seems more stable than before. I did have to reset the adapter once so I suppose only time will tell if this will happen frequently.

  15. Tony
    July 30th, 2016 at 13:11 | #15

    I got the same massage: Unauthorized wireless network card is plugged in. Power off and remove it.
    Did you solve this problem? Could you tell me how you solve it?

  16. Kevin
    July 21st, 2016 at 08:17 | #16

    The upgrade worked for me on my Yoga 2 Pro. I bought this specific card if anyone is interested: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00GUNZUG0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1. I had bought a 7265NGW earlier but it didn’t work because of the BIOS white list. Other versions of the 7260NGW exist, but I don’t know if they’ll work, so I went with the one with the printed FCC ID that others claimed hard worked for them.

  17. Max
    July 9th, 2016 at 07:22 | #17

    Thanks for your How To. It worked fine for my Yoga 2 pro

  18. Stephen
    June 9th, 2016 at 16:12 | #18


    Is Bluetooth working in your Y2P after the WiFi card upgrade?

  19. June 8th, 2016 at 08:51 | #19

    Ok just to let you know I have received my new wireless card from Amazon.com (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GUNZUG0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and it works perfectly. Tested this under Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04. Both Dual band wireless and Bluetooth working. I have not updated the drivers on either OS. I didnt take the battery out, I would also add some tweezers to the tool list to help with extracting the card and replacing it.

    @Ed – thanks for the guide, really pleased with this update.

  20. June 6th, 2016 at 04:55 | #20

    @Ed, thanks for the blog post. I am just looking to do this update, but I have struggled to find a part supplier here in the UK. I am going to order the part from Amazon US to see if I can get the same results.

    Looking through the comments, and other sites, I am still not clear which cards work versus those that do not. I am going to stick with only those suppliers that specifically have confirmation feedback on compatibility with the Yoga Pro 2 (Although I have seen a couple on Amazon that seems inconsistent – card served from different batches perhaps).

    For reference my machine is as follows:
    Yoga 2 Pro
    BIOS: 76CN43WW
    MTM: 20266
    Build Date:2014-03-22

    I will post back on success or failure.

  21. Stephen
    June 2nd, 2016 at 17:54 | #21

    BLUETOOTH Problem

    Ed, thanks for the guide.

    I just replaced the N7260 card in my Yoga2 Pro to the AC7260 version because I had recently upgraded my router to a dual-band AC router. My Y2P recognised the card and connected to the router on both frequencies without any ‘drama’.

    However, I have not been able to activate bluetooth. Bluetooth shows up in Device Manager: Intel Wireless Bluetooth, but has the error message:
    This device cannot start. (Code 10)

    When I check the AC7260 properties, the Bluetooth AMP is Enabled.
    I have used the Intel update drivers utility to load the latest BT drivers, but no ‘joy’.
    Googleing “STATUS_DEVICE_POWER_FAILURE” didn’t yield anything that solved the problem.

    The Y2P BIOS is 76CN38WW, which is not the latest and I will try updating it soon, but thought that I would see if anyone here could help.

  22. Al
    May 9th, 2016 at 14:29 | #22

    Thank you Ed for this guide! Took me about 10 minutes to put the new wifi card in my Yoga 2 pro and it is so much faster, not even close! My Yoga picked up the card right away, no need to install other drivers. I’m connected at 300mbs and with my new Xfinity service I’m getting 138mbs down, up from averaging 14-24mbs previously (also upgraded the modem). I ordered my card off Amazon using the link provided. It had an FCC number on it and works perfectly. I did not have to remove the battery for the install. Thanks again!

  23. Jeremy
    February 26th, 2016 at 17:45 | #23

    So I just completed this on my Yoga 2 Pro and maybe I’m one of the lucky ones, but it worked immediately and perfectly as expected. Computer recognized the new card and I didn’t have to update the BIOS, Drivers, or anything else.

    All I did was the following:
    – Purchased off Amazon: 7260NGW Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 802.11ac, Dual Band, 2×2 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0 (Sold by: Mobile Computing Solutions)
    – Followed these directions exactly (did not disconnect battery).
    – Powered up and my wireless immediately saw both my 2.4Ghz (N) and 5 GHz (AC) networks. I was then able to connect just clicking on the 5 GHz and typing in my password. It connected and I got my max Modem speeds!

    My Yoga 2 Pro has a build date of Jan 2014 and I was shocked that it didn’t have the Dual Band Wi-fi…but this took care of that. Just be sure you have T-5 bit, I thought I did but didn’t…so this project had to be delayed 30min after my card came in the mail while I ran out to the local Radio Shack and picked up a mini precision driver set.


  24. Jez
    February 4th, 2016 at 09:20 | #24

    I’m another one getting the message saying the Yoga2Pro won’t accept the 7260NGW network card. My card seems to match those described (though the WFM, BDM and TA numbers are different and the FCC Id has additional ‘U’ on the end).
    My Bios is 76CN31WW

    Is there anything else I can do to get this working? My existing card is reliable but slow at times.

  25. Wayne Cook
    January 6th, 2016 at 19:51 | #25

    I’ve had wifi problems with my Y2P since almost the day I brought it home. It would connect to a particular network, I’d use it for a while, and then it would randomly refuse to connect. I’d come back later and it would automatically reconnect. Infuriating. Finally, last week, the wifi card could not even be detected. I installed other drivers, rebooted, reinstalled the original one, rebooted… No effect. Today, I opened the cover and I was automatically connected to the same network again. Grrrr. Later today I also received the new wifi card (Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260) from Amazon, installed it, turned the laptop on, and it worked the first time. Thanks techdad! That old wifi card is going in the trash.

  26. Mark
    January 3rd, 2016 at 08:31 | #26

    Before purchasing the 7260NGW card, will it work on the Yoga 2 Pro with 76CN43WW bios? I have seen conflicting answers.

  27. Geronimo
    January 1st, 2016 at 10:13 | #27

    Usman :
    DO Not Purchase the card of eBay. Its a waste of time and money. It will not work.
    I purchased the one on MFactors and the computer picked it up right away. No error.
    That one is recommended genuine product.

    Can you confirm exactly what card you purchased and used from mfactors?

  28. Usman
    December 31st, 2015 at 11:20 | #28

    DO Not Purchase the card of eBay. Its a waste of time and money. It will not work.
    I purchased the one on MFactors and the computer picked it up right away. No error.
    That one is recommended genuine product.

  29. Michael Pfeffer
    December 19th, 2015 at 15:26 | #29

    I also installed the card I bought using the Amazon link and receive the unauthorized network card message that won’t allow a boot. Card seems to have the fcc Id. If anyone has a fix, it would be great to know. Very disappointed to have incurred the expense and hassle. Guess I should have looked at the contents of the comments. Ed, you should insert a caveat if that is possible.

  30. Jen
    December 15th, 2015 at 10:35 | #30

    I just ordered the dual band card and hoping for the best! Thank you for the detailed instructions!

  31. Charlie
    December 14th, 2015 at 14:01 | #31

    I just upgraded to the dual band card. Game changer. I was at my wits end losing wifi. Thank you so much for the post.

  32. Oystein
    December 3rd, 2015 at 00:58 | #32


    Also purchased this card for my Lenovo Yoga 2 13 – get the same error that it is an un-authorized card, and I have not managed to remove whitelist for hardware. Got new BIOS v1.7 – ANYONE HERE who knows of a SOLUTION to this at this time?


  33. Dustin
    November 6th, 2015 at 06:52 | #33

    I bought my Yoga Pro 2 Dec 2014 and it looks like mine came with this model you are recommending but mine is still terrible, is there a better option or a reason mine rarely works in my house but my wifes MacBook air consistently works at all times?

  34. Christine
    November 1st, 2015 at 16:07 | #34

    @Ed Rhee
    this is what the card has stamped on it: (It actually does say Intel)
    Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 7260
    Model: 7260NGW

  35. Christine
    November 1st, 2015 at 16:03 | #35

    @Ed Rhee
    I suppose both things are possible. I ordered it from your Amazon link. However, it did come from China. What exactly should it say on the card? It fits so it’s the right size and it does say 7260, but it’s not Intel. How would I update my BIOS?


  36. Ed Rhee
    November 1st, 2015 at 10:55 | #36

    I performed the upgrade on a Yoga 2 Pro. It’s possible that the BIOS is blocking the card, though, I am running the most current BIOS on mine and it’s not blocking the card. It’s also possible that the retailer you ordered the card from sent you the wrong version of the card. I would double check the card to make sure it’s the correct one.

  37. Christine
    November 1st, 2015 at 09:24 | #37

    Do you know of any way to “force” my Lenovo to accept the card. That is work around the message and get it to start up?

  38. Christine
    November 1st, 2015 at 09:22 | #38

    Hi Ed!

    Installed the card no problem. However, when I powered it up I got this message:

    Unauthorized Wireless Network card is plugged in. Power off and remove it.

    I have a Yoga 2 Pro bought in December 2013. Over the last two months the card was failing. Meaning the wireless adapater was randomly (and often) disconnecting from the internet. Sometimes the Troubleshooter could get it to re-start, but most often I had to shut down and power back up to reset the wireless adapter. This is why I bought it. I’m wondering if the replacement only works on the Yoga 2 but not the Yoga 2 Pro.

  39. Nilanjana Laha
    October 30th, 2015 at 15:19 | #39

    @Richard Price Which
    USB wifi card did you buy? That seems to be a hassle-free solution.

  40. Ed Rhee
    October 17th, 2015 at 14:27 | #40

    You’re welcome! I’m glad it worked for you.

  41. Mharr
    October 17th, 2015 at 11:11 | #41

    Ed; thanks for the instructions. Bought the card and ifixit.com bit driver kit on Amazon, and easily upgraded my wife’s Yoga2 so that it connects to Apple WiFi router on AC.

  42. Ed Rhee
    October 10th, 2015 at 13:43 | #42

    @Esther, thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, I don’t know if my directions will apply to your specific laptop. Part of the problem is not knowing whether the manufacturer has whitelisted the Wi-Fi card. If you can confirm that the card or another AC card works with your exact model, then I’d go ahead and give it a go. Good luck!

  43. Esther
    October 8th, 2015 at 00:35 | #43

    Hi Ed,

    Thank you for your great instructions. I have the same problem. Great content in the laptop but a minor wifi card. Will these instructions also work for the lenovo Z50-70 i7? In other words the same size ac card (and size) I have to order and the way the card is build within the laptop? Or can’t you tell as you don’t have this laptop?

    Kind regards,

  44. Mike
    September 29th, 2015 at 07:05 | #44

    Will this upgrade work for the Yoga 11s Model 20246? I have seen older post stating that there is no internal replacement option for the Realtek RTL8723A device. I was hoping that this may be an option.

  45. Erik Rainey
    September 16th, 2015 at 19:54 | #45

    I did not any luck with this item. I downloaded the drivers, which installed fine and detected the 7260 AC but it never was able to find *any* wireless networks, regardless of band. Returning.

  46. Billy Driver
    September 16th, 2015 at 19:15 | #46

    @Richard Price I got one of those USB WiFi antennas. Its a quick solution but its kinda of annoying to lug around.

  47. Richard Price
    August 14th, 2015 at 18:25 | #47

    With the suggestion from a member of the local Geek Squad, I found another solution. I had tried changing the wireless card but also got the message that it was an unauthorized card. But a simple solution for the YP2 is to get an external USB WiFi. I put that on, disabled the old card which would not connect to my router and now it works completely fine. The Lenovo service man rather petulantly told me that I could not replace the card but I needed to replace the router with one that worked at 2.4 GHz. What I cannot fathom is why they don’t supply a replacement card, even for a fee that would allow the type of connection that every other computer or tablet can make. But this is a relatively cheap and easy fix.

  48. Christa
    August 7th, 2015 at 15:42 | #48

    Awesome instructions and great links to the right parts (delivered fast)!
    Thank-you so much. My Lenovo is not only working but much improved at a way less price than Lenovos service!
    Thanks a ton!

  49. manish
    July 23rd, 2015 at 11:16 | #49

    I have been having issues with my new yoga pro2 wifi and i read on one of the forum that it may be my single band netgear router.
    how do i know if my lapto has dual band or single band
    when i check on wifi properties it mentions Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260, does it mean i have dual band card and need wireless adapter which supports dual band(2.4GHz and 5GHz)

  50. Ed Rhee
    July 15th, 2015 at 16:36 | #50

    That’s awesome, Joe! Thank you for taking the time to share and I’m glad the post was helpful!

  51. JoeB
    July 14th, 2015 at 20:20 | #51

    I have a Yoga Pro 2 which suffered some minor contact with water. After a full dry out I tried using and it ran very very slow and with lots of lag in I/O from mouse and keyboard. WiFi card kept going On-Off-On-Off when viewed in the Win8.1 settings so I disabled it within Device Manager and voila, the I/O lag stopped.

    I ordered a new card and followed your excellent directions and photos for a quick swap of the card and I am back in business! Thanks for donating your time and effort to make this easier for all of us! Good Karma to you!

  52. July 9th, 2015 at 21:36 | #52

    You should install the wireless card drivers after you have installed the new card. Make sure of the antenna connections are connected right. The wires are labeled in the order they are to be connected to the wireless card.http://www.cnetsys.com/michigan-it-services-and-computer-repair-shop-contact-us/it-and-computer-repair-service-areas/lapeer-computer-repair-network-server-and-it-support-services/

  53. Alex
    June 29th, 2015 at 06:49 | #53

    Hello, i have a problem with my Yoga 2 PRO with 7260NGW Intel Dual Band AC-7260 adapter, bluetooth works but wireless dosen’t work. Any idea? I’ve reinstaled drivers and i’ve reinstaled my OS too but no luck.

    Can anybody help me?

  54. David
    April 10th, 2015 at 06:56 | #54

    Hi Ed, Hi Everyone,
    I spilled a drink on the keyboard of my Yoga2Pro. Instead of repurchasing the 2-month-old laptop and since BIOS were still working, I decided to try replacing HD and keyboard and reloading OS. Voila…Everything works fine… except wifi adapter (Intel Dual 7260NGW). Even the Bluetooth was working, which is strange since I believe both wifi and bluetooth are controlled by the same card (?).
    I decided to replace the card with the same model. Again, Bluetooth is working, but wifi adapter is not even recognized in Device Manager. Everything else works fine on that left small circuit board (USB, headphone jack, volume, tilt lock). Is it possible that the issue is water damage to (the wifi half of) the port for the network adapter card? Any other ideas besides replacing that circuit board?
    Thanks for your help.

  55. Scott
    March 27th, 2015 at 11:54 | #55

    I have the opposite problem. I just purchased a Lenovo Yoga 3 pro that came with the Wireless A/C card, but the WiFi survey software I use does not support the Broadcom chipset. It only supports the Intel 6200/6300 B/G/N that came with the Yoga 2. I’m wondering if I buy the 6200/6300 WiFi card if the Yoga 3 pro BIOS will allow it and if it is even compatible?

  56. Mack
    March 23rd, 2015 at 15:16 | #56

    This worked perfectly on a Yoga Pro 2. Bought from your Amazon link.

    Thank you.

    • Ed Rhee
      March 23rd, 2015 at 21:45 | #57

      Awesome! Glad it worked out, Mack. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  57. khanssen
    March 3rd, 2015 at 11:27 | #58

    For the Yoga 2, it depends on the model. Some came with the dual band, some didn’t.

  58. Rana
    February 9th, 2015 at 12:22 | #59

    Bought the correct dual band card off amazon, have everything ready to go and install. But what are the correct drivers that I must download before the installation? I am running Windows 8.1 on a Y2P from one of the very early builds (Dec 2013). I can only find the two latest bluetooth drivers at the following drivers, are they correct?



    I’ve heard people have had major problems with the bluetooth after upgrading to the dual band card. The wireless works fine, but the bluetooth drops out and only some versions of the bluetooth drivers work.

  59. Ed Rhee
    February 3rd, 2015 at 20:22 | #60

    The card you bought might be defective. Have you tried putting the old card back in to see if it works?

  60. Ed Rhee
    February 3rd, 2015 at 20:20 | #61

    So happy to hear that it worked out so well for you. Thanks for taking the time to share your comments and for reading! Oh, and yes, it appears that newer models of the Yoga 2 Pro included a dual-band card.

  61. Ed Rhee
    February 3rd, 2015 at 20:19 | #62

    That’s weird that the original network card won’t work either. Are you sure that the cards are seated properly in the slot? And you have the antennas in the right places, right?

  62. Brooke
    February 3rd, 2015 at 04:29 | #63

    I replaced the card and it worked for about a month, then just stopped detecting any networks. I updated the drivers, but I’m not sure if they actually worked.

    Like Chris, I’d appreciate any advice on how to restore the connection!

  63. Ann
    January 28th, 2015 at 12:37 | #64

    I followed Ed’s instructions basically to the letter and it worked! WOO HOO! Amazing!

    I ordered the Intel 7260-AC card off of Amazon just like everyone suggested (here’s the exact product I ordered: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GUNZUG0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1). The card arrived this morning and I made sure it had a FCC number on it. I followed the instructions for removing the back cover, I did *not* disconnect the battery but was very careful otherwise, removed the old card, slotted in the new, connected the wires, and voilá!

    As recommended, I had downloaded the new Intel drivers before I performed the operation, but the wireless card functioned perfectly with the existing drivers. I installed the new ones anyway, and now my Internet speeds are blazing fast!

    I’m so pleased. Thank you, Ed!

    P.S. Mine is one of the slightly older machines (built Feb. 2014) but when I was at Best Buy recently, I checked out “Device Manager” on the latest Yoga 2 Pro models, and Lenovo appears to be installing a dual-band wireless card now. Now, if only they would do something about the way the screen displays the color yellow!

  64. Chris
    January 22nd, 2015 at 09:23 | #65


    After I did this upgrade, the network adapter is not detected.

    -All of the connections are in place.
    -I’ve installed new drivers
    -Tried reinstalling my OEM wifi card which was working previously and the network adapter is still not detected.

    Any ideas on what happened? Or how to get the network adapter to detect once again? I would think putting my old card back in, that was working moments prior would solve the problem, but it did not.

    Really appreciate the assistance.

  65. Andrew
    January 15th, 2015 at 23:42 | #66

    I just finished the upgrade and everything is fine. The wifi status is indicating 650Mbps. By the way before proceeding with the upgrade I verified the BIOS version: 76CN35WW that should be not the newest one.

  66. PotOdds
    January 10th, 2015 at 08:53 | #67

    My upgrade went smoothly. Doing 15-19MBps. Connecting to my Wireless N router using 5-G connection. Such a worthwhile upgrade! Makes me think about getting a Wireless AC router 🙂

    Btw, I bought my 7260NGW from Comega City on Amazon for $39.99. I actually tried buying it from eBay because a seller had it for $28 shipped and 14-day return. It looked correct with FCC-ID but was pulled from a Dell. Well you guessed it, I got the “unauthorized error”. I knew the risk and took the chance cuz I’m cheap 😛

  67. John
    January 7th, 2015 at 17:40 | #68

    Hi all, per the article at the below link, the only 7260 card with Bluetooth is dual band (7260HMW AN). Since the YP2 has Bluetooth, it has to be this card and it has dual bands.


  68. Chris
    January 2nd, 2015 at 23:10 | #69

    I bought a Yoga 2 from a private party who had sent the unit (which he bought new) into Lenovo for keyboard replacement. First thing I noticed was 2.4Ghz wifi did not work; 5Ghz worked fine. I stumbled on this article and decided to check out the wifi card. Sure enough, Lenovo had not bothered to reconnect the Main antenna when they replaced the keyboard. Once reconnected, 2.4Ghz worked like a champ.

    Thanks Ed, your article saved me a big headache!

  69. cody mack
    December 27th, 2014 at 10:33 | #70

    I just replaced the wireless card on my yoga 2. Now that I turned it back on the screen reads “unauthorized wireless network card is plugged in. Power off and remove it” I can’t get it to start to change any settings. What should I do?

  70. John Cotter
    December 18th, 2014 at 16:30 | #71

    @Ed Rhee it was sold by the SOOGOOD TECHNOLOGY COMPANY. The link I used was: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GUNZUG0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  71. Ed Rhee
    December 17th, 2014 at 21:58 | #72

    Glad it worked for you. Thanks for sharing!

  72. Ed Rhee
    December 17th, 2014 at 21:56 | #73

    @John Cotter
    From what I’ve read, if the card has the FCC ID on it, it should be the good one. I’m stumped why you might be having problems. Do you happen to know which 3rd party seller you bought the card from on Amazon?

  73. MikeRD
    December 16th, 2014 at 18:34 | #74

    Just installed mine today. Ordered from M-Factors. Confirmed working.
    Thanks Ed, this will really save my bacon as I’ve noticed some places are only offering 5g wireless hotspots

  74. John Cotter
    December 11th, 2014 at 05:02 | #75

    @Ed Rhee mine has FCC ID: PD97260NGU. It’s in the top left corner below:

    Intel Dual Band
    Wireless-AC 7260
    Model: 7260NGW

    I have a pic I can upload if it helps.

  75. Ed Rhee
    December 9th, 2014 at 22:45 | #76

    @John Cotter
    I’m reading that some Amazon 3rd party sellers are selling a version of the Wi-Fi card that doesn’t have an FCC ID number on the label. That version is apparently not on the BIOS whitelist. Can you check yours and see if this is the case?

  76. John Cotter
    December 7th, 2014 at 14:19 | #77

    @Ed Rhee would you mind posting your BIOS version that is working with the card? I don’t mind reverting and testing.

    • Ed Rhee
      December 9th, 2014 at 22:38 | #78

      My BIOS version is 76CN38WW, which I believe is the most recent one from August 2014.

  77. John Cotter
    December 7th, 2014 at 14:17 | #79

    I also purchased the amazon linked one. I have the same unauthorized error happening. I wonder if there is something in a bios update that causes it.

  78. December 5th, 2014 at 05:13 | #80

    AFAICT, there are no intrusion detection devices on this laptop. It is very easy to open, and the risk of damaging it or marring it in any way is very low. Even if it would void the warranty, I have a hard time seeing how Lenovo would ever find out.

  79. Andrew
    December 5th, 2014 at 05:09 | #81

    Is this upgrade causing troubles with the Lenovo product warranty?

  80. Quinn
    November 30th, 2014 at 17:16 | #82

    I purchased from Amazon. . Which did you purchase yours from?

  81. Ed Rhee
    November 29th, 2014 at 16:55 | #83

    No worries. I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you. Out of curiosity, which 3rd party seller did you purchase the Wi-Fi card from? Maybe there’s a connection there. Or not.

  82. Ed Rhee
    November 29th, 2014 at 16:54 | #84

    @Vi Je
    You’re welcome! Thanks for sharing and I’m glad it helped 🙂

  83. Quinn
    November 29th, 2014 at 16:53 | #85

    Sorry for posting this again for some reason on my iPhone the original message didn’t show that’s why I posted the second time thanks for the response however that is a little weird as well . . i guess I’ll just return the card (it was worth a shot)

  84. Quinn
    November 29th, 2014 at 16:50 | #86

    I attempted this upgrade with the wireless card on Amazon. I powered down my laptop, disconnected the battery remove the old wireless card connected the new wireless card reconnected the battery powered on the laptop and immediately it said in unauthorized wireless card please remove an insert old one.

    Can anyone explain to me what might’ve gone wrong as I did use the card that was referred to on the link

  85. Vi Je
    November 28th, 2014 at 20:22 | #87

    Hi Ed,

    Great article – simple to follow, to the point and made the upgrade on my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro a breeze.

    After I upgraded and installed the latest Intel software, I could see my 5 Ghz network but the laptop wouldn’t connect (it would connect without a problem to the 2.4) Turns out all I had to do was reboot my router, reboot my laptop and reconnect. Voila, I now get downloads of 100 mbps+ compared to my previous 30.

    Thank you

  86. Ed Rhee
    November 28th, 2014 at 14:55 | #88

    That’s the correct model, so I’m not sure why you’re getting that message. That message normally appears when you try to install a card that’s not on the whitelist. I guess it’s possible that newer versions of the Yoga 2 Pro’s BIOS no longer support the card, but that’d be really weird. The one I installed is working without a hitch, though, I haven’t installed any BIOS updates in a while.

    • konaya
      November 28th, 2014 at 15:56 | #89

      This could probably be verified with a BIOS downgrade, which is actually a feature!

  87. Karadayi
    November 28th, 2014 at 13:41 | #90


    Hi Quinn, i have the same problem. It says says unauthorized wireless card remove and insert previous car.

  88. Quinn
    November 28th, 2014 at 10:54 | #91

    I have the yoga pro 2 and I performed this upgrade turning off, disconnecting battery l, inserting the new card and the laptop immediately pops up and says unauthorized wireless card remove and insert previous card. I ordered the one from the Amazon link. Is there something missing or did they send me the wrong one. The model of card says.

    Intel Dual Band
    Wireless- AC 7260
    Model: 7260NGW

  89. November 2nd, 2014 at 14:01 | #92

    Intel Wireless-N 7260 and Intel Dual Band Wireless-N 7260 are two different products. See http://ark.intel.com/compare/75440,75174 for a comparison between the two.

    The output shown below is from my Y2P, and it conclusively shows that it ships with the lesser product.
    konaya@wulfenite ~> lspci | grep Network
    01:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Wireless 7260 (rev 6b)
    konaya@wulfenite ~> iw list
    Wiphy phy0
    max # scan SSIDs: 20
    max scan IEs length: 407 bytes
    Retry short limit: 7
    Retry long limit: 4
    Coverage class: 0 (up to 0m)
    Device supports RSN-IBSS.
    Device supports AP-side u-APSD.
    Supported Ciphers:
    * CCMP (00-0f-ac:4)
    * TKIP (00-0f-ac:2)
    * WEP40 (00-0f-ac:1)
    * WEP104 (00-0f-ac:5)
    * CMAC (00-0f-ac:6)
    * WPI-SMS4 (00-14-72:1)
    Available Antennas: TX 0 RX 0
    Supported interface modes:
    * IBSS
    * managed
    * AP
    * AP/VLAN
    * monitor
    * P2P-client
    * P2P-GO
    * P2P-device
    Band 1:
    Capabilities: 0x11e2
    Static SM Power Save
    RX HT20 SGI
    RX HT40 SGI
    RX STBC 1-stream
    Max AMSDU length: 3839 bytes
    Maximum RX AMPDU length 65535 bytes (exponent: 0x003)
    Minimum RX AMPDU time spacing: 4 usec (0x05)
    HT TX/RX MCS rate indexes supported: 0-15
    Bitrates (non-HT):
    * 1.0 Mbps
    * 2.0 Mbps (short preamble supported)
    * 5.5 Mbps (short preamble supported)
    * 11.0 Mbps (short preamble supported)
    * 6.0 Mbps
    * 9.0 Mbps
    * 12.0 Mbps
    * 18.0 Mbps
    * 24.0 Mbps
    * 36.0 Mbps
    * 48.0 Mbps
    * 54.0 Mbps
    * 2412 MHz [1] (22.0 dBm)
    * 2417 MHz [2] (22.0 dBm)
    * 2422 MHz [3] (22.0 dBm)
    * 2427 MHz [4] (22.0 dBm)
    * 2432 MHz [5] (22.0 dBm)
    * 2437 MHz [6] (22.0 dBm)
    * 2442 MHz [7] (22.0 dBm)
    * 2447 MHz [8] (22.0 dBm)
    * 2452 MHz [9] (22.0 dBm)
    * 2457 MHz [10] (22.0 dBm)
    * 2462 MHz [11] (22.0 dBm)
    * 2467 MHz [12] (22.0 dBm) (no IR)
    * 2472 MHz [13] (22.0 dBm) (no IR)
    Supported commands:
    * new_interface
    * set_interface
    * new_key
    * start_ap
    * new_station
    * new_mpath
    * set_mesh_config
    * set_bss
    * authenticate
    * associate
    * deauthenticate
    * disassociate
    * join_ibss
    * join_mesh
    * remain_on_channel
    * set_tx_bitrate_mask
    * frame
    * frame_wait_cancel
    * set_wiphy_netns
    * set_channel
    * set_wds_peer
    * probe_client
    * set_noack_map
    * register_beacons
    * start_p2p_device
    * set_mcast_rate
    * Unknown command (104)
    * connect
    * disconnect
    Supported TX frame types:
    * IBSS: 0x00 0x10 0x20 0x30 0x40 0x50 0x60 0x70 0x80 0x90 0xa0 0xb0 0xc0 0xd0 0xe0 0xf0
    * managed: 0x00 0x10 0x20 0x30 0x40 0x50 0x60 0x70 0x80 0x90 0xa0 0xb0 0xc0 0xd0 0xe0 0xf0
    * AP: 0x00 0x10 0x20 0x30 0x40 0x50 0x60 0x70 0x80 0x90 0xa0 0xb0 0xc0 0xd0 0xe0 0xf0
    * AP/VLAN: 0x00 0x10 0x20 0x30 0x40 0x50 0x60 0x70 0x80 0x90 0xa0 0xb0 0xc0 0xd0 0xe0 0xf0
    * mesh point: 0x00 0x10 0x20 0x30 0x40 0x50 0x60 0x70 0x80 0x90 0xa0 0xb0 0xc0 0xd0 0xe0 0xf0
    * P2P-client: 0x00 0x10 0x20 0x30 0x40 0x50 0x60 0x70 0x80 0x90 0xa0 0xb0 0xc0 0xd0 0xe0 0xf0
    * P2P-GO: 0x00 0x10 0x20 0x30 0x40 0x50 0x60 0x70 0x80 0x90 0xa0 0xb0 0xc0 0xd0 0xe0 0xf0
    * P2P-device: 0x00 0x10 0x20 0x30 0x40 0x50 0x60 0x70 0x80 0x90 0xa0 0xb0 0xc0 0xd0 0xe0 0xf0
    Supported RX frame types:
    * IBSS: 0x40 0xb0 0xc0 0xd0
    * managed: 0x40 0xd0
    * AP: 0x00 0x20 0x40 0xa0 0xb0 0xc0 0xd0
    * AP/VLAN: 0x00 0x20 0x40 0xa0 0xb0 0xc0 0xd0
    * mesh point: 0xb0 0xc0 0xd0
    * P2P-client: 0x40 0xd0
    * P2P-GO: 0x00 0x20 0x40 0xa0 0xb0 0xc0 0xd0
    * P2P-device: 0x40 0xd0
    WoWLAN support:
    * wake up on disconnect
    * wake up on magic packet
    * wake up on pattern match, up to 20 patterns of 16-128 bytes,
    maximum packet offset 0 bytes
    * can do GTK rekeying
    * wake up on GTK rekey failure
    * wake up on EAP identity request
    * wake up on 4-way handshake
    * wake up on rfkill release
    * wake up on TCP connection
    software interface modes (can always be added):
    * AP/VLAN
    * monitor
    valid interface combinations:
    * #{ managed } <= 1, #{ AP, P2P-client, P2P-GO } <= 1, #{ P2P-device } <= 1,
    total <= 3, #channels

  90. Ed Rhee
    October 28th, 2014 at 20:59 | #93

    Hey Gary, thanks for your comment!

    Have you tried connecting the Yoga 2 Pro to a 5GHz network? I’m pretty sure my Y2Pro wouldn’t connect to mine, which is why I researched replacing the card in the first place.

    There are a few different versions of the N-7260 card and I’m almost positive that the Y2Pro has the single band version.

    Here’s a chart of the different Intel cards currently available:

    And the single band card I believe comes with the Y2Pro:

    I suppose you might be able to upgrade to the dual band N card and save a little cash, but I prefer to have the AC support for a bit of future-proofing 🙂

  91. Ed Rhee
    October 28th, 2014 at 20:44 | #94

    I don’t know. If I run into someone who’s done it successfully, I’ll be sure to come back here and post a link.

  92. Gary
    October 26th, 2014 at 16:15 | #95

    Everyone seem to think this is Y2P is single band but it comes with the Intel 7260 card which is dual band. Granted, it’s not AC but its dual band. http://ark.intel.com/products/75440/Intel-Dual-Band-Wireless-N-7260

  93. KIm
    October 25th, 2014 at 21:08 | #96

    Do you know if you can upgrade the single band wireless card in the Yoga 2 2in1 11 to a dual band just as you did in the Yoga Pro? AC 7260? Thanks.

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