How To Upgrade the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro’s Wireless Card
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:
- Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 card (Newegg | Amazon) The M.2 (NGFF) version, not the PCIe half mini card
- Torx T5 screwdriver
- Small phillips screwdriver
- Pry tool or spudger (optional)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.