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We understand that you're looking to upgrade several computers to the new Intel® Wireless-AC 9260 adapters. Since these systems use the HMC form factor for wireless, you are also looking for the best HMC to M.2 adapter to use.
Please bear in mind that the approval for this procedure must come from the respective computer manufacturers, as it's the system as a whole that will require FCC approval, not the adapter (which already has FCC certification). Antennas will also factor into this, and they are not provided by us.
Site note, you will likely need different antennas. HMC adapters use Ipex/U.fl, while M.2 wireless adapters generally use Ipex/Mhf4. Since this adapter has just become available to OEMs, and has not started it's support life cycle, I'm unable to confirm if it will use the standard antenna type.
Key-wise, both adapters should work for this wireless adapter. But we have not tested them, nor do we support this configuration, we can't promise they offer full functionality or performance. When it comes to M.2, having the wrong key in your slot is a limiting factor. "Missing" a key, on the other hand, shouldn't affect anything.
The Intel® Wireless-AC 9260 is currently listed as launched, which only means that it's available for computer manufacturers to order. We do not sell wireless products directly to end users. They can only be purchased from your computer manufacturer directly.
Our recommendation in this case, since you will need to contact your laptop OEM for assistance with the white-list and integration/regulatory approval, you can check to see if they can help you order the adapters.
- Regulatory Information Regarding Wireless Hardware Installation or Upgrade
- Can I Purchase Wireless Adapters from Intel?
If this is a large scale project, you can also reach out to our design and development team for assistance, or for assistance developing a wireless kit: Technical Resources for Designers, Engineers, and Developers