We understand you have some questions regarding the Intel® Tri-Band Wireless-AC 18265.
While you may be already be aware, I feel it's important for us to mention that the 802.11ad module in these adapters is intended to work with paired with a WiGig docking station. The docking station in turn will allow for Ethernet connectivity.
For wireless Internet access, the adapter will function using the 802.11ac WiFi module in the adapter.
Keep in mind our support for custom wireless integrations or upgrades is limited. We always recommend working with your motherboard or computer manufacturer for approval and hardware validation.
- Regulatory Information Regarding Wireless Hardware Installation or Upgrade
- Why Doesn't My Laptop Recognize My New Intel® Wireless Adapter?
Now, back to your questions:
- Yes, aside from the gigabit antenna, the requirements for the 18265 are the similar to the Requirements for the Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 Desktop Kit.
- (and 3.) These Gigabit antennas are designed with a specific adapter in mind:
- Intel® Gigabit Antenna-M 10041R -> Intel® Tri-Band Wireless-AC 17265.
- Intel® Gigabit Antenna-M 10101R -> Intel® Tri-Band Wireless-AC 18265.
We hope this information helps.
Since our support for these type of integrations is limited, we're unable to provide much detail in regard to the Gigabit antenna's specifications
The main difference I can see is the antenna's dimensions, although they use the same connector to the wireless adapter. This is probably an important factor for an OEM designing a laptop, but may not be as relevant in your particular scenario.
Intel Tri-Band Wireless-AC 17265's Gigabit Module:
In short, I believe it should work, but we are unable to confirm.
You will need to install the following packages for our Tri-Band adapters:
WiFi: Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software and Drivers for Windows® 10
Bluetooth®: Intel® Wireless Bluetooth® for Windows® 10
Dock Manager: Intel® Wireless Dock Manager Software
Are you getting this error while attempting to install the Wi-Fi drivers and software? If so, please share a screenshot of the error, as well as an Intel® System Support Utility report:
1. Download the latest Intel® SSU
2. While connected to your WiFi network, run the scan for "everything."
3. Save and name the report.