Do ALL wireless N adapters support 5 GHz?

vage

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OK so, I have a Netgear N600 (WNDR3400) router, it supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks.

My laptop is a Thinkpad T410s with a 11b/g/n Wireless LAN Mini-PCI Express Adapter II.

I have enabled both of the wireless networks on the router, and given them different SSIDs. I have updated my wireless drivers to the absolute newest ones. My issue is that my laptop cannot even see the 5 GHz SSID. I was under the impression that any N enabled device would be able to communicate on the 5 GHz network.

Can anyone help me out?
 
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It's common for lower-priced 802.11n gear to not support the 5Ghz band.

The fact that your laptops wireless card apparently does not support 802.11a should be the tip-off that it does not have a 5Ghz radio.
 

athlon1.2

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Double check your parts guide due to the bloody whitelist, but I think what you want is FRU P/N 60Y3193.
 
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