MiniPCI-E to PCI-E Wireless Adapter
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The MiniPCI-E to PCI-E Adapter is designed for wireless application on desktop PCs that convert Mini-Card to standard PCI-Express 1x slot. Or insert your PCI-E type mini-card into this adapter then insert to PCI-E 1x connector.
PCI-Express 1x slot
3.3V and 5V support
3 lines u.FL (IPX) to RP-SMA cable, support 3 antenna
Supports all of PCIe Mini-Cards such as SSD, WLAN,WWLAN, Mini Card to desktop PC.
Supports U.FL/IPX to RP- SMA pigtail WiFi RF cable adapter
Support DOS, Windows 98/2000/XP/Server 2003/XP/Vista/7, Linux OS, Mac OS
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Besides this mini pci-e adapter, you will need a wireless adapter such as Intel's newest Centrino Ultimate N 6300 and 3 dual band antennas (2.4ghz and 5ghz) that can all be purchased here at Amazon.
There is one catch to this adapter. It does not come with two nuts and bolts that secure the Intel 6300 to the adapter. You can use tape, string, or go to Home Depot. I happened to have small bolts laying around for attaching motherboards to cases. Then I used those cardboard "nuts" found on typical 120v outlets in the home to hold the bolts in place.
Finally, simply go to Intel's website ( or your wireless adapapter's site if not Intel)to download the driver. Do this first, then turn off the desktop to install your pci-e adapter. I use the Linksys E4200 router but any new router supporting 450mbps on 5ghz will work. The 2.4 ghz will also work but you are limited to 300mbps and there may be interference from your neighbors since most everyone still uses 2.4ghz.
The adapter shipped from Onbene.com and arrived really fast using USPS. Amazon was great as usual. Surprised there are no reviews for this adapter so I hope mine helped out.
The item i received did not match the picture on its page. It lacked a USB port, had a metal housing for the Mini-PCI-E slot, and looked just like the one posted here: http://www.amazon.com/Mini-PCI-E-Wireless-Card-Antennas/dp/B005Q751BA/ref=pd_cp_pc_0. These issues aside, the device does allow you to connect Mini-PCI-E device and was fairly easy to install.
The metal housing came free easily by using a screwdriver to pry small tabs open on the back of the card. As others have noted, Mini-PCI-E devices can be secured to the card using common case screws though they are not provided with the device. I found that the case screws with tighter threads typically found with cd-rom drives work best as the larger threaded ones are too wide and feel like they would break the board. It was a little tricky to stuff the antenna cables under the housing along with the card, but didn't take longer than 5 minutes. I'm not sure what the quality of the signal coming in over the antennas they provide is, but I can say that my wireless nic reports 60% signal strength even at about 28 feet from the router with some obstructions.
Overall, it's a very satisfactory product with the exception of not coming with screws for your Mini-PCI-E device, and a usb connector as found on other boards of its kind.
To secure the wifi card to the adapter, I went to Radioshack and bought 2-56 machine screws and hex nuts. Place a nut between the card and the adapter and screwed it then used another nut on the back. It installed securely.
I bought the Intel 6230 Wifi Card and I can't get the built-in bluetooth to show. It doesn't show up in device manager. I don't know if it was because I'm using an AMD chipset or because of the adapter. I put the wifi card into my laptop and both wifi and bluetooth show up.
I get very good signal using this but the nuts where the antennas are screwed in get loose if you try to tighten them too much.
Overall, I'm happy with this product.
one of the bnc connectors is loose
the card just 'floats' for the lack of better words....no brackets to secure the card
i am having problems with a centrino 6230 bluetooth wireless combo...the bluetooth does not work...i do not know if it is the adapter or the intel card itself.
otherwise, it does work.