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Mini PCI Express Wireless N Card - 300Mbps Mini PCIe 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter - 2T2R

Add high speed Wireless-N connectivity through a Mini PCI Express slot

Product ID: MPEX300WN2X2

  • 2 Transmitter/2 Receiver (2x2:2) antenna configuration
  • Compliant with IEEE 802.11n standards, with transfer rates up to 300Mbps
  • Backward compatible with IEEE 802.11b/g standards for up to 11/54Mbps connections respectively
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  • Support for 64/128 bit WEP and WPA/WPA2 security
  • Infrastructure and Ad-Hoc network mode support
  • Broadcast distances up to 100m indoors, 300m outdoors
  • Supports WMM, voice and video services
  • Half-height Mini PCI Express interface
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Overview

The MPEX300WN2X2 Mini PCI Express Wireless N Card lets you add high-speed 802.11n network connectivity to your laptop or small form factor system, with support for data transfer rates up to 300Mbps.

For efficient wireless communication, the card uses a 2T2R (2 Transmitter, 2 Receiver) Multiple Input/Multiple Output design over the 2.4GHz frequency. MIMO antenna configurations employ multiple signal paths for greater bandwidth, fewer lost packets and greater reception, even under conditions of interference.

The 300Mbps wireless N adapter offers the necessary speeds for demanding network applications such as streaming video, VoIP and network backups, while also offering backward compatibility with 802.11b/g networks (11/54Mbps) to connect to older WiFi routers as needed.

Using a half-height mini PCI express (Half Mini Card) form factor, this adapter is designed for use in the latest notebooks, small form factor computers (e.g. Mini-ITX), or custom embedded solutions where standard PCIe cards would not fit.

Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Fast and reliable wireless network connectivity with Wireless N compliance
  • Connect to older wireless networks with 802.11b and 802.11g backward compatibility
  • Install into small form factor or custom embedded systems with a Half height Mini PCI Express design

Applications

Replace or upgrade an existing WiFi connection to IEEE 802.11n standards

Add wireless-N networking capabilities to a mini-ITX or custom embedded system with no room for a standard PCI Express card

Connect to a wireless-N network in remote locations where wired connections are unavailable

Add high-speed WiFi connectivity to support demanding applications such as streaming video, VoIP and network backups

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Antenna Configuration 2x2:2 (TxR:S)
Bus Type Mini PCI Express
Card Type Embedded
Chipset ID Realtek - RTL8192CE
Industry Standards IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Interface Wireless Ethernet
Performance
Bandwidth 20/40 MHz
Frequency Range 2.4-2.484GHz
Maximum Data Transfer Rate 802.11n: 300 Mbps
Security Features WEP Data Encryption
WPA and WPA2-PSK Data Encryption
WPA and WPA2 Enterprise Data Encryption
Connector(s)
Connector Type(s) 1 - Mini PCI Express x1 (52 pin) Male
1 - Wireless N (IEEE 802.11n)
Software
OS Compatibility Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2016
Linux Kernel 2.6.35 to 4.4.x LTS Versions only
Special Notes / Requirements
System and Cable Requirements Available Mini PCI Express expansion slot
Environmental
Humidity 10~90% RH
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -40°C to 70°C (-40°F to 158°F)
Physical Characteristics
Product Height 0.1 in [3 mm]
Product Length 1.2 in [30 mm]
Product Weight 0.1 oz [4 g]
Product Width 1 in [26 mm]
Packaging Information
Package Quantity 1
Shipping (Package) Weight 2.3 oz [66 g]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - Wireless Card
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

Compatibility

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Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2016
Linux Kernel 2.6.35 to 4.4.x LTS Versions only

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Drivers & Downloads

Frequently Asked Questions

Installation

Prior to installing this device, ensure that your operating system is up to date (for example, you have installed the most recent service pack).

To install the driver:

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

Note: Windows will typically save the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. Once the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, select Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. Select the appropriate folder for your operating system.
  3. Right-click Setup.exe. 
  4. Click Run as Administrator.

Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you might be attempting to run the installer from within the zipped file. Extract the files using the instructions in Step 2.

  1. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and restart the computer when prompted.
  2. Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation and your device should be ready to use.

Prior to installing this device, ensure that your operating system is up to date (for example, you have installed the most recent service pack).

To install the driver:

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

Note: Windows will typically save the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Documents and Settings\your_name\My Documents\Downloads).

  1. Once the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, select Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. Select the appropriate folder for your operating system.
  3. Double-click Setup.exe.
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and restart the computer when prompted.
  5. Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation and your device should be ready to use.

How to

To confirm that Windows detects your expansion card, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your expansion card is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your expansion card, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Troubleshooting

Sometimes an on-board network interface card (NIC) conflicts with a new NIC.  In these cases it is best to disable the on-board NIC.

The best way to disable your on-board NIC is to go into your BIOS and disable it there if possible.  To do this, consult your motherboard manual.

You can also disable any NIC in Windows.  Here is how you do this:

First click Start, or, in Windows 10 and 8, hold down the Windows key and press X.  Then click Control Panel.

Windows 10

  1. Click Network and Internet.
  2. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  3. On the left, click Change adapter settings.
  4. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

Windows 8

  1. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  2. On the left, click Change adapter settings.
  3. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

Windows 7

  1. Click Network and Internet.
  2. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  3. On the left, click Change adapter settings.
  4. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

Windows Vista

  1. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  2. On the left, click Manage network connections.
  3. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.

Windows XP

  1. Click Network Connections.
  2. Right-click the NIC that you would like to disable and select Disable.
Mini PCI Express Wireless N Card - 300Mbps Mini PCIe 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter - 2T2R

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