AC600 Wireless-AC Network Adapter - 802.11ac, PCI Express

Add advanced 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity to a computer or server through a PCI Express slot - with dual band 2.4/5 GHz frequencies and up to 433 Mbps

Product ID: PEX433WAC11

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  • Wireless AC600 compatible with speeds up 433Mbps (5GHz) and up to 150Mbps (2.4GHz)
  • Dual band 2.4 / 5GHz support (802.11ac is 5 GHz only)
  • Compliant with 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n networks
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Upgrade your desktop PC or server to powerful 802.11ac wireless networking. This AC600 network card fits easily into a PCI Express expansion slot to give you dual-band wireless-AC connectivity with speeds up to 433 Mbps.

Add dual-band Wireless-AC connectivity

This wireless-AC adapter lets you add dual-band wireless-AC connectivity to a desktop computer through a PCIe slot. Ideal for your office or home environment, the PCIe Wi-Fi® adapter provides a wireless range of up to 100 feet (30m), when paired with an 802.11ac router. It's a cost-effective solution for adding or upgrading to the latest 802.11ac dual-band wireless networking.

The Wi-Fi adapter supports data rates of up to 433 Mbps at 5 GHz, and 150 Mbps at 2.4 GHz. Two detachable external antennas enhance reception and provide more reliable connections.

Versatile use

The versatile USB Wi-Fi adapter gives you dual-band 2.4/5 GHz support, so you can connect easily to the less congested 5GHz wireless network to enjoy lag-free HD video streaming, online gaming, file transfers or other bandwidth-intensive applications. The WMM Quality of Service (QoS) feature quickly prioritizes video streams, Internet calls and online gaming. 

This network adapter has a 1T1R (1 transmitter, 1 receiver) antenna design and features two detachable external antennas (dual-band 3dBi). To integrate easily with all of your networking devices, the wireless network adapter is backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n networks.

Quick and easy installation

The network card is easy to install in the PCI Express slot on your standard or small form-factor computer. It comes equipped with a standard profile bracket, and includes a low-profile bracket that you can swap in to mount the card in smaller or space-constrained systems.

The PEX433WAC11 is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Replace or upgrade the wireless capabilities of your desktop computer or server, at home or in the office
  • Connect to the less congested 5 GHz Wi-Fi band to avoid interference from common wireless devices such as cordless phones
  • Get faster wireless performance for smoother online conferencing, quicker file transfers, and lag-free HD video streaming or gaming

Partner Numbers

  • Ingram Micro Canada 94338Z
  • Tech Data Canada 8214ZJ
  • SYNNEX Canada 5572664
  • ASI Distribution Canada 180205
  • D&H Canada PEX433WAC11CA
  • UPC 065030863513

Compatibility

  • Windows 8 logo
  • Windows 7 logo
  • Windows Server 2012 logo
  • Windows 10 logo
Windows® 10 (32/64bit), 8 / 8.1 (32/64), 7 (32/64), XP(32/64)
Windows Server® 2012, 2008 R2,

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) 1 - Connector Type(s) PCI Express x1
2 - Connector Type(s) RP-SMA (Coax, Reverse Polarity SubMiniature A)
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C to 60°C (32°F to 140°F)
Storage Temperature 10°C to 70°C (50°F to 158°F)
Humidity 0% ~ 90% RH
Hardware Interface Wireless Ethernet
Bus Type PCI Express
Card Type Standard Profile (LP bracket incl.)
Antenna Configuration 1T1R
Industry Standards IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b
Chipset ID Realtek - 8821AE
Indicators 1 - LED Indicators Link/Activity
Packaging Information Package Height 1.3 in [32 mm]
Package Length 6.6 in [16.8 cm]
Shipping (Package) Weight 5.5 oz [157 g]
Package Width 5.5 in [14 cm]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 433 Mbps (5 GHz)
150 Mbps (2.4 GHz)
Max Distance 30 m / 100 ft
Bandwidth 20/40/80 MHz
Auto MDIX No
Full Duplex Support No
Frequency Range 2.412~2.462 GHz, 5.180~5.825 GHz
Frequency 2.4G/5.8G-Dual band
Security Features WEP Data Encryption
WPA and WPA2-PSK Data Encryption
TKIP/AES
Physical Characteristics Weight of Product 1.7 oz [49 g]
Material Steel
Product Length 4.8 in [12.1 cm]
Product Width 3.8 in [97 mm]
Product Height 0.9 in [22 mm]
Software OS Compatibility Windows® 10 (32/64bit), 8 / 8.1 (32/64), 7 (32/64), XP(32/64)
Windows Server® 2012, 2008 R2,
Special Notes / Requirements System and Cable Requirements Available PCI express expansion slot
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package PCI Express AC600 Wireless-AC network adapter
2 - Included in Package detachable external antenna
1 - Included in Package driver CD
low profile bracket
quick start guide

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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.

Compliance and safety

Compliance letters

  • RoHS
    • Language: English
  • WEEE
    • Language: English

Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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(2 Stars)

Ehhhh

By: jgaudot - 03-15-2017
Worked just fine on Windows 7......not so much on Windows 10. It comes with a drivers CD and if you load it.....the computer, in this case an HP 600, does not see the card. Installing the driver with or without the card being installed doesn't work either. Downloading the driver from this website doesn't work. Truth of the matter, the older 300 mbps cards load right up in Windows 10.
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(4 Stars)

Good wifi adapter

By: macphoto1970_2 - 04-14-2018
The installation of this product was easy and i found everything installed without issue. This was a great card for my small form factor pc. The low profile adapter was easy to switch to and worked perfect in my pc. I found the card was easy to connect to my network and the connection remained solid. For the price I think this should be a combo wireless and bluetooth card but I can't have everything I want in one. For a good reliable card I think this is a good solid product and nice that you can use it in a full size or small form factor pc. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review
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(4 Stars)

Great compatibility!

By: morty - 04-16-2018
I installed this into my NAS running Windows 10 and it found the drivers right away. I can’t run new cables where I’m currently living so wireless was the only option and I didn’t need Ethernet speeds. This card works great and I’m able to stream video content from the NAS no problem. It’s obviously not as fast as the newer AC cards out there but this served me well since my router isn’t capable of the newer AC speeds anyway. One big plus was the low-profile bracket included otherwise it wouldn’t have fit in my case. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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(4 Stars)

Worked Fine

By: nivek - 04-17-2018
Install this card on windows 7. Struggled a little with installing but eventually got it working without issue.
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