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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

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  • 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

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.

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

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

Partner Numbers

  • Ingram Micro Belgium 2634457
  • Ingram Micro Netherlands 2634457
  • UPC 065030852753

Compatibility

  • Windows 10 logo
  • Linux logo
  • Windows Server 2012 logo
  • Windows 8 logo
  • Windows Server 2016 logo
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

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) Connector Type(s) 1 - Wireless N (IEEE 802.11n)
1 - Mini PCI Express x1 (52 pin)
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -40°C to 70°C (-40°F to 158°F)
Humidity 10~90% RH
Hardware Interface Wireless Ethernet
Bus Type Mini PCI Express
Card Type Embedded
Antenna Configuration 2x2:2 (TxR:S)
Industry Standards IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Chipset ID Realtek - RTL8192CE
Packaging Information Package Height 30 mm [1.2 in]
Package Length 14.2 cm [5.6 in]
Package Width 17 cm [6.7 in]
Package Quantity 1
Shipping (Package) Weight 0.1 kg [0.1 lb]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 802.11n: 300 Mbps
Bandwidth 20/40 MHz
Frequency Range 2.4-2.484GHz
Security Features WEP Data Encryption
WPA and WPA2-PSK Data Encryption
WPA and WPA2 Enterprise Data Encryption
Physical Characteristics Product Length 3 cm [1.2 in]
Product Width 26 mm [1.0 in]
Product Height 0.3 cm [0.1 in]
Weight of Product 4 g [0.1 oz]
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
What's in the Box Included in Package 1 - Wireless Card
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

Compliance and safety

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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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