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11 Reviews
  • Relate RT2860
  • Cisco CCX compliant
  • 802.11N N300 wireless network standard
  • Chipset Wi-Fi certifications: 802.11A/B/g 802.11N WPA WPA2 WMM WMM-PS
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96 Reviews
  • Wireless N speedup to 300Mbps, ideal for online gaming, video streaming, and VoIP phone calling
  • Advanced security feature with the latest WPA2 encryption to protect the network
  • Comply with IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n standard for 2.4GHz Wireless LAN
  • 2x 5dBi high gain detachable antennas provide better wireless signal coverage and reception
  • Long Profile bracket included
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1 Review
  • 300Mbps Wireless N PCI Expr adptr
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48 Reviews
  • Add high speed Wireless-N connectivity to a desktop PC through PCI Express
  • Compatible with PCI-Express equipped computers such as HP Compaq Desktops
  • PCIe Wireless Network Card / PCI Express Wireless NIC / Wireless PCI card - Supports Wireless 802.11 N / G (300 Mbps) for high speed wireless Internet applications such as online gaming and Video Streaming
  • Upgrade your internal PCIe Wireless NIC
  • Increase WiFi range and speed by adding Wireless G compatible card
  • PCIe Wireless N Card
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1 Review
  • Up to 150 Mbps Transfer Speed - Ideal for Sharing Files, Streaming Video, and Playing Online Games
  • Detachable Antenna for Easy Upgrade
  • GreenWLAN - Optimum Energy Efficiency with Smart Power Management
  • For Desktop
  • Standards: IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n 2.0
  • Interface: PCI Express 1.1
  • Frequency Range: 2412 ~ 2484 MHz ISM band (channels 1 ~ 14)
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35 Reviews
  • High-speed wireless internet connectivity
  • Wireless-AC dual-band for lag-free streaming and high performance network
  • Supports WEP, WPA, and WPA2 encryption methods for enhanced security
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97 Reviews
  • AC1200 High-speed wireless internet connectivity
  • Wireless-AC dual-band for low latency streaming and high performance online gaming
  • Bluetooth 4.2 and BLE connectivity
  • External antenna base for optimum signal reception
  • Operating Frequency :2.4 GHz / 5 GHz
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49 Reviews
  • Upgrade your WiFi card to 1300Mbps Wi-Fi speeds (867Mbps on 5GHz band or 400Mpbs on 2.4GHz band)
  • Heat Sink technology distributes heat away from core components to improve reliability and performance
  • Built for high-performance computing, such as online gaming and 4K Ultra HD video streaming
  • Increased wireless range with 2x external antennas to ensure a greater range of WiFi connection and stability. Detachable antennas
  • Easily upgrade your desktop system by simply slotting the Wi-Fi adapter into an available PCI-E slot.
  • Supports Windows 10 **Please upgrade to 17025 Insider Preview Build** / 8.1 / 8 / 7 / XP
  • Industry leading 2-year warranty and free 24/7 technical support
  • J.D. Power Ranked TP-Link "Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Wireless Routers in 2017"*
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70 Reviews
  • Fully qualified Bluetooth 4.2
  • IEEE 802.11ac standards compliant. Intel WIFI module supports Intel WIDI
  • Antenna to support WLAN 2Tx2R transmission
  • High speed wireless connection up to 867 Mbps
  • Bluetooth Enhances Data Rate (EDR) support
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48 Reviews
  • Achieves a maximum theoretical throughput of up to 300Mbps
  • Supports dual-band, 2.4GHz or 5GHz
  • Seamlessly compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n products
  • Experience smoother video streaming and online gaming by choosing the clearer 5GHz band for wireless connections
  • Supports 64/128 WEP, WPA /WPA2/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK(TKIP/AES), supports IEEE 802.1X
  • Supports Windows XP 32/64bit, Vista 32/64bit, Windows 7 32/64bit, Windows 8 32/64bit
  • Supports ad-hoc and infrastructure mode
  • Bundled utility provides quick & hassle-free installation
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9 Reviews
  • Ultra-fast AC1200 Wi-Fi speeds
  • Dual Band (5GHz and 2.4GHz) for optimal performance
  • Upgrade your desktop PC and connect to your network without messy Ethernet cables
  • Two 4.5dbi external dipole antennas for optimal coverage and performance
  • Backward compatible to your existing Wi-Fi network
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53 Reviews
  • Software AP - 2-in-2 device for wireless connection sharing
  • WPS(Wi-Fi Protected Setup) button - Quickly set up a secure wireless connection
  • Support Multiple OS - Windows and Linux
  • WPS(Wi-Fi Protected Setup) button - Quickly set up a secure wireless connection;
  • Software AP - Connect your notebook and game consoles to the Internet; Supports WEP, WPA-PSK, and WPA2-PSK methods for enhanced security
  • Interface: PCI-Express; Standard: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n; Antenna: 2x R SMA Antenna; Operating Frequency: 2.4GHz;
  • Operation Channel: 11 for N. America, 14 Japan, 13 Europe (ETSI); Data Rate: 802.11 b/g/n- downlink up to 300Mbps, uplink up to 150Mbps(20/40MHz)
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3 Reviews
  • Next generation, ultra-fast AC1200 Wi-Fi speeds mean fast HD streaming and instant data transfers with high gain antennas for 3x the range and speed of standard Wi-Fi adapters
  • Includes a magnetic antenna stand for optimal performance and a convenient 1 m (3.3 ft.) extension cable for easy setup and installation
  • Built with a high dissipation heat sink to avoid overheating and to keep performance at its highest level
  • Works with all brands of 802.11a/b/g/n or ac 2.4GHz or 5.0GHz networks
  • 3 YEAR WARRANTY & TOLL-FREE TECH SUPPORT- TRENDnet backs this product with a 3 year manufacturer warranty as well as toll-free tech support.
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20 Reviews
  • IEEE 802.11AC: The next and fastest generation of Wi-Fi, backwards compatible with IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n. Speeding up to 867Mbps at 5.0GHz + 300Mbps at 2.4GHz with a fast, reliable wireless connection for lag-free online gaming and video streaming.
  • High power amplifiers and high gain antennas provide wider range of wireless coverage and wall-penetrating Wi-Fi performance
  • Dual Band for all devices: 2.4GHz + 5GHz bands to support all your internet need
  • Soft AP Mode makes the adapter into virtual Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Supports advanced security 64/128 WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES)
  • Built with a high dissipation heat sink to avoid overheating and to keep performance at its highest level while long term operation and with free magnetic stand and high gain antennas
  • Standards: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
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9 Reviews
  • The Next And Fastest Generation Of Wi-Fi : Ieee 802.11 Ac And Backward Compatible With Ieee 802.11A / B / G / N And Dual Band Connectivity (2.4Ghz Or 5Ghz) To Support All Your Devices Blazing Wireless Speed Up To 1300Mbps + 600Mbps: Instantly Upgrade Your Desktop With A Fast, Reliable Wireless Connection For Lag-Free Online Gaming And 4K Ultra Hd Video Streaming (Real Speed Depends On Your Network Status) Advanced Heat Sink Design And Security: Distributes Heat Away From Core Components To Improve Reliability And Performance. Supports Advanced Security: 64/128 Wep, Wpa/Wpa2, Wpa-Psk/Wpa2-Psk(Tkip/Aes) Beamforming Technology: Connect With Stronger, More Reliable Wireless Connections. Mimo Technology: 3X3 Dual Band Modulation: Omnidirectional And Upgradeable Antennas Maximize Wireless Range And Stability Supports Windows Xp / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 : Download The Latest Driver On
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95 Reviews
  • Provides an extensible design that enables Service prioritization for data. Network Standard : IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Design that delivers high availability, scalability, and for maximum flexibility and price/performance
  • Instant 802.11ac Wi-Fi Upgrade for your desktop PC: no more messy Ethernet cables needed
  • Next-generation 802.11ac chipset for super-fast connections up to 867 Mbps. Security 64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPS support
  • OS Support-Windows 8.1 32bit/64bit, Windows 8 32bit/64bit,Windows 7 32bit/64bit,Windows Vista 2bit/64bit,Windows XP 32bit/64bit
  • Instant 802.11ac Wi-Fi upgrade for your desktop PC: no more messy Ethernet cables needed
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49 Reviews
  • Provides an extensible design that enables Service prioritization for data
  • Design that delivers high availability, scalability, and for maximum flexibility and price/performance
  • The country of Origin is China. OS Support:Windows 8.1 (32bit/64bit), Windows 8 (32bit/64bit), Windows 7 (32bit/64bit), Windows Vista (32bit/64bit), Windows XP (32bit/64bit)
  • High-power design clears up dead zones with 150% greater coverage.
  • Custom heatsink dissipates heat for more stable and reliable non-stop operation.
  • 5th generation 802.11ac chipset gives you dual-band,2.4GHz/5GHz for up to super-fast 1.30Gbps
  • Flexible extended antenna placement helps you pinpoint the best reception in your environment.
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38 Reviews
  • Dual-band 4x4 AC3100 Wi-Fi with speeds up to 2100Mbps (5GHz band) and 1000Mbps 2.4GHz band
  • External magnetic antenna base allows Flexible antenna placement to maximize coverage. Note- Support MU-MIMO technology
  • Individual antennas can also attach directly to PCIe card for compact installation. Modulation-1024QAM.
  • Custom heatsink effectively dissipates heat for improved stability and reliability. OS Support-Windows 10 86x64,Windows 7 86x64.
  • R-SMA antenna connectors enable compatibility with a variety of aftermarket antennas. Quoted network speeds and bandwidth based on current IEEE 802.11ac specifications. Actual performance may be affected by network and service provider factors, interface type, and other conditions. Connected devices must be 802.11ac-compatible for best results

With a PCI-E wireless network card you can add support for wireless connectivity to a desktop. We have a wide range of models that support different network speeds & have different range characteristics. These adapters all connect via the PCI Express interface (usually PCI-E x1).

FAQ & Section Info

What is a Wireless Network Card?

Wireless network cards provide wireless compatibility to your computer system. For desktops, they most often installed internally into a PCI-Express slot.

What wireless network card should I buy?

These cards are PCI-Express so if you have an open PCI slot they will fit in there. One thing of note on wifi adapters is that you can plug a PCI-e X1 into a PCIe x1 or x16 slot.

Can I use a dual band wireless card with a router that only supports single band?

Yes! You can check to see if your router is dual-band, otherwise you'll have a dual-band card to pick signal from a single band router, which will still work, but there would be no benefit to having dual-band receiver. This would prepare your system for a time that you do have a dual-band router.

Should I put a wireless card in my desktop?

The world is becoming wireless. Slowly but surely, wired connections are becoming old hat in the face of new advancements that embrace the power of wireless communication. New sorts of technology continue to come about that change the way we look at normally wire-bound activities, as well as new applications of older wireless tech like Bluetooth that result in creative and useful ways to use what we already have.

Just think of the examples---contemporary video game consoles need just two wires to operate, a power cable and an audio/video cable. The controllers, the networking, and even the voice communication are all wireless.

You can now put a Wi-Fi enabled SD card into your camera that constantly streams the pictures you take back to your computer.

Most of the devices that benefit from this wireless evolution are, by their nature, portable. Smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other devices all rely on some sort of key wireless technology---here, wireless networking---simply because they are so portable and do not stay stationary as wires would require.

However, in a world that is constantly trying to become less and less bound by wires and their evil grip, wireless technology is now being applied to devices that do normally stay in one place, because the world around those motionless lugs is becoming less and less dependent on wires.

This is all a long-winded way of saying we can now put wireless cards in our desktop computers, to free them from the throes of wired networking.


In many of today's households, if there is a desktop "home computer," it is usually stuck next to the router or the most convenient Ethernet port in the house, not necessarily where the whole family would want it to be. Some of us just have routers nowadays, and that router is usually in the one place in the house where it can reach the most devices possible. It just doesn't make sense to have a home computer that's tied to a router or a modem anymore.

With a wireless card in your desktop computer, you are free to put your computer anywhere in the house that you want without fear of not being able to reach a reliable Internet connection.


Of course, having a wireless card that works assumes that there is an active Wi-Fi connection in your household.

A wireless card works in just about the same way as any other network card, even the traditional wired card that came with your computer. The key difference between the two is the source of the connection.

A normal wired network card connects to an active Ethernet port and receives a connection that it then processes to the computer. The wall connection goes to the cable, then through the cable to the network card.

Wireless networking is literally the same concept without the wire bridging the middle. With a wireless connection, the source of the connection (the wall) goes via cable to a router that then broadcasts the Internet signal at a variable range, leaving it open for other wireless devices to connect to it.

A desktop wireless card simply gives your computer the ability to pick up and connect to that broadcast.

Internally, a wireless card works just the same as a wired card. Both connect to one of your computer's expansion ports---flat, thin ports mounted on your motherboard that cards dock into. Depending on the type of expansion ports on your motherboard, compatible wireless cards are designed to fit different specific types of expansion ports.


Plugging a card into an expansion port is simple and the easiest portion of this project. You simply align the card to the expansion port, press down until it sits fully mounted and flush with the port, and it's ready to go.

However, the more difficult and important portion of the installation process is making sure you have the correct drivers. Most cards will come packaged with an installation CD of some sort that contains the drivers your computer needs to fully get along with the new wireless card.

If your card did not come with a CD, check the website of the manufacturer. Normally, manufacturers will host their installation media on their websites and make them available for anyone to download.

As well, many modern operating systems like Windows 7 can intelligently scan for and install drivers for devices it detects that have been plugged in but not fully installed. Regardless of the method you use to procure the drivers you need, having the correct one is key to getting your card to work smoothly.


Well, once you have the card installed, your computer's Internet connection will behave much like that of a laptop; if the computer detects a wired connection, it will usually default to that, but it will constantly search and scan for potential wireless connections that you may want to hook onto. Depending on the capability of the card, there are a variety of different types and strengths of wireless networking connections that your new card may be able to use.


Well, if you fear change, you can always stick with a wired connection.


If you're looking to test drive the idea, or you want a temporary solution or an emergency method of getting a desktop computer connected to wireless Internet, there also exist USB wireless cards that work on pretty much any computer.

USB wireless adapters are just what they sound like, small USB dongles that supply wireless capability to a computer. Much like the dongle that connects your wireless mouse to a USB port at a distance, USB wireless cards just convert a USB connection into a new network connection that your computer can recognize and utilize like it would any other.

It's possible that someday, like game consoles, every desktop computer will ship with a shiny wireless card inside. Until that day, freeing a desktop from wires will be a bit of a niche vice that's not for everyone. But if you're looking for freedom to move around and put your computer wherever you darn well please, then this might just be the right call for you.

Are you willing to give this a try? Think it's stupid? Have experience and want to share tips? Let us know in the comment section below. Thanks for reading!