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AX200 in mini pci-e H97

dat_rougarou
Beginner
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Hey there, I'm looking to upgrade my wireless as I'm trying to move my computer away from my router but still want similar speeds to my LAN. I own the ASRock H97M-ITX/ac which has a mini pci-e slot but it's max speed is only up to 433Mbps. I realize that the AX200 is a m.2 and I will have to use an adapter. My questions are will that lessen speed in any way and is there any other conflict with my board that I'm not seeing.

My other option is buying a 7260 mini pci-e card, which should also speed up my wireless connection but I'd rather get the best option that I possibly can.

Thanks for any insight that y'all can give.

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n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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Well, I would certainly go for the AX200's WiFi6 and Wireless-AX support. You can use this adapter to allow the board to be inserted in the the older mPCIe slot and to allow your existing antenna connections to be used with this new card: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B083YW3RM3.

Hope this helps,

...S

dat_rougarou
Beginner
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Thanks Scott! That's what I was thinking, just wanted to be sure that mPCIe wouldn't be any kind of bottleneck for the AX200.

n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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The mPCIe and the M.2 Type E connectors both provide the PCIe lane, USB 2.0 lane and power that the cards need. Most of the pertinent mPCIe connector pins go straight to the M.2 connector pins; there's almost no circuitry on the card itself. 

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P.S. Wikipedia provides good introductions to M.2 and mPCIe; see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.2 and: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express#MINI-CARD.

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