Needless to say, most often wireless solutions are the “trump card” of mobile devices. Whereas desktop computers are connected to the network and to peripheral devices, usually using wires. But if you want to use a wireless mouse or keyboard, connect to a Wi-Fi network, you will have to think about expanding the functionality of the device.
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Fortunately, this is easier with a desktop computer than, say, a laptop. The simplest solution is a USB adapter that will work with Bluetooth or Wi-FI. But this option has its obvious drawbacks – limited speed by the port’s capabilities (especially if it is USB 2.0), compactness, which does not allow the advanced element base to be located, and the port is constantly busy. Another solution to the problem is a PCI-E adapter. Here, the speeds are different, and inside the system unit, you can already place a larger board with much more advanced chipsets.
A similar solution is offered by Tenda. Its AX3000 Wireless PCI-E Network Adapter allows you to work with both Wi-Fi 6 networks at high speeds and with Bluetooth 5.0.
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Tenda E30 specifications
|Interface||PCI Express (x1)|
|Antennas||2 removable 5 dBi|
|Chip||Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 160 MHz|
|LED indication||1 system LED indicator|
|Dimensions (edit)||120.8mm × 78.5mm × 21mm|
|Support for Wi-Fi standards||IEEE802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11ax|
|Bluetooth support||Bluetooth 5.0 / 4.2 / 4.0|
|Working Frequencies||5 GHz, 2.4 GHz|
|Wi-Fi speed||5 GHz: up to 2402 Mbps
2.4 GHz: up to 574 Mbps
|Transmitter power||<20dBm (EIRP)|
|Wireless mode||Station mode|
|Wireless Security||64/128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK / WPA3-SAE, 802.1x, WPA / WAP2 / WPA3|
|System requirements||Windows 10|
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Appearance and delivery set of Tenda E30
The adapter comes in a cardboard box that matches the style of Tenda products. The main color of the package is black; on the front side, the network card itself is half-turned. On the front side of the box, a wide orange stripe immediately attracts attention, on which the name of the model stands out strikingly and its main features are briefly listed.
The back side of the box is also informative – three sections with orange headings stand out here. These blocks will tell the potential buyer what kind of device it is, what its key features are and what is included in the package. At the back there is also a diagram of using the adapter and connecting various wireless devices to the computer through it.
Inside the box, you can find the board itself with a strip in a high profile format. The device is placed inside a sealed bag. There is also a bar-adapter for the low-profile format for the corresponding system units, a cable for connecting to the motherboard for Bluetooth implementation, two removable antennas, a CD with drivers and a setup guide.
Tenda E30 device capabilities
Tenda E30 is a dual-band PCI-E adapter that supports the latest Wi-Fi 6 (IEEE 802.11ax) standard, just like the previous implementations of the standard – 802.11 ac / a / n / g / b. This allows the adapter to achieve higher data rates with minimal signal latency. Supports 1024QAM modulation and 160 MHz bandwidth. Tenda E30 has two detachable 5dBi antennas, which helps to improve signal stability even at a long distance from the router.
You can flexibly adjust the position of the antennas, forming the directionality of the signal and thereby increasing the stability of the operation.
The adapter operates on 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies, reaching a total data transfer rate of 2976 Mbps. Of these, up to 574 Mbps can be transmitted at 2.4 GHz and up to 2402 Mbps at 5 GHz. Such speeds in a wireless network allow you to comfortably watch streaming video in 4K resolution and play online without delays. USB adapters are basically incapable of such speeds.
Another important feature of the adapter is support for Bluetooth 5.0 technology. This is the most widespread and newer standard today. Thanks to it, it is possible to provide both a wider coverage compared to its predecessor, Bluetooth 4.2, and an increased data transfer rate. With Tenda E30, you can connect a Bluetooth mouse, keyboard and other gaming devices to your computer.
It is not only the support of advanced technologies that is important, but also how the device works with them. Tenda E30 shows high efficiency when working with a loaded network. The OFDMA and MU-MIMO technologies implemented in the adapter allow maintaining a high speed of data exchange with the router even in conditions of high density of wireless networks. Tenda E30 supports the latest WPA3 security standard. It supports up-to-date authentication algorithms, protecting your network from intruders and malware.
Installing and configuring Tenda E30
The format of the device itself assumes its location inside the system unit. You will need a free PCI-E port, enough for this compact x1.
1. Disconnect your system unit from the mains and remove the side cover.
2. Find a free PCI-E port (it can be closed with a dummy if it has not been used before)
3. Plug the Tenda E30 adapter into this slot. If your system unit is low-profile, then change the bar to the corresponding one that comes with the kit. Make sure that the network card is firmly seated in the connector, the pins are adjacent to each other.
4. Connect the supplied cable – 4-pin plug to the connector on Tenda E30 and 9-pin plug to the USB connector on the motherboard.
5. Now the side cover of the system unit can be closed. It remains to screw the antennas to the board connectors from the outside. Now you can turn on your computer.
The next step is to install drivers and configure network connections.
1. Insert the Tenda E30 driver disc into the drive. Double click on the file named wifi_driver_win10_64. exe and install the drivers. If you are unable to read the disc, you can download the necessary software from the manufacturer’s website.
2. Now you can connect to the Wi-Fi network. Click on the network connection icon in the lower right corner of Windows, select the desired network and enter the password to access it if necessary.
3. The drivers for Bluetooth are installed in the same way. This time you need the Bt_win10_64.exe file. You can also download it from the manufacturer’s website. Now a Bluetooth adapter will appear in your system, with which you can detect and connect to wireless devices.
Wi-Fi 6 technology is just starting to come to our homes. Gradually, not only routers supporting this generation of wireless networks appear, but also client devices. Wi-Fi 6 allows you to achieve faster speeds and better connection stability. In a situation where online content becomes more and more “heavy”, and dynamic games require stable and low ping, new generation adapters such as Tenda E30 (AX3000) come to the rescue of the computer. The device allows you to achieve an aggregate speed of almost 3 Gb / s, which is clearly higher than the capabilities of USB adapters and even an Ethernet cable.
Tenda E30 supports the latest WPA3 security protocol, which significantly improves authentication algorithms to protect the network from hackers and malware.
A powerful modern chip from Intel and support for the latest wireless technologies help ensure a stable and reliable connection. And the implementation of Bluetooth 5 is also a pleasant and rather useful bonus that further reveals the potential of your computer, because you will no longer need to use additional devices to connect a Bluetooth mouse, keyboard and other devices.
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