Getting the right wifi card


  1. Posts : 171
    Windows 10
       #1

    Getting the right wifi card


    Hi. I want to fit a wifi card to my PC (the USB wifi adapter is playing up). My motherboard is an Asus H97M-Plus which you can see here:
    H97M-PLUS | Motherboards | ASUS Global
    and here's a website listing compatible wifi cards:
    Asus H97M-PLUS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard Compatible Wireless Network Adapters - PCPartPicker
    All the compatible cards are PCIe x1 but if you go back to the Asus website, there's no such slot (as far as I can see). Am I missing something here? My thanks if you can help me out. (Win10 version 1903)
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  2. Posts : 16,089
    Windows 11 Pro X64
       #2

    You can put the x1 in one of the PCIe slots you have and it will work
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  3. Posts : 171
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Hi Dude. I've done some more reading and the PCI Express 3.0/2.0 slot seems to be for graphics cards. Do you mean that I could use any of the 3 slots below it? Thanks for your help.
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  4. Posts : 104
    Windows 7 Pro 64-bit / Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (dual boot)
       #4

    Unless my eyes deceive me, that brand/model motherboard has:
    2 PCI Express x16 slots
    2 PCI slots

    It does not have any PCI Express x1 slots.

    Have you considered using a USB 3.0 dual band wireless adapter?
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  5. Posts : 12,474
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #5

    I blew up that image and also see 2 PCIe X16 slots and 2 that appear to be just PCI. It's my understanding a PCIe X1 card can be used in a PCIe X16 slot if not needing it for a video card.
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  6. Posts : 16,089
    Windows 11 Pro X64
       #6

    dortmunder said:
    Hi Dude. I've done some more reading and the PCI Express 3.0/2.0 slot seems to be for graphics cards. Do you mean that I could use any of the 3 slots below it? Thanks for your help.
    Yes, use the PCIe 16 slot
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  7. Posts : 171
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Thanks a lot, guys. May I just double-check - the PCIe 16's, are they the 1st and 4th of the slots shown here:
    H97M-PLUS | Motherboards | ASUS Global
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  8. Posts : 104
    Windows 7 Pro 64-bit / Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (dual boot)
       #8

    If a PCI Express x1 wireless card (or ethernet card) can actually be used in a PCI Express x16 slot, I just learned something new.
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