Thursday, April 9th 2020

TP-Link Intros Archer TX3000E 802.11ax PCIe WLAN Card

For those of us on older desktops with plenty of PCIe slots to go around, and a brand new 802.11ax router in the house to drive a swanky new gigabit fiber Internet connection, TP-Link released the Archer TX3000E, a PCI-Express add-on card that gives your desktop 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. The product consists of three components, the add-on card, an antenna assembly, and cabling. The add-on card features PCI-Express 2.0 x1 (5 Gbps per direction) host interface, and uses an Intel AX200 WLAN controller that's passively cooled by a heatsink.

The Archer TX3000E supports dual-band 802.11ax, with up to 2402 Mbps on the 5 GHz band, and up to 574 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band, along with support for WPA3. Besides PCIe, a 4-pin USB 2.0 cable connects to one of your motherboard's vacant USB 2.0 headers, for the Bluetooth 5.0 component to work. The desktop antenna assembly features two multi-directional antennae, and a magnetized base. Available now, the Archer TX3000E is priced at 79.90€.
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19 Comments on TP-Link Intros Archer TX3000E 802.11ax PCIe WLAN Card

#1
TheLostSwede
And here I thought it was a new Asus product at first glance...
Talk about copycatting the Asus network card colour scheme.
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#2
Ravenas
Guess they are making these for ASUS too, just rebrand.
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#3
silentbogo
TheLostSwede
Talk about copycatting the Asus network card colour scheme.
I don't think ASUS even makes their own WLAN cards anymore. Their last 802.11ac lineup was mostly cheap third-party M.2 or mini-PCIe risers w/ aftermarket cards, while the rest of their high-end AC adapters were made by TP-Link. Just look at PCE AC88 and TL-WDN8280, or PCE AC68 and Archer T9E.
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#4
ebivan
Why is there a cooler on the wifi card?
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#5
IceShroom
Wifi 6 but no Bluetooth?? Fail.:mad:
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#6
dorsetknob
"YOUR RMA REQUEST IS CON-REFUSED"
IceShroom
Wifi 6 but no Bluetooth?? Fail.
Did you miss this"TP-Link released the Archer TX3000E, a PCI-Express add-on card that gives your desktop 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. "
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#7
mak1skav
IceShroom
Wifi 6 but no Bluetooth?? Fail.:mad:
It's even written on the box with big letters "Wi-Fi 6 Bluetooth 5.0" just below the product's name. :nomadplz
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#8
TheLostSwede
ebivan
Why is there a cooler on the wifi card?
Mainly for show. Asus did it some years ago, as they had a card with power amplifiers, which do get really hot and it's usually the part in routers that need the most cooling. But as this is most likely a standard 2x2 M.2 card, there's no need for it.
silentbogo
I don't think ASUS even makes their own WLAN cards anymore. Their last 802.11ac lineup was mostly cheap third-party M.2 or mini-PCIe risers w/ aftermarket cards, while the rest of their high-end AC adapters were made by TP-Link. Just look at PCE AC88 and TL-WDN8280, or PCE AC68 and Archer T9E.
Oh well... Not something I had really paid attention to. Hopefully that means an end to Asus' crappy support for their own cards that needed custom drivers that were outright terrible.
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#9
IceShroom
dorsetknob
Did you miss this"TP-Link released the Archer TX3000E, a PCI-Express add-on card that gives your desktop 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. "
Looks like.
This one looks like ASUS wifi card without Bluetooth, so I thought it has same kind of specs. My bad.
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#10
Nater
Why is this news now? I've had this card in my box since the end of January. $50 on Amazon.
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#11
TheLostSwede
Nater
Why is this news now? I've had this card in my box since the end of January. $50 on Amazon.
Maybe it just launched in Europe, considering the pricing is in Euro?
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#12
Readlight
Recently bought T4pci, T2usb Wi-Fi
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#13
kapone32
I wonder what adapter it uses for me it's Intel or bust.
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#14
silentbogo
kapone32
I wonder what adapter it uses for me it's Intel or bust.
It's intel WAV654 AX200 chipset, card is 100% identical to ASUS PCE-AX3000. This also means, Linux support on 5.1+ kernel.
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#15
Cybrnook2002
ebivan
Why is there a cooler on the wifi card?
Cause 14nm bro :peace::roll:
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Nater
silentbogo
It's intel WAV654 chipset, card is 100% identical to ASUS PCE-AX3000. This also means, Linux support on 5.1+ kernel.
So once that's on the M.2 card it's called the "AX200"? Because that's what shows in Device Manager. And that's what you can buy all over Amazon/Newegg. I'm pretty sure it's essentially a PCIe card with a little M.2 slot on it, and some antenna plugs.

www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/docs/wireless/wi-fi-6-ax200-module-brief.html
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#17
Jism
silentbogo
I don't think ASUS even makes their own WLAN cards anymore. Their last 802.11ac lineup was mostly cheap third-party M.2 or mini-PCIe risers w/ aftermarket cards, while the rest of their high-end AC adapters were made by TP-Link. Just look at PCE AC88 and TL-WDN8280, or PCE AC68 and Archer T9E.
One answer to this: revenue. It's not enough to continue R&D on Wireless cards. It's easyer to take it from another company and rebadge the card to your desires.

I recently bought a Asus wireless card, i hate the "BLOAT" MBPS on the cards. The damn thing does'nt even archieve 150mbit or so on both 2.4 and 5Ghz while being not even 2 meters away from the accesspoint. I am dissapointed in wireless in general again as i was like 10 years ago. The tech comes with perks, ping spikes, sometimes a hard disable / enable the NIC in order to have it connect again, it's never as solid as real NIC with a UTP would be.
ebivan
Why is there a cooler on the wifi card?
I've bin checking, but they really dont need any heatsink at all, esp at that size. I guess it's to add something for the eye as a naked wireless card would be completely boring, inside any machine honestly.

The RF transmitters are usually capped, and proberly dont push out more then a half watt or so. Because of that there could never be as much of heat as that heatsink pretends it would be. Maybe some I/O shielding, who knows.
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#18
silentbogo
Nater
So once that's on the M.2 card it's called the "AX200"? Because that's what shows in Device Manager.
Yep, pretty much. The only difference is that this time TP-Link gave black heatsink to ASUS, and took red one for themselves )))
Jism
I recently bought a Asus wireless card, i hate the "BLOAT" MBPS on the cards. The damn thing does'nt even archieve 150mbit or so on both 2.4 and 5Ghz while being not even 2 meters away from the accesspoint.
PCE-N53? It's an old issue with these, which clearly demonstrates ASUS laziness. ASUS driver for win10 is broken, cause it's basically a tweaked win7 driver only adjusted to not yell at you during installation.
And Ralink acquisition by Mediatek did not help either. Fortunately, Mediatek kept going with legacy product support and later posted a nice fully-functional Win10 driver for RT5592. With that driver I got pretty much the max performance out of my N53, and zero issues on 5GHz band.
I'm not even gonna start my rant on their Linux drivers.
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#19
Midland Dog
lol nice asus pce 56, got one sitting on my desk
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