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Old 06-29-2020, 03:29 AM   #1
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I have a Dell Optiplex 3050 Mini Tower and I want to add Wireless/Bluetooth.

From Dell forums, the following has been identified:-
Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 8265 Wi-Fi + BT 4.2 Wireless Card (2x2), MU-MIMO
Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 3165 Wi-Fi + BT 4.2 Wireless Card (1x1)

Is there anything else I need to purchase and could you tell me where it is actually connected.

Also, which is the better of the two above.

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There's 2 form factors.....USB and PCI/PCIe. With the USB you can connect it to the fron or back of PC. With the PCI/PCIe card....that gets installed internally, to an available PCI/PCIe slot on mobo.

I just picked up one of these from BestBuy. It doesn't have BT. All I had to do to set it up was insert provided DVD with driver/software package and then it told me to plug in the USB device. Pretty easy and straight forware.
https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-AC120.../dp/B07P388DBG
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Just doing a quick search....this is first one with both I found.

https://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-Ada.../dp/B07YDFZWT8

I would look for a brand like Linksys or Netgear.
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Old 06-29-2020, 05:31 AM   #4
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Thanks bassfisher6522

I'm actually looking for bluetooth as a first preference and don't want to have to buy a dongle.

As I'm looking for an internal addition, I will also add wireless at the same time.

I'm afraid I know nothing about connections (or if I need to add other items e.g. aerial), hence my earlier post.

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Your 2 intel products are both PCI cards. So you would have to open the case and insert them into a available slot. Since you have a Dell Optiplex mini tower....I'm not sure what you have free on the inside. You'll need to check that out before purchasing.
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Thanks bassfisher6522

Does attached photo help?

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I did an Amazon search and got this. However, I have no idea if it is compatible and also where to site it on the mobo.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ziyituod-Bl...NsaWNrPXRydWU=

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Yes sir....thank you. Here you go

I don't know about the brand.....but that card is PCIe X 1 and you system has 3 available PCIe X1 slots. I would install it on the last/bottom slot.

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Thanks bassfisher6522

One last question, is there normally a wired power connection or does that come through the standard connection (sorry if that's a silly question)

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Thanks bassfisher6522

One last question, is there normally a wired power connection or does that come through the standard connection (sorry if that's a silly question)

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No wired power connection. The card will draw all the power it needs directly through the PCIE slot. The Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 8265 Wi-Fi + BT 4.2 Wireless Card (2x2), MU-MIMO is superior of the two. Whether that means better performance depends on your needs and infrastructure. The card will need antennas such as these, if the package you buy doesn't come with them. The antenna connectors on the card are unmistakable.
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Thanks Stancestans and bassfisher6522

This is the one I'm thinking of getting. Am I OK with this?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ziyituod-Bl...NsaWNrPXRydWU=

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Thanks Stancestans and bassfisher6522

This is the one I'm thinking of getting. Am I OK with this?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ziyituod-Bl...NsaWNrPXRydWU=

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Looks good to me.
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Hi,

It has arrived but it came with a cable (see photo).

I've no idea where to connect it (see post #8)

Can anybody help?

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That cable connects to a USB 2.0 header on the motherboard. If your PC has a front panel with USB ports, then one of the cables from the front panel connects to a USB header on the motherboard. That cable (which came with the adapter card) also needs to be connected to such a header for its bluetooth radio to work. It has 9 pins, but one of the pins is blank. Likewise, one of the holes on the black connector of the cable is closed, so there should be no mistaking how the connector goes in. If your PC has only one USB header and it's already occupied, you will have to either get a usb header splitter or disconnect the front panel USB cable. This means the front panel usb ports will not work anymore. The image below shows you what a usb 2.0 header on the motherboard looks like.

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Thanks for the continued support Stancestans

Also to bassfisher6522

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Everything installed and working perfectly.

Stancestans and bassfisher6522 - your continued support is very much appreciated.

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Good to know. Cheers
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