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The Raspberry Pi 5 has the fastest processor of any Raspberry Pi computer to date, but that’s just one of the thing that sets it apart from earlier models. Another is its PCIe connector that enables high-speed connections to expansion boards.

A bunch of companies have used that PCIe connector to build HATs that let you attach a PCIe NVMe SSD to a Raspberry Pi 5. But MCUzone MPW7 is a little different: it’s a small board that lets you attach an M.2 2230 module. The MPW7 is available from AliExpress with prices starting at $10 (plus shipping).

Why would you want to add an M.2 2230 connector to a Raspberry Pi 5? Because while the little computer has built-in support for wireless connectivity, the integrated hardware tops out at WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0.

This adapter lets you add a WiFi 6, WiFi 6E, or WiFi 7 module with support for faster speeds, lower latency, and additional network bands, among other things. MCUZone says the board supports wireless modules including Intel’s:

Note that the $10 starting price for the MPW7 will get you the board, an FPC cable (for connecting to the PCIe interface on a Raspberry Pi 5) and a set of four screws for fastening the board on top of the single-board computer.

Users who plan to use the board to add a wireless module might want to spend at least $2 more on a bundle that also includes a pair of wireless antennas. Or you can spend a little more for a bundle that also includes an aluminum case designed to house a Raspberry Pi 5 + MPW7.

But the MPW7 isn’t only useful for connecting wireless cards. You can also use it for other M.2 2230 cards, including an AI accelerator featuring Google Edge TPU coprocessors.

One other thing to keep in mind is that if you plan to use the MPW7 for Bluetooth, you’ll need to run a cable from a connector on the board to one of the Raspberry Pi’s USB ports.

via CNX Software

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  1. one small questions.
    I need true mesh network. How make it in wifi 6 or more?
    How creating a router with sharing internet in 2-30locations and meybe 2-30 internet input?
    How to do this. For normal user not nerd.

  2. Very strange. Why are the antennas connected to the WiFi card when clearly there are 2 antenna connectors on the board itself? Why put these things there and then not use them? Why write “WiFi 7” on the board when it’s completely agnostic about the card it takes – as it just seems to be a passthrough?

    1. because it’s a $10 piece of crap. Maybe it works fine, but at that price point you gotta expect questionable labelling. Wait for a $25 version if you don’t want to gamble

      1. I think the price is OK. $25 would be more expensive than all WiFi cards and the board itself doesn’t do anything special, just converts one pcie connector to another. Anyway, I don’t even have an rpi 5 because it is actually crap