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Minipcie to PCIe and PCIe expansion?

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:32 am    Post subject: Minipcie to PCIe and PCIe expansion? Reply with quote

Background:

Have an old mac mini 2008, 1.83, stock. Was unsure what to do with it, and was thinking to do a little project out of it.

Was initially thinking of just kicking out the airport minipcie and add an SATA controller, upgrade the cpu and ram and use it as a decent little NAS.

But, then I started thinking, there are MiniPCIe to PCIe converters (like this one: http://amfeltec.com/products/flexible-minipci-express-to-pci-express-adapter/), and there are PCIe splitters/extenders.

Something like that would, theoretically allow for adding an extra SATA card (standard size PCIe), and any other PCIe card one would want. Ideally, I'd like to add 2 cards, 1 sata (for 3.5 drives), and dual/quad NIC.

another option I consider is a minipcie splitter (2 way):
http://amfeltec.com/products/flexible-minipci-express-2-way-splitter/

coupled with dual nic:
http://www.delock.com/produkte/G_95237/merkmale.html

and sata controller:
http://www.delock.com/produkte/S_95233/merkmale.html

Of course this will never fit in the old box, but that is of no concern. I guess my question here is simply: would something like this even be feasible?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2016 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

no because the mini pci-e slot was designed for wifi only
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