QNAP Wireless Adapter QWA-AC2600 for NAS

What are the Advantages of the QWA-AC2600 wireless network card?

Turn your Ubuntu/Linux PC or QNAP NAS into a high-performance and secure wireless access point/base station. The QWA-AC2600 is a 2.4/5 GHz Dual Band Dual Concurrent (DBDC), 4 x 4 Multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO), low-profile PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 x1 wireless adapter with two Qualcomm QCA9984 NICs that supports up to 2533 Mbps (800 Mbps for IEEE 802.11n (2.4 GHz) and 1733 Mbps for IEEE 802.11ac (5 GHz)).

The QWA-AC2600 can be used as an access point or a base station with Ubuntu/Linux PCs or QNAP NAS. Combining the higher compatibility of 802.11n and faster connection of 802.11ac, the QWA-AC2600 enables versatile applications including wireless LANs in the workplace and Internet of Things (IoT) deployment in the field.

What can the QNAP QWA-AC2600 wireless network card do?

The QWA-AC2600 utilizes the 802.11n and 802.11ac standards and offers speeds up to 2533 Mbps to deliver a low-latency, high-speed wireless experience.

The QWA-AC2600 supports Dual Band Dual Concurrent (DBDC) for acting as an access point or a base station, adding more possibilities to your investment.

The QWA-AC2600 supports 4 x 4 MU-MIMO technology for communicating with multiple clients with multiple signal lanes (spatial streams).

The QWA-AC2600 comes with four 5 dBi detachable omni-directional high-gain antennas. The universal RP-SMA connectors enable antenna replacements for boosting signals and coverage. The QWA-AC2600 also features an 80 cm high-frequency coaxial cable for extending the antennas’ magnetic stand base for flexible deployment and coverage.

The QWA-AC2600 has an active cooling module to ensure optimal heat dissipation. The fan will adjust its speed to match the temperature of the module

Your Own High Powered Controlled WiFi Network with the QWA-AC2600

The QWA-AC2600 is compatible with most PCIe-enabled QNAP NAS. When used with the WirelessAP Station app your NAS will evolve into a high-performance wireless access point that can be connected to from multiple devices. The QWA-AC2600 can also be used to extend your wireless network coverage. Combined with useful features (including DHCP and NAT) provided by the Network and Virtual Switch app, the QWA-AC2600 can be used for a variety of applications, delivering private, fast, low-latency and secure connectivity across your home and/or workplace.

The QWA-AC2600 can turn your Ubuntu/Linux PC or QNAP NAS into a wireless access point/base station for other wireless devices to directly access data stored on it. The QWA-AC2600’s 2.4/5 GHz DBDC design can be configured to utilize two wireless networks for boosting performance.

For a single Ubuntu/Linux PC or QNAP NAS, multiple sets of QWA-AC2600 can be installed to enable a more flexible deployment and expansion for wireless network applications which require security, privacy and high performance.

The QWA-AC2600

QNAP Wireless Adapter QWA-AC2600 for NAS
  • Direct access to wireless terminal data, effectively reducing the physical wireless routers loading.
  • QWA-AC2600 provides 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz dual-band, allow working together at some time.
  • Flexible configuration and expansion, one single PC/NAS can be configured with 2 or more NICs for expansion
  • Create private network applications








Interface PCI Express 2.0 x1
Network Standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4 GHz
IEEE 802.11a/n/ac 5 GHz
bandwidth 802.11a: up to 54 Mbps
802.11b: up to 11 Mbps
802.11g: up to 54 Mbps
802.11n: up to 800 Mbps
802.11ac: up to 1733 Mbps
Antenna 4 x Dual-band RP-SMA antennas
Operating Frequency 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz Dual-band dual-concurrent
Dimensions (H x W x D) 160 x 90.3 x 20.6 mm
OS Support QTS 4.3.4 (or later) and WirelessAP Station 1.0 (or later). Visit https://www.qnap.com/compatibility for supported NAS.

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      One thought on “QNAP Wireless Adapter QWA-AC2600 for NAS

      1. First let me say – NAScompares is a very good information source on many products – thank you for this ongoing dedication to craft.

        Should you have ever have extra hours in your normal 36 hour day, it would be helpful if you could pass on anything regarding the configuration of QNAP’s QWA-AC2600 WiFi PCIe card to users who watched your earlier review of this product.

        Below is my recent review on NEWEGG.com in the US:

        TITLE — Lots of Promise – If we Could Configure the Radio like other Modern AP’s !

        PROS — The QWA-AC2600 installed fine in my QNAP QGD-1600P hybrid NAS/managed switch, at least I can see it on my network.

        CONS — I purchased a QWA-AC2600 and installed it in my QGD-1600P. It works … sort-of, however just try to find ANY radio config information online: radio channel defaults, authentication options, radio power settings,…etc, from QNAP or anywhere. I haven’t. Hoping YMMV.

        This could be a good product if we could configure it like any other modern WiFi AP radio gear ie. like my Ubiquiti AP’s or even consumer grade WiFi gear. Under QTS you can configure virtual switches that link to it and provide DHCP options, but nothing that remotely looks like fine grained radio setup. Very frustrating. QNAP-UK does a very good job presenting detailed info but has no videos on this product. Only videos available are from QNAP-Taiwan.

        If you only need one WiFi AP and/or only understand how to setup an SSID, an IP address for the radio adapter, that sort of basic WiFi config, then this QWA-AC2600 should work for you. Look elsewhere for any more advanced uses. Maybe i just haven’t found this detailed setup information yet. Until I do the QNAP QWA-AC2600 is not going to be very helpful in my use-case with other AP’s that need to integrate it with, adjust radio power levels, isolate WiFi channels …etc.