QNA-UC5G1T USB 3.0 to 5G/2.5G/1G network Adapter – PC/NAS



PC use case


Those who want to do direct HD video editing or photo editing directly of the NAS might expect data transfer speeds around 200MB/s or more with SSD media.

Also for those who want to ofload their photo/video or other data directly from a PC/Laptop up to 5 times quicker then it would be done over the regular network.

NAS use case

If you have a 5G or 10GbE network infrastructure in your office, but a NAS has no PCIe slot to upgrade to 5GbE/10GbE.

Models like TS-453A and TS-253A and more

What we guess the network card will be:

AQtion AQN-108

The Aquantia AQtion AQN-108 Network Interface Card (NIC) is based on the company’s award-winning AQtion Ethernet controller. It delivers Multi-Gig connectivity for PCs and workstations that was previously only available for high-end servers. The AQtion AQN-108 is ideally suited for PCs and workstations used for Enterprise, gaming, and home networks requiring rates beyond 1 Gbps up to, 5 Gbps, and 2.5 Gbps.

This innovative Aquantia NIC supports 5Gbps and 2.5Gbps Ethernet speeds over standard Cat 5e copper cables. Compliant to the IEEE 802.3bz standard ratified in September 2016, The AQtion AQN-108 NIC is also backwards-compatible with legacy 1000BASE-T Ethernet.

The Aquantia AQN-108 is a single-chip, single-port, high-performance PCIe 3.0 multi-gigabit 5GBASE-T/2.5GBASE-T/1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX Ethernet adapter. It supports line-rate performance up to 5 GbE Ethernet links and incorporates Aquantia’s AQrate technology to deliver 5 GbE and 2.5 GbE network connectivity speed through 100 meters of Cat 5e cabling and also enables higher data rates over legacy cabling.

The AQtion NIC’s integrated AQrate PHY is compatible with both the IEEE 802.3an/bz standard and with the NBASE-T TM Alliance PHY specification to perform all the physical layer functions required to implement 5GBASE-T/2.5GBASE-T/1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX transmission over 100 meters of twisted pair cabling. The AQrate PHY family integrates Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) and Precision Time Protocol (PTP)/1588v2.


Aquantia’s AQN-108 is a game changer that enables Enterprise, gaming, and home networking to evolve beyond 1 Gbps up to the 5 Gbps, and 2.5 Gbps rates. The AQN-108 is ideally suited for client PCs and workstations.

Drivers: Windows ® 10, 8.1, 8, 7 (32/64 bit), Linux 3.2, 3.10, 3.12, 4.2, and 4.4


Features Benefits
Single chip solution Integrated PCIe, MAC, and PHY minimizes board space and power utilization
PCI Express Gen3 Supports line rates of 8.0 GT/s
Bus width Supports Gen3 x1
MSI, MSI-X, and legacy INTx PCIe interrupts Improved CPU utilization and network performance
Two SMBus (Master/Slave + Slave) Communication and management function
PHY Specific Features Benefits
Integrated Aquantia AQrate PHY featuring NBASE-T technology 100 meters over Cat 5e at 5 G/ 2.5 G / 1 G / 100 M
Advanced cable diagnostics On-chip high resolution cable analyzer
Audio Video Bridging (AVB) and 1588v2 Management of time-sensitive traffic packets
EEE support PHY power savings mode
MAC Specific Features Benefits
Large Send Offload (LSO), Receive-Side Scaling (RSS), Direct Cache Access (DCA) header checksum Increased network performance and lower host CPU utilization
WoL power management Supports lower power modes
On-chip CPU DASH Desktop management
Quality of Service (QOS) support Up to eight traffic classes and Data Center Bridging (DCB)
Jumbo frames (up to 9Kbytes) 16Kbytes Improved network performance with reduced CPU utilization
IPv4, IPv6/TCP and IPv6/UDP checksum offload Offloading calculations and improved CPU usage
Board Specifications
Ethernet Network Adapter Aquantia AQtion PCIe x1 5 GbE/2.5 GbE NIC
Ethernet Controller AQC108
External Connector Type RJ45
Cable Type 100 meters with Cat 5e cabling
Supported Data Rates 5 G/2.5 G/1 G/100 Mbps
Bus Width PCIe Gen3 x1
Typical Power Consumption 4W at 5 Gbps with full length 100 M Cat5e
Operating Temperature 0°C to 55°C with no air flow
Standard compliance IEEE 802.3bz – NBASE-T
IEEE 802.3x – flow control
IEEE 802.1P – quality of service
Safety standards UL 
OS Driver Support Windows 10, 8.1, 8.0, and 7 (32-Bit/64-Bit), Linux 3.2, 3.10, 3.12, 4.2 and 4.4
Utilities Supported Windows Diagnostics, Windows Installer Utilities
Management Supported WOL, ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)
Boot Options Supported UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) 2.3/2.5, PXE (Preboot Execution Environment) 2.0
Ordering Part number AQN-108-101-SFA (Full-height bracket), AQN-108-101-SHA (Half-height bracket)
Board Dimensions 2.68 in. x 3.25 in. (without bracket)

Expected power consumtion:

  • 5G speed: 4.83 W
  • 2.5G speed: 3.97W
  • 1G speed: 2.94W