IEEE 802.11 ax or rather known as WiFi 6 is the latest WiFi Standard after WiFi 5 (IEEE 802.11 ac). The main advantages are higher data rates, lower latency and longer battery lifetime.
Next to the WiFi 6 M.2 cards Intel now also offers a WiFi 6 (Gig+) Desktop Kit with all mentioned features. The Desktop Kit makes it possible to experience gigabit+ speeds with improved security from anywhere at your home and is therefore an ideal solution for working, banking, learning or gaming. With data rates that are nearly 3x faster than previous generation WiFi, users can enjoy smoother video streaming for 4K and HD movies throughout the home, or faster downloads and backups of large data files. Plus, the lag time of previous generation WiFi is slashed by up to 75% for more immersive gaming experiences and seamless video conferencing. Additionally, the kit has built-in WPA3 security and strengthens data encryption and protection against attacks, while simplifying passwords.
The kit contains the Intel WiFi 6 M.2 2230 AX200 card, two antennas, one adapter cable and a metal cover. The installation of the Intel® WiFi 6 (Gig+) Desktop Kit is easy to do and can mostly be completed in only 10 minutes or even less. The Intel® WiFi 6 Desktop Kit is also covered by Intel’s warranty program and if support is needed it is possible worldwide via phone, chat or web. The desktop kit also supports Bluetooth to connect to Bluetooth PC equipment like for example mice, keyboards or headsets.
¹ Nearly 3x faster: 802.11ax 2x2 160MHz enables 2402 Mbps maximum theoretical data rates, ~3x (2.8x) faster than standard 802.11ac 2x2 80 MHz (867 Mbps) as documented in IEEE 802.11 wireless standard specifications, and require the use of similarly configured 802.11ax wireless network routers.
² 75% latency reduction: Is based on Intel simulation data (79%) of 802.11ax with and without OFDMA using 9 clients, average latency without OFDMA is 36 ms, with OFDMA average latency is reduced to 7.6 ms. Latency improvements requires that the 802.11ax (WiFi 6) router and all clients support OFDMA.