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Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 (Gig+) Module Initial Review – Limited testing, getting it to work and 5Ghz performance

Last month Intel was the first company to launch a consumer Wi-Fi 6E devices, in the form of the AX210 Module.

This is a M.2 wireless card that will fit in most laptops, Wi-Fi equipped motherboards or Wi-Fi PCIe networking cards.

This is a short review, bordering on pointless because there is no 6Ghz hardware to test the module on. However, when I bought it, it was only available via import, so I wasn’t 100% if it would be a genuine product and I figured it would be good to get it set up and running for when Wi-Fi 6E routers do get launched.

Set-Up

First of all, if you decide to buy the AX210, I would strongly recommend you upload your Wi-Fi drivers beforehand. I did not, and unsurprisingly Wi-Fi did not work out of the box.

Intel released new drivers on the 1st of December with support for the  AX210; you can either manually download them or use the Intel Driver & Support Assistant.

Beyond that, the physical set up is relatively easy, depending on how your laptop is laid out. Most laptops I have used have the Wi-Fi module in a relatively easy to locate place. Just make sure you reattach the antennas when you swap the modules over.

The same process should apply to motherboards and PCIe cards.

With the drivers installed, the module works almost identically to any other.

6Ghz

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Maikel Du

I worked in many technical fields, but I always resort to blogging which has become an addiction to me
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