Check for Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) Technology

Check for Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) Technology

Check for Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) Technology

In just 3 simple steps, you can verify if a PC has the latest Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) technology before you buy to ensure you get faster Gigabit wireless speeds1, support for 160 MHz channel bandwidth and WPA3, higher capacity, lower latency2, and next-gen security3. Without Wi-Fi 6 capabilities, your next device will suffer from outdated wireless connectivity leading to years ...of frustration before you upgrade again. Wi-Fi 6 is designed for the rapid growth of connected devices, streaming services, and high-bandwidth demands of today’s home wireless networks and is the biggest advancement to Wi-Fi technology since Wi-Fi 4 in 2009. While older Wi-Fi technologies were contention-based, letting devices connect on a first-come-first-served basis, Wi-Fi 6 traffic is efficiently managed by the router for faster speeds, greater reliability, and more responsive interactions for wireless gaming, entertainment, and video streaming.

How to check for Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) technology:

  • Press and hold the “Windows” key and the “X” key on the keyboard.
  • Press the “M” key to select the Device Manager.
  • Expand the “Network Adapters” item and look for “Intel® Wi-Fi 6” and “160 MHz” to know you are getting the latest wireless connectivity solution.

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Product and Performance Information

1

Best in Class Wi-Fi 6: Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) products support optional 160 MHz channels, enabling the fastest possible theoretical maximum speeds (2402 Mbps) for typical 2x2 802.11ax PC Wi-Fi products. Premium Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) products enable 2-4x faster maximum theoretical speeds compared standard 2x2 (1201 Mbps) or 1x1 (600 Mbps) 802.11ax PC Wi-Fi products, which only support the mandatory requirement of 80 MHz channels.

3X Faster: 802.11ax 2x2 160 MHz 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 OFDM is 36ms, with OFDMA average latency is reduced to 7.6ms. Latency improvement requires that the 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) router and all clients support OFDMA. For more information, visit intel.com/wifi6disclaimers.

3

WPA3 Wi-Fi Security Features: The Wi-Fi Alliance industry consortium will certify Wi-Fi 6 products for compliance with the IEEE 802.11ax standard, and will require WPA3 security certification as a pre-requisite to ensure the latest in Wi-Fi security features. WPA3 Simplified Passwords: WPA3 uses Simultaneous Authentication of Equals (SAE) to replace the Pre-Shared Key (PSK) exchange protocol used by WPA2. SAE more securely handles initial key exchange and uses forward secrecy, which makes it more resistant to offline decryption attacks and provides stronger password-based authentication. WPA3 Enhanced Protection: Additional network protection comes from the equivalent of 192-bit cryptographic strength across an 802.11ax network and is superior to the 128-bit AES encryption utilized with WPA2.