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Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products enable nearly 70% faster speeds vs. Wi-Fi 5 products on standard 5 GHz, 20 MHz IT managed networks Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) Corporate

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum.

Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum. 5GHz has few channels available that are not impacted by radar. As a result, standard managed IT deployments that require many access points use 20 MHz channels to enable channel reuse and to avoid co-channel/adjacent channel interference. 5 GHz Wi-Fi 6/6E (2x2 802.11ax) in 20 MHz mode can deliver a maximum theoretical data rate of 287 Mbps, which is 1.7 faster than Wi-Fi 5 (2x2 802.11ac), which is only capable of only 173 Mbps maximum rates.

Based on IEEE 802.11ax specification legacy 5 GHz vs. new 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. Typical 5 GHz managed IT networks are deployed in 20 MHz channels. Wi-Fi 6/6E technology advantages enable higher maximum theoretical PC client speeds vs. Wi-Fi 5. December 2020
Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products enable up to 40% faster speeds vs. Wi-Fi 5 products on standard 5 GHz, 40 MHz IT managed networks Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) Corporate

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum.

5GHz has few channels available that are not impacted by radar. As a result, smaller managed IT deployments that require fewer access points use 40 MHz channels to enable channel reuse to avoid co-channel / adjacent channel interference. 5 GHz Wi-Fi 6/6E (2x2 802.11ax) in 40 MHz can deliver maximum theoretical data rates of 574 Mbps, which is 1.4X faster than Wi-Fi 5 (2x2 802.11ac), which is capable of only 400 Mbps maximum rates.

Based on IEEE 802.11ax specification legacy 5 GHz vs. new 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. Smaller SMB 5 GHz managed IT networks can be deployed in 40 MHz channels. Wi-Fi 6/6E technology advantages enable higher maximum theoretical PC client speeds vs. Wi-Fi 5. December 2020
Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) products enable up to 6X faster speeds on new 6 GHz networks vs. Wi-Fi 5 products on standard 5 GHz IT managed networks Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) Corporate

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum. Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products support optional 160 MHz channels which enable the fastest possible maximum speed for typical 2-stream PC client Wi-Fi products.

6GHz has many more channels vs. legacy 5GHz Wi-Fi spectrum, which enables IT networks to transition from typical 20/40 MHz to new 80/160 MHz deployments. Based on the theoretical maximum data rate comparison in the 802.11 specification, 2x2 80 MHz Wi-Fi 6/6E (802.11ax) can deliver 1201 Mbps, which equals 6.9X faster speeds vs. 2x2 20MHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), which can only deliver 173 Mbps. Also, 2x2 160 MHz Wi-Fi 6/6E (802.11ax) can deliver 2402 Mbps, which equals 6.0X faster speeds vs. 2x2 40 MHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), which can only deliver 400 Mbps.

Wi-Fi 6E functionality requires Intel® Wi-Fi 6E products, Wi-Fi 6E AP/Router, and Operating System support (Windows 21H2 = Cobalt) for 6 GHz operation, along with country-specific 6 GHz spectrum allocation for non-licensed use, and regional regulatory approval.

Based on IEEE 802.11ax specification legacy 5 GHz vs. new 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. With more large channels in 6 GHz, technology advantages of Wi-Fi 6E networks enable higher maximum theoretical PC client speeds vs. 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 December 2020
Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products enable up to 1.5X faster file downloads in legacy Wi-Fi 6 mode vs. Wi-Fi 5 products on standard 5 GHz, 20 MHz IT managed networks Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) Corporate

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum.

Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum.

(1) Intel® Core™ vPro notebook was used to measure time required to upload / download a 2.3GB file via Wi-Fi in a simulated enterprise IT network 20 MHz deployment scenario. Notebook: Dell Latitude 5410, Operating System: Windows 10 20H2 64-bit; Wi-Fi 6E/6 5 Cards: Intel® AX210 9260; Driver: 22.10.0.7; Enterprise Wi-Fi 6/5 APs: Cisco 9130/3800, FW: 8.10.142.0

Based on Intel enterprise network, large file upload / download test scenario. Intel Over The Air (OTA) Wi-Fi testing highlighted significant reduction in file download times for Wi-Fi 6/6E vs. 5 due to technology advantages in legacy 5 GHz networks December 2020
Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) products enable up to 6X faster file downloads in Wi-Fi 6E, 80 MHz mode on new 6 GHz network vs. Wi-Fi 5 products on legacy 5 GHz, 20 MHz networks Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) Corporate

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum.

Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum.

(1) Intel® Core™ vPro notebook was used to measure time required to upload / download a 2.3GB file via Wi-Fi in a simulated enterprise IT network 20 MHz deployment scenario. Notebook: Dell Latitude 5410, Operating System: Windows 10 20H2 64-bit; Wi-Fi 6E/6 5 Cards: Intel® AX210 9260; Driver: 22.10.0.7; Enterprise Wi-Fi 6/5 APs: Cisco 9130/3800, FW: 8.10.142.0

Based on Intel enterprise network, large file upload / download test scenario. Intel Over The Air (OTA) Wi-Fi testing highlighted major reduction in file download times for Wi-Fi 6E vs. Wi-Fi 5 due to technology advantages and larger channels in new 6 GHz networks December 2020
Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) products facilitate mainstream Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) Consumer

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. New 6 GHz spectrum will include up to 7 new 160 MHz channels vs. 2 which are currently available in legacy 5 GHz spectrum.

Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum. Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products support optional 160 MHz channels which enable the fastest possible maximum speed for typical 2-stream PC client Wi-Fi products. Gigabit speeds require the use of network AP/Router/Gateway products that also support 160 MHz channels.

Based on IEEE 802.11ax specification legacy 5 GHz vs. new 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. New 6 GHz wireless spectrum available to Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) products will include many more 160 MHz channels which enable Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds December 2020
Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) products enable neighbor Wi-Fi network protection Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) Consumer

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum.

Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum.

New, much larger, 6 GHz wireless spectrum is exclusively available to new Wi-Fi 6E devices. This provides protection from neighboring legacy 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi networks and more channel options if needed to avoid new neighboring 6 GHz networks. December 2020
Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) products enable 6 GHz Wi-Fi 6E operation Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) Corporate + Consumer

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum.

Wi-Fi 6E functionality requires use of Intel® Wi-Fi 6E products, Wi-Fi 6E AP/Router, and Operating System support (Windows 21H2 = Cobalt) for 6 GHz operation, along with country-specific 6 GHz spectrum allocation required regulatory approval.

6 GHz PC Wi-Fi 6E operation requires use of Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) products in conjunction with operating systems and routers/APs/Gateways that support Wi-Fi 6E, together with regional spectrum allocation required regulatory certifications. December 2020
Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products enable nearly 3X faster speeds vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 products Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) Consumer

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum.

Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products support optional 160 MHz channels which enable the fastest possible maximum speed for typical 2-stream PC client Wi-Fi products. Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) (802.11ax 2x2 160 MHz) products enable a 2402 Mbps maximum theoretical data rate, ~3X (2.8X) faster than the standard Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac 2x2 80 MHz) products capable of a theoretical max data rate of 867 Mbps, as documented in IEEE 802.11 wireless standard specifications, and require the use of similarly configured 802.11ax wireless network routers.

Based on IEEE 802.11ax specification. 160 MHz channels and Wi-Fi 6/6E technology advantages enable significantly higher maximum theoretical PC client speeds vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 products. April 2019 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+)) December 2020 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+))
Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products enable up to 75% lower latency vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 products Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) Corporate + Consumer

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum.

Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products support optional 160 MHz channels which enable the fastest possible maximum speed for typical 2-stream PC client Wi-Fi products.

Based on IEEE 802.11ax specification Intel simulation data of Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with and without OFDMA using 9 clients. Average latency without OFDM is 36ms, with OFDMA average latency is reduced to 7.6ms (79% reduction). Latency improvement requires that the 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) router and all clients support OFDMA.

Based on IEEE 802.11ax specification Intel Engineering simulation. 160 MHz channels and Wi-Fi 6/6E technology advantages related to network managed traffic enable lower latencies, more efficient operation, and higher reliability vs. random contention-based traffic of standard Wi-Fi 5 networks. April 2019 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+)) December 2020 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+))
Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products enable up to 4X greater capacity/scalability vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 products Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) Corporate + Consumer

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum.

Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products support optional 160 MHz channels which enable the fastest possible maximum speed for typical 2-stream PC client Wi-Fi products.

Based on a comparison of overall network capacity for similarly sized Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) vs. Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) networks. The IEEE 802.11-14/0165r1 802.11ax specification amendment defines standardized modifications to both the IEEE 802.11 physical layers (PHY) and the IEEE 802.11 Medium Access Control layer (MAC) that enable at least one mode of operation capable of supporting at least four times improvement in the average throughput per station (measured at the MAC data service access point) in a dense deployment scenario, while maintaining or improving the power efficiency per station.

Based on IEEE 802.11ax specification. 160 MHz channels and Wi-Fi 6/6E technology advantages related to network managed traffic enable significantly higher maximum theoretical network capacity vs. random contention-based traffic of standard Wi-Fi 5 networks April 2019 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+)) December 2020 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+))
Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) are best-in-class Wi-Fi technologies Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) Corporate + Consumer

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum.

Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products support optional 160 MHz channels which enable the fastest possible maximum speed for typical 2-stream PC client Wi-Fi products.

Based on the IEEE 802.11ax specification. Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products support optional 160 MHz channels, enabling the fastest possible theoretical maximum speeds (2402 Mbps) for 2x2 Wi-Fi 6/6E (802.11ax) PC Wi-Fi products. Premium Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products enable 2-4X faster maximum theoretical speeds compared standard 2x2 (1201 Mbps) or 1x1 (600 Mbps) Wi-Fi 6/6E (802.11ax) PC Wi-Fi products, which only support the mandatory requirement of 80 MHz channels.

Based on IEEE 802.11ax specification. Wi-Fi 6/6E technology advantages related to network managed traffic enable lower latencies, more efficient operation, and higher reliability vs. random contention-based traffic of standard Wi-Fi 5 networks. Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) support for optional 160 MHz channels enable faster speeds vs. standard Wi-Fi 6/6E products which only support required 80 MHz channels. April 2019 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+)) December 2020 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+))
Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) are the best Wi-Fi technologies for videoconferencing (in multi-client IT network environments) Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) Corporate

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum.

Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products support optional 160 MHz channels which enable the fastest possible maximum speed for typical 2-stream PC client Wi-Fi products.

Intel Over The Air (OTA) Wi-Fi testing of a simulated standard 20/40 MHz IT network deployment in a multi-client environment with (7) active notebooks generating network traffic and (1) notebook engaging in a Skype video conference and showed >60% latency reduction with Wi-Fi 6 vs. Wi-Fi 5 technology, which translates to a relatively much higher quality Wi-Fi 6 video conferencing experience. All (8) notebooks were Dell XPS 13 (10th Gen Intel® Core™ CPU) with Killer™ AX1650 card and 21.90 driver. A 9th Callee notebook wired to a Skype server was a Dell G7 15 7588 with Killer E2400 10/100/1000 Ethernet, Driver 9.0.0.42. Notebooks were all configured with Windows 10 19H1 64-bit operating system. The enterprise access points were Wi-Fi 5: Cisco 3800, FW: 8.10.128.91 and Wi-Fi 6: Cisco 9130, FW: 8.10.128.91. Wi-Fi 6 performance benefits require use of a Wi-Fi 6 commercial AP based on the IEEE 802.11ax wireless standard specification.

Test data represents best case results in a controlled local network to show relative Wi-Fi 6 vs. Wi-Fi 5 technology differences.

Intel Over The Air (OTA) multi-client Wi-Fi testing in simulated standard managed IT environment highlighted a major reduction in Skype videoconferencing latency due to core technology advantages of Wi-Fi 6/6E vs. Wi-Fi 5. April 2020
Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) are the best Wi-Fi technologies for videoconferencing (in multi-client home network environments) Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) Consumer

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum. Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products support optional 160 MHz channels which enable the fastest possible maximum speed for typical 2-stream PC client Wi-Fi products.

Intel Over The Air (OTA) Wi-Fi testing shows PC platforms with Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) can deliver >50% lower latency and jitter vs. Wi-Fi 5 in Zoom videoconferencing screen sharing scenarios with several similarly configured additional clients simultaneously consuming network capacity. (8 NB PC client).

Test network: 7 clients maximizing network capacity with Wi-Fi traffic while 1 client conducted a 5 min Zoom video conference session with a 9th client connected via 10/100/1000 Ethernet to a local server. Test Platform specification: Dell Latitude 5410 (10th Gen), Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201, Driver 21.110.1.1; OS: Windows 10 19H1 64-bit. 7 NB Wi-Fi network client specifications: Dell XPS 13 (10th Gen), Killer AX1650, Driver 21.110.1.1; OS: Win 10 19H1 64-bit. 9th (wired) NB Callee client specifications: Dell G7 15 7588, Killer E2400, Driver: 9.0.0.42, OS: Win 10 19H1 64-bit.

Consumer Wi-Fi routers: Wi-Fi 6 = ASUS RT-AX88U, FW: 3.0.0.4.384_​6436; Wi-Fi 5 = ASUS RT-AC66U, FW: 3.0.0.4.382.51641Wi-Fi 6 performance benefits require use of a Wi-Fi 6 router which supports 160 MHz channels and is based on the IEEE 802.11ax wireless standard specification.

Test data represents best case results in a controlled local network to show relative Wi-Fi 6 vs. Wi-Fi 5 technology differences.

Intel Over The Air (OTA) multi-client Wi-Fi testing in a simulated consumer home network environment highlighted a major reduction in Zoom videoconferencing latency due to 160 MHz channels and core technology advantages of Wi-Fi 6/6E vs. Wi-Fi 5. August 2020
Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) are the best Wi-Fi technologies for gaming (in multi-client home network environments) Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) Consumer

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum. Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products support optional 160 MHz channels which enable the fastest possible maximum speed for typical 2-stream PC client Wi-Fi products.

Intel Over The Air (OTA) Wi-Fi testing of a simulated multi-client environment with (7) active notebooks generating network traffic and (1) notebook gaming (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) showed >60% latency reduction with Wi-Fi 6 vs. Wi-Fi 5 technology, which translates to a relatively much more responsive Wi-Fi 6 gaming experience. The (1) Gaming notebook was a Dell Alienware Area 51m (9th Gen Intel® Core™ CPU) with Intel® AX200 card and 21.90 driver. The (7) other notebooks were Dell XPS 13 (10th Gen Intel® Core™ CPU) with Killer™ AX1650 card and 21.90 driver. Notebooks were all configured with Windows 10 19H1 64-bit operating system.

The Wi-Fi 6 router was Asus RT-AX88U with FW: 3.0.0.4.384.7968, and the Wi-Fi 5 router was Asus RT-AC66U with FW: 3.0.0.4.382.51641.Wi-Fi 6 performance benefits require use of a Wi-Fi 6 router which supports 160 MHz channels and is based on the IEEE 802.11ax wireless standard specification.

Test data represents best case results in a controlled local network to show relative Wi-Fi 6 vs. Wi-Fi 5 technology differences.

Intel Over The Air (OTA) multi-client Wi-Fi testing in consumer home network environment highlighted a major reduction in Counter Strike game latency due to 160 MHz channels and core technology advantages of Wi-Fi 6/6E vs. Wi-Fi 5. May 2020
Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) are the best Wi-Fi technologies for education (in multi-client classroom network environments) Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) Education

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum. Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products support optional 160 MHz channels which enable the fastest possible maximum speed for typical 2-stream PC client Wi-Fi products. Intel Over

The Air (OTA) Wi-Fi testing of a simulated multi-client environment with (28) active notebooks generating network traffic showed >50% increase in network capacity and single client max performance testing highlighted >60% increase in maximum Wi-Fi speeds with Wi-Fi 6 vs. Wi-Fi 5 technology, which translate to a relatively better Wi-Fi 6 networking experience for a typical K-12 environment.

For the multi-client environment (14) Dell XPS 13 (10th Gen Intel® Core™ CPU) with Killer™ AX1650 card and (14) HP Spectre x360 15 (10th Gen Intel® Core CPU) with Intel® AX201 cards were configured with 21.70 drivers and Windows 10 19H1 64-bit operating system. The enterprise access points were Wi-Fi 5: Cisco 3800, FW: 8.10.128.91 and Wi-Fi 6: Cisco 9130, FW: 8.10.128.91. for the single client max performance testing (1) Dell Latitude 7490 (8th Gen Intel® Core CPU) with Intel® AX200 card configured with 21.80 driver or with RTL8822BE card with 2024.0.8.110 driver and Windows 10 19H1 64-bit operating system. The enterprise Wi-Fi 5/6 access point was Cisco 9130, FW: 8.10.128.91. Wi-Fi 6 performance benefits require use of a Wi-Fi 6 commercial AP based on the IEEE 802.11ax wireless standard specification.

Test data represents best case results in a controlled local network to show relative Wi-Fi 6 vs. Wi-Fi 5 technology differences.

Intel Over The Air (OTA) multi-client Wi-Fi testing in standard managed IT smaller education environments highlighted major improvements in maximum network capacity and client maximum speeds due to core technology advantages of Wi-Fi 6/6E vs. Wi-Fi 5 and 160 MHz channels. April 2020
Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products enable up to $300 in potential cost savings through wireless workplace transformation Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) Corporate

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum.

Intel Corporation Information Technology networking specialists provided estimated cost savings associated with transitioning enterprise users from wired Ethernet LAN and traditional office phones to a 100% wireless environment. The $334 per user estimate assumes 15 users per AP and includes $194 Wi-Fi savings from network cabling ($180) elimination and net hardware savings ($14); combined with $140 net Softphone savings associated with the elimination of traditional office phone hardware ($180) and incremental $40 costs associated for the procurement of softphone headsets and software application licensing.

Intel IT estimated costs are based on industry average estimates and may vary by region/enterprise/business deployment. Cost reduction scenarios described are intended as examples of how a given Intel®-based product, in the specified circumstances and configurations, may affect future costs and provide cost savings. Circumstances will vary. Intel does not guarantee any costs or cost reduction.

Source: Intel internal analysis (April 2019) Intel IT Subject Matter Expert's Guidance. Intel corporate IT specialist estimates highlight significant potential cost savings due to cabling elimination and use of software-based phones that are associated with workplace transformation from traditional wired to wireless networks April 2019 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+)) December 2020 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+))
Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products require the use of WPA3, the latest Wi-Fi security protocol, which enables simplified passwords military grade encryption Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) Corporate + Consumer

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum.

The Wi-Fi Alliance industry consortium will certify Wi-Fi 6/6E 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.

Based on Wi-Fi Alliance certification requirements. WPA3 is the latest iteration of Wi-Fi security which replaces WPA2 introduced in 2004 and is required for Wi-Fi 6/6E certification. April 2019 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+)) December 2020 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+))
Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products enable Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) Corporate + Consumer

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum.

Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products support optional 160 MHz channels which enable the fastest possible maximum speed for typical 2-stream PC client Wi-Fi products. Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds require Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products, in combination with routers, APs, or Gateways which also support 160 MHz channels, and a Gigabit internet connection (or better).

Based on IEEE 802.11ax specification. Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds require Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products, in combination with routers, APs, or Gateways which also support 160 MHz channels, and a Gigabit internet connection (or better). April 2019 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+)) December 2020 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+))
Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products enable Wi-Fi speeds nearly 2X faster than Gigabit Ethernet Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) Corporate + Consumer

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum.

Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products support optional 160 MHz channels which enable the fastest possible maximum speed for typical 2-stream PC client Wi-Fi products.

Under industry recognized ideal conditions for both Wi-Fi and wired connections, the expected 70% of maximum theoretical throughput for 2x2 802.11ax is 1681 Mbps compared to the expected 900 Mbps resulting from 90% of maximum theoretical throughput for 10/100/1000 Ethernet results in 1681/900 = 1.9X.

Based on IEEE 802.11ax specification. The expected speed of Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E products are nearly 2X faster than standard wired Gigabit Ethernet, based on theoretical maximum speeds. April 2019 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+)) December 2020 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+))
Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products enable enhanced Wi-Fi performance reliability vs. Wi-Fi 5 products Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) Corporate + Consumer

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum.

Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products support optional 160 MHz channels which enable the fastest possible maximum speed for typical 2-stream PC client Wi-Fi products.

The 802.11ax specification allows the AP, Router, or Gateway to more efficiently manage network traffic vs. networks based on 802.11ac where network traffic is random and contention-based.

Based on IEEE 802.11ax specification. Wi-Fi 6/6E technology advantages related to network managed traffic enable faster speeds, lower latencies, more efficient operation, and higher reliability vs. random contention-based traffic of standard Wi-Fi 5 networks. April 2019 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+)) December 2020 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+))
Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products enable Wi-Fi 6 operation Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) Corporate + Consumer

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum.

Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum.

5 GHz PC Wi-Fi 6 operation requires use of Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products in conjunction with routers/APs/Gateways that support Wi-Fi 6, together regional regulatory certification.

5 GHz PC Wi-Fi 6 operation requires use of Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products in conjunction with routers/APs/Gateways that support Wi-Fi 6, together regional regulatory certification. April 2019 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+)) December 2020 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+))
Intel® Wi-Fi 6 products enable nearly 40% faster speeds vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 products Intel® Wi-Fi 6 Corporate + Consumer

Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E are based on IEEE 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 is based on the IEEE 802.11ac. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 utilize legacy 5 GHz vs. only Wi-Fi 6E can utilize the new, larger 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. Wi-Fi 6E products operate in Wi-Fi 6 mode when used in legacy 5 GHz spectrum.

Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E claims are based on the comparison of the expected maximum theoretical data rates for standard dual spatial stream 802.11ax 80 MHz (1201 Mbps) which are higher (39%) vs. theoretical max data rates for standard dual spatial stream 802.11ac 80 MHz (867 Mbps) Wi-Fi products as documented in IEEE 802.11ax and IEEE 802.11ac wireless standard specifications and require the use of similarly configured 802.11ax wireless network routers.

Based on IEEE 802.11ax specification. Wi-Fi 6/6E technology advantages enable faster speeds vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 networks. April 2019 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+)) December 2020 (Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+))
Integrated Intel® Bluetooth headset audio offload for VOIP (HFP) Hands Free Profile can save up to 20% (~500 mW) platform power consumption vs. standard Bluetooth headset use Intel® Bluetooth on Intel® Core™ Platforms with Integrated Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) Corporate + Consumer

Integrated Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E products also include Integrated Intel® Bluetooth technology.

Based on Intel Hands Free Profile (HFP) audio offload testing and system power consumption measurements which documented 496 mW (~19%) lower power consumption was seen with Bluetooth Audio Offload Enabled.

Platform: Intel® 11th Gen Core (TGL-U 42) Reference Validation Platform (RVP) LP4X B2, BT Module: Intel® AX201; Intel Smart Sound Technology: 10.29.00.4382-TGL-PRODFW-CERT-20H1; Intel® Bluetooth SW: 21.110.0.3; Operating System: Windows 10 20H1; BIOS: XXXXXLP_​CPSF_​SEP5_​450480_​2020WW32.1.01.bin; Headset: Jabra Evolve 65; Skype Version: 8.64.0.80/15.64.80.0

Based on Intel enabling / testing (Oct-2020) Standard Bluetooth Headset operation consumes more power than wired headsets due to multiple radio operation and CPU processing. Utilizing the audio decoder of the integrated wireless MAC in the platform chipset allows the CPU to consume less power. October 2020
Integrated Intel® Bluetooth headset audio offload for media streaming (A2DP) Advanced Audio Distribution Profile can save up to 20% (~1000 mW) platform power consumption vs. standard Bluetooth headset use Intel® Bluetooth on Intel® Core™ Platforms with Integrated Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) Corporate + Consumer

Integrated Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E products also include Integrated Intel® Bluetooth technology.

Based on Intel Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) audio offload testing and system power consumption measurements which documented 1064 mW (~21%) lower power consumption was seen with Bluetooth Audio Offload Enabled.

Platform: Intel® 11th Gen Core (TGL-U 42) Reference Validation Platform (RVP) LP4X B2, BT Module: Intel® AX201; Intel Smart Sound Technology: 10.29.00.4382-TGL-PRODFW-CERT-20H1; Intel® Bluetooth SW: 21.110.0.3; Operating System: Windows 10 20H1; BIOS: XXXXXLP_​CPSF_​SEP5_​450480_​2020WW32.1.01.bin; Headset: Jabra Evolve 65; Skype Version: 8.64.0.80/15.64.80.0

Based on Intel enabling / estimates / early testing (Nov-2020) Standard Bluetooth Headset operation consumes more power than wired headsets due to multiple radio operation and CPU processing. Utilizing the audio decoder of the integrated wireless MAC in the Intel® platform chipset allows the CPU to consume less power. A2DP offload requires Windows operating system support. November 2020
Intel® Bluetooth® 5.2 which is included with new Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) products is up to 2X faster than Bluetooth® 4.2 technology that ships on legacy Wi-Fi solutions. Intel® Bluetooth® on Intel® Core™ Platforms with Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) Corporate + Consumer Based on the Bluetooth® SIG technology specifications, Bluetooth® 5.2 features enable higher maximum theoretical data rates vs. legacy Bluetooth® 4.2. Intel® Wi-Fi 6/6E products also include Intel® Bluetooth® technology. Based on the Bluetooth® SIG technology specifications, Bluetooth® 5.2 features enable up to 2 Mbps maximum theoretical data rates which are 2X faster vs. the 1 Mbps max rates enabled legacy Bluetooth® 4.2. December 2020