Spring 2021

So, it’s early Spring 2021, I am the proud owner of a Samsung S21. 6GHz support. No APs yet, my ASUS is on backorder, unless I want to pay twice the price. No Thanks, I’ll wait.

Samsung S21 Ultra 5G*

…Time passes… (Yes, this is a tribute to 1980’s dungeon adventures, extra points if you got that…)

Summer 2021

At last! My Asus AP arrives. Joy! I can connect to it from my S21. A speed test shows me I have connected at 2Gbps.

ASUS ROG Rapture WiFi 6E Gaming Router (GT-AXE11000)*

…Time passes…

Fall 2021 

I learn about the Intel AX210 (6GHz) chip. Can totally replaceable an intel AX200 (non-6GHz) with it, just swap it out, and now you have the potential for 6GHz operation.

Intel AX200*

Intel AX210*

No news from Apple on 6GHZ, despite the launch of new products.

I buy the Killer PCI converter that contains an AX200, and buy some AX210 chips. Swap out the AX200 for the AX210, install it in a PCI slot, PC crashes constantly. After a few hours of troubleshooting, I worked out that I had to turn off the in-built Wi-Fi adapter on my PC, and it works fine. Seems to have been some kind of conflict.

Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650*

Downloaded the Intel drivers, Wi-Fi works great, but no Wi-Fi 6E on PCs.

…Time passes…

November 2021

Discover my other PC has an M.2 slot for the Intel chip format. I try it, install it, Wi-Fi works great, still no Wi-Fi 6E on PCs though.

ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming II AMD AM4*

Buy a Netgear AP for a second opinion. It arrives, I install it, Samsung still working great, still no PC Wi-Fi 6E.

NETGEAR Nighthawk 12-Stream WiFi 6E Router (RAXE500)*

Chatting to my good friend Peter Mackenzie. He tells me there is a Dell Laptop that can take the AX210 chip! I go to buy one, in fact I see a better/newer model, so I buy that. This newer laptop does not support the AX210. Return it to Dell, and buy the one Peter originally advised and, yes, it works great! I get the AX210 working Wi-Fi, but still no Wi-Fi 6E on a Windows PC.

Dell XPS 15 7590*
(note: the old one, NOT the new one – I bought refurbished, saved a few pennies)

I am chatting to my good friend Sam Clements, and he tells me all the problems he had getting it to work. On Windows 10, he suggested that I change a registry setting, install latest drivers, tweak this and twerk that. Or, he nonchalantly mentions, simply upgrade to Windows11.

My shiny new Dell tells me I can freely upgrade to Windows 11, so I am like “What the heck? Let’s do it!”

30 minutes later, and I now am the proud owner of PC Wi-Fi 6GHz. I have this huge smile on my face.

At about the same time, Aruba, Mist, and Ruckus are launching APs with 6GHz support.

…Time passes (but not as much)…

Winter 2021/2022

Motherboard available from ASUS-Intel, with 6GHz functionality built-in. More and more clients been launched with 6GHz support.

Excitedly start Googling to see if the AX210 chip works in the NVidea Nano. No 6GHz support. Disappointed!

Think about buying Samsung S22, but decide against it, as S21 works well enough for now.

Still nothing from Apple.

…Time passes…

Spring 2022

Cisco and Meraki join in with an announcement of a new 6GHz AP each.

Decide to upgrade my M.2 PC with Windows 11.

Short story:

It worked, thank you AOMEI partition manager and Backup. I now have a second PC running 6GHz

Long story:

A story of upgrading to Windows 11 <check it out here>.

Next plan: upgrade my second PC, the one with the Killer PCI adaptor, to Windows11 and see how that works.

That’s us up-to-date. Check back often, as I will be keeping this blog up-to-date. 

Next expected update in Summer/Fall 2022. New Apple iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro with the Apple M1 Max Pro, or M2. Hopefully, these Apple devices will have 6GHz support – at last!

* These links are in no way recommendations. They also may not be the exact products I bought. They may be links to show you products similar to the ones I used.