Since Oculus introduced Air Link in mid-2021, getting your VR headset connected wirelessly via Wi-Fi has been a new trend.
This feature’s most significant implication is that it enables you to use the Oculus Quest 2 headset — or future ones — without being tethered to your computer via a USB cable. Instead, you’ll use the headset’s built-in Wi-Fi for the connection.
And that opens up a whole lot of possibilities. You can walk around freely in the real world while inside your virtual one. In return, picking the right Wi-Fi router for your VR headset is now an even more consequential task.
This post will help you figure this out and include a list of the best VR Wi-Fi routers on the market. The key here is bandwidth.
Dong’s note: I first published this piece on May 21, 2021, and last updated it on November 15, 2022, to add more relevant information.
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Best VR Wi-Fi Routers (for Oculus Airlink): Understanding virtual reality’s bandwidth requirement
When it comes to VR and bandwidth, the quick take is the more, the better. VR is easily the most bandwidth-demanding application — there’s a lot of information going back and forth between the headset and your computer.
The bandwidth requirements depend on things that happen in real-time and how high the resolutions you want to appear in front of your eyes.
From my own experience and with the inputs of some vendors, here are my guesstimates on the bandwidth required for any 360-degree real-time immersive graphic rendering:
- Low (sub-HD) resolutions: 25Mbps. (This is the bandwidth required for 4K video streaming, by the way.)
- Full HD (1080P): 80Mbps to 120Mbps.
- 4K: 800Mbps or even more.
Again these are ballpark numbers, but the idea is you need a lot of bandwidth. However, don’t assume immediately that this is what you need from your Wi-Fi. That depends.
The Wi-Fi requirement for virtual reality
Indeed, despite the high bandwidth demand, VR apps’ need for Wi-Fi depends on how you use the headset.
Traditionally, the USB connection handles this bandwidth when the headset (and, therefore, you) links via cable to a computer.
And in this case, chances are you will use USB 3.0 or higher — so you’ll have around 5Gbps (5000Mbps) or more at your disposal — that’s plenty. But, you must stay close to the computer and risk tripping on the wire.
(And with specific headsets, you have no other option.)
In this case, the VR app doesn’t need more Wi-Fi than any other app. So, in terms of home networking, you only need an excellent router or a good gaming one if you play VR games.
So the gist is that using a wired headset makes VR similar to any regular application regarding networking needs. Your VR computer only uses Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet, so there’s no special bandwidth requirement other than a fast broadband connection and a good router.
Wireless VR: Oculus’s Air Link and Wi-Fi
Things change, though, with Oculus’s new Air Link feature. It opens up a new, more accessible way to be in the virtual world.
That’s because, in this case, the USB cord is no longer, and the headset uses Wi-Fi to link to VR the computer wirelessly.
And that dramatically puts more stress on the wireless connection since the VR-related bandwidth requirements remain the same.
As you can imagine, in this case, a couple of VR apps will virtually — pun intended — saturate a high-end router’s entire 5GHz band’s bandwidth. This band currently caps at 2400Mbps (on paper) with Wi-Fi 6 in the best-case scenario. If you use Wi-Fi 5, that number is much lower.
In my experience, conservatively, you should expect only more than 800Mbps of sustained speed out of a 5GHz Wi-Fi band. And that’s enough for just one wireless VR application to perform at its best, with the highest resolutions.
Currently, no VR headset supports the 6GHz band (available in Wi-Fi 6E and future standards,) but that likely will change. The Oculus Quest 2 has a 60GHz Wi-Fi module, not Wi-Fi 6E (which uses the 6GHz band). This module will probably never be helpful unless you use a 6GHz adapter card for your computer, as mentioned below.
Future VR headsets might also support the 5.9GHz portion of Wi-Fi 6, which works better than Wi-Fi 6E.
And that brings us to the best way to handle home networking for full wireless VR, applicable to the Quest 2 headset with Air Link or any other fully Wi-Fi headset.
Figuring out the best Wi-Fi solution for Oculus Quest 2 with Air Link, or any wireless VR set
Considering the above-mentioned required bandwidth, it’s best to dedicate as much Wi-Fi bandwidth to the headset as possible when using it.
The best way to achieve this bandwidth objective: get a top-notch Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 or Quad-band Wi-Fi 6E router.
If you’re on a budget, you might want to check out a little trick that turns your computer into a router — open the box below for more.
A VR “cheat”: Turn your computer into a router
Turning a computer into a router is a sure thing. However, how this “router” performs, on the other hand, depends on a lot of factors.
That said, the level of success will vary if you go this route for your VR needs.
An affordable VR Wi-Fi trick: Turn your computer into a dedicated router
That’s right. You can turn your VR computer itself into a dedicated Wi-Fi broadcaster for the VR connection. In other words, the computer itself will host the VR headset via an exclusive Wi-Fi network.
The gist is you add a Wi-Fi adapter to the computer and then turn the computer into a mini router. I detailed the steps in this post on how to turn your computer into a mobile spot.
Which adapter card to get, you might wonder. And that’s a good question. Most adapters are designed to receive signals, not broadcast them.
Technically, you can use any Wi-Fi adapter for this job — they all work to a degree. So if you want to try it out, one among the plenty of USB options — a high-end USB Wi-F5 adapter (3×3 1300Mbps on the 5GHz band) will get the job done.
But if you’re serious, I’d recommend a PCIe adapter — your VR machine must be a desktop. Here are my suggestions:
- Get a top-tier Wi-Fi 5 card. Like this Asus PCE-AC88.
- If you want Wi-Fi 6, the Intel AX200 or AX210 are the only options for now. Note that you should only use the AX210 with Windows 11 due to driver issues.
- If your VR set supports the 60GHz band, get a 60GHz adapter card — there are not many of them on the market.
After that, follow the detailed steps in this post to add the card to your computer.
By the way, if your computer doesn’t connect to your router using a network cable — it should! — and does not have an existing Wi-Fi card, you will need two such adapters. One for the Internet connection, the other for the dedicated Wi-Fi VR link.
Once you’ve installed the new adapter(s), look for a Mobile hotspot on Windows 10 (or 11)’s Start Menu, run it, and turn the newly available Wi-Fi adapter into a Wi-Fi network to use exclusively for the VR headset.
For the task, make sure you use the 5GHz band — or the fastest band supported by the (future) VR headset.
Getting the right router or mesh setup
When it comes to getting the right router for your VR needs, keep the following in mind:
- Connect your VR computer to the router via a wired connection. Better yet, when applicable, use a Multi-Gig link — many gaming rigs comes with a built-in 2.5Gbps port, and you can always upgrade them to 10Gbps via a PCIe add-on card.
- The Wi-Fi broadcaster (router) should have a dedicated band for the VR application. Specifically, this band is used only for the headset (and the VR computer if the wired connection is not an option).
- Your VR headset (and there for you) should stay close to the VR computer and the broadcaster. You don’t want to get behind a wall or too far away from the router — the range is not the focus here.
Consequently, using a router with an additional 5GHz band — that’s a Tri-band W-Fi 6 or Quad-band Wi-Fi 6E router — and dedicate one of the two 5GHz bands — preferably the one with upper channels — to VR Wi-Fi with a separate SSID (network name).
In the future, when a headset that supports the 6GHz is available, you can also consider this band. But the idea is that you dedicate a fast Wi-Fi band solely for the VR headset.
If you live in a large home and need a mesh system, then:
- Wired backhaul is a must and still dedicates a fast Wi-Fi band for VR.
- If wired backhaul is unavailable, you should use VR only at the primary router’s location.
Depending on how crowded your home is, a high-end dual-band router might still work out, but a fully wireless mesh system, like the Netgear Orbi or ARRIS mAX, definitely won’t cut it.
Let’s check out the current list of the best routers you can get for the Oculus Quest 2 with Air Link.
Oculus Quest 2 with Air Link (or any fully wireless VR headset): The current top Five Wi-Fi 6 and 6E routers
This list uses the review order, with the latest on top. The numbers in front of their names are just numerical and not meant to be the ranking. You’ll note that these are all traditional tri-band routers.
All Wi-Fi routers (or access points) will work for wireless VR. It’s just a matter of degrees.
The key here is to give the connection between your computer and the VR set the most Wi-Fi bandwidth.
If you can do that, any good router will work well. But, generally, it’s easier to get a traditional Tri-band router and dedicate one of its 5GHz bands to the VR set.
5. TP-Link Archer AXE300: Quad-band router with the best port flexibility and support
(In case you didn’t read the intro: This is the latest member on this list — the number is only numerical, not necessarily the ranking.)
The TP-Link Archer AXE300 is the second Quad-band router with three Multi-Gig ports — two 10GbE and one 2.5GbE. You can use any as the WAN port, and uniquely one of the 10GbE ports is an RJ45/SFP+ combo port.
On the Wi-Fi front, you can dedicate either of its 5GHz band or the 6GHz band (when applicable) to VR usage.
That, plus a robust web user interface and excellent performance, mean it’ll simultaneously deliver all bandwidth you’d need for any VR applications and other networking tasks.
TP-Link Archer AXE300's Rating
Top-tier hardware with excellent performance; three flexible Multi-Gig ports and LAN Link Aggregation support
Robust web user interface; lots of network and Wi-Fi settings and a handful of valuable features for home users
Comparatively cheaper than competitors
Wall-mountable; useful optional mobile app; OneMesh-ready
No option for Gigabit WAN, Dual-WAN, or fast mesh with wired backhauling
HomeShield Pro requires a subscription, mobile app, and login account
Bulky design, the USB port's performance could be better
4. Asus GT-AXE16000: The ultimate gaming router
I called the Asus GT-AXE16000 the “pinnacle of today’s home networking” for a good reason. This router has everything you’d need or want — except the SFP+ support of the TP-Link above.
As the first Quad-band gaming router on the market, this Wi-Fi machine allows for flexible port configurations, a ton of built-in features, and top performance. It’s an excellent standalone for any needs and it can also host a Multi-Gig mesh system when you use multiple units or other Multi-Gig AiMesh routers.
And with four Wi-Fi bands, it’s easy to dedicate one — preferably one of its 5GHz bands — to your beloved VR headset.
And all that makes the Asus GT-aXE16000 a great Wi-Fi machine for VR. That’s if you can afford it.
Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000's Rating
Powerful hardware, Quad-band with Wi-Fi 6E support, three Multi-Gig ports (one 2.5Gbps and two 10Gbps)
Stellar performance throughout
Excellent set of game-related, online protection and monitoring features, full AiMesh 2.0 support
Unmatched port flexibility, including interchangeable WAN, Dual-WAN, and LAN/WAN Link Aggregations
Beautiful ROG Aura lighting
Expensive, 10Gbps ports' sustained rates and NAS performance (when hosting a storage device) could be better
Awkward backhaul band design in a wireless AiMesh setup, no UNII4 (5.9GHz) support, no SFP+
Bulky design, not wall-mountable
3. Synology RT6600ax: A highly customizable router with lots of potential
The RT6600ax has lots to offer and is one of the best Wi-Fi 6 routers you can find on the market. It doesn’t have a 6GHz band (Wi-Fi 6E) but is the first that supports the 5.9GHz portion of the 5GHz spectrum, making it somewhat future-proof.
The router performed well in testing and has plenty of VR bandwidth when you dedicate one of its 5GHz bands for the task.
Synology RT6600ax's Rating
Fast and reliable Wi-Fi with support for 5.9GHz UNII-4 spectrum, mesh-ready
Robust, comprehensive yet user-friendly SRM 1.3 firmware with excellent web interface and DS Router app
Lots of useful built-in settings and networking features, helpful add-on packages with accompanying mobile apps
Can work as a full-featured NAS server
Practical design, wall-mountable
Only one 2.5Gbps port
No Link Aggregation, awkward Multi-Gig WAN, rigid default WAN port
Only client-based QoS, 5.9GHz clients are scarce
2. TP-Link Archer GX90: Single 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig LAN/WAN port
The Archer GX90 is TP-Link’s latest “gaming” router. It replaces the company’s previous Archer AX11000.
The router has more polished firmware than its older cousin, and its lower price tag doesn’t hurt. (Alternatively, you can also consider the Archer AX90.)
TP-Link Archer GX90's Rating
Fast and reliable Wi-Fi performance
2.5 Gbps WAN/LAN
Excellent feature set and network settings
Robust full web user interface
Nice design and comparatively affordable
Thin on gaming
Single Multi-Gig port; no Dual-WAN or Link Aggregation
USB-based storage performance could be better
1. Ubiquiti AmpliFi Alien: The one-of-a-kind tri-band mesh-ready Wi-Fi 6 router
(In case you didn’t read the intro: This is the oldest member on this list — the number is only numerical, not necessarily the ranking.)
The AmpliFi Alien is a bit weird. In a good way. The design makes it somewhat of a router for VR since it’s a bit out of this world. It’s not a gaming router, so it’s best for those using virtual desktop apps.
This one is also a tri-band router, and you have the option to get two to form an Alien mesh system. Just make sure you use a wired backhaul.
Ubiquiti AmpliFi Alien's Rating
Reliable and fast Wi-Fi with excellent coverage
Sleek design, sufficient web interface, and well-designed mobile app
Convenient and free Teleport VPN
Built-in ad-blocking feature
Limited in conventional settings and features
Unconventional tri-band setup with no dedicated backhaul when used in a mesh setup
VPN requires an app or an Android emulator to work on regular computers
No Multi-Gig port, not wall-mountable
When it comes to virtual reality, the connection between your VR computer and the headset is the key, and moving from the USB cord to Wi-Fi puts much stress on the latter.
So, understanding the concept and dedicating the possible Wi-Fi bandwidth to the VR set will help deliver satisfying results.
Things will get easier down the road when VR sets are more optimized for a wireless connection and the support for the 6GHz Wi-Fi band becomes more commonplace.
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66 thoughts on “Getting Real with Virtual Reality: Bandwidth Tips and Five Best VR Wi-Fi Routers”
Dong, thanks for all the information – not just on this article, but in general, your site has been a valuable resource!
If you have a moment to give your thoughts on my situation I would appreciate it:
I have an Asus GT-AX11000 that I have used with my Quest 2 for a while and it’s been great. However, I recently got a second Quest 2 for my girlfriend to use with her computer. however, I am finding that I have performance issues whenever we are both doing PCVR at the same time.
I dedicated one 5ghz ssid to my headset and the other to hers, and connected the few other devices like our phones to the 2.4GHz only. I’ve surveyed with Network Analyzer app, and have manually assigned both 5ghz networks to wide open channels. Both computers are connected via gigabit ethernet.
My question is, do you think this is to be expected, or that something is wrong with my configuration? Of course, the numbers in the specs are never going to be as good as real world performance, but back when I bought this expensive router I had hopes that it would be able to support 2 headsets.
In the meantime I’ve grabbed a GS-AX3000 to connect as a secondary router, dedicated just to the gfs devices, and it’s been working as expected. But I’d love to just do this with one router and return this second one.
That’s to be expected, Ubel. As I explained in the post, there’s only so much bandwidth a band has. And at 80MHz or 40MHz, the band has progressively less bandwidth. So, the *sure ceiling* number for the band is 1200Mbps, meaning you’ll get around 800Mbps in real-world *at best*. Now divide that by two.
That’s not to mention other variants.
It’s very hard to support multiple wireless VR headsets, especially when you don’t want to compromise the graphics, etc.. (I speak from experience with my 10GbE network.) I think we need Wi-Fi 7 for that so maybe 2, 3 years from now. But a separate dedicated router will kinda do for your case. Use it in the AP mode and have the lucky g/f’s computer connected to its port (not your current router’s.)
Good luck! And have fun! 🙂
Thanks for the quick response! Regarding the 800Mbps real world for the band – I was aware this is about the limit, but would this still be getting divided by two for the two headsets when they are on two separate 5Ghz radios/SSIDs in this tri-band router? my hope was that the extra band would allow the GT-AX11000 to support the two streams.
One last question: do you think the RT-AX86S would offer any better performance than a GS-AX3000 for the sole purpose of being that PCVR-only AP? After looking at your reviews, with a $50 price difference, I’m kinda doubting it would be worth it?
You *should* have two separate 800Mbps connections if the VRs are your *only* Wi-Fi clients and they indeed use two separate bands. In that case make sure the each computer connects at Gigabit via wires (and not 100Mbps which would be the bottleneck.)
I’d go with the 86s (though the 86U is better.)
Very useful discussion. I have a AX86U Router. My PC is upstairs, and router is in downstairs in the living room. The PC is connected to Router via a 1gbe Switch (cat7), which is located in the attic. The router`s 5Ghz is only used by 2 mobile phones, which are usually turned off while gaming. There are 10 devices connected to the 2.5Ghz band, which are mostly smart devices such as bulb, security camera etc.
My questions are;
1- I have a 2.5 gbe port at both my PC and Router, however, because I use a 1gbpe switch, I am not actually utilising the 2.5 gbe port. Would changing my switch to 2.5gbe one would provide any significant advantage.
2-Because there are only 2 people in the house, and there are only 2 mobile phones connected to the 5Ghz band, would having a dedicated router make any significant difference.
1. Yes. Get an unmanaged one among these.
2. It’s not the number of people or devices. It’s the bandwidth being used at any given time. Having a dedicated band ensures that the VR always has all the bandwidth it needs at all times.
Many thanks for your concise, and clear response. As many people I use the oculus wirelessly without any link-cable.
May I kindly request you to expand your first response. Why 1GBe connection might bottleneck the system. If I upgrade to 2.5Gbe switch, what kind of performance increase/s I can observe.
(My GPU-RTX 3080, CPU 10700K)
I didn’t mention anything about 1Gbps in my previous answer. But 2.5Gbps is literally 2.5 times the speed of 1Gbps. Put two and two together?
In any case, it’s better if you spend time and use the site’s search. I don’t and can’t give you and everyone who visits the site the level of attention you’d like.
Sure. I will use the search engine in the site. Only reason I asked about 1Gbe was because your advise to first question was to upgrade to 2.5gbe switch to performance for PCVR.
Use 2 ghz ba.d for phones a d use 5g band for vr better bandwidth also like he say backhand tp the main with cable. Next go I to routers or you mesh and set bandwidth to 80 / 160 Mhz it will stop the q2 getting g clichy on pcvr I use asus rt ac3000 brilliant
I bought Synology RT6600ax as well. To my surprise Quest 2 only connects at 80Mhz/1200Mbps to the 5G-1 dedicated band of the router. Googled a bit seems Quest 2 doesn’t even support faster speeds and max’s out the airLink connection to 200MB/per sec which would be 1600Mbps right? Has anyone actually established a 160Mhz connection with their quest 2? I think it would show under System->Airlink->(connection info on the right)
Also, I had a 2.5Gb connection from the router to my computer, but I wasn’t established ng a fast enough wifi channel width to utilize it.
I think the headset’s adapter doesn’t support 160MHz but 1200Mbps (roughly 800Mbps sustained) is plenty fast, Michael. And you don’t want to saturate the port, 2.5Gbps is the bandwidth and in the end, it’s about getting all bandwidth the app needs, not all of the bandwidth. Don’t confuse speed vs bandwidth!
Thanks, I’m not confused. Context is probably just missing since I’m talking about maximum speed that can be set in the quest software. I talked with Virtual Desktop folks the video stream is compressed so it is plenty of speed as you’ve described. I figured out my clarity issue is actually with the headset itself not the network. Anyway, all good knowledge, thanks.
Hi, I purchased a AX200 the Fenvi FV-AX3000. When NIC connects it only uses 20MHz instead of 160MHz. I tried their drivers from Fenvi’s website. Going to try to find some other drivers for it from Intel directly (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081N5RMV). Any advice?
That’s likely on the broadcaster (router’s) side, Michael.
Why dont you include the ASUS GT-AXE16000? I initially bought the Synology RT6600ax but looking at the hardware specs the GT-AXE16000 despite not supporting the 5.9Ghz range has a stronger 5G-1 channel that I’ll likely need for other devices in my house. Also, it is hard to tell when Synology will release a Wi-Fi 7/6e supported router. ASUS seems to have a better track recommend of having a lot of support for newer hardware. I understand I’ll likely have little use for the 6E channel until devices support it and VR will likely jump straight to Wi-Fi 7 or some 60Ghz short range solution for wireless. Anyway, I like the idea of maybe using the 6Ghz channel as a back haul to avoid running a cable through the house since my house has an addition with a brick wall on the lower side. Plan to put this on the second floor of the addition to avoid a lot of that brick wall. Eventually, I’ll run a cable but the GT-AXE16000 seems better there as well with 10Gbps support. Just curious if you’d have a better recommendation than the GT-AXE16000 currently?
Also, I realize the 6Ghz would likely stink for a backhaul. Hoping to get by with just one GT-AXE16000 for my house.
The Asus will work, Michael. However, it has no band you can dedicate to VR. It’s a new type of Tri-band router.
Well, now it makes sense why you didn’t include it!!! Hmm, without a dedicated band probably better sticking with the recommended RT6600ax. I just thought the GT-AXE16000 was like the GT-AX11000 with dedicatable band.
Could I QoS my Quest 2 on the GT-AXE16000 to get a similar effect as a separate band?
I thought GT-AXE16000 was a quad band?
Nope, you can’t really add more bandwidth to a band via any type of software manipulation since a broadcaster can only work on a single channel at a time — you have to split a band into two separate broadcasters if you want to use two sections of a band at the same time as I explained the previously linked post.
In all cases, any Dual-band (or Wi-Fi 6E Tri-band) will work for VR, it’s a matter of degree.
Dong, is the GT-AXE16000 was a quad band rather than the tri-band that your describing? Your image shows two bands for clients in your tests https://dongknows.com/wp-content/uploads/Asus-GT-AXE16000s-Wi-Fi-Performance.png.webp
You’re RIGHT, Michael! For some reason, I thought you were talking bout the GT-AXE11000. Back to the first question, I haven’t had time to update this post yet. I might do that later today.
By the way, I read the comments on the backend of the site, shown in a list like email messages — I can miss the context sometimes. 😳
Ok, I’m confused how you tested Asus GT-AXE16000 with 5G-1 and 5G-2 if that router only has one broadcaster for the 5Ghz band. You also state that the GT-AXE16000 is quad band. Sounds like the GT-AXE16000 has a single broadcaster for the 5Ghz with two bandsm. Is that correct or are you confused with the GT-AXE11000 which is likely the tri-band your describing?
I was talking with the GT-AXE11000 in mind earlier, the GT-AXE16000 has TWO 5GHz broadcasters (bands), each occupying a portion of the 5GHz spectrum (upper and lower channels) — more here.
Thank you for a detailed article! Quick question, currently I have a TUF-AX5400 in AP mode as my dedicated Quest 2 router.
My motherboard does, however, have a Realtek RTL8125 2.5 Gbps LAN controller. If I were to get a RT-AX86U router and connect my PC to its 2.5 Gbps port would this provide better bandwidth throughput for wireless VR than my current setup?
Thank you in advance!
That’d only help, Russ, but since the Wi-Fi connection is going to be the bottleneck anyway, it might not make much of a difference.
Just recently brought a ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-F motherboard to upgrade my CPU (peformance in VR is way better now!). My current service provider router is not up to the task of VR streaming, so I thought I would try and connect the Quest 2 directly using a hotspot on the MoBo.
Unfortunately Windows only seems to enable the hotspot on a 2.4ghz a band. Any attempts to try and force a 5ghz band by changing the stettings gives me message saying:
“The Selected Network Band isn’t available. Select a different band and try again.”
Looking at the tech spec on ASUS’ site it says that the network card is:
Intel® Wi-Fi 6E
2×2 Wi-Fi 6E (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax)
Supports 2.4/5/6GHz frequency band*
So I figured it must be technically able to provide a 5ghz hotspot. I’m able to do it on my 2 laptops and mobile so it can’t be a region lock out issue.
Any advice for the issue before I blow cash on a dedicated router?
Make sure you’re not already using that 5GHz band for something else, Stephen. Read the post closely.
Wi-fi isn’t connected to anything.
Broadband comes through via ethernet.
Make sure you use the latest driver. It should work. If the message says it’s not available, then it’s not available. You have to make it available. To do that you need to find out why it’s not available in the first place. Assuming something is wrong with the hardware is kinda jumping the gun.
Drivers are up to date, even updated the BIOS just in case. Seems there’s a couple of people online with similar issues but with no conclusive fix.
That’s super odd. I have the 570 Mobo with an Intel AX200 and it works. Does the band work if you want to connect it with Wi-Fi? Maybe you need to use Windows 11 since that AX210 card doesn’t work well with Windows 10. The driver seems deliberately tuned to turn the 6GHz band off which may have some to do with the issue.
Same, I have 2 or 3 devices that work with no issue.
I’m able to connect to a 5ghz network with no problem.
I did try and dual boot to Windows 11 to check but was having the same problem.
There’s a intel article which says there maybe some restrictions in the driver which disables 5ghz hotspots under certain conditions. But doesn’t go into detail how to get around it. Been trying to change network bands on my router but haven’t been able to resolve the issue.
You don’t have to use those chips, a good Wi-Fi 5 one works, too, including USB as I mentioned in the post.
I added an AX210 based PCIe card (Gigabyte GC-WBAX210) to my Win10 desktop to use with my Oculus Quest 2. I downloaded the most current drivers from Intel and setup a Mobile Hotspot in Windows on the 5 GHz. The Q2 connects but shows the up/down load speeds to be 286Mbps. I’ve tried every tweak I could find on the Internet. Nothing seems to help.
There are some posts that say to connect some other WiFi5/6 device to the hotspot before connecting the Q2 and then the Q2 connects at “full” speed. Unfortunately the only WiFi5/6 device I have at the moment is the Quest 2.
I Sideloaded Total Commander with the WiFi Transfer plug-in the the headset tried measuring the file transfer speed over WiFi to my PC. I was only getting 100-120 Mbps from the headset to the PC over the AX210.
I’m puzzled where the bottlenecks are. There has been mention of throttling in Windows or the drivers due to regional regulations on wireless transmissions.
Perhaps the implementation of PCIe card by Gigabyte is at fault. Some youtubers report great results using AX210 PCIe cards and Air Link.
There may be some bottlenecks in my system (Intel i7-9700k, Radeon RX-590, Gigabyte H370-HD3). Steam VR performance checker rates my system at 7.7 but even when running Link using the Oculus cable the results are not very exciting. 5K+ videos lag/freeze over the cable and the results are even worse on Air Link. Bandwidth problems somewhere. The USB-C port on the mobo is 3.1 gen 1 – link says the Link cable is getting ~2.4-2.8 Gbps.
Would a desktop AX1800 access point work better? That would take the drivers and Windows 10 out of the equation. I still have about a week left to return the AX210 card.
I wouldn’t trust those indicator numbers. Often they are incorrect, especially when you use Windows 10 with the AX210, which is not ideal for your case since you have no use for the 6GHz band anyway. In any case, just use your VR. If it works fine, then you’re good. I’d not bother with the numbers. Numbers, especially when considering the way you did to figure yours out, and real-world experience don’t always match, and if you’re obsessed with the former, you’ll *never* be happy. If you want to get serious about testing, check out this post.
Total Commander is a cross platform file management utility. To transfer via WiFI it creates a WebDAV server. You tag the files you want to send, it gives you a URL from the IP address of the sending device. On the client device you go to a browser (in my case on a PC) and type in the URL. A minimal web page through port 8081 shows links to the file and you just click on them and “save to”. Point to point connection via WiFi. I can disconnect my cable modem and still receive files. Speeds were calculated using a stop watch and the known size of the files as well as the download info in the browser. Isn’t that pretty much the idea behind your post?
Anyway I returned the AX210 card and bought an Access Point. I opted for a 1200Mbps AP over the 2400Mbps one as I thought it was over kill (and over twice the price). I don’t need to connect 128 clients.
So the Quest 2 says the up/downlinks to the AP is the rated 1200Mbps vs 286Mbps on the AX210.
Using the same transfer speed test I’m getting 900-1000Mbps vs 100-120Mbps.
I’m not every going to get heavy into gaming or I would have built a better gaming rig. Right now all I want to do is stream videos from my PC and access the remote desktop from other rooms. This wasn’t workable with the AX210 card, other than the crippled up/downlink speeds the signal dropped off dramatically even on the 2.4GHz band.
Hi Dong, I’m currently using a Netgear AC1750 (p(100)+d(104)+d(108)+d(112)) wired to my desktop, for quest 2 Airlink/VD and streaming to my old GL502VM laptop connected to my living room tv for CEMU/PARSEC gaming (where I get occasional lag spikes). I have a relatively small condo (850 sft), and am wondering if there would be any significant performance advantages to upgrading the router/the laptops wifi card to an AX210 m.2 card/ wifi 6/6E router. I am the only major user on my network.
Y0u need a better Wi-Fi 6 router, Ryan. The Netgear just doesn’t cut it. And you need to connect your laptop to the network via a network cable when that’s possible. If not, upgrading it to an Intel AX210 or AX200 is a must. If you go with the AX210, you also need a Wi-Fi 6E router. The key here is the bandwidth. Read this post again closely. It’ll help.
This speed of the PC mobile hotspot with the AX210 to Oculus Quest 2 via airlink/virtual desktop is an issue that has a lot of uncertainty about it. I tried this with my iphone 11 and Virtual Desktop on my Quest 2. My iphone has a wifi speed app (WiFiSweetSpots). First, with ethernet to dedicated 1.8 Gbps wifi6 router, I get the 1200Mbps 5GHz reading on Virtual Desktop and 200 to 700 Mbps on the iphone speed app.
I could not get the Win10 hotspot settings to produce a signal I could connect to with my iphone 11 or Quest 2. I bought “Connectivity for win10x64” and was then able to connect, but on the iphone, the speed app was reading 20MBps and the Virtual Desktop on the Q2 was reading either 390Mbps at 2.4GHz or 288 Mbps at 5GHz. However, PC Wifi > 1.8GHz router > iphone app was reading the 200 to 700 Mbps and 1200Mbps/5GHz on Virtual Desktop.
This seems nonsensical to me and I suspect it has to do with devices’ software such as the iphone app and virtual desktop having incompatibilities with the PC’s AX210 wifi hotspot.
As far as why I bother, the dedicated router does 200-700 Mbps, but I’d like to boost that bottom line, which I thought was bottle-necked by the 1.8Gbps router.
You can’t trust speedtest apps, or the indicators, Sean. The only way to figure out the actual speed is to copy data from one local device to another — more in this post.
Thanks. Great site!
Sure, Sean. 🙂
Hi Dong – I’m currently using an ASUS RT-AX55 in AP mode as a dedicated router for Air Link. There is nothing else connected to the device other than the headset and my PC (via ethernet). I was wondering, would I notice any performance improvement at all if I upgraded to a higher end router and used the same dedicated configuration?
No, or very little, Adam, spec-wise. I haven’t tested that router, tho.
Hi Thanks for the article!
So basically, it is better to chose a powerful PCIe wifi card and turn pc into broadcaster? Correct?
Wich option is best? highend router, or highend pcie?
That’d be the easiest way since changing the existing router can be much more expensive and restrictive, Alberto. By the way, you can use a good USB 3.0 adapter card — PCIe doesn’t hurt but it’s more work. As for what’s “best”, that depends. 🙂
I’m looking for a way to operate 2 Quests in the same room.
Each Quest is to be wirelessly connected to it’s own dedicated desktop PC.
Would the first option you described, turning the PC into a broadcaster, be the best option for a multi-Quest setup?
Can this also be achieved using one or more good quality routers?
Yes, Mario, since you have multiple rooms. You can use a tri-band router if the rooms are close, though. In this case, make sure the computers are wired to the router.
Thanks. But wouldn’t the pc-setup-to-broadcast (for each pc) be the preferred alternative for best quality connection?
That would depend on specificities, Mario. There’s no simple yes or no answer.
I’m looking for a router to use purely as a wifi connection for my Quest 2 airlinking.
In this case, will almost any router that has Wifi 6 be fine? As the only thing that will be connected to it will be the Quest 2, and will be wired to the PC via ethernet?
That’s correct, Jordan. You can get any among these.
Thanks for all the great info, I have found your review articles very valuable.
I know you can’t review every product but I was curious your thoughts on the NETGEAR Nighthawk (RAX70) for use with VR. It seems its in a nice price point and still offers a wifi 6 tri-band option.
That depends on what you need within your network, Matthew. If you use VR as the ONLY thing then any broadcaster will do.
I plan on using the VR with wifi 6 on the higher 5GHz band exclusively. Then I will use the other 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands for the rest of my home wireless traffic.
The RAX70 is around ~$250 on sale ($350 Normally) while not as powerful as the RAX200 you mentioned it seems pretty comparable at a much more attractive price point.
Thank you again for all the advice
That’d work well, Matt.
Thanks for the great info. I think I see a third option that might save some money. Could I just add a relatively inexpensive Wifi6 access point to my network for the Oculus Quest 2 to connect to? The only ones for under $100 I see are AX1800 ones. Would that be fast enough? The one I see most often is Netgear WAX214 for about $70 with power adapter.
If you use it for the OQ alone, and no other device, then, yes, Kyle.
Exactly my plan. Thanks, Dong!
Hi dong, great reviews!
I’m hoping to get a new router for airlink on the oculus quest 2.
Would you recommend the asus rt-ax92u, rt-ax86u or the tp-link archer ax90?
I’d go with the RT-AX-92U, MC, and dedicate one 5GHz band for Airlink.
It would be best if you go for the TP-Link AX1800, it’s a wifi-6 router and comes at affordable bucks. That router worked pretty well for me.