Here’s some exciting news! Soon you’ll find a lot of laptops that support Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) thanks to Intel’s release of the Wi-Fi 6 AX200 adapter.
The new card features mid-range 2×2 Wi-Fi 6 specs and delivers Wi-Fi speeds up to 2.4Gbps. It supports a channel-width of up to 160Mhz on the 5GHz band. For compatibility reasons, it also supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi 5.
The card is available in M.2 1216 (12 mm wide and 16mm long) or M.2 2230 form factor which makes it similar to most Wi- 5 adapters. As a result, you’ll be able to upgrade many existing laptops to Wi-Fi 6 via an adapter card.
The new AX200 card can interfaces with a host via either PCle or USB protocol. Consequently, you can expect networking vendors to release new add-on adapters relatively soon. It’s an all-in-one card, other than Wi-Fi 6, it also features Bluetooth 5.0.
Intel says the new Wi-Fi 6 AX200 adapter card is Wi-Fi Certified and available now to OEM vendors at a low cost of just $10 to $17 each, depending on the volume. You won’t be able to buy it at the store, however.
Update: AX200-based add-on cards are now available. Here’s how you can upgrade your computer with one.