Wi-Fi 6 Speed Testing With A Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake Laptop

I recently upgraded to a Intel 10th Generation laptop with Wi-Fi 6 and wanted to do some performance testing. I purchased the Acer Aspire 5 A515-54-59W2 it has a quad core i5-10210U processor with a Intel AX201 chipset that supports 802.11ax via 2×2 MU-MIMO antennas over the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. Although this chipset supports 160Mhz mode and 2.4Ghz I limited my testing to 80Mhz and 5Ghz only because this is what most businesses will want to use.

I used a EnGenius ECW230 4×4 Wi-Fi 6 Access Point for testing this AP has the latest Qualcomm chipset. I used iperf with a jperf front end with the laptop as server and a gigabit ethernet connected desktop as the client. The laptop was in the same room as the AP and about 5 feet apart.

Here are the results.

I averaged 750Mbps with spikes to 800Mbps. When I connect the same laptop via gigabit ethernet I get close to 950Mbps so a 2×2 Wi-Fi 6 connected Laptop is pretty close to achieving wired speeds. A single laptop with a 4×4 Wi-Fi 6 chipset or even a 2×2 chipset operating at 160Mhz should be easily able to max out gigabit ethernet. Thankfully multi gigabit switches are now available that can hit speeds of 2.5Gbps over standard CAT6 ethernet like the EnGenius ECS2512FP

One thing is for sure Wi-Fi 6 overs a huge speed and range boost over Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and the current batch of Wi-Fi 6 Access points deliver the goods. Click here to see all the currently available Wi-Fi 6 Access Points

Client Statistics With EnGenius Cloud

I wanted to show some of the great client statistics available with the EnGenius Cloud network management system.

In the main clients page you can see the clients and select a time frame from days to a month. You can also filter on name, OS Clint MAC last AP and IP address. You can show traffic for all SSID’s or narrow it down to a single. The client fingerprinting will show device vendor, client name, MAC address and IP address. You can also see how much the client downloaded / uploaded during the period. The radio statistics show rate RSSI and band.

If you click on the more button you can see that application analysis details with how much traffic for each.

Lastly there is the awesome client timeline feature. This show the AP’s that the client has associated to . With the timeline feature you can troubleshoot roaming and other issues that the client has. You can also get client location and see where your users are spending most of their time. You can even use this to enhance physical security by having the ability to see who was on location and at what time.

EnGenius has a full line of cloud managed Wi-Fi 6 / 5 Access points and PoE / non PoE switches They all have free cloud access and a 2 year warranty click here to see them all.The EnGenius cloud is free so you can create a account and try it out before even purchasing a devices go to https://cloud.engenius.ai/