Adding a Intel AX210 Wi-Fi 6E adapter to a windows 10 desktop computer

Adding a m.2 Wi-Fi card to your desktop can be easy if it already has a compatible slot. My motherboard a Asus Tuf Gaming X570-Plus did not come with a Wi-Fi enabled M.2 slot. So I used this WiFi Card to M.2 Key M Adapter Card below.

I installed it into one of the 2 M.2 slots this board has the other is in use by my SSD.

Next I ordered the intel AX210 Wi-Fi 6E adapter below this supports 6Ghz as well as 5.8 and 2.4 and has a riser with external antennas.

If this was a windows 11 system it would download the latest drivers and 6Ghz would start working. With windows 10 you have to take a few more steps. Here is my windows build.

I followed this guide at SNBForums. But when I installed the latest AX210 driver I could only see 2.4 and 5.8Ghz networks. I ended up having to manually install the driver below. You can download the driver below

Intel AX210 Wi-Fi 6E Driver


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Once I installed this driver and rebooted I could see my 6Ghz Wi-Fi 6E ECW336 AP and I was greeted by the WPA3 enabled network message below and connected at 2.4Gbps!

I did some performance testing with iPerf and was getting over 1Gbps a little slower than my laptop with the same card. Desktops will block some of the signal so this is expected.

6Ghz is Finally Here and it is fast! EnGenius ECW336 802.11AX Wi-Fi 6E Access Point Review

The ECW336 is a tri band 2.4 / 5 and 6ghz Wi-Fi Access Point from EnGenius.

I did some speed and distance testing at 6Ghz with my laptop and Intel 2×2 AX210 Wi-Fi 6E adapter and then compared it to the 5Ghz radio. The ECW336 is connected to a ECS2512FP PoE++ switch at 2.5Gb and my workstation is connected to the switch at 10Gb. I am running iPerf with 2 parallel streams for these tests.

At short distance I connect at 2.4Gbps data rate the maximum for 6Ghz @ 2×2 160Mhz

When I run iPerf I get a maximum of 1.4Gbps actual sustained throughput

Now when I switch to 5Ghz radio at the same location I get a maximum of about 700Mbps

Next I go to a location 50 feet away with multiple walls in between the laptop and the AP. At 6Ghz I got a maximum speed of 137Mbps

And then at 5Ghz I got 177Mbps

So as expected 6Ghz Wi-Fi 6E has a massive speed improvement at closer distances and longer range than expected. There are other advantages because of huge new 6Ghz spectrum there are multiple clean 160Mhz channels so it will be more reliable than 5Ghz. As the client device gets farther away it will roam to the 5Ghz interface for faster speeds under normal conditions.

The ECW336 is available here

You can use it with the ECS2512FP switch here for 2.5Gbps speed and PoE++ support.

Heatmap with ezWi-Fi Planner, ECW336 Wi-Fi6E testing, ECW215 or ECW220 for in room Wi-Fi, Good Beer

We talk about #beer, since its Friday and also #wallmount access points (the demand is crazy), and #WiFi6E updates. One of the benefits of the EnGenius partner program is free use of their heat map tool you can sign up here

The ECW220 is in stock here

More info the the ECW336 here

More info on the ECW215 wall plate AP here

This weeks beers to try Connecticut Wit Twelve Percent Beer Project Wheat Beer – Witbier / Blanche

Mexican Lager Lo-Fi Brewing Lager – American

What Are the Benefits of a Security Gateway?

More and more companies are upgrading theirnetwork security gateways—with amazing results.

What is a Security Gateway?
A security gateway is that crucial first line of defense between the internet and your valuable business network. Its security functions are similar to those of a router, but the gateway processes traffic better and faster. Extend SD-WAN with cloud-delivered security that provides flexible, secure access for a diverse and distributed workforce. Lower operational complexity and TCO with converged networking and security.

How does it work?
As the name implies, the security gateway concerns itself primarily with securing a network. It’s the network sentry inspecting all incoming traffic to filter out malware, malicious content, and material prohibited by company policy. It can handle high-flow rate filtering and packet inspection with incredible efficiency. It allows business owners to personalize a security system just for them.  Cloud-delivered web security services provide comprehensive protection to address threats including ransomware, credential-theft, phishing, spam, and other web-borne attacks.

How is it different from a router?
A router’s primary function is to direct traffic to the proper destination within and between networks. The security gateway’s primary function is to make sure that everything coming into the network belongs there and everything else gets shut out. This means that while its function is simpler than the router, it operates with far greater complexity.

What makes the security gateway so reliable?
Some security gateways have what’s called built-in failover, which means if an ISP goes down, another port connection will kick in. Gateways also balance the traffic load by sending traffic from an overloaded port to one that isn’t.