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

EnGenius Cloud Managed Wi-Fi System Demo Video

If you are currently using Cloud managed Access Points and are sick of paying the cloud license fees then EnGenius cloud managed Wi-Fi is for you. These are business class Access Points and Switches with great capacity and features. Don’t pay another year of renewals on old hardware that just works ok when you can get the latest Wi-Fi 6 Access Points now.

I made a short video demonstrating some of the features of the EnGenius Cloud managed Wi-Fi system.

For the latest in Wi-Fi 6 check out the ECW230 here this is a 4×4 Wi-Fi 6 AP it can be powered by a 802.3at PoE switch like the ECS1112FP here.  We have does extensive testing and the advantages or Wi-Fi 6 are clear see my blog posts here.  These would be great for hotels, schools, and any high density public venu.

EnGenius did a stress test on the Wi-Fi 6 AP’s and cloud controller at 2020 new years eve party in Taiwan with over 20,000 visitors click here to see the video.

For a great general purpose cloud managed AP see the ECW120 here it can be powered by any 802.3af PoE switch like the cloud managed ECS1008P here.  We have used these in restaurants and hotels with great success.

Click here to see all the EnGenius Cloud managed AP’s and switches.

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Exactly How Fast is the Wi-Fi 6 in the iPhone 11?

With the release of the iPhone 11 it will quickly push the installed base of Wi-Fi 6 clients over 180 million by 2020. We know that the iPhone 11 pro and max have a 2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ax Wi-Fi chipset. So how fast is it exactly?

To figure this out I started with 2 of the best Wi-Fi 6 Access Points currently on the market the EnGenius EWS377AP and the Ruckus R730. I took the iPhone out of it’s case connected to power and held horizontal at about 5 feet from the AP for the fastest speeds. I used a IPerf server on a iPhone 11 pro and a JPerf client on gigabit wired desktop and here are the results.

First I tested with the EnGenius EWS377AP it is a 4×4 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi 6 AP. I averaged 800Mbps with spikes as high as 845Mbps.

Next I tested against the Ruckus R730 it is a 8×8 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi 6 AP. I averaged 750Mbps with spikes over 800Mbps.

So how does this compare to the iPhone 10 with a Wi-Fi 5 chipset? You can see my testing here it averaged around 600Mbps so we are getting a solid 200Mbps gain with the iPhone 11! This is similar to what I saw with the Samsung Galaxy S10.

Short range speed is one advantage of Wi-Fi 6 but another one of the real benefits is increased speed at distance see my testing here.

For more information on the Wi-Fi 6 AP’s I used during this testing go here

EnGenius SkyKey brings your managed Wi-Fi system into the cloud

The EnGenius Skykey is a hybrid cloud device running the ezMaster Access Point and Switch management software. The Skykey is is a PoE powered device connect it to a switch for both power and data it has a secondary ethernet port, a micro SD slot for local backups, and a magnet for easy mounting .

If you are already running ezMaster you can backup your configuration and load it into the Skykey . The Skykey will manage up to 100 devices you can access it remotely from the EnGenius Cloud or by local IP address. And as with all EnGenius cloud devices there is no subscription fee!

Once the SkyKey is configured you can onboard Access Points and switches across multiple sites with projects and AP groups.

The EnGenius Skykey is now shipping click here for more information

EnGenius launches Cloud Wi-Fi products with no subscription cost!

EnGenius technologies has just launched a line of cloud managed Wi-Fi access points and PoE switches with no subscription cost! These are business class Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 access points that can handle traffic from many users in both large and small venues including outdoors. You can manage your chain of coffee houses from one interface or your entire school campus. There is a 48 port Cloud managed PoE switch available for large businesses and the enterprise down to 8 port desktop switch for small businesses. The hybrid cloud skykey will also bring EnGenius EWS access points and Switches into the cloud. See the full lineup of products here

Can Wi-Fi 5 clients perform better with a Wi-Fi 6 Access Point?

With many Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) AP’s being released and relatively few Wi-Fi 6 clients in the wild I wanted to do some throughput testing on a non Wi-Fi 6 client device the iPhone Xs.

Like all current iPhones the top of the line Xs has a 2×2 Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) radio. I used the iperf app and put it in server mode and then ran the jperf on my desktop. I made sure the spectrum was clear with my WiPry 2500x, Wi-Fi Spectrum Analyzer¬†and put both AP’s in 80Mhz mode at a 5 foot range.

First I tested against a 4×4 Wi-Fi 5 AP these are the results I got around 375Mbps

Next I tested against the EnGenius EWS377AP and I got the results below averaging about 610Mbps.

So this shows that a Wi-Fi 5 client device can get a performance benefit from a using the latest Wi-Fi 6 Access Point. Since the EWS377AP is using the latest Wi-Fi chipset with faster CPU and more memory many existing Wi-Fi devices will get a throughput increase. The 4×4 radio chains also allow for better range and speed at range.

As more Wi-Fi 6 devices are released later this year like the Intel 10th generation ice lake laptop processors and possibly the iPhone 11 we will see even more performance benefits especially in high density situations.

What good is a 4×4 MIMO Access Point when all my Wi-Fi clients are 2×2 MIMO?

You may have noticed that Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax and Wi-Fi 5 802.11ac Access Points come with multiple radio chains to support MIMO either 2×2 3×3 4×4 or even 8×8. Simply put MIMO adds more capacity without using more spectrum. Each radio chain will increase speed but the client and AP must match to take advantage of this.

However most clients like smartphones, tablets and laptops only support 2×2 MIMO to save power. So what is the advantage of those extra antenna / radio chains?

If there is a mismatch in MIMO levels between the client and AP the antennas do not go unused, but are used for ‘diversity’ and ‘beamforming’, which extends range, and improves speed at range.

So a AP with more radio chains is better for all types of clients and usually has more memory and CPU allowing the AP to manage more connections faster.

Check out the EWS377AP it supports Wi-Fi 6 and has 4×4 radio chains https://www.keenansystems.com/store/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=564