iPhone 15 Pro Wi-Fi 6E and Wired Speed Testing 6Ghz is seriously fast!

With the release of the iPhone 15 the big change that most people will notice is the USB-C port replacing Apple’s proprietary Lightning cable. But the most important change is that the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max now support 6Ghz Wi-Fi 6E.

I will do a near and far speed test with two of the best business class TriBand Wi-Fi 6E AP’s available

The EnGenius ECW336

and the Ruckus R760

both of these are connected to a ECS2510FP 2.5G switch.

I am running them on non overlapping 160Mhz channels.

I will use the USB-C port to do a wired baseline speed test. I have a Cable Creation 2.5G Ethernet to USB Adapter connected to the iPhone with a Type C to USB 3.0 USBC Adapter

First I ran speedtest my xfinity Internet maxes out around 1.4Gbps

Then I used a iPerf server on the Iphone I got a maximum speed of 2.3Gbps

Next I did a Wi-Fi test with the EnGenius ECW336 at 10 feet and got 1.4Gbps!

Then I ran a iPerf test I got 1.5Gbps

Next I did the same tests with the Ruckus R760 getting around the same 1.4 Gbps

Then with iPerf I got a maximum of 1.6Gbps

6Ghz does not travel quite as far as 5Ghz so plan on using about 30% more access points if you want full 6E coverage. However the signal quality at longer distances is still very good compared to 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz meaning you might not see as many bars of signal but still have a great connection.

For the next tests I moved 40 feet away from the AP’s

I got 320Mbps from speedtest

Then I got a maximum speed of 449Mbps with iPerf

Last I will do the same test with the Ruckus R760

I get 335 Mbps

and a maximum of 254Mbps with iPerf

In conclusion Wi-Fi 6E on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max is extremally fast! We are getting close to wired speeds with Wi-Fi and the same or better speeds than a windows laptop. This will open up lots of new application possibilities and speed up all network operations including streaming, gaming and downloads. The Ruckus R760 did not have an advantage in this single client test but if there were any interference or a large number of 6Ghz clients I am sure it wound fare better. The EnGenius ECW336 has great 6E performance and can be added to any network where you want or need faster speeds.

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.

Wi-Fi 6E Massive Bandwidth With Clear New Channels

The FCC opened new channels in the 6 GHz spectrum back in April 2020 for new Wi-Fi standards. It is widely believed that the iPhone 13 will have a 6Ghz Wi-Fi 6E chipset immediately flooding the market with 6E capable client devices . We saw fast adoption of Wi-Fi 6 largely because of the iPhone 11.

Wi-Fi 6E offers the features and capabilities of Wi-Fi 6, including higher performance, lower latency, and faster data rates, extended into the 6 GHz band. See the graphic above which depicts the huge increase in channels over 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. The additional spectrum will provide a lot more airspace beyond existing 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi, resulting in increased bandwidth and less interference for devices that support Wi-Fi 6E.

If you are deploying new Wi-Fi networks today using Wi-Fi 6 AP’s like the EnGenius ECW230 or Ruckus R750 you will be able to supplement the network later when Wi-Fi 6E AP’s become available. They are running on different frequencies and can coexist alongside each other. Likewise all future Wi-Fi 6E devices will be able to connect to your current Wi-Fi 6 AP’s.  6GHz band will be best suited for close-range connections, ideally between devices that are in the same room as one another so you will want a mix of lower cost Wi-Fi 6 AP’s along with strategically located Wi-Fi 6E AP’s to start.

One thing is for sure you will need fast switches with plenty of PoE power budget to support all these new devices. The Wi-Fi 6E AP’s will for sure support multi gigabit and have higher power requirements so you would be smart to build out your wired network now with cloud managed switches like the EnGenius ECS2512FP.