D Link AX1800 Wi Fi 6 USB 3.0 Adaptor Announced

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What shouldn’t be particularily exciting news, the latest Wi-Fi dongle from D-Link is the worlds first Wi-Fi 6 USB dongle, allowing you to get next get Wi-Fi speeds without opening up your PC or laptop.

For Windows 7 and 10 machines, as soon as you plug this dongle in, it will auto-install.

As for the spec, it is sadly not quite as good as the M.2 or PCIe adaptors you can buy.

D-Link DWA-X1850 Wi-Fi 6 USB vs Intel AX200 vs AX210 Specification

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Similar to the two Intel Wi-Fi 6 modules as well as the Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650, the AX1800 uses a 2×2 MIMO design.

However, unlike the Intel-based modules, the 5Ghz channel is only rated at a maximum throughput of 1200Mbps which would imply that it is limited to the 80Mhz channel width.

Towards the end of last year, the Intel AX210 was launched offering Wi-Fi 6E with the 6Ghz channel, and more recently the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 has just launched being the first Wi-Fi 6E router available.

In the past, with Wi-Fi 5, we saw USB adaptors that offer 3×3 MIMO allowing them to offer 50% more throughput (theoretically) than the 2×2 counterparts. There is still no word on this happening with Wi-Fi 6.

So the D-Link DWA-X1850 may not be the cutting edge of Wi-Fi 6 technology, but if it is priced right it should offer a nice easy way to upgrade your older devices with the latest faster technology.

D-Link WI-Fi 6 Routers & multigig switches (2.5GbE)

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In other news, the brand has also expanded its router range, adopting the new wireless technology. All the new routers appear to sit on the low to mid-end of the spectrum with the new EXO AX AX1500 being limited to 300 Mbps + 1200 Mbps. Then the best-specced EXO AX AX5400 Wi-Fi 6 Router offering 4,800 Mbps + 600 Mbps but lacking a multigig ethernet port.

However, they are launching the DMS-106XT unmanaged switch, which offers five 2.5GbE ports plus a single 10GbE port in a fanless chassis. It will be interesting to see how competitively priced it will be against the QNAP 2.5GbE switch.

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