Intel AX411 vs AX211 vs AX210 Wi-Fi 6E Modules Compared – Sadly not Wi-Fi 7 but new Double Connect feature & limited to CNVio2

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When I was updating my Wi-Fi drivers for the  Netgear Wi-Fi 6E Orbi RBKE963 review, I came across some new products that Intel had quietly launched, the Intel AX411 and AX211.

Both of these products launched at the end of 2021, but there is hardly any information on them, and this comparison is somewhat limited until they become available to buy.

Previously, the upgrade from the AX200 to AX210 was the introduction of Wi-Fi 6E and the 6Ghz band, which is a significant upgrade if you have compatible networking gear.

CNVi

Before I do the other comparisons I will warn that it seems like both the AX211 and AX411 use the M.2: CNVio2 interface type. I had no idea what this was until I read this Intel thread

Basically, the AX211 is the CNVi Version of the AX210. The AX211 is missing some parts of a typical wifi card which is integrated into the CPU on modern Intel systems. In this case, the MAC, which is the part of the wifi stack that handles all the logic and talks to the CPU.

I am not 100% sure but Intel is basically vendor locking these modules for the recent Intel motherboards.

Not 4×4 or Wi-Fi 7

At first, I thought the Intel AX411 might be the holy grail of a 4×4 Wi-Fi module, but sadly, one of the things that Intel does reveal is that it is 2×2.

With a lot of talk of Wi-Fi 7 recently, this was the other obvious change. While I can’t 100% confirm this, neither the AX411 nor AX211 appears to introduce this. Intel have categorised these as part of the Intel Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) Series

Double Connect / DCT

At CES 2022, Intel launched 12th Gen Intel Core mobile processors (for notebooks) with Wi-Fi 6E capabilities built-in, they made no mention about the above module names.

Part of this launch covered the new Double Connect technology, which allows a device to connect to two bands at the same time. It is advertised as allowing you to prioritise the faster 5Ghz/6Ghz band for gaming while using the 2.4Ghz band for downloads.

A lot of the CES announcement seemed to indicate that Intel is integrating the technologies they acquired from Killer into the new 12th gen Intel notebooks. As well as the Double Connect technology, Intel will launch their Intel Connectivity Performance Suite’ which in essence is the Killer connectivity suite that was used on many gaming laptops.

The Killer technology uses a sophisticated Wi-Fi traffic prioritisation engine to drive down online gaming latency by up to 70%.

Moving back to the AX411, under the product ordering page, this specifically states DCT, whereas the AX211 and AC210 lack this term. It is highly likely that this is referencing the new Double Connect technology.

I managed to find one Intel thread about the AX211 and this confirms at least one difference with the AX210, and that is the support for uplink multiple-input and multiple-output. This allows it to support up to 8 streams of UL data from multiple stations improving UL network capacity in dense environments.

I would assume this is true for the AX411.

Price and Availability

At the moment, there is nowhere selling either of the new modules. Oddly, Intel indicates the wholesale price of the AX211 as being higher than the AX411.

If you don’t mind buying 100 at a time, then Mouser has the AX411 available for £1,263 for 100 units, but they don’t have the AX211, yet.

Aliexpress has the AX211 available to buy for £21.

The Aliexpress page states that the AX211 is only compatible with 10th Gen CPUs, they make no mention of Intel but it is safe to assume they mean the. I have ordered one, but I am not very optimistic about it working (I'm on AMD) or having much difference from my existing AX210.

Intel AX411 vs AX211 vs AX210 Wi-Fi 6E Specification Comparison

Intel Comparison Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 (Gig+)Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211 (Gig+)Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX411 (Gig+)
Essentials
Product CollectionIntel Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) SeriesIntel Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) SeriesIntel Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) Series
StatusLaunchedLaunchedLaunched
Launch DateQ4'20Q3'21Q4'21
Weight (in grams)2.82.832.8
Operating Temperature Range0°C to 80°C0°C to 80°C0°C to 80°C
Operating Temperature (Maximum)80 °C80 °C80 °C
Operating Temperature (Minimum)0 °C0 °C0 °C
Supported Operating SystemsWindows 11, 64-bit*, Windows 10, 64-bit*, Linux*Windows 11, 64-bit*, Windows 10, 64-bit*, Linux*, Chrome OS*Windows 11, 64-bit*, Windows 10, 64-bit*, Linux*
Antenna2x22x22x2
Recommended Customer Price$11.00 - $33.00$10.00 - $16.00$12.84 - $20.33
Supplemental Information
Product BriefView now
Networking Specifications
TX/RX Streams2x22x22x2
Bands2.4Ghz, 5Ghz, 6Ghz, (160Mhz)
Max Speed2.4Gbps
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED*Wi-Fi 6EWi-Fi 6EWi-Fi 6E
ComplianceFIPS, FISMAFIPS, FISMAFIPS, FISMA
Bluetooth Version5.25.25.2
Integrated BluetoothYesYesYes
Package Specifications
Board Form FactorM.2 2230, M.2 1216M.2 2230, M.2 1216
Package Size22mm x 30mm x 2.4mm, 12mm x 16mm x 1.65mm22mm x 30mm x 2.4mm, 12mm x 16mm x 1.65mm22mm x 30mm x 2.4mm, 16mm x 25mm x 2.0mm
System Interface TypeWi-Fi(PCIe), BT(USB)M.2: CNVio2M.2: CNVio2
Advanced Technologies
MU-MIMOYesYesYes
Supported Under Intel vPro® TechnologyYesYesYes
Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA)YesYesYes

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