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01-09-2021 12:12 PM
I've just started shopping for a new desktop, and am looking for an explanation of "Realtek wi-fi 5 (2x2)".
The term is new to me. Is this just a new name for "802.11 a/more letters"? Or is it something different?
Will it function in more-or-less the same way as my old 802.11 a/more letters in my current desktop? With my several years' old gateway/router rented-from-my-cable company? Or will I have to procure a new gateway/router?
Simple answers to these questions would be much appreciated, and would greatly assist me in my desktop shopping.
01-09-2021 12:40 PM
If you can avoid getting a PC with one of the Realtek wifi adapters do so.
They are terrible.
If you have an option to get a PC with one of the Intel AX wifi adapters, get that instead.
All the new wifi adapters including the AX ones are backward compatible with the older wireless standards.
I have a HP notebook with an Intel AX200 wifi adapter and I only had a wireless AC router and the card worked fine--just not at the full AX connection speed of 2+ Gigabytes.
I only pay for 200 MBPS internet service anyway.
Here is a table with the wifi comparisons.
Bottom line: the newest AX wifi adapter will work with an old wireless N or AC router.
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