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be glad! Intel confirms Wi-Fi 7 support in both Windows 11 and Windows 10

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Last month, a document surfaced online suggesting that Intel and Microsoft could limit Wi-Fi 7 support to Windows 11 and later. That document was a product specification sheet that mentioned Windows 11, Linux, and ChromeOS in the list of supported operating systems, leading us to speculate that Windows 10 might not support the newest Wi-Fi standard.

However, this is not going to be the case, it seems that Intel has now confirmed that Wi-Fi 7 support will also come to Windows 10. Although the company has not made any official statement about this, the company has listed two of its Wi-Fi 7 module specifications on the website Its ark.intel: Intel® Wi-Fi 7 BE200 and the Intel® Wi-Fi 7 BE202, codenamed Gale Peak 2 and Intel’s Misty Peak. Both devices include support for Windows 10 alongside Windows 11 and Linux. It is interesting to note that this time there is no mention of ChromeOS.

In case you’re wondering what Wi-Fi 7 will bring to the table, the easiest way to answer is faster speeds, up to 2.4 times faster than Wi-Fi 6E and roughly 4.8 times faster than Wi-Fi 6. The theoretical maximum data rate for Wi-Fi 6 is ~9.6 Gbps while that for Wi-Fi 7 is around 46.1 Gbps, and twice the bandwidth (320 MHz channels vs. 160 MHz channels for Wi-Fi 6). It will rely on the IEEE P802.11be standard, which should allow extremely high throughput (EHT) and much lower latencies. Gale Peak 2 succeeds Intel’s Harrison Peak 2 (Wi-Fi 6) and Garfield Peak (Wi-Fi 6E). The form factor remains the same for these Wi-Fi 7 modules with M.2 2230 and 1216.

The table below shows the comparison between the new Wi-Fi 7, Wi-Fi 6/6E and Wi-Fi 5.

Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)

Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)

Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)

Wi-Fi 7 (802.11be)

frequency

5GHz

Dual band (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

Tri-band (2.4, 5, 6 GHz)

Bandwidth

(Channels)

20, 40, 80, 80+80, 160 MHz

20, 40, 80, 80+80, 160, 320 MHz

access

(multiplexing)

OFDM

OFDMA

regulation

254QAM

1024QAM

4096 (4K) QAM

antenna

DL MU-MIMO (4 x 4)

DL + UL MU-MIMO (8 x 8)

security

WPA2

WPA3

WPA4 (TBD)

Major innovations

40MHz is mandatory

TWT, BSS painting, Beamforming

multi-link operation (MLO),
Multi-RU, perforation

In terms of actual product availability, a Twitter user (currently X). momomo_us Detected BE200 on Gigabyte Aorus Master X Z790 motherboard with PCB version v1.2.



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