Killer AX1650 Info And Review

Discussion in 'Networking and Wireless' started by WhatsThePoint, Apr 27, 2019.

  1. hacktrix2006

    hacktrix2006 Hold My Vodka, I going to kill my GPU

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    So are you recommending this Wireless card Ultra Male, i am using a Killer E2400 and Killer 1535 combo, i am also running a Linksys WRT32X with OpenWRT. Is the Range better on AC 5GHZ with this new 1650?
     
  2. CataIin

    CataIin Notebook Enthusiast

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    I see no difference in range between 9260/ax200 with a WRT32X, however I did notice that the link rate fluctuates like crazy with this card.
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  3. Aivxtla

    Aivxtla Notebook Evangelist

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    There should be no difference in range and performance when used as an ac card with an ac router. It will be just like the 9260ac according to an Intel contact. Makes sense considering there is only so much you can do within legal power limits. Some people saw differences even in ac mode maybe due to minor internal layout differences on the cards, but I’d say for most people no difference.

    In my tests it performed no different in signal strength (checked in inSSIDer at various locations) and throughput on ac as I already expected. On ax mode you will see gains of up to 25% on 5 GHz and up to 2x on 2.4 GHz. It’s a cheap upgrade and gives a decent boost if you eventually get an AX router so I’d still recommend the AX200/1650.
     
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  4. Ashlander

    Ashlander Notebook Consultant

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    Second this. We got ours knowing full well we wouldn't be able to use the ax yet. But since we needed to get a new router anyway, might as well future proof.
     
  5. WhatsThePoint

    WhatsThePoint Notebook Virtuoso

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    Have you tried the 36-48 channels?
    Is your PC in line of sight with the router and 6' to 10' away?
    With a Killer 1550 and a Netgear R7800 router I saw some big fluctuations when not in line of sight and about 30' away.
    The Killer 1650 and Netear RAX120 combo shows much less 5ghz fluctuation and is mostly around 2402 Mbps and 2160 Mbps when in line of sight and 10' from the RAX120on channel36.If I change the Killer 1650 Advanced setting from AX Mode to AC mode I'll get a solid 1,733.3 Mbps.

    This is with a 5 year old MSI GS60 notebook.
     
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  6. CataIin

    CataIin Notebook Enthusiast

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    Yes, ~10' away. In EU, channels 36-64 are limtied to 200mW, I'm using channel 112 (1W).
    I might play with the channels later on.
     
  7. WhatsThePoint

    WhatsThePoint Notebook Virtuoso

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    Router,Killer AX1650 and Windows 10 build 1903(aka May 2019 update) all support WPA3.
    If I set the router to WPA2 + WPA3 my desktop and notebook with Killer AX1650 cards have not problems connecting to The Internet on both bands or when Smart Connect is enabled.If WPA3 is selected in Windows 10 Release Preview WiFi Status/Security it stays on WPA3.
    My Surface Pro 5 tablet running the same version of Windows 10 and supports wireless-ac(866.7 Mbps) will not connect unless the router is set to WPA2(AES) only.It just won't connect with the WPA2 + WPA3 router setting.
    With the router set to WPA2(AES) only without the WPA3 addition Windows 10 WPA3 setting will revert to WPA2(AES).
     
  8. hacktrix2006

    hacktrix2006 Hold My Vodka, I going to kill my GPU

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    @CataIin You have a WRT32X, are you using the stock firmware or OpenWRT? I am using OpenWRT and i only use channels 36 upto 48 anything past that it becomes lets just funky with some devices (Intel 7260 ac wireless).

    Just got to wait to find someone that ships the card to UK or holds stock in UK at least.
     
  9. CataIin

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    Stock firmware.
     
  10. WhatsThePoint

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    If your PC is 10 feet from the router your dbm connection strength is not nearly as strong as it should be.The inSSIDer screenshot you posted shows -60dbm.At 10' from the router the dbm should be in the -20dbm to -30dbm range.
     
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