Does Surface Laptop 3 support Wi-Fi 6?

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Does Surface Laptop 3 support Wi-Fi 6?

Best answer: The answer is complicated. Any Surface Laptop 3 running an Intel processor supports Wi-Fi 6. The AMD-powered 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 does not support Wi-Fi 6.Embrace the new standard: Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (opens in new tab) (From $999 at Microsoft)Built for business: Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 for Business (opens in new tab) (From $1,099 at Amazon)Wi-Fi 6 router: ASUS RT-AX88U (opens in new tab) ($289 at Amazon)

What is Wi-Fi 6?

Wi-Fi 6 is the latest Wi-Fi standard, and it has several advantages over previous ones. Wi-Fi 6 handles multiple simultaneous connections up to four times better than the previous Wi-Fi standard. It also increases internet speed and stability over previous standards. That means that you can have more devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network without speeds bogging down.

Additionally, Wi-Fi 6 reduces the strain on your device's battery life when your device is connected to a network. In short, Wi-Fi 6 helps your internet connection be faster and more stable, with less drain on your battery.

How do I use Wi-Fi 6 on my Surface Laptop 3?

In order to use Wi-Fi 6, you'll need a device that supports it, such as a phone, tablet, or PC. You'll also need a router that supports Wi-Fi 6.

Every Surface Laptop 3 that's powered by an Intel chip supports Wi-Fi 6. That includes the 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3, and the 13.5-inch and 15-inch business versions of the Surface Laptop 3. The 15-inch AMD-powered Surface Laptop 3 does not support Wi-Fi 6.

On the router side of things, you have several options, but we recommend the ASUS RT-AX88U (opens in new tab). It has fantastic speeds and bandwidth management, though it is expensive. Routers that support Wi-Fi 6 are relatively new, so finding a good one might cost you more than you're expecting. As they become more common, prices will come down and cheaper options will become available.

Sean Endicott
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