Wi-Fi data rates
  • Wi-Fi data rates

Overview Wi-Fi data rates

How fast is Wi-Fi?

The data rates supported by access points are based on the use of Modulation and Coding Schemes (MCS). The higher the used MCS, the higher the achievable gross data rate. In net terms, i.e. in practice, clients with higher MCSs can be served with large amounts of data more quickly and thus more clients can be served simultaneously. Use our practical tool to find out which data rates can be achieved depending on the Wi-⁠Fi standard, number of (MU-)MIMO streams, and channel widths.

    Overview table Wi-Fi data rates

    The following table provides guidance on what data rates can be achieved with the respective Wi-Fi technology. The Wi-Fi data rates are always given as maximum gross values here.

    Choose one of the following Wi-Fi technologies to see the maximum data rates of our LANCOM access points in the table:

    Wi-Fi 5
    2 x 2

    Wi-Fi 5
    4 x 4

    Wi-Fi 6
    2 x 2

    Wi-Fi 6
    4 x 4

    Table data rates
    (gross values)
    Wi-Fi 4
    802.11n
    (Mbps)
    Wi-Fi 5
    802.11ac
    (Mbps)
    Wi-Fi 6
    802.11ax
    (Mbps)
    4x4
    MIMO
    160 MHz   3,466.7 4,803.9
    80 MHz   1,733.3 2,402.0
    40 MHz 600.0 800.0 1,147.1
    20 MHz 288.9 346.7 573.5
    3x3
    MIMO
    160 MHz   2,340.0 3,602.9
    80 MHz   1,300.0 1,801.5
    40 MHz 450.0 600.0 860.3
    20 MHz 216.7 288.9 430.1
    2x2
    MIMO
    160 MHz   1,733.3 2,402.0
    80 MHz   866.7 1,201.0
    40 MHz 300.0 400.0 573.5
    20 MHz 144.4 173.3 286.8
    1x1
    MIMO
    160 MHz   866.7 1,201.0
    80 MHz   433.3 600.5
    40 MHz 150.0 200.0 286.8
    20 MHz 72.2 86.7 143.4
    LANCOM Access Points
    Wi-Fi 5 (2 x 2)
    Wi-Fi 4
    802.11n
    (Mbps)
    Wi-Fi 5
    802.11ac
    (Mbps)
    Wi-Fi 6
    802.11ax
    (Mbps)
    4x4
    MIMO
    160 MHz   3,466.7 4,803.9
    80 MHz   1,733.3 2,402.0
    40 MHz 600.0 800.0 1,147.1
    20 MHz 288.9 346.7 573.5
    3x3
    MIMO
    160 MHz   2,340.0 3,602.9
    80 MHz   1,300.0 1,801.5
    40 MHz 450.0 600.0 860.3
    20 MHz 216.7 288.9 430.1
    2x2
    MIMO
    160 MHz   1,733.3 2,402.0
    80 MHz   866.7 1,201.0
    40 MHz 300.0 400.0 573.5
    20 MHz 144.4 173.3 286.8
    1x1
    MIMO
    160 MHz   866.7 1,201.0
    80 MHz   433.3 600.5
    40 MHz 150.0 200.0 286.8
    20 MHz 72.2 86.7 143.4
    Highest supported data rate:
    • 5 GHz operation
    • 2.4 GHz operation (40 MHz)
    • 2.4 GHz operation (20 MHz)
    LANCOM products that support
    this data rate:
    LANCOM LW-500 LANCOM LW-500
    LANCOM LN-630acn
    LANCOM LN-830U
    LANCOM LN-860
    LANCOM LN-862
    LANCOM IAP-822
    LANCOM OAP-821
    LANCOM OAP-822
    LANCOM OAP-830
    LANCOM L-822acn
    LANCOM Access Points
    Wi-Fi 5 (4 x 4)
    Wi-Fi 4
    802.11n
    (Mbps)
    Wi-Fi 5
    802.11ac
    (Mbps)
    Wi-Fi 6
    802.11ax
    (Mbps)
    4x4
    MIMO
    160 MHz   3,466.7 4,803.9
    80 MHz   1,733.3 2,402.0
    40 MHz 600.0 800.0 1,147.1
    20 MHz 288.9 346.7 573.5
    3x3
    MIMO
    160 MHz   2,340.0 3,602.9
    80 MHz   1,300.0 1,801.5
    40 MHz 450.0 600.0 860.3
    20 MHz 216.7 288.9 430.1
    2x2
    MIMO
    160 MHz   1,733.3 2,402.0
    80 MHz   866.7 1,201.0
    40 MHz 300.0 400.0 573.5
    20 MHz 144.4 173.3 286.8
    1x1
    MIMO
    160 MHz   866.7 1,201.0
    80 MHz   433.3 600.5
    40 MHz 150.0 200.0 286.8
    20 MHz 72.2 86.7 143.4
    Highest supported data rate:
    • 5 GHz operation
    • 2.4 GHz operation (40 MHz)
    • 2.4 GHz operation (20 MHz)
    LANCOM products that support
    this data rate:
    LANCOM LN-1700B LANCOM LN-1700B
    LANCOM LN-1702B
    LANCOM LN-1700UE
    LANCOM OAP-1700B
    LANCOM OAP-1702B
    LANCOM Access Points
    Wi-Fi 6 (2 x 2)
    Wi-Fi 4
    802.11n
    (Mbps)
    Wi-Fi 5
    802.11ac
    (Mbps)
    Wi-Fi 6
    802.11ax
    (Mbps)
    4x4
    MIMO
    160 MHz   3,466.7 4,803.9
    80 MHz   1,733.3 2,402.0
    40 MHz 600.0 800.0 1,147.1
    20 MHz 288.9 346.7 573.5
    3x3
    MIMO
    160 MHz   2,340.0 3,602.9
    80 MHz   1,300.0 1,801.5
    40 MHz 450.0 600.0 860.3
    20 MHz 216.7 288.9 430.1
    2x2
    MIMO
    160 MHz   1,733.3 2,402.0
    80 MHz   866.7 1,201.0
    40 MHz 300.0 400.0 573.5
    20 MHz 144.4 173.3 286.8
    1x1
    MIMO
    160 MHz   866.7 1,201.0
    80 MHz   433.3 600.5
    40 MHz 150.0 200.0 286.8
    20 MHz 72.2 86.7 143.4
    Highest supported data rate:
    • 5 GHz operation
    • 2.4 GHz operation (40 MHz)
    • 2.4 GHz operation (20 MHz)
    LANCOM products that support
    this data rate:
    LANCOM LW-600 LANCOM LW-600
    LANCOM Access Points
    Wi-Fi 6 (4 x 4)
    Wi-Fi 4
    802.11n
    (Mbps)
    Wi-Fi 5
    802.11ac
    (Mbps)
    Wi-Fi 6
    802.11ax
    (Mbps)
    4x4
    MIMO
    160 MHz   3,466.7 4,803.9
    80 MHz   1,733.3 2,402.0
    40 MHz 600.0 800.0 1,147.1
    20 MHz 288.9 346.7 573.5
    3x3
    MIMO
    160 MHz   2,340.0 3,602.9
    80 MHz   1,300.0 1,801.5
    40 MHz 450.0 600.0 860.3
    20 MHz 216.7 288.9 430.1
    2x2
    MIMO
    160 MHz   1,733.3 2,402.0
    80 MHz   866.7 1,201.0
    40 MHz 300.0 400.0 573.5
    20 MHz 144.4 173.3 286.8
    1x1
    MIMO
    160 MHz   866.7 1,201.0
    80 MHz   433.3 600.5
    40 MHz 150.0 200.0 286.8
    20 MHz 72.2 86.7 143.4
    Highest supported data rate:
    • 5 GHz operation
    • 2.4 GHz operation (40 MHz)
    • 2.4 GHz operation (20 MHz)
    LANCOM products that support
    this data rate:
    LANCOM LX-6400 LANCOM LX-6400
    LANCOM LX-6402

    The displayed figures correspond to the defined, maximum gross data rates of the respective Wi-Fi standards. They show the technically maximum data rate with which clients of the respective category can be served. In 2.4 GHz operation, a usable channel width of only 20 MHz rather than 40 MHz should be expected as a realistic operating assumption.

     

    In practice, however, the achievable net throughputs for data transport are significantly lower, since the management traffic of the connection must also be taken into account in addition to the packet header overhead. Also, several access points and clients usually share the transmission time in the air at the same time. In addition, these often compete with other coexistent wireless technologies and systems such as Bluetooth, ZigBee, and DECT in the form of headsets, cameras, telephones, or other audio and video transmission systems, which further reduces the achievable net throughputs.

     

    Note: The use of Wi-Fi 5 data rates (IEEE 802.11ac) is only defined in the 5 GHz frequency band according to the standard. In the 2.4 GHz frequency band, Wi-Fi 5 devices continue to use the backward-compatible Wi-Fi 4 data rates.

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