I received my Framework 13 7640u a couple of days ago and I have encountered one major issue.
The WiFi is simply terrible.
I get 65% of signal power in linux mint and all bars in windows (whatever that means) but I get at most 40Mb/s download in both OSs.
And it’s extremely unstable, with response latencies all over the place.
I do get 150Mb/s upload tough.
My desktop PC and macbook both get a snappy 300Mb/s download in the same spots.
On windows I tried forcing wifi AC, tried using 2.4 and 5Ghz bands only, no improvements.
When I get about 5m away from the AP I get 500Mb/s down and up on my macbook, whereas the framework I get 350Mb/s tops.
My SSD’s read/writes performance aren’t the problem, it’s not faulty.
The antenna’s are properly connected and do not appear to be damaged (And again I do get a nice signal according to windows and mint).
My WiFi AP is a TP-link eap-245.
The drivers used are : 126.96.36.1995
Does anyone else experience bad wifi connection?
Is there a possible software solution or should I just get another card?
Are you able to test it on a different AP to see if you have the same issues? I have two 11th gen systems, one with a mediatek 7922, the other with an intel ax210, and they both have similar upload and download speeds to a server in my network as a macbook air m2. My router and APs are running the asus-merlin firmware.
I have a feeling that the problem might be the antenna design, it is very directional.
My AP is in the room above mine, when the computer is open, the screen faces a wall (30cm away but still) and I get 20Mb/s, closing it gets me twice the download and if I place it just right I get 80Mb/s (still the macbook never goes below 150Mb/s no matter the position).
This makes it more manageable but I suspect I will be forced to get some third party antennas.
Before that I will try to get an Intel WiFi card, too many people reported issues with this Mediatek one and I can’t even find a driver download page from the manufacturer - I find this very annoying - as if it’s some crappy OEM part.
I’m getting similar performance RZ616 performance issues on W11. 20 Mbps download/upload tops on any wifi network. My phone pulls 250 Mbps download and upload without a sweat (on the same network). It’s literally less than 10% of the performance I’m getting from other devices. Quite disappointing.
Damn it, my hopes were so high for those new driver but it made no improvements to my case (it actually got much worse for the download speed)
Thanks for the info though! I was finding it quite annoying that Windows never updated the WiFi card but given the messy drivers I should be glad I guess
I did test my framework on a Archer C6 rooter and the speed is generally better at around 80 Mbits/s download and it seemed to be more stable but then again the performance was still very bad compared to other laptops and smartphones in the same spots.
And I don’t want to replace my AP with a rooter just to get better performance on one struggling device.
I guess there isn’t much to do other than trying another WiFi card.