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Advantech AIW-163 Accelerates Edge Networking Innovation


September 2022, Taipei, Taiwan — Advantech, a leading global provider of industrial IoT and wireless solutions, releases the newest member of its AIW-100 series — AIW-163. This advanced Wi-Fi 6 module is a future-proof offering in Advantech’s Industrial Wireless (AIW) portfolio and is designed for industrial solutions that require high bandwidth, large capacity, low latency, and low power consumption. This wireless module supports dual-stream Wi-Fi in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, making AIW-163 an excellent choice for medical equipment, factory devices, and retail kiosks. Advantech AIW-163 supports receiver Automatic Gain Control (AGC), Low-Density Parity Check (LDPC), and Space Time block coding (STBC), improving dynamic range and performance. 

Acceleration of Wireless Edge Networking Innovations

AIW-163 with Wi-Fi 6 capability provides higher speed and bandwidth than Wi-Fi 5. Data rates have been increased to 1201 Mbps in 802.11ax situations. Apart from the much faster speeds and greater bandwidth, the other main difference of Wi-Fi 6 is the upgrade from single-user MIMO & OFDMA in wave 1 and 2 to multi-user MIMO & OFDMA.

Designed for Medical Devices 

The Advantech AIW-163 combo module improves the Wi-Fi 5 range from 312.5 kHz to 781.25 kHz. This signal range allows for less delay and better performance. Healthcare devices and facilities will be able to conduct their tasks better than before. This module also supports Target Wake Time (TWT) to save power.  

Moreover, Advantech’s AIW-163 increases data throughput by up to 25% and covers a signal range of 80%. Hospitals and clinics require a wide range of connections and high throughput to deliver accurate diagnostic and other information from X-Rays, MRIs, CTs, etc. Furthermore, AIW-163 can be used to improve the management of big data for clinics and pharmacies.

AIW-163 Key Features

•      Realtek RTL8852BE 

•      IEEE 802.11ax (2.4GHz + 5GHz), BT 5.2 

•      M.2 2230 form factor (A-E Key) 

•      Interface: PCIe (Wi-Fi), USB (BT) 

•      Wide operating temperature support: 0 ~ 70°C / 32 ~ 158°F 

•      O/S compatibility: Windows and Linux

Selection Cable (MHF4)

 •      1750007965-01: 30cm 

 •      1750008653-01: 20cm 

 •      1750008799-01: 17cm 

 •      1750008800-01: 10cm

Dipole Antenna (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)

•      1750008717-01

Advantech’s AIW-163 combo module is available now. For more information about AIW-163 or other Advantech products and services, please contact your local sales support team or visit our website at

Toward the Next Wireless Technology Transformation

Advantech’s Industrial Wireless (AIW) solutions provide market leading Wi-Fi 5/6/6E/7, 4G LTE, 5G NR, GPS/GNSS, and Bluetooth 5.2 technology. AIW solutions are reliable and robust with platform interoperability aimed at industrial customers. Combining worldwide wireless certifications — such as FCC & CE-RED — with wireless design-in services, AIW delivers a one-stop shopping experience that helps embedded customers accelerate their AIoT product development.