Get Intel AX210 Wireless Adapters Working on Linux

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  • The Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX210 wireless adapter supports Wi-Fi 6E technology(6 GHz). It’s a good fit if you happen to have a Wi-Fi 6E router. However, getting it working(and keeping it working) on Linux might be a little trickier than you think.

    Before You Purchase the Hardware

    Intel AX210 depends on the driver named iwlwifi and the minimum supported Linux kernel version is 5.10. Make sure your kernel version applies.

    If your kernel version is 5.10 or greater, there’s a good chance that the driver is already shipped with your distribution. To check:

    ls /lib/firmware/ | grep iwlwifi-

    If it’s not included, here is the installation method.

    If you cannot upgrade your kernel version to 5.10 or better, there’s an iwlwifi backport but the road is bumpy.

    Have you… plugged in?

    Yeah, we all have got an awkward time when we are trying to dig out the software fault while the hardware turns out to be blamed.

    Your lspci should output something like the following if the AX210 is successfully installed on the motherboard:

    06:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Device 2725 (rev 1a)

    AX210 Stops Working after Update

    apt and yum by default upgrade Linux kernel version, which may stop AX210 from working if your kernel version is between 5.10 and 5.15.

    During system boot, there are messages like Timeout waiting for PNVM load! and you can use dmesg in the terminal to see it more clearly.

    Gladly we have got a walkaround:

    sudo mv /usr/lib/firmware/iwlwifi-ty-a0-gf-a0.pnvm  /usr/lib/firmware/iwlwifi-ty-a0-gf-a0.bak

    Reboot and you should be fine.

    Sadly every time the kernel upgrade brings a new offending iwlwifi-ty-a0-gf-a0.pnvm, the process shall be repeated if your AX210 slacks off again. _(:зゝ∠)_

    AX210 Stops Working after Update (and the walkaround is not working)

    For Linux kernel version above 5.15, it seems iwlwifi-ty-a0-gf-a0.pnvm does not offend the kernel anymore so let’s restore it:

    sudo mv /usr/lib/firmware/iwlwifi-ty-a0-gf-a0.bak /usr/lib/firmware/iwlwifi-ty-a0-gf-a0.pnvm

    How about the Bluetooth?

    Alas, I never got it worked. Good luck.

    Please tell me(leave a comment below or drop me an email) the trick if you manage to make the Bluetooth work. :D


    You are the one like me, of the many, who encounters this problem. You are not alone. :)

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