Surface Go Wi-Fi Support
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Microsoft’s Surface Go is the ultimate in portability when it comes to tablets. It offers the same flagship features as the Surface Pro but in a smaller package. Additionally, the Surface Go is always up-to-date with the latest wireless technology, making it an excellent choice for a 2-in-1 tablet/laptop.

Except for the first generation, all newer models of the Surface Go are equipped with Wi-Fi 6 wireless technology.

ModelWi-Fi VersionAdapter
Surface Go (2018)AC Wi-Fi 5Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4A
Surface Go 2 (2020)AX Wi-Fi 6Intel(R) Wi-Fi 6 AX200 160MHz
Surface Go 3 (2021)AX Wi-Fi 6Intel(R) Wi-Fi 6 AX200 160MHz
Surface Go 4 (2023)AX Wi-Fi 6?
Table 1: Surface Go Wi-Fi supports

The original 2018 Surface Go model is equipped with a Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4A Wireless Network Adapter that only supports Wi-Fi 5 (also known as IEEE 802.11ac standard) technology. This technology provides transfer speeds of up to 866Mbps.

All newer models come with an Intel AX-Series Wi-Fi 6 adapter that offers a much more reliable and faster transfer speed. Wireless technology is backward compatible with all previous Wi-Fi standards. Here are all the Wi-Fi standards supported by Surface Go:

  1. Wi-Fi 1: IEEE 802.11b, released in 1999.
  2. Wi-Fi 2: IEEE 802.11a, released in 1999.
  3. Wi-Fi 3: IEEE 802.11g, released in 2003.
  4. Wi-Fi 4: IEEE 802.11n, released in 2009.
  5. Wi-Fi 5: IEEE 802.11ac, released in 2014.

If you want to find out more information about your laptop’s Wi-Fi adapter, such as its version, speed, manufacturer, and more, you can use a third-party tool like HWiNFO.

Surface Go Wi-Fi Adapter
Surface Go (1st Gen) Wi-Fi Adapter Information via HWINFO