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Realtek RTL8821AE Combo Module

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Realtek RTL8821AE Combo Module
Availability: reference design

FCC approval date: 10 July 2013

Interface: Mini PCIe (half)

ID: 10ec:8821 (2 addl. devices) SS: 1043:85b4
Windows: PCI\VEN_10EC&DEV_8821&SUBSYS_85B41043

FCC ID: TX2-RTL8821AE
Industry Canada ID: 6317A-RTL8821AE

WI1 chip1: Realtek RTL8821AE

Probable Linux driver
rtl8821ae (in backports) (3.16+)
or rtlwifi_new (WIP)
also, staging driver expected in k3.14,
'final' for k3.15+

PCI ID first seen in kernel v3.18 (2014-12-07)
(see also passys)

Windows driver
see Realtek's website

Antenna connector: U.FL

abgn+ac, 1x1:1

Flags: bluetooth

OUI: none specified

 FCC ID
AzureWave AW-CB161HTX2-RTL8821AE
TLZ-CB161H
AzureWave AW-CB209NFTX2-RTL8821AE
TLZ-CB209NF
For a list of all currently documented Realtek chipsets with specifications, see Realtek.



802.11a/b/g/n/ac RTL8821AE Combo Module

FCC ID: TX2-RTL8821AE (2013-07-10)

The FCC label shows two models:
  • RTL8821AE (HMC)
  • RTL8821AENF (NGFF)
The FCC test report states that there are six configurations of the EUT:
  1. HMC, PCIe, Diversity antenna, I-PEX (U.FL compatible) RF connector
  2. HMC, PCIe, Fixed antenna, I-PEX (U.FL compatible) RF connector
  3. NGFF, PCIe, Diversity antenna, I-PEX MHF4 RF connector
  4. NGFF, SDIO, Diversity antenna, I-PEX MHF4 RF connector
  5. NGFF, PCIe, Fixed antenna, I-PEX MHF4 RF connector
  6. NGFF, SDIO, Fixed antenna, I-PEX MHF4 RF connector

Devices probably using this module[edit]

  • ASUS VivoPC (SFF PC) models (on Ubuntu forums)
10ec:8821 (1043:85b4) PCI ID (ASUStek subsystem)
10ec:8821 PCI ID (Card)
  • ASUS M21AC (Desktop PC) models
10ec:8821 (1a3b:2161) PCI ID (AzureWave subsystem)
10ec:8821
10ec:8821
10ec:8821 (Card)

See also[edit]

  • Realtek RTL8821AE Combo Module
802.11abgn/ac RTL8821AE Combo Module
FCC ID: TX2-RTL8821AE (2013-07-10)
802.11abgn/ac RTL8821AU Combo Module
FCC ID: TX2-RTL8821AU (2014-03-06)
802.11abgn/ac RTL8821CE Combo Module
FCC ID: TX2-RTL8821CE (2016-12-12)