Superfast Wi-Fi

Thursday, October 15, 2020

We are in the age of superfast internet and once it is delivered to your home new versions of ‘Wireless Fidelity’ will allow you to access those speeds wirelessly. Wi-Fi 6 is the latest version of Wi-Fi technology available.



What is it and how is it different from another Wi-Fi?

WiFi is your home network/your router creates a personal home network so you can access broadband services wirelessly and connect your devices to internet services at home. Wi-Fi 6, also known as 802.11ax is the latest version of wireless technology which we know as Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi 6 replaces Wi-Fi 5, known as 802.11ac, and most importantly is a massive upgrade on its predecessor.  

Wi-Fi 6 offers improvements across the board from the older Wi-Fi offerings; greater range, more data stability and reduced Wi-Fi congestion. 

What are some of the benefits of the new superfast Wi-Fi?
A huge benefit of Wi-Fi 6 is that it offers greater security, there will be an upgrade to the Wi-Fi protected access (WPA) system, which will see WPA 3 brought in to replace WPA 2. The WPA 3 uses the Simultaneous Authentication of Equals (SAE) method to make passwords harder to crack when logging into your Wi-Fi network.

Another Wi-Fi 6 improvement is more efficient communication between your device and the router. Your device will only activate when it needs to be awake, spending less time searching for a signal and more time sleeping/saving battery.  

One of the most important (and expected) features of Wi-Fi 6 is its speed. “Wi-Fi 6 is capable of a maximum throughput of 9.6 Gbps across multiple channels, compared to 3.5 Gbps on Wi-Fi 5”. Though you most likely will never need (or reach) that level of download speed (with a good download speed thought to be around 100mbps) the benefit will be seen when more devices are added to the network. Wi-Fi 6 routers are designed to keep all the devices up to date with all the data needed.

How do I make Wi-Fi 6 work?
When you buy a new Wi-Fi 6 certified router it means that you will have higher speeds, low latency and high capacity. These routers feature wider channels and less interference.

Wi-Fi 6 has been around since late 2018 but routers capable of handling it have started to be made available from 2019 and the technology built to handle it is now starting to become more prevalent. Please note that you will need to have both a new Wi-Fi 6 friendly device and router to utilise it.

How long will we be using Wi-Fi 6 for and when will Wi-Fi 7 is released?
We will be using Wi-Fi 6 for the next few years at least. The next standard, Wi-Fi 7 (also known as 802.11 be) will not be available until 2024. This will further reduce speed, increase efficiency and reduce congestion in heavy bandwidth scenarios even more.


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