The new generation brings more than just faster speeds.
Faster internet is constantly in demand, especially as we consume more bandwidth- demanding apps, games, and videos with our cellphones and laptops. The new generation of Wi-Fi, also known as “Wi-Fi 6” or ““802.11ax WiFi””, is not just a simple speed improve. Its impact will be more subtle, and over time, we may see more and more benefits.
This is less of a one-time speed increase and more of a future-facing upgrade designed to make sure our speeds don’t grind to a halt a few years down the road.
What is Wi-Fi 6 ?
Wi-Fi 6 is the next generation of Wi-Fi. It will still do the same basic thing-connect you to the Internet-but use a bunch of additional techniques to make it happen more efficiently, speeding up the connection in the process.
How fast is Wi-Fi 6?
In a nut shell, the answer is: 9.6 Gbps. That’s up from 3.5 Gbps on Wi-Fi 5.
Wi-Fi 6 has a much higher theoretical speed limit than its predecessor, which is still important. That 9.6 Gbps doesn’t have to go to a single computer. It can be split up across the entire network of devices. That means each device has a greater potential speed.
WI-FI 6 isn't about top speeds.
Arguably, the most important improvement to Wi-Fi 6 is to reduce congestion and allow more devices to connect to the network. WI-fi 6 does this using a technology called Mu-MIMO, which allows routers to communicate with multiple devices simultaneously, rather than one at a time. Currently, MU-MIMO allows routers to communicate with up to four devices at once, and Wi-Fi 6 will allow communication with up to eight devices. Wi-Fi 6 also utilizes other technologies, such as OFDMA (orthogonal frequency division multiple access) and transmit beamforming, both of which play roles in improving efficiency and network capacity, respectively.
Wi-Fi 6 introduces some new technologies to help mitigate the issues that come with putting dozens of Wi-Fi devices on a single network. It lets routers communicate with more devices at once, lets routers send data to multiple devices in the same broadcast, and lets Wi-Fi devices schedule check-ins with the router. Together, those features should keep connections strong even as more and more devices start demanding data.
How fast is each device?
Each of those devices’ speeds won’t necessarily be faster than what they can reach today on a high-quality network, but they’re more likely to maintain those top speeds even in busier environments. You can imagine this being useful in a home where one person is streaming Netflix, another is playing a game, someone else is video chatting, and a whole bunch of smart gadgets — a door lock, temperature sensors, light switches, and so on — are all checking in at once.
Exactly how fast that upgrade is, though, will depend on how many devices are on your network and just how demanding those devices are.
When and where will Wi-Fi 6 make a difference for us?
It's still early for Wi-Fi 6, though the Wi-Fi Alliance recently launched its certification program for devices that use 802.11ax, which is a significant step on the path toward widespread adoption. Flagship smart phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and the iPhone 12 support Wi-Fi 6, and you'll find And remember, Wi-Fi 6 is an upgrade for routers and Wi-Fi devices, not an upgrade to your Wi-Fi service in general. If you have a slow connection from your service provider to start with, a Wi-Fi 6 router won't fix that. and you'll find Wi-Fi 6 routerson the Juplink products list.
And remember, Wi-Fi 6 is an upgrade for routers and Wi-Fi devices, not an upgrade to your Wi-Fi service in general. If you have a slow connection from your service provider to start with, a Wi-Fi 6 router won't fix that.