Everyone wants to have access to the fastest possible Internet. And the world of tech seems to keep introducing the most innovative technologies when it comes to the Internet. First 5G and now Wi-Fi 6. These latest inventions in the world of Internet promise fast speeds along with lesser chances of an Internet outage. Apart from that, you should expect much more.
Here is your detailed guide regarding Wi-Fi 6:
What is Wi-Fi 6?
Wi-Fi 6 simply refers to the next generation of Wi-Fi. The function, obviously, for this Wi-Fi will be the same i.e. connecting you to the Internet. However, it will come at a faster speed. Thus, increasing efficiency and productivity. According to news, this Wi-Fi will be around 37% faster than what you already have access.
Moreover, Wi-Fi 6 will also come with greater power efficiency that means that devices will not consume their batteries at a rate as high as the current one. If you think that you would not need this Wi-Fi connection any time soon, think again. Because the number of devices per household keeps increasing. This asks for a faster and better Wi-Fi connection as well.
How Fast will Wi-Fi 6 Be?
As mentioned earlier, it will be 37% faster than the existing Wi-Fi connection. However, you might be curious as to what would be the exact speed range that it will offer. Currently, Wi-Fi 5 offers a maximum speed of 3.5 Gbps. Wi-Fi 6 will offer somewhere around 9.6 Gbps. However, these numbers are theoretical maximums. In real situations, you will never get access to the maximum speeds. Try taking the Internet speed test and you would know.
But you need to understand one thing here. Wi-Fi 6 is not all about providing you with the maximum speed or the fastest speed. It is more than that. Wi-Fi 6 is about increasing the network efficiency as well so that you can connect multiple devices to the connection with ease.
Better Battery Life
The introduction of this Wi-Fi connection would also mean that you can enjoy better battery life when it comes to your devices. You would be familiar with the frustration that comes with the devices consuming their batteries because of Internet connections. Well, up till now there was nothing much that one could do about it. Other than carrying a power bank or charging the devices again.
All this is possible because of the new feature ‘Target Wake Time’ that Wi-Fi 6 will come equipped with. Using this feature, the Wi-Fi will be put to sleep when the device is not using it. And vice versa. Hence, allowing the device to save battery life. The Wi-Fi radio will spend more of its time in the sleep mode following the introduction of this feature.
Suitable for Crowded Areas
Wi-Fi 6 will also prove to be the best option for times when you have to operate in crowded places. Everyone will be familiar with the Wi-Fi getting bogged when using it in a crowded place. Think of busy shopping malls, bus stations, and offices. The new Wi-Fi connection will help to resolve this issue by improving every user’s speed by around four times. Do not think that this offer will be valid for crowded places only. Home Wi-Fi connections will enjoy the same. Even the in-flight Wi-Fi will be offering the same.
Technologies Making Wi-Fi 6 Faster
Having read all the positive things about Wi-Fi 6, don’t you wish to know about the technologies that will enable Wi-Fi 6 to be fast? There are two technologies behind it – MU-MIMO and OFDMA. The former allows the Wi-Fi router to connect easily to multiple devices without any lag. It is different from the existing connection as it broadcasts one device at a time.
The other technology (OFDMA) will make it possible for one transmission to deliver the data to various devices all at once.
Get ready to enjoy improved security with the introduction of Wi-Fi 6. The recent security protocol WPA3 will make it hard for hackers to get access to passwords. Apart from that, some data becomes useless even if the hackers get access to it. Thus, protecting you further.
If you have the most recent routers, you do not have to worry about changing them as they support WPA3. However, you should check with your company’s customer support center. The reps will be able to guide you better.
In case you are wondering when the Wi-Fi will be out for use, the answer is that the devices that support Wi-Fi 6 are already out. However, they are quite expensive at the moment. Expect the high-end phones to start introducing Wi-Fi 6 any time soon.