Wifi 6 explained

Wifi 6 explained

Wi-Fi 6 is the next generation of the Wi-Fi standard, which has been continuously developed over the years and once again introduces an innovation with this version also known as 802.11ax. The standard builds on the benefits of 802.11ac and adds efficiency, flexibility and scalability. It enables higher speeds and capacities for next-generation applications, both in new and existing networks.

Wifi 6 history

802.11ax is the newest technology, and succeeds the ac standard that was introduced in 2013. What is the 802.11 number? It’s the most commonly utilized WLAN specification in the world and is managed by the by IEEE. Having an institution maintaining the most popular wifi standards ensures, that all certified devices will be compatible with one another. New Wifi standards are continuously being rolled out, and Wi-Fi 6 is the newest milestone. The latest standard, Wi-Fi 5, is several years old and has already been extended several times

What are the characteristics of Wifi 6

Wi-Fi 6 will replace Wi-Fi 5, but will continue to use the 2.4 and 5 gigahertz (GHz) frequency bands already known. In the past, routers only used the 2.4 GHz frequency range for radio communication, the benefits of 2,4ghz is its wall penetration capabilities and long range. But unfortunately this band is often overused, which is why modern routers regularly switch back and forth between the 2.4 and 5 GHz ranges, depending on the load.

Multiple Input, Multiple Output improves on multiple antennas on the router. MIMO-OFDM

(Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) is a new technology featured in Wifi 6. This feature provides finer signal splitting and thus reduces the transmission latency. Wi-Fi 6 can  send data around one third faster compared to Wi-Fi 5. A transmission rate of 11Gbit/s is theoretically possible with Wi-Fi 6. A major improvement compared to Wi-Fi 5’s 1.3Gbit/s. A film with UHD resolution could be downloaded in mere minutes, music or photos in less than a second.

Wifi 6 use cases

There is a wide array of potential use cases for wifi 6. Projects and operations that are trying to transmit data-intensive data, such as 4K or 8k video streams over busy networks will likely benefit the most from future Wifi 6 adoption.

Future of Wifi 6

The benefits of Wi-Fi 6 go far beyond new speed records. Especially when many terminal devices and IoT devices are connected via WIFI, the new standard allows for a reliable connection, as streams can be processed simultaneously by the network. Wifi-6 also provides a more reliable performance for advanced use cases  such as Ultra HD video downloading, or data-intensive applications for collaboration on Wifi networks with lots of connected device, fully wireless networked office environments and IoT.

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