Your Wi-Fi connection is about to get stronger with the implementation of the Wi-Fi 6 standard. Here's a look at what it is and how it will affect the Wi-Fi connectivity of your everyday device.
Wi-Fi technology has a presence in everyday life, whether at home, at work or travel. With Wi-Fi, your computer, smartphone, tablet, smart TV and many other devices, connect in large and small ways to perfect various tasks. With Wi-Fi 6, that connection becomes stronger and stronger. Also known as AX WiFi or 802.11ax WiFi, Wi-Fi 6 is the new standard in Wi-Fi technology that started operating earlier this year. As you can see below, it has many benefits, but also many moving parts that could limit its impact in the coming years.
What is Wi-Fi 6?
Wi-Fi 6 connects Wi-Fi Certified 6 devices. This certification, managed by the Wi-Fi Alliance, strives to produce higher data rates and greater capacity in environments that have many devices connected. In doing so, he also hopes to improve energy efficiency by allowing compatible devices to wake up and sleep, according to their needs.
Fundamentally, Wi-Fi 6 developers hope to provide a basis for current and emerging uses and technologies, from streaming ultra-high definition movies to business-critical applications that require both high bandwidth and low latency.
The Basics of Wi-Fi 6  Wi-Fi 6 is backward compatible with the current / previous Wi-Fi standard called 802.11ac. However, do not see Wi-Fi 6 as a new means to physically connect devices to the Internet through something like fiber. Instead, it is a new digital standard that compatible devices, such as routers, can use to transmit Wi-Fi signals more efficiently. In terms of speed, end users could see a significant increase, especially in areas where many devices are fighting for bandwidth.
During its tests, CNET discovered, for example, Wi-Fi transfer rates 6 at 1,320 Mbps, or about 40 percent faster than its previous tests with the previous standard. Perhaps more significant, its Wi-Fi 6 tests showed a speed increase of more than 1,000 percent compared to the current average download speed in the US. UU., Which is 119 Mbps.
However, before getting too excited, it is important to keep in mind that outside and internal forces can (and will) influence these numbers, often negatively. Your Internet service provider (ISP), for example, will have a meaningful opinion about how fast your network will be with Wi-Fi 6. Plus, because most individual devices do not need or use the amount of speed mentioned above, it is You may not even notice a speed jump unless your home supports many devices at the same time.
Beyond speed, efficiency is perhaps the most important reason why technicians are excited about Wi-Fi 6. Thanks to the new standard, routers will eventually be able to pack more information on each signal they send. By doing so, the devices will communicate faster. Subsequently, Wi-Fi 6 access points will be able to capture all the signals from several devices at the same time and service them with a single transmission.
All About Efficiency
Wi-Fi transmissions work by modulating a signal of a frequency on a specific radio channel. At the receiving end, these modulations mean pieces of binary code. The official name for this is quadrature amplitude modulation or QAM. The better your router is in QAM, the more binary code you can send with each transmission.
Currently, Wi-Fi 5 routers are equipped to deliver eight binary digits at the same time, or 256-QAM. Wi-Fi 6, on the other hand, raises this to 1024-QAM, which is good enough for 10 binary digitals with each transmission.
The Wi-Fi Alliance says the difference should amount to a speed increase of up to 30 percent with higher performance. Think of much better 4K transmissions and augmented reality techniques even more realistic.
Target Wake Time
Another aspect of Wi-Fi 6 is Target Wake Time. This functionality gives the router the ability to program when devices report their status, thus avoiding other signals and traffic. All this can lead to greater efficiency by increasing the device downtime and allowing smart devices, in particular, to better conserve the battery.
A bite: OFDMA
There is a final term to consider about Wi-Fi 6, and that is multiple access by orthogonal frequency division or OFDMA.
Perhaps Netgear explains OFDMA better when it describes its benefits as follows:
- Improved data transmission between each device in its network
- Improved network efficiency (less data transmission expected)
- Latency greatly improved for the transmission of small packets
- Improved communication between your router and its devices
- Longer battery life for your devices
It may be better to repeat it, efficiency, efficiency!
Where are we with Wi-Fi 6?
If you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or iPhone 11 series phone, your mobile device is already compatible with Wi-Fi 6. Beyond this, while retailers are starting to store ck Wi-Fi compatible routers, no There is an immediate need to buy one at this time for several reasons.
On the one hand, these routers are expensive and limited at this point.
As noted by the Wi-Fi Alliance, The first Wi-Fi 6 certified devices are Broadcom BCM4375, BCM43698, BCM43684, Cypress CYW 89650 Auto-Grade Wi-Fi 6 Certified, Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig +) AX200 (for PC), Intel Home Wi-Fi Series WAV600 Chipset (for routers and gateways), Marvell 88W9064 (4 × 4) Wi-Fi 6 STA dual band, Marvell 88W9064 (4 × 4) + 88W9068 (8 × 8), Wi-Fi 6 AP concurrent dual band, Qualcomm Networking Pro 1200 Platform, Qualcomm FastConnect 6800 Wi-Fi 6 Mobile Connectivity Subsystem and Ruckus R750 Wi-Fi 6 Access Point. There are also many more online.
You can find a link to current Wi-Fi certified products 6 in this link.
For another, even with a Wi-Fi 6 router, most of its devices, if not all, they are not yet compatible with the standard.
And finally, a reminder that your ISP finally decides how fast the connection between it and your router is. If the link is slow at this time, a new router will not necessarily change this. In this scenario, instead of jumping to Wi-Fi 6, your best move is to contact your ISP. Find out what can be done now to improve the connection speed in your home.
Beyond this, your first experience with Wi-Fi 6 will probably happen in a public area such as a stadium or airport. This type of places is where the improved capabilities will be most notable for the greatest number of people. Eventually, as more devices are connected online, the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 will extend to the home. Pay attention.