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WiFi 6: Harder, Better, Stronger, Faster

You know how everyone’s talking about 5G rollout and what it will mean for mobile connectivity? Pretty exciting really, even the President of the US is tweeting about it, although he doesn’t really seem to understand the concept, as 6G hasn’t been even proposed as a standard yet…

Unlike mobile 6G, WiFi 6 is a thing

While we wait for 5G mobile rollout and the presumed drafting of a 6G proposal, in 2019, we’re getting WiFi 6.

What is WiFi 6, and how come I haven’t heard about WiFi 5, or 4, or 3…?

Back when they started naming WiFi standards, they were named things like WiFi 802.11n (that’s WiFi 4, from 2009), and WiFi 802.11ac (aka WiFi 5, from 2014).

This new version of WiFi’s technical name is WiFI 802.11ax, however the WiFi Alliance has now switched to a more user-friendly naming approach – hence the WiFi 6 name tag. This new naming convention is a welcome change to everyone, industry people and consumers alike!

So, WiFi 6 is a new standard in WiFi connectivity, that’s harder, better, faster, stronger…

The Nitty Gritty: Wifi 6, aka WiFi 802.11ax

Why WiFi 6? The new standard has been developed to deal with the complexity involved in the explosion of connected WiFi devices, whether it just be in the home or office with IoT devices, or even in hyper device-saturated environments, such as massive sports stadiums at peak events.

WiFi 6 certified devices, such as the already on the market in Australia Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream Wi-fi 6 Router from Netgear, combined with another WiFi device, like a phone, or home hub, allow you to access all the benefits of this latest standard.

WiFi 6 improvements over WiFi 5

What you need to know about WiFi 6, and how it can benefit your business:

  • Increased data rates
  • Greater network capacity, for more devices
  • Improved performance in a device-saturated area
  • Better power efficiency (that’s your phone manufacturers breathing a sigh of relief)

For more info, and to check out the technical details, you can take a peek at the WiFi 6 Whitepaper from the WiFi Alliance.

Great! When can I start using WiFi 6?

As it’s still a very new technology, you’re limited in scope at the moment with WiFi 6 capable devices. Although the Netgear router we mentioned earlier is certified WiFi 6, finding other devices to connect to it is going to be the issue – at least for the next few coming months.

Watch to see which companies start offering WiFi 6 devices, such as phones, tablets, and IoT devices to start taking advantage of the benefits of WiFi 6 – it might end up being a really exciting prospect for your office WiFi networks.

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