Wi-Fi 6: What's different & Why it matters
Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) – the next generation wireless standard - is here, promising better connectivity, faster network speeds and less bandwidth congestion.
Instead of boosting the speed for individual devices, Wi-Fi 6 is all about improving the network when several devices are connected.
Wi-Fi generations rely on new hardware, not just software updates, so you’ll need to buy new phones, laptops, etc. to get the new version of Wi-Fi. New devices will start coming with Wi-Fi 6 by default. As you replace your phone, laptop and game consoles over the next five years, they will come with the latest version of Wi-Fi.
In order to benefit from Wi-Fi 6, you will either need to buy a new router that supports Wi-Fi 6, or if you already have a perfectly good business-grade router, such as a DrayTek, then you would need to invest in a number of Wi-Fi 6 wireless access points.
A Wi-Fi 6 router or wireless access point’s ability to handle lots of simultaneous connections is important now that our homes have more Wi-Fi gadgets, including smart TVs, gaming consoles, laptops, and internet-connected thermostats, security cameras and speakers.
And of course, Wi-Fi performance has become more critical during the Coronavirus pandemic. The things that we do with our network are much more mission critical now – whether that’s the ability to do our jobs successfully, learn remotely or simply maintain the connections and relationships in our lives.
Some reasons why Wi-Fi 6 is a big deal:
A better user experience with higher efficiency (making latency a thing of the past)
3x faster speed (10 Gbps) and greater stability
Up to 12 streams….at once
4x more capacity for more devices (ideal for crowded networks)
40% increase in data throughput
A new ‘Target Wake Time’ (TWT) feature means your devices should have longer battery life
One important thing to keep in mind is that the speed from your internet service provider (ISP) is like a speed limit for your local network.
Talk to us today if you would like to take full advantage of Wi-Fi 6.