Wi-Fi 6, or 802.11ax, is the next wireless standard after Wi-Fi 5/802.11ac. With the standard still being finalised, here’s what you need to know about Wi-Fi 6.
Wi-Fi 6 is almost 3 times faster than Wi-Fi 5, theoretically (9.6Gbps vs 3.5Gbps). But it helps in the larger scheme of things as it’s total throughput which allows for multiple devices to run at higher speeds.
Most of the benefit of Wi-Fi 6 will be realised through its introduction of OFDMA and upgraded MU-MIMO. OFDMA is a technology that is currently in use with mobile carriers that allows for more efficient use of wireless transmissions. MU-MIMO helps wireless transmissions be served to multiple users at a time and assists in speed by allowing communication to happen across multiple chains if supported.
The other benefits that Wi-Fi 6 will bring include increased security with the WPA3 security protocol and battery savings with Target Wake Timers.
To fully utilise Wi-Fi 6 you’ll need a Wi-Fi 6 wireless access point and a device that has Wi-Fi 6. So don’t rush in at this stage (unless you really want to!) and wait for more devices to come out with support for the new standard.
If you feel like heading down the Wi-Fi 6 path, reach out to us, we are happy to help you with your Wi-Fi 6 or general wireless questions. You can email us at [email protected] or contact can be made via our contact form.