What Is Wi-Fi 6E and What Else Is Coming?


Are you wondering what Wi-Fi 6E is all about? How annoying is a random bad Wi-Fi? Pretty much but even more so if you have a bad Wi-Fi network in your home. In the world of digital connectivity, Wi-Fi has become a must-have technology. But let’s be real, how many times have you dealt with those frustrating old routers that drive you crazy? It’s like they’re speaking a different language with all those Wi-Fi standards. And don’t even get me started on how having a good deal with your ISP doesn’t necessarily mean fast speed on your wireless network. The latest entrants in this evolution are Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E. Let’s delve deeper into these advancements, focusing on hard facts and verifiable figures.

Wi-Fi 6: A significant upgrade

Wi-Fi 6, also labeled as 802.11ax, is the sixth generation of the Wi-Fi standard. Launched in 2019, it brought along notable improvements over its predecessor, Wi-Fi 5. Wi-Fi 6 operates within the familiar frequency bands of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, not to be confused with 5G in telecoms. However, the real game-changer lies in the capabilities of its extended version – Wi-Fi 6E.

Wi-Fi 6E: The extended powerhouse

Envision Wi-Fi 6 as a high-performance vehicle. Now, picture Wi-Fi 6E as the same vehicle, but with an added turbo boost. The ‘E’ in the term denotes ‘Extended’, referring to its utilization of the new 6 GHz band. This additional spectrum allows Wi-Fi 6E to deliver data at unprecedented speeds, making it significantly faster and more efficient than its predecessors.

The technicalities: Delving deeper the tech and use cases

The 6 GHz band used by Wi-Fi 6E provides seven additional 160 MHz channels, resulting in reduced congestion, particularly in densely populated areas. The 6 GHz spectrum is exclusive to the latest standards, ensuring minimal interference from other devices. Simplistically, if Wi-Fi 6 is a six-lane highway, the extended version of the standard just added seven more lanes.

This expansion also allows Wi-Fi 6E to support more devices at higher speeds. Moreover, Wi-Fi 6E offers improved latency, which is the time taken for a device to communicate with the network. Lower latency translates to smoother streaming, faster downloads, and more responsive gaming.

The impact of Wi-Fi 6E: What could it mean for you?

So, how do these technological advancements impact the average user? Imagine streaming your favorite show in 4K without any buffering, or playing an intense online game without any lag. Picture a virtual meeting where you can see and hear your colleagues clearly without any delays or glitches and think of all that for multiple devices being used at the same time and in all kinds of locations within the LAN. That’s the potential Wi-Fi 6E brings to the table.

Real-world applications

In an increasingly connected world, the benefits of improved networks are manifold. Smart homes, for instance, can leverage Wi-Fi 6E’s increased capacity and efficiency. With multiple devices connected simultaneously – from smart TVs and thermostats to security systems – Wi-Fi 6E can ensure seamless operation without performance drops.

For businesses, Wi-Fi 6E can enhance productivity by providing stable and fast connections in crowded office spaces. It can also improve customer experiences in public spaces like malls, stadiums, and airports, where thousands of devices might be connected to the same network. Ready for hybrid work and a flexible work environment? Not if your office Wi-Fi is terrible.

Looking ahead: The prospect of Wi-Fi 7

While we’re still getting acquainted with Wi-Fi 6 and newer standards, the tech world is already abuzz with talks about the next iteration – Wi-Fi 7. Although it’s still in the early stages of development, Wi-Fi 7 promises to push the boundaries of connectivity even further, with ultra-low latency and multi-gigabit speeds.

To sum up, Wi-Fi 6E represents a significant leap in Wi-Fi technology, offering faster speeds, lower latency, and improved performance, all thanks to an extended frequency band. As more devices become compatible, we’re truly on the brink of experiencing online connectivity like never before.

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Hi there and thanks for reading my article! I'm Chris the founder of TechAcute. I write about technology news and share experiences from my life in the enterprise world. Drop by on Twitter and say 'hi' sometime. ;)
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