Do you want to make your wifi speed go fast? As in faster than your current setup? Are you still using the first protocol of Wifi offering 2Mbit/s link speed?
Here’s the good news, yes it can be done!
The answer is Wi-Fi 6.
With Wi-Fi 6 the speed can be push to 1,300Mbit/s. That is more than 600 times faster that the first Wi-fi introduced in 1997. Wi-Fi 6 lab tests has reached up to 10,000 Mbps – 10 Gigabits of data transmitted every second! If you bought new router yesterday or few minutes ago and the seller told you it’s the fastest in the market, Wi-Fi 6 can still make it 4 to 10 times faster.
Before you nail me on the cross, let me forewarn you that this technology will be available by 2019 and that is just a couple of months from now. In fact, NetGear and Asus is almost about to release their stealth fighter looking router using Wi-Fi 6 protocol.
Why Wi-Fi 6?
If you are a home user (non-techie), would you know if your router is using 802.11ac or 802.11n protocol? I bet you don’t! I guess 95% of internet users doesn’t care about this terminology. This is the reason why Wi-fi Alliance – the group of worldwide network companies that brings you wifi – came up with a new naming convention.
- Wi-Fi 6 to identify devices that support 802.11ax technology
- Wi-Fi 5 to identify devices that support 802.11ac technology
- Wi-Fi 4 to identify devices that support 802.11n technology
Don’t ask me about Wifi 1-3. These are Jurasic technology already. They are as slow as turtle next to hibernate. But if you insist, these are earlier Wi-Fi standards 802.11b, 802.11a and 802.11g. These are not being relabeled anymore, since those devices using these jurassic protocols are rarely used these days.
According to Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. “Wi-Fi Alliance is excited to introduce Wi-Fi 6, and present a new naming scheme to help industry and Wi-Fi users easily understand the Wi-Fi generation supported by their device or connection.”
Benefits of Wi-Fi 6
Don’t take my words for these but according to Intel, one of the members of Wi-Fi Alliance and one of the developers of Wi-Fi 6 certified chips, by the numbers Wi-Fi 6 is expected to:
- Deliver up to 40 percent higher peak data rates for a single client device
- Improve average throughput per user by at least four times in dense/congested environments
- Increase network efficiency by more than four times
- Extend the battery life of client devices
For most of us, it simply means faster NetFlix, better performance in crowded areas such as airports, malls, stadium, and crowded office, cheaper electricity bill.
Expect to see the new Wi-Fi 6 name on hardware products and inside software menus from 2019.