WiFi 6 Has Arrived and Promises Faster Data Delivery Speeds

WiFi is inevitably part of our everyday lives. With every passing year, we add more devices in our homes that require WiFi, consequently slowing down our speeds as more devices connect to our home routers. WiFi 6 is here to help solve that issue. WiFi 6’s devices/routers offer faster speeds of the internet and some of these routers are even inexpensive to own.

Last year at CES 2019, affordable routers were announced to be coming to stores, yet consumers were met with very high price points. A small number of routers were offered for just under $200. This year’s CES event introduced quality routers that ranged around the price points of $100-$200.

In large homes, it’s recommended to have a mesh router system. However, this could be a bit more expensive than singular routers. Mesh routers also provide stronger and faster speeds of WiFi. At CES, Comcast announced the WiFi 6 version of their Gateway. This was a crucial change for many since cable providers rent out routers to their consumers. Apple’s iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro both support WiFi 6 in addition to other companies like Lenovo, Samsung, and Asus that announced new laptops that also incorporate WiFi 6.

In comparison to WiFi 5, WiFi 6 has nearly doubled in speed. WiFi 5 had about 3.5 Gbps compared to WiFi 6 which now has up to 9.6 Gbps. However, that speed isn’t necessarily for one device solely. Rather, the 9.6 Gbps is  needed for connecting and using multiple devices without sacrificing quality internet speeds. 

There’s more developments coming for WiFi 6 such as WiFi 6E, which increases speed and capacity, but consumers will have to wait a while for this one since it doesn’t exist yet. WiFi 6 doesn’t instantly improve internet speeds. Rather, the wireless upgrade will show noticeable improvements through your regularly used devices once support for WiFi 6 is established.

Google & Asus Release Newest Version of OnHub Router

Normally, we put our routers in a corner. It’s not that they’re ugly, but they’re ridden with tangled cables and obnoxious blinking lights! Yellow cables here, blue cables there, flashing lights everywhere…they really can turn into an eyesore. Google created a router to combat the tangled mess, leaving you with a clean, sleek looking router and called it the OnHub. Two months after releasing the first router, Google announces that they have created a new OnHub with help from Asus.

Original OnHub Router on left, Asus Router on right
Original OnHub Router on left, Asus Router on right

With most of the same features and similar design, the new Asus OnHub is supposed deliver all of the quality that the last one has, with a few new major features. Asus OnHub introduces a Wave Control feature, which “lets you boost the Wi-Fi speed for a particular device by simply waving your hand over the top of the Asus OnHub.”

We are still unsure how the router is going to know which device it supposed to boost the signal to, especially if there are multiple devices in the same direction. But on a similar note, if you are using the app on your iOS or Android phone, you can prioritize Wi-Fi for a specific device over a span of one, two, or four hours. Since there are no desktop or web options, you must be able to operate it on a mobile device (If you’re planning on using this router, chances are you’ve got a smartphone in your pocket, too).

You can also see how many devices are on your network, making it easy to monitor how much data each device is using. And with the app, the days of pointing your guests to a worn piece of paper with a username and password are long gone – Everything is already displayed on the app.

Google also mentioned its first round of firmware updates for the OnHub, set to roll out in the next week. One improvement comes in a new feature called the Smart Antenna, which enables OnHub to “intelligently select the best combination of antennas to send Wi-Fi to your devices, based on their location and orientation.” With these improvements, OnHub will be able to “deliver faster and more reliable Wi-Fi.”

The design is very similar to the last, with only a few key differences. The previous OnHub displayed brighter lights than the Asus OnHub, which only lights up when it needs to tell you something. The cylindrical design has a few differences, namely being that the top is narrower than the original. Since it has maintained its sleek design, you probably won’t be ashamed to leave it out in the open, where routers technically do work best. It can’t do much about the Ethernet and power cords which discreetly slip out from the very bottom

At $219, the price is a pretty lofty one to pay, but the benefits may be worth it. The Asus OnHub is set to ship sometime in November, but you can pre-order it now.