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.

Wi-Fi 6 is Here, But It May Take a While Before You Can Actually Use It

Wireless connectivity is going through a big change as the time has come for an upgrade. This year’s CES Convention held in Las Vegas showcased routers with the newly implemented Wi-Fi 6 generation; however, devices including our laptops and smartphones have yet to support the new upgrade.

As of now, Wi-Fi 6 can only be used by a few devices, as other gadgets cannot yet reap the benefits of its faster speeds. The new generation of Wi-Fi has promised an improved connectivity to multiple devices that occupy one household, as well as better battery performance and endurance for routers under strenuous conditions.

It’s been a couple years since Wi-Fi 6 was announced, and the upgraded version is set to take off this year. The Wi-Fi Alliance is to certify devices in 2019, making sure the “technology meets industry agreed standards for interoperability and security.”

The CES Convention allowed for HP and Dell to announce their new laptops that will support Wi-Fi 6 in the coming year. Intel also spoke about its redesigned Thunderbolt 3 Wi-Fi 6 DL Boost chips to be used in laptops and PCs in 2019. Assuming all goes according to scheduled plan, the move to Wi-Fi 6 is expected to follow through in 2019 and 2020 when devices have incorporated upgraded chips to support the next generation Wi-Fi; however, the release of such devices could still take a while before you can take advantage of Wi-Fi 6’s benefits.