WiFi 6 – Features, Benefits and Possible Upgrades

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Recently, companies have made electronics and home appliances that work with WiFi. Since each of these items consume the bandwidth and router, you might have slower speeds especially if you have many devices.

Fortunately, the birth of Wi-Fi 6 can solve this problem by providing dependable and faster speeds. Moreover, at this year’s CES, people saw a vast display of Wi-Fi 6 devices and routers. You could even get these items at cheap prices thereby making them potentially popular.

Many people saw the birth of these cheap routers as a great step for WiFi 6. After all, they came after repeated promises that such items would exist. Even if the routers do not offer different features than earlier WiFi 6 devices, their low-price interests tech enthusiasts.

In 2019, cheaper WiFi 6 routers came into the market. You could even get such products at prices less than $200. For instance, an entry-level model by TP-Link goes for $70.

But this year, companies have announced models with similar prices as high-end variants. So, expect to get a WiFi 6 router for $100 -$200 in the coming months.

At this year’s event, Netgear exhibited its Nighthawk Mesh-which stands as the first mesh router from a popular brand that falls into this price range. Owning a two-pack from this company will set you back at $230. If you plan to use the products in the US, it will suit the 400Mbps internet connections found in many homes in the country.

Compared to single routers, mesh router systems cost more as they have many components. However, they have become popular with homeowners with large buildings. Furthermore, these devices offer efficient and faster speeds in such homes. You could choose a mesh system over a WiFi 6 router as the latter offers wider coverage.

Looking at Wi-Fi 6, many supporting routers have appeared in the news. For example, D- Link, Arris, and TP-Link have integrated WiFi 6 to their mesh router systems. Comcast has also offered a Gateway that promises WiFi 6 features – which comes as an important step as many individuals tend to rent routers from cable companies.

Apart from routers, you can use WiFi-6 in commonly used devices like smartphones. If you use an iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, you notice that the devices support this new technology. Surprisingly, these devices come as the first handhelds to have WiFi 6.

Owners of the latest laptops will also enjoy the benefits of this new Wi-Fi standard. Several brands such as Asus, Samsung, and Lenovo have announced such products that will support this new form of Wi-Fi.

Originally, this standard was not supposed to have much power. But it supports speeds of 9.6 Gbps that exceeds shadows the 3.5 Gbps offered by Wi-Fi 5. Surprisingly, the excess bandwidth was not developed to provide stunning speeds to a single appliance, instead, it covers a wide range of devices and appliances in your home.

As time goes on, consumers will observe the benefits of using Wi-Fi 6. By then, many supporting products will use the technology to provide dependable services at stunning speeds.

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But before many consumers can accept Wi-Fi 6, brands need to add this feature into everyday items such as phones and laptops. You can only find this feature in expensive products. Presently, there’s a large following that purchases flagship products with this feature.

Soon WiFi will have an upgrade – WiFi 6E amongst other developments. Instead of waiting for this standard, it would be better if you use available options.

The Myth of Wi-Fi 6E

WiFi 6E comes as a better and faster version of WiFi 6. However, it does not exist. Currently, WiFi uses two airwaves that the FCC authorized for public use – 2.4 GHz and 5GHz. But the commission might open another channel at 6GHz which many tech companies have shown immense interest. Even the California based firm, Broadcom has developed chips that can use this technology. However, no one knows when WiFi 6E will be available for use.

You should also expect the pairing of 5G with Wi-Fi 6. Here, the union will use a faster WiFi spectrum to provide quick wireless services in homes. Besides, 5G will offer efficiency and cheap prices for this arrangement. Even if the idea looks far-fetched, Linskys and Raazer have set up plans to tease the concept.

Wi-Fi 6 will not drastically enhance wireless speeds. Instead, it will gradually offer better services particularly as everyday items will feature this technology. Even if it might take some time, Wi-Fi 6 looks like a solution that people will love.

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Posted by Abiodun Adewusi

Abiodun Adewusi is a freelance writer who lives in Nigeria. As a writer, he is passionate about providing content on technology helping people keep up with the latest trends. You can see some of his work on Medium and Ezine.

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