Wi-Fi 6 Officially Launches

Galtero Lara
Setiembre 17, 2019

According to the WFA, "Wi-Fi Certified 6 devices meet the highest standards for security and interoperability, and enable lower battery consumption, making it a solid choice for any environment, including the Internet of Things (IoT)". However, 802.11n and 802.11ac devices remain commonplace. Wi-Fi 6 is also backwards compatible, which means that you won't have to replace your current devices with new ones just to benefit of the faster Wi-Fi technology.

Leading figures in the router industry prepared for the new Wi-Fi 6 certification with a series of compatible devices, as well.

"Once the two critical milestones - Wi-Fi Alliance certification and standard ratification - are reached, we expect a strong market adoption of Wi-Fi 6", Kaneshin told us earlier this summer.

Since more data can be delivered at once, the theoretical maximum WiFi speed has also increased from 3.5 Gbps to 9.6 Gbps. With 1024-QAM, each symbol carries 10 bits rather than 8 bites, which improves raw speeds by 25% compared to 802.11ac 256-QAM.

Wi-Fi 6 is created to improve speed, increase efficiency and reduce congestion in heavy bandwidth usage scenarios.

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WiFi 6 comprises a set of tools that make data delivery faster and more efficient, and therefore more easily able to cope with higher WiFi demands- Tp-link reports that WiFi 6 has 4x more capacity for more devices.

Since Wi-Fi 6 requires changes to hardware, most now sold devices will not be certified. "As the full 6 GHz band is made available for unlicensed use - with multiple 160 MHz-wide channels - the Wi-Fi 6 consumer experience will be turbocharged for the gigabit home and AR/VR".

Businesses started gearing up for the Wi-Fi 6 release in late 2018. BSS (Base Service Station) Color, marks frames from neighboring networks so that your router can ignore them. Inevitably, these will become some of the best gaming routers.

Target Wake Time (TWT) allows devices to negotiate when and how often they will wake up to send or receive data, increasing device sleep time and substantially improving battery life for mobile and IoT devices.
Its availability also serves as something of a green light for manufacturers who might be watching for the right moment to jump in with the new standard - especially now that we have multiple Wi-Fi 6 routers on the market, as well as Wi-Fi 6 support in flagship smart phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and the iPhone 11.

For routers equipped with WiFi 6, the technology will double the amount of devices that the hardware is capable of communicating with, going from four to eight.

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