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WiFi 6 – What is it? And is it much faster than they say it is?
September 30th, 2021

If your home or office uses a WiFi network, you might be accustom to the odd drop in connect and speeds. It might be worth upgrading to WiFi 6.

What is WiFi 6?

First of all, you might be thinking. How did I miss the previous WiFi standards? Well, you didn’t you have been using them all along – WiFi Alliance a conglomerate of companies that oversees the certification of Wifi devices has now made life easier and started a new naming convention.

Wifi 6 (Also known as 802.11ax) is the latest standard in WiFi technology that was designed to increase speed and reliability or users’ networks. Due to the increase in speeds and reliability – it’s very usefully in offices, smart homes, and public places where several devices connected to the same network.

The biggest difference between WiFi 6 and its previous versions is it now supports technology call “MU-MIMO” which stands for “multi-user, multiple input, multiple output”. This tech allows WiFi 6 routers to connect simultaneously to 8 devices at one time rather than on a first-come, first-serve basis (*Not to get confused with the total number of users that can login to a router).

How fast is WiFi 6?

In theory WiFi 6 can reach a blazing max speed of 9.6 Gbps (gigabits per second), which is almost triple that of WiFi 5. But you will most likely never come close to those speeds in real life due to the fact most ISPs don’t offer internet speeds that high. However, you can split the 9.6Gbps across multiple devices allowing faster and more reliable speeds overall across multiple devices.

We highly recommend ZYXEL’s WiFi 6 solutions – Additional reading

If you have any questions related to WiFi 6 please contact sales@knowall.net 

 

 


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