The Wi-Fi Alliance, the organization that oversees implementation of the Wi-Fi standard has now officially announced its certification program for the next-generation of Wi-Fi — Wi-Fi 6.
Wi-Fi 6 also known as “AX WiFi” or “802.11ax WiFi” builds to provide improved speed, better coverage, increase efficiency and reduce congestion in heavy bandwidth usage scenarios — in short, Wi-Fi certified 6 will give performance required by users today in the most demanding Wi-Fi environments.
What are the improvements in Wi-Fi certified 6?
- Wi-Fi 6 uses both 1024 quadrature amplitude modulation mode (1024-QAM) to provide a signal packed with more data (giving you more efficiency) and a 160 MHz Channel to provide a wider channel to make your WiFi faster.
- Wi-Fi 6 uses 8×8 uplink/downlink, MU-MIMO, OFDMA, and BSS Color to provide up to 4x larger capacity and to handle more devices.
- With 1024-QAM, in Wi-Fi 6 each symbol carries 10 bits rather than 8 bits, improving raw speeds by 25% compared to 802.11ac 256-QAM.
- Wi-Fi 6 expands the WiFi band from 80 MHz to 160 MHz, doubling the channel width and creating a faster connection from your router to the device.
- With Wi-Fi 6, you can enjoy 8K movies, large file downloads, and uploads, and responsive smart home devices – all without buffering.
- With Wi-Fi 6’s BSS Color, minimize WiFi conflicts with neighboring networks.
- With Target Wake Time (TWT), Wi-Fi 6 reduce power consumption.
- Wi-Fi certified 6 devices bring enhanced performance to emerging applications such as virtual and augmented reality.
Also, now tech companies can advertise their upcoming products with new Wi-Fi 6 standards and flagship devices Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ are the first Wi-Fi Certified 6 smartphones. Also recently launched iPhone 11, Pro and Pro Max also support next-gen wireless technology.