What is Wi-Fi 6??

February 2, 2024 Category: Residential Services

In today’s world, connectivity is essential, and with the proliferation of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other wireless devices, a fast and reliable wireless connection is more critical than ever. Wi-Fi 6 is the latest wireless networking technology that promises faster speeds, more reliable connections, and better performance in crowded environments. It is the sixth generation of Wi-Fi technology and is designed to offer a significant improvement over its predecessor, Wi-Fi 5. In this article, we will explore what Wi-Fi 6 is, how it works, and the benefits it offers.

Bump Up Your Internet Speed with Wi-Fi 6

The best feature of Wi-Fi 6 is its speed. While Wi-Fi 5 had a maximum speed of 3.5 Gbps, Wi-Fi 6 bumped that up to 9.6 Gbps. That’s nearly three times faster! It is unlikely that a single device will ever need that Internet speed – a typical download speed is around 72 Mbps or less than one percent of the theoretical maximum speed – but it can be split across an entire network of devices, with each device receiving a higher speed potential.

At first glance, your Wi-Fi 6 connection is unlikely to be much faster than Wi-Fi 5. However, this changes as more devices are used on the same network. Current Wi-Fi routers might get overwhelmed by the number of devices, but Wi-Fi 6 is designed to keep each of them updated with the needed data. As a result, it can maintain high speeds even in busy environments.

Benefits of Wi-Fi 6

Wi-Fi 6 expands the number of devices that can simultaneously engage with the same Internet network. Here are some other features of Wi-Fi 6:

Improved Security – Wi-Fi 6 supports Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3) and enhances user privacy in open networks. This helps to provide secure wireless networking with improved capabilities to thwart hackers and boost encryption. While previous Wi-Fi networks did not have mandatory WPA3, it is standardized in Wi-Fi 6, resulting in an overall more secure setup.

Longer Battery Life – Wi-Fi 6 has a new Target Wake Time (TWT) feature that will effectively put the Wi-Fi settings of specific devices to sleep when they are not being used. When the access point talks to a device, it can tell the device exactly when to put its Wi-Fi radio to sleep and when to wake it up to receive the subsequent transmission. This conserves battery power since the Wi-Fi radio can spend more time in sleep mode and frees up bandwidth for other devices.

High Speed Despite Congestion – In a busy area such as a mall, hotel, or airport, your Wi-Fi can get bogged down since so many people are connected to the same network. Wi-Fi 6 uses Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) to divide the network and communicate with many devices simultaneously. As a result, performance is enhanced in crowded areas with many connected devices, and consumers have less competition for bandwidth.

Increased Access Point Capacity in Support of IoT and Mobile Devices – There are no longer only computers onsite in today’s work and home environments. Instead, consumers most likely own a desktop computer or laptop, a smartphone, and maybe a smart accessory. This necessitates a degree of usability in which users do not experience a slow connection, requiring more sensor nodes and scanning devices. Wi-Fi 6 supports configurations up to 8×8:8 antennas from the previous maximum of 4×4:4 to allow more concurrent communication and higher speeds across simultaneous users.

Beams Focused on Speed and Dependability – Wi-Fi 6 can direct its signal to the site of a wireless device to increase dependability and throughput. This focuses the signal on that pathway instead of distributing it evenly throughout the area, leading to improved reliability and higher connection speed.

Devices That Support Wi-Fi 6

Upgrading to Wi-Fi 6 on your devices is more complex than replacing your router. Cell phones, tablets, and other small devices can only be upgraded to Wi-Fi 6 by replacing them. If you want Wi-Fi 6 performance on your smartphone, you will need a wireless router (access point) and a smartphone that supports Wi-Fi 6. Wi-Fi 6 routers are fully backward compatible with devices that use Wi-Fi 4 or Wi-Fi 5, so none of your devices will suddenly stop working because you upgraded your router.

Most new wireless devices, including Apple iPhones, Samsung phones, laptops, and other devices, all support Wi-Fi 6. You don’t need to go out of your way to get devices that support Wi-Fi 6 if you buy a device produced in the last few years. Look for “Wi-Fi 6” or “Wi-Fi 6 Certified” on the spec sheet to ensure compatibility.

How to Upgrade to Wi-Fi 6

Upgrading to Wi-Fi 6 is a relatively simple process. Your Wi-Fi router needs to be replaced with a newer model that can support Wi-Fi 6.

There are a few things you should consider when upgrading to a Wi-Fi 6 router:

The Size of Your Home – Wi-Fi signals weaken over distance, so if you have a large home, even a well-placed router will struggle to deliver good coverage to every room. This is further affected by the material your home is made of – brick, concrete, and metal are prone to blocking Wi-Fi signals. Execulink’s Premium Wi-Fi 6 Beacon provides up to 2,000 sq. ft coverage, but if it struggles to deliver room to room coverage, consider adding one or more Mesh Wi-Fi extenders when you upgrade.

The Speed and Ports You Need – If you have an Internet plan with a fast connection, you don’t want to limit yourself by buying a router that cannot utilize it. If you plan to use several wired devices, get a router with several Ethernet ports and the maximum speed of the ports will determine the top speed of the devices attached to them.

Wi-Fi 6 is the latest wireless networking technology, significantly improving speed, reliability, and performance. It uses advanced techniques such as WPA3, TWT, and OFDMA to increase efficiency and reduce interference, resulting in better performance in crowded environments. Wi-Fi 6 offers improved security features and  better power management, making it an excellent choice for businesses and consumers. As more and more devices become Wi-Fi 6 compatible, the benefits of this technology will become increasingly apparent, making it a crucial part of our connected world. Visit Complete Wi-Fi or contact Execulink to learn more about the Premium Wi-Fi 6 Beacon and upgrade today.