Next Generation Wi-Fi

Written by:
Amelia Craig
Date Posted:
5 March 2019
Category:
Tech News

More than just faster speeds

Wi-Fi 6
With the increasing number of apps, games and videos used on a daily basis, the need for faster internet services has never been so significant. Wi-Fi 6 is the next generation of wireless networks that is predicted to be much faster than its predecessor. Wi-Fi 6 will also include additional features such as improved performance in congested areas like festivals and events, and for bandwidth-demanding apps in the home.

How fast?
As expected, Wi-Fi 6 will speed up data transfers. Compared to Wi-Fi 5, the potential speed of Wi-Fi 6 is said to be 40% higher.

This increase in speed has been achieved by packing more data into the same radio waves. This is made possible because the chips that encode and decode these signals are more powerful due to advancements in technology.

Longer Battery Life
A new feature associated with Wi-Fi 6 is ‘Target Wake Time’ (TWT). TWT aims to save battery life by telling the device exactly when to put its Wi-Fi radio to sleep and exactly when to wake it up to receive the next transmission. This feature allows your device to spend more time in sleep mode, therefore conserving battery power.

Improved Performance
Congested areas, such as festivals, arenas or airports often have poorly performing networks due to the high volume of people trying to connect to them. Wi-Fi 6 is said to incorporate many new technologies that help resolve this problem. Intel has suggested that Wi-Fi 6 will in fact improve the average user’s speed by at least four times. This also applies to homes where multiple devices are connected to the same network, often overloading it.

When is Wi-Fi 6 available?
Wi-Fi 6 is set for release in 2019, but a specific release date is yet to be announced. In order to access Wi-Fi 6 you will need to buy new devices as Wi-Fi generations rely on new hardware, not software updates.

However, this is not to say that you should replace all your devices straight away in order to access Wi-Fi 6. Aside from the obvious benefits such as speed, the update is not that groundbreaking. Future purchases of internet-connected devices will be Wi-Fi 6 compatible, so over the years you will begin to experience the benefits.

Don’t forget that in order to use Wi-Fi 6 devices you will need a Wi-Fi 6 compatible router, as without this, no devices, even those compatible with Wi-Fi 6 will be able to access it.

What are your thoughts on Wi-Fi 6? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter at @Hyve!

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