Wi-Fi 6E

What is Wi-Fi 6E?

Wi-Fi can be accessed by airwaves that can be used by everyone. It operates today over 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. We add a third band now, 6GHz. Now.

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The numbers shift (2.4GHz flies farther, but 6GHz provides data faster), but what is really important is not the exact frequencies used, but how big are the airwaves. This new band four times as much room as standard WI FI. This is why 6GHz is especially exciting.

On an immediate level, it means that if you’re the first person in your apartment building to get a 6GHz router, you’re going to be living large as far as connectivity goes because no one will be competing with you. But even once 6GHz routers become more common several years from now, the hope is that the more spacious spectrum will allow for signals to remain faster and stronger than the ones we use today. “We will not be in the same position we are today five years from now,” Robinson said.

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How does it works?

Wi-Fi 6E provides all the features and capabilities of 802.11ax, but it does so by operating in the 6 GHz band. 802.11ax goes beyond boosting network speed and combines innovative technologies to improve overall network performance when connecting a large number of devices running high-bandwidth, low-latency applications.

Wi-Fi 6E networks will provide increased capacity by operating on the 6 GHz band with 14 additional 80 MHz channels and 7 additional 160 MHz channels, while leveraging these existing 802.11ax features:

  • 8×8 uplink/downlink MU-MIMO, OFDMA, and BSS Color to provide up to four times more capacity to handle more devices.
  • Target wake time (TWT) to improve network efficiency and device battery life, including that of IoT devices.
  • 1024 quadrature amplitude modulation mode (1024-QAM) to increase throughput for emerging, bandwidth-intensive uses by transmitting more data in the same amount of spectrum.

    HOW WILL I KNOW IF A DEVICE SUPPORTS WI-FI 6E?

    You can see the mark “Wi-Fi 6” on the box right now, when purchasing a new phone or laptop. For now that’s perfect because your computer supports the new Wi-Fi standard, which provides more wireless performance.

    But “wireless internet 6” means that your device still operates with the same old spectrum and so you’ve got to look for a label “wireless network 6E” later this year. It is called “wireless internet 6 extended into a 6 GHz band.” The (relatively) consumer-friendly name can be seen on phones, laptops, routers and other gadgets supporting 6GHz Wi-Fi.

    All Wi-Fi 6E devices should be mutually compatible and backward to any router you already have in your home. However, it’s important to note that once you buy a Wi-Fi 6E router, you won’t see the 6GHz benefits. It is possible that such items will be some of the first to reach the market.

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