New updates to wireless networks seem to herald a future in which many devices will be able to connect to the Internet faster than ever before.
Writer Daphne Le Prince points out in the English edition of the American magazine Wired that the Wi-Fi Alliance, which licenses Wi-Fi devices, has made wireless networks easier to understand by changing the names of the different standards for the technology, so that we can now say Wi-Fi 1 instead of 802.11b, which was the first standard for Wi-Fi.
Therefore, Wi-Fi 6 is the 6th generation of wireless local area network (WLAN) technology developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (an international organization that sets standards for the telecommunications industry) and released a new standard, 802.11ax, which is called Wi-Fi 6.
This update is expected to help increase the speed of Wi-Fi networks. Although not yet ready for widespread adoption, some compatible devices have already been released.
What prompted us to pay attention to this technology?
Theoretically, Wi-Fi 6 will reduce the Time it takes to download a movie by plugging and unplugging your router, Gartner analyst Bill Meneses explained, adding that the network will provide a high-density environment where many devices can “use the same wireless access point.
According to technology analysts, Wi-Fi 6 will be 30 percent faster than Wi-Fi 5. A group of analysts on CNET’s website estimated that Wi-Fi 6 could reach speeds of about 1,320 megabytes per second, far exceeding the speed needed to run most devices.
This update will not only affect 5GHz networks that send data at super-fast speeds, but will also make the normally very slow 2.4GHz networks faster than ever before.
What are the differentiating features?
Wi-Fi 6 will send data more efficiently and quickly, and if there are wireless access points such as routers and smartphones, the new network will send all the data in one process and immediately to more users.
The authors add that Wi-Fi has orthogonal frequency division multiple access technology, where resources can be distributed among sub-channels.
Wi-Fi 6 is the name of the new 802.11ax standard (German Press)
This helps enable bandwidth allocation that meets the needs of different users and reduces waiting times,” said Menezes. Creating multiple access points allows your router to communicate with multiple devices at the same time.”
What makes it revolutionary?
According to Gartner analyst Olof Feren, Wi-Fi 6 technology is fundamentally evolutionary and could be a “tipping point” for many situations where users need to connect to a wireless network, such as stadiums, shopping malls, convention centers or airports.
In these high-density environments, different wireless access points use the same transmission channel, causing interference. In this case, Wi-Fi 6 uses a basic set of coloring techniques to detect common frequencies, using its own number to identify each group in order to intelligently determine if the channel is very busy and avoid congestion.
Who really needs this technology?
According to Gartner analyst Christian Canales, Wi-Fi 6 technology will be very useful in workspaces that are increasingly connected to the Internet, such as scenarios where each employee uses about four wireless devices (laptops, tablets, phones and wearables); and in smarter buildings.
Other areas where the technology could be improved include augmented reality and virtual reality, which companies could use for training, product design or visual displays. That doesn’t mean you won’t notice any changes, and faster bandwidth in homes that need to be firmly connected to the IoT is an advancement in the field.
What’s it got to offer?
Wi-Fi 6 technology is imminent, but we won’t be able to enjoy its new benefits because it requires us to change all of our electronic devices and routers to be compatible with Wi-Fi 6 technology so that we can enjoy high-speed Internet access.
Also, if you are paying for the cheapest Home wireless Internet plan available, don’t expect any improvement. All of this means that Wi-Fi 6 has still not been adopted globally.
In this regard, Meneses predicts that Wi-Fi 6 technology will still be used in only 22% of laptops by 2022.
A time of disaster
While the Epidemic has turned our lives completely upside down, many of us have been forced to stay at home, shift our work and hobbies to the Internet, office meetings and classroom sessions have been replaced by video calls, jump into Netflix, play more video games and shop online. The result is that home Wi-Fi networks are connecting more devices than ever before, with more and more connections leading to intermittent video calls and slow downloads.
But the new generation of Wi-Fi 6 solves this problem. It brings higher speeds and wider coverage. Most importantly, wireless technology does a better job of connecting large numbers of home devices (such as phones, tablets, computers, smart stereos and TVs) and sharing data more efficiently.
Using Wi-Fi 6 when devices consume large amounts of data (such as video game consoles that download large games), it does not slow down the entire network as much as previous Wi-Fi technologies did.
The epidemic has exacerbated the strain on home wireless networks due to the number of devices connected to the Internet (Pixabay)
Wi-Fi 6 first appeared in 2018, but was not affordable until this year, with devices costing less than $70 and widely available on new connected network routers, before attracting a large number of users this year. Many smartphones and modern computers are now equipped with chips that can use Wi-Fi 6.
Imagine a lane with many cars driving on it. Cars are devices that transmit data, and devices that take a long time to complete the task of transmitting large amounts of data are like a slow car that forces all the cars behind it to keep the brakes on.
Wi-Fi 6 reduces congestion by splitting traffic. With the new technology, there are now many channels: newer and faster devices converge together in one channel, while older and slower devices are in others.
David Henry, vice president of Netgear, said, “Wi-Fi 6 enables more devices to be connected faster and more efficiently.”
Nick Weaver, CEO of Eero, an Amazon-owned router maker, said the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 in reducing congestion will be even more apparent in environments where many devices are used (for example, offices with hundreds of computers working on heavy workloads).