Only a year after the release of Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E has arrived with even more power to alter your thinking and usage of wireless data. A new 6GHz transmission band is added, while a slew of high-performance data channels are also added.
According to Qualcomm, Wi-Fi 6E may significantly increase data delivery to new levels. However, the latest wireless standard suffers from a limited range.
What is Wi-Fi 6E?
Wi-Fi 6E, which was established in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11ax specification, has increased by 1.2GHz of high frequency spectrum from 5.925- to 7.125GHz. This makes it the most significant addition to Wi-Fi since the original 802.11b gear came out more than 20 years ago.
According to Kevin Robinson, the senior vice president for marketing at the Wi-Fi Alliance, this is a massive advance forward for Wi-Fi. It puts performance to the limit and allows for new use.
Wi-Fi 6E can aid in keeping videoconferencers from staring at frozen faces and opens up fresh perspectives in telemedicine as well as virtual reality. (Meanwhile, Wi-Fi 7 devices will not be available until the late 2023 at the earliest.)
Wi-Fi 6 vs. Wi-Fi 6E
A look inside the Wi-Fi 6E spec shows how many significant performance improvements are made. Wi-Fi 6E can tolerate interference better than Wi-Fi 6, which includes seven additional ultra-wide 160MHz channels from the single available 160MHz channel.
Although Wi-Fi 6 has an overall bandwidth of 9.6Gbps, WiFi-6e can assist users with a wider spectrum by using the 2.4-, 5-, and now the 6GHz bands. Imagine that the 6GHz peak performance will dominate, then it will automatically switch to 5GHz as you go down the hallway and then use 2.4GHz instead of long range connections.
Wi-Fi 6E will be particularly beneficial in areas where high-speed information is most important, according to Wi-Fi Alliances Robinson. It will add a layer of potential.
When will Wi-Fi 6E be readily available?
The wait for Wi-Fi 6E equipment will likely be much shorter than previous wireless data specifications. That is because some of the equipment is already here. We''ll begin to see more Wi-Fi 6E routers and mesh systems throughout 2022.
After that, Wi-Fi 7 is on the way. The details are still being worked out, but it will be based on the 802.11bes Extremely High Throughput (EHT) technology. This next-gen spec has promise to lower latency, while increasing available bandwidth, and providing that everyone at home has access to all their data.
All of these changes are in the development stages, and we will not see Wi-Fi 7 coming to consumer products until 2024, making Wi-Fi 6E the most powerful standard change to watch in the future.
Wi-Fi 6E routers
Intel, Broadcom, Qualcomm, and others are among the companies that will be used to develop a new generation of routers. A look at our CES router list in 2021, it shows several Wi-Fi 6E routers on the horizon.
The Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000, the Linksys AXE8400 mesh system, and the Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 are among the first three products.
All are tri-band premium devices that will sell for between $450 for a conventional router and $1,200 for a three-piece mesh networking kit.
Wi-Fi 6E devices
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra handset has a Wi-Fi 6E on its receiving end. Others are expected to jump in with their own hardware over the next year.
The good news is that the Wi-Fi Alliance has started testing the new Wi-Fi 6E gear so that it will not only use existing systems, but also a fresh generation of wireless gear. By summertime, look for hundreds of Wi-Fi 6E products, from routers, laptops, and tablets, to phones and virtual reality headsets.