Wi-Fi routers with 6Gbps speeds are now a reality

Here comes faster 802.11ax Wi-Fi

It will also increase network efficiency and extend the battery life of client devices. Not much has been revealed about the AX6000 Ultra Wi-Fi Router and the tri-band AX11000 Ultra Wi-Fi Router, but the former offers theoretical top speeds of 6,000Mbps, and the second goes all the way up to 11 (, 000 Mbps). In addition, 802.11ax will deliver speeds as high as 10 gigabits per second.

Even when certification for 802.11ax arrives in 2019, it will still be a little while before we will be able to take advantage of it. It is expected to provide a speed that is 40% faster than the current peak in transmitting data to a single customer's device while improving the average supply to users by at least fourfold in a dense and crowded environment.

These performance enhancements are coming just in time to answer new demands in the smart and connected home.

Back in early 2017, Qualcomm announced its 802.11ax chipsets, offering better Wi-Fi performance under heavy load with multiple simultaneous users. This essentially means that if infrastructure devices based on Draft 1.0 are networking with Draft 2.0 client devices, they may experience poor performance. This is important since a more mature draft - Draft 2.0 or higher - will be the baseline for 802.11ax certification, and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED* is the only way to truly guarantee multivendor interoperability.

Intel Wireless Infrastructure Group general manager, Smart & Connected Home Division Doron Tal said, "There is good reason for the industry's enthusiasm for 802.11ax".

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Intel may have been one of the first to produce 802.11ax chips.

Intel announced this week that it'll have chips ready within the year for the next generation of Wi-Fi - what's known as 802.11ax. "In addition, Intel's new 802.11ax home Wi-Fi chipsets will offer backward compatibility with older Wi-Fi technologies to support a breadth of client devices", Intel added.

Intel's 802.11ax home Wi-Fi chipsets are architected for our connected, digital lifestyles.

Any household with lots of devices connected to a central router would benefit from 802.11ax, as well. It is expected that most other companies will not make 802.11ax compatible devices until 2019. The Wi-Fi Alliance, a consortium of companies that designs and certifies Wi-Fi standards, isn't planning on certifying devices until later this year.

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