Wi-Fi 6 is the next generation of Wi-Fi and more than the speed it offers, it will also provide better performance in congested areas. Areas were people are fully packed like Stadiums, schools, hotels, train parks, airports and even homes that are device packed. But why is Wi-Fi 6 a good news? Why don’t we just stick to the former version Wi-Fi 5?
Here Is Why You Should Care
• Improved Connection in Crowded Places: with Wi-Fi 6 you can get a strong network connection even in crowded places. Like we all know, Wi-Fi tends to get delayed when you’re in crowded areas with many Wi-FI enabled devices. Thus, with lots of people connected to the Wi-Fi, you’re definitely going to have a slow Wi-Fi.
However this is where Wi-Fi 6 comes in. The new Wi-Fi 6, also known as 802.11ax, incorporates many new technologies to help with this. Intel trumpets that Wi-Fi 6 will improve each user’s average speed by “at least 4x ” in congested areas with lot of connected devices.
• Less Battery Consumption: Wi-Fi 6 will work hand in hand with the new feature in modern smartphones called “target wake time” (TWT). With the TWT feature your phone, laptop, and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices should have longer battery life. When the access point is talking to a device (like your smartphone), it can tell 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 will conserve power, as it means the Wi-Fi radio can spend more time in sleep mode. And that means longer battery life.
In addition, Wi-Fi 6 also has a speed of 9.6Gbps, increasing from Wi-Fi 5 which is only 3.5 Gbps. But actually, both speeds are impossible to get when using Wi-Fi in the real world. The average download speed in Nigeria is between 9.5Mbps and 16.2Mbps. Which is even slower in the real world when compared to the likes of other western countries. For example, The average download speed in the US is just 72Mbps. However, the point here is that, Wi-Fi 6 will be 4x faster than its previous versions (Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 4).
Currently you can get Wi-Fi 6 in flagship devices. Apple iPhone XS Max successor, Samsung Galaxy S10+ and more. Chipset processor latest flagship Qualcomm SD855 supports for Wi-Fi 6 as well.