Wireless internet technology is continuously evolving. Wi-Fi 6 was introduced in 2019 and is the latest generation of wireless local area networking technology. In order to take advantage of Wi-Fi 6, you will need a Wi-Fi 6 capable router and device. Here are a few reasons why your home might benefit from upgrading to Wi-Fi 6.
With Wi-Fi 6, you can experience speeds up to 37% faster than the previous generation Wi-Fi 5. You’re still using 2.4ghz and 5ghz channels, but Wi-Fi 6 will make better use of these so you can transfer larger amounts of data. It also uses Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) which divides channels into subcarriers. This allows transmission to multiple devices at the same time. Another feature of Wi-Fi 6 is Overlapping Basic Service Set (OBSS) which assigns a color to an access point to identify different networks. If it detects other traffic on the channel, but it’s not the same color, devices can ignore it and continue transmission. This process helps reduce latency.
WPA2 has been the standard for Wi-Fi security for many years, but Wi-Fi 6 introduced WPA3. This increases Wi-Fi password security through the DragonFly Key Exchange System. The increased security measures make it harder to crack your Wi-Fi password, keeping your data safe from online threats.
Improved Battery Life
Wi-Fi 6 also has the potential to increase the battery life of your devices. Wi-Fi 6 uses Target Wake Time (TWT) which reduces the amount of time your devices wake up to receive or send data. This can greatly improve the battery life of your connected devices.
While Wi-Fi 6 isn’t a drastic step forward from Wi-Fi 5, there are many improvements that people will find useful. Wi-Fi 6 is the perfect pairing with Socket fiber internet. You can rent Wi-Fi 6 routers from Socket for $5 per month. Go to our website or give us a call at 1-800-SOCKET3 to learn more about the services that we offer.