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What is Wi-Fi 6? Do You Need It?

Wi-Fi 6 Explained

Wi-Fi 6 is the latest Wi-Fi standard to be introduced into the computer market. It is also known as 802.11 ax in the old parlance.

Introduced in 2019, and popularly known as AX Wi-Fi, it is an upgrade of Wi-Fi 5, also known as 802.11ac.

Wi-Fi 6 offers better speed and is more efficient. More importantly, it tackles the problem of data congestion in situations where bandwidth usage is high.

The maximum data speed a Wi-Fi 6 supports is 9.6Mbps. Wi-Fi 5, introduced in 2013, on the other hand, manages only a maximum speed of 6.9Gbps.

When Should You Switch to Wi-Fi 6?

Wi-Fi 6 is the answer to the growing number of Wi-Fi-enabled devices. This would not only include gadgets and computers but also smart home devices which rely on an Internet connection.

When there are a number of devices that rely on Wi-Fi to function, there’s a need for speed and smooth transition of data.

Studies show that an average USA household has an average of 9 Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

This increases the demand for Wi-Fi 6.

Does Wi-Fi 6 Require New Hardware?

Yes, you would require a hardware upgrade for Wi-Fi 6 to work. You would need a router that supports Wi-Fi 6.

What are the Disadvantages of Wi-Fi 6?

Despite the advantages of Wi-Fi 6 mentioned above, Wi-Fi 6 has drawbacks you should take note of.

It isn’t going to be cheap to adopt Wi-Fi 6. Wi-Fi 6 equipment like laptop computers, routers, and smartphones are costly as the technology has yet to see wide adoption.

Also, you must have a high-speed Internet connection running into Gigabits to benefit from the technology.

To get good, stable Wi-Fi 6 coverage, there shouldn’t be any physical obstruction between the router and your device.

So, do you need Wi-Fi 6? Well, if you’re currently satisfied with your Internet speed which gets your goods delivered, you can stay where you’re, especially if you don’t have Wi-Fi 6 certified devices or you have only a few devices connected to the Internet.

But if you have more than 10 Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 6 certified) devices and budget isn’t a concern, by all means, go for Wi-Fi 6.

To learn more about Wi-Fi 6 watch the video below.

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