Wi-Fi 6 Just Launched. Learn All About the Exciting New Features & Benefits
Have you ever wished that your wireless network could be faster? How about wanting to connect to a public Wi-Fi without worrying about hackers spying on you? Is your current office router getting overloaded with more device demand?
If you’ve ever wanted better wireless connectivity, then your wish has just come true with the launch of Wi-Fi 6.
The 6thgeneration of Wi-Fi was launched on September 16, 2019 by the Wi-Fi Alliance®. What this means is that the new Wi-Fi 6 standard (802.11ax) will be replacing Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), which came out about 5 years ago.
Another significant upgrade that is coming along with it is the WPA3 security protocol used by wireless routers, replacing WPA2, which is about 15 years old.
As offices move most of their workload to cloud-based solutions, any improvements in the speed and security of wireless connectivity can mean big boosts in productivity and business continuity.
Wi-Fi 6 promises several new features to enhance security, speed, and more. Read on to find out how your wireless connectivity is going to be changing.
What’s New with Wi-Fi 6?
Whether you’re looking for faster connection speeds with lower latency or would like to connect to public hotspots when traveling without worry, there are plenty of improvements to go around with the new wireless standard.
Better Multi-Device Handling
By 2020, each person is projected to have 6.58 connected devices each. The rise of mobile use, smart gadgets, and voice-activated assistants have put more demand than ever on wireless routers. Many are handling more than they were designed for and thus connectivity can suffer.
Wi-Fi 6 has new features that are specifically designed to increase device capacity. These include two complimentary components:
- Better MU-MIMO (multiple user, multiple input, multiple output), which now allows devices to send simultaneous streams of data to the wireless router. Previously they had to take turns sending data.
- OFDMA (orthogonal frequency-division multiple access), which is a technology that allows channels to be divided into smaller sub-segments so each device can have their own.
- Increases the number of clients that a router can send to simultaneously from 4 to 8, basically doubling the capacity for how many clients can be within a group. This will speed up connections, even in more crowded spaces.
Faster Connection Speeds
Have you ever been slowed down because someone in the office was uploading or downloading a large file and taking up all the bandwidth? You’ll be enjoying significantly faster speeds with Wi-Fi 6.
Wi-Fi 6 is approximately 30% faster than its predecessor and has a lower latency (lag-time). Some of the factors that go into the improved speed performance include:
- Expansion of the Wi-Fi band from 80 MHz to 160Mhz, which doubles the channel width. It’s something like increasing a highway from 2 lanes to 4 lanes. You get more capacity, so more traffic can flow faster.
- More data is able to be transmitted at a time. Using 1024-QAM, Wi-Fi 6 routers can carry 10 bits of data per symbol instead of 8, increasing the data transfer speed by 25%.
Improved Wireless Network Security
Security has long been a problem when it comes to public wireless connections and routers that have weak passwords. This is the area where the new security protocol WPA3 makes some significant improvements.
Closing some of the vulnerabilities that allowed hackers to tap into public Wi-Fi traffic is one of the biggest security benefits. Here are the enhancements you can expect to your wireless network security:
- Use of SAE (Simultaneous Authentication of Equals), also known as a Dragonfly handshake, means that network interaction is forced on a potential login. This stops hackers from being to download a router’s cryptographic hash and try to crack it offline.
- Individualized data encryption allows your activity to be kept private even when you’re on a public Wi-Fi with a shared password, so no more worrying about someone looking over your virtual shoulder and seeing your data.
- WPA3 includes a 192-bit security suite, which is aligned with the Commercial National Security Algorithm (CNSA) Suite. This is an encryption standard for sensitive traffic, such as government, defense, and industrial applications.
Battery Savings for Devices
Wish your laptop or other devices could have their battery life extended? The new Target Wake Time (TWT) feature in Wi-Fi 6 will help.
Rather than having to check in with the router all the time, TWT will allow it to tell the device when its Wi-Fi radio can sleep and when it should wake up to receive the next transmission. This conserves power and improves the battery life of the devices connected to the Wi-Fi router.
Get Help Upgrading to Wi-Fi 6 from GKM2
Are you excited to take advantage of all the speed and security features of Wi-Fi 6? GKM2 can help you choose the best Wi-Fi 6 technology to meet your needs and get your wireless network upgraded in no time.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation at +61 2 9161 7171 or through our website.