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Learn What is WiFi 6E?

Understanding the future of connectivity

Written by Will Liu, Managing Director at TP-Link UK 30/05/2022

Virtually every aspect of our lives involves a connected device or some form of digital experience. With 44% of British employees now pushing for a hybrid approach to work, and millions more relying on the internet to talk with friends, book appointments and stream content, devices have never been more essential. Technology has also been continuously improving. However, if connectivity can’t keep up with this improvement, then we’re all doomed to a frustrating fate of jittery displays and convoluted connections, turning even the most productive of calls into a nightmare.

To meet the demands of the current crop of devices, we need a ground-breaking new approach to connectivity, to leave lag as a thing of the past, making work and play more enjoyable, for everyone.

What is WiFi 6E?

This is where WiFi 6E comes in. The letter ‘E’ stands for ‘Extended’, signifying an extension of bandwidth and ushering in the newest standard for connectivity.

WiFi 6E has a lot in common with WiFi 6. The key difference is WiFi 6E’s new 6GHz band, as opposed to the 5 and 2.4 GHz bands used by WiFi 6. WiFi 6E will be the only internet transmitted over 6GHz meaning there will be less network congestion, faster speeds for the ever-increasing number of devices connected to WiFi.

This issue is also only becoming more serious, as research has estimated that there will be 38 billion Internet of Things  connected devices in use globally by the end of 2025.

We’ve already seen some progress on this front. For example, the original IP address scheme (IPv4) is running out of addresses due to the growth in connected devices. To deal with this IPv6 was introduced to support the rapid increase in the number of devices and IP addresses. IPv6 also improved routing, security, and packet processing. WiFi 6E is now building on this to bring even more connectivity.

Faster data transmission and reduced interference

Many issues surrounding WiFi result from spectrum congestion (signals competing with one another). Making WiFi 6E essential, especially for households with multiple devices connected to the same WiFi router.

The seven additional 160 MHz channels allowed by WiFi 6E also double bandwidth and throughput, enabling transmissions at higher speeds – giving your networks that all-important connectivity boost. WiFi 6E enabled routers and devices will be needed to benefit from the improve connectivity.

Future proofing and boosting innovations

WiFi 6E opens up resources for exciting innovations like AR/VR, and helps future proof IT infrastructure for the increasing demands of tomorrow. With more than double the existing available connectivity spectrum, highly crowded environments such as airports, sporting stadiums, and populated office blocks can still benefit from speedy connections. In addition, the surge in remote working has also proved just how important WiFi is and how much of a vital utility strong connectivity has become.

WiFi 6E will play a crucial role in building the WiFi of the future and supporting the ever-growing digital environment. Transmitting data faster than ever before, with lower latency and minimal friction. Making the difference many of us living, working, and entertaining in a digital world both want and need.

To learn more about the opportunities to implement next level connectivity into your business, then contact our solutions team today!




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