WiFi 6 Just Launched and Here’s What It Means for Your Internet

WiFi 6 Just Launched and Here’s What It Means for Your Internet


Woohoo! It is officially new phone season, that time of year when big tech companies roll out the latest devices that offer a host of new features that make you want to throw your old phone right in the trash. Things like better screens, multiple cameras
that look like spider eyeballs, and support for WiFi 6! Wait, WiFi 6… what happened to the first
5? Well it turns out, you’ve actually been using one of the
previous iterations of WiFi, which can trace their roots to 1997. Back then it wasn’t called WiFi 1,
but the much catchier 802.11. The number code was designated by the Institute
of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE. Since then, there have been several updates
to the 802.11 standard, and each one had a different letter tacked on the end, like a,
b, g, and n. But unless you’re a diehard technophile,
the letters and what they mean are hard to sort out. So to make things a bit easier for consumers,
the next standard, 802.11 ax, will be referred to as Wi-Fi 6, and previous standards will
be retroactively renamed, like the last gen 802.11ac is now also called WiFi 5. So how is WiFi 6 better? Well like you might expect, it’s promising
faster speeds. Industry experts predict about 30% gains over WiFi 5 with theoretical maximum
download speeds up to 10 Gbps in ideal conditions. If you’re into streaming 4K movies or want
to jump into cloud gaming, those numbers will make you drool. One way it achieves this is by upping the
number of bits the router can push out with each transmission. Sending information over the air is done by
modulating radio waves. The way the wave is affected is interpreted
by the device as a one and a zero, a process called quadrature amplitude modulation, or QAM. A 2-QAM router can affect radio waves in two
distinct ways, so each transmission could only serve as a single one or a zero. A 4-QAM router can send 2 digits at a time. WIFi 5 routers are 256-QAM, meaning they
can send 8 bits with each transmission, while a WiFi 6 device is 1024-QAM, adding
another 2 binary digits to each transmission for a total of 10. That all sounds great, but keep in mind your
WiFi 6 router can only be as fast as your internet service provider will allow, so depending
on how you’re wired into the grid and what kind of plan you pay for, your mileage may
vary. Aside from the bump in speed limit, the exciting
thing about WiFi 6 is how it delivers internet to multiple devices. The first improvement is the router’s ability
to split up the channels it’s communicating over, allowing different devices to get serviced
directly simultaneously and cutting down on latency. WiFi 6 routers are also able to use the spatial
differences between devices to tailor the information it sends and receives. And if there are multiple smart devices like
thermostats and refrigerators that regularly ping your router, a WiFi 6 router will put
them on a schedule to ease congestion. What this all means is WiFi 6 is great news
for situations that deal with a lot of devices all at once. Stadiums and airports are ideal places for
the new routers, and those with WiFi 6 compatible phones, tablets, and computers will reap the
benefits. Otherwise unless you’ve got a home festooned
with smart tech or pay your ISP for the very best internet speeds possible, you’re
just fine with your old phone and router that are still using the old 802.11ac. Excuse me, WiFi 5. While WiFi 6 certification just officially
launched, the development of WiFi 7 is already underway. Have we ever mentioned how fast tech moves? Wireless internet has been around for two
decades, so when is wireless charging going to be a thing? Check out Amanda’s video on that here. Is Wi-Fi 6 enough to make you upgrade your
phone? Let us know in the comments, subscribe for
more, and I’ll see you next time on Seeker.

100 thoughts to “WiFi 6 Just Launched and Here’s What It Means for Your Internet”

  1. Hi, thanks for watching! Want to learn more about the World Wide Web? Check out this video on who, if anyone, owns the internet: https://youtu.be/4-6f3PlbyDU

  2. I-E-E-E 🤣🤣🤣 Excuse me while I die laughing. People call it "I Triple E" not I-E-E-E. 🤣
    Signed,
    A member of IEEE.

  3. We need NET-NEUTRALITY so providers don’t charge us an arm and a leg for using what can be considered a public utility.

  4. Unless you spend a lot of time in traveling (waiting at airport lounges) or you hang out outdoor, I do not see the requirement of WiFi 6 in our daily life. This is an exciting upgradation for the service providers not for the users (unless you are ready to pay for the speed ;)).

  5. For my Internet? Absolutely nothing.
    For my local network? Faster 4K streaming between devices near the router.

  6. Bruh, Samsung Galaxy S10 had WiFi 6 support back in February/March…
    You're only noticing now because iPhones are getting WiFi 6 support…
    Smh

  7. Dude, your ears are *ALMOST PERFECT*, just few more grad° and they would build a perfect line from your year to the cheeckbone to the jawline.

    You could had been marvelous. Oh well. Thats life.

  8. Wi-fi 5 is pretty enough for now. In Russia around 80% of Internet users still use 2.4GHz Wi-Fi connection only.

  9. I have had my Droid for over 6 years and have never wanted for more "services". I talk, text, get emails and occasionally look to see where my wife is so I can get the playboy bunnies out of the house in time. Otherwise, I do not drool over a service that is faster then I need. Fun Stuff though.

  10. What happened to WiFi 12 none as ESP, I am tired 😓 of moving my lips 👄 and my fingers, i don’t even want to hold my phone ☎️, I am so tired 😴

  11. Wi-Fi 6 lowers latency compared to older Wi-Fi standards by using OFDMA (orthogonal frequency division multiple access). It’s better at packing data into a signal and Jeffrey Epstein didn't kill himself.

  12. All do respect, this doesn't apply to Australia. The down under continent. We're still fighting to get the 100mpbs and telcos are fighting for 5G which has another decades to be ready.

  13. I will upgrade my phone when my old phone (the phone i am yousing now) is broken, or the technology is beeing so good, that my phone is loocking like a phone from the stoneage.

  14. Fake advertising in this video!
    the only phones with WiFi 6: iPhone 11, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note10
    brands shown in this video: Apple ✅, Huawei ❌ (no WiFi 6 phone) and Sony ❌ (no WiFi 6 phone)

  15. Will Wifi 6 have any benefits to my current devices or would someone need to replace their devices with future wifi 6 devices?

  16. What I don't understand is if Wi-Fi 6 is launching just now why are they in the process of making Wi-Fi 7 and Wi-Fi 6 is not even University worldwide right now

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