WiFi 6 has been a big buzzword in the tech community and everyone is wondering why it is such a big deal. Is it worth the upgrade? Read on to find out what it is and why you need it.
What is WiFi 6?
WiFi 6, also known as AX WiFI or 802.11ax WiFi, is the next-generation standard in WiFi technology. WiFi 6 builds and improves significantly on the current WiFi 5 or 802.11ac WiFi standard.
What makes WiFi 6 better?
WiFi 6 allows routers and other network access points to communicate far more quickly and efficiently with devices than WiFi 5 ever could, and in a way that helps connected devices use less power to boot.
What are its main benefits?
Faster connection speeds. WiFi 6’s maximum speed is 9.6Gbps, compared to WiFi 5’s 3.5Gbps. In terms of real-world speeds, WiFi 6 has been proven to be roughly 30% faster than WiFi 5. (The actual speeds users will experience will depend on many factors including the speed and quality of their ISP’s internet connection.)
Increased efficiency. WiFi 6 routers are efficiency aces. Routers work by sending binary code through an approach called QAM (quadrature amplitude modification)–the better a router is at QAM, the more code it can send. WiFi 5 routers are 256-QAM; WiFi 6 routers are as high as 1024-QAM. This means that WiFi 6 routers are able to pack more information into each and every signal they send out.
Improved multitasking. WiFi 6 routers feature OFDMA (orthogonal frequency division multiple access)–a new feature that allows them to serve multiple clients at the same time within a single channel. This allows users and connected devices to get service simultaneously.
Better battery efficiency. Another new feature showcased by WiFi 6 is Target Wake Time. It allows routers to more intelligently schedule when devices connected to them will actively request information–so as to avoid them interfering with one another. As a result, said devices can spend more time in their battery-saving sleep modes.
Do I need WiFi 6 for my home or office?
Definitely–most especially if you and those who live and work with you use many connected devices such as laptops, smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and smart accessories such as lights, security features, and so on; and frequently use bandwidth-heavy applications like mobile and streaming games and media in 4K or 8K resolution.
The more users and devices you have that are linked to your network, the bigger the opportunity there is for you to enjoy improvements in how your router setup performs when you switch to WiFi 6–and to see improvements in your overall productivity as a result.
Will I need a new router to get WiFi 6?
To allow you to start reaping the benefits of what WiFi 6 can offer you, consider the following #TechAssured WiFi 6 routers:
ASUS RT-AX88U AX6000 Dual Band WiFi 6
The RT-AX88U’s power features include a blazing 1.8GHz 64-bit quad-core processor; 4 antennas for strong wireless connection; data transfer rates of up to 6000 Mbps; an adaptive system that prioritizes gaming data to help ensure smooth online gaming; and 8 LAN ports to allow you to directly connect all your wired devices and max out their performance.
ASUS RT-AX86U AX5700 Dual Band WiFi 6 Gaming Router
The RT-AX86U is able to deliver speeds of up to 5700 Mbps. Additionally, it’s packed with advanced technology, including a Mobile Game Mode that minimizes lag and latency for mobile gamers; and a dedicated gaming LAN port that automatically prioritizes wired devices connected to it.
ASUS RT-AX55 – AX1800 Dual Band WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
The RT-AX55 is perfect for today’s connected home. Thanks to this router’s support of WiFi 6, it can boast a total networking speed of about 1800 Mbps. The RT-AX55 is also designed to work with Asus’s cutting-edge AiMesh router feature that creates a whole-home WiFi network using multiple Asus routers to guarantee smooth, reliable WiFi anywhere in your home.
AX6600 Whole-Home Tri-band Mesh WiFi 6 System
For those who really want to guarantee topnotch router performance, Asus’ system is the option to choose. Its tri-band mesh WiFi system showcases unique antenna placement to deliver powerful, consistent WiFi to every corner of your home. It can provide whole-home coverage of up to 5500 square feet, covering more than 6 rooms. The system boasts a total wireless speed of 6600 Mbps.
ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4)
Asus’ cutting-edge ZenWiFi AX Mini system incorporates one Asus AX1800 WiFi 6 router and two extending nodes that can provide coverage of up to 4,800 square feet and extend to more than five rooms. The system has a total bandwidth of up to 1800 Mbps. ZenWiFi also allows for flexible network naming (a single name for everything or separate names per frequency band) and setup of just three steps using the Asus Router app.
AX3000 Dual Band WiFi 6 (802.11ax) Gaming Router
The AX-3000 is a 2×2 dual-band router that offers a total networking speed of around 3000 Mbps. Like other models featured here, it’s also compatible with Asus AiMesh and also incorporates a dedicated gaming LAN port. Easy Port Forwarding simplifies port forwarding, and eliminates the frustrating and complicated manual configurations that users of other routers must put up with.
TP-Link Archer AX10 Mu-Mimo AX1500 Dual-Band wifi 6 Router
TP-Link’s AX1500 features a powerful 1.5GHz triple-core CPU to help speed up enormous amounts of data transfer and reduce network latency. Beamforming technology and four high-gain antennas help generate reliable WiFi signal. Four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports allow for direct wired connection of up to 1 Gbps. Lastly, the Tether App allows for fast and easy network management.