Hello MI Fans,
Wi-Fi is the life force of connectivity. This is true in my home, where my family connects more and more devices each year and not a single one is connected with a wire.When Wi-Fi works smarter, consumers get faster, smoother content streaming, online gaming, video calls and Internet browsing. In short, they get more fulfilling and productive experiences, and I get fewer complaints as the go-to home IT guy. That’s why Intel has always committed our technical and commercial expertise to the development of Wi-Fi standards and to offering leading Wi-Fi products.
What about 802.11ax?
Before the current Wi-Fi standard, called 802.11ac, wireless broadband was never quite robust enough: Too many devices were vying for your limited, inefficiently distributed bandwidth. This latest standard has proven faster and more reliable, and WiGig and mesh networking will help. But with the ever-increasing proliferation of Wi-Fi devices PCs, smartphones, tablets, webcams, printers, wearables, refrigerators, and more it won’t be long until we’re playing catch up again. According to estimates by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the number of internet-connected gadgets for an average family of four is now at 10 per household. The cross-government trade group estimates that number will reach 50 wirelessly connected devices by 2022 all competing for the same bandwidth, over the same connection.
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The good news in all this is that the people who tend to Wi-Fi standards haven’t been idle. The 6th generation of Wi-Fi, 802.11ax, is in the final stages of certification, and new products based on the standard are underway. Broadcom, a maker of circuit boards and other gizmos that drive today’s information technology, has just announced Max Wifi, the first 802.11ax chips designed for use in routers for homes and businesses, as well as wireless gadgets such as smartphones and tablets.
The need for massive increases in bandwidth and throughput is upon us. The question is, is 802.11ax enough, or is it too little too late?
How will 802.11ax manage your home network?
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The 802.11ax standard brings with it many new features, including a few responsible for a much-needed increase in the standard’s quality of service (QoS) – the term used by the industry when discussing how Wi-Fi resources are used. Here’s a look at the terms and features you’ll see tossed around:
How fast is 802.11ax?
Like the current standard, the new one allows multiple streams. Yet the new standard dramatically increases the maximum throughput of each stream. In addition, it operates more efficiently in the 5GHz band, where there’s a lot more room for high-bandwidth data channels.
When can you get yours?
Intel announced this week that it’ll have chips ready within the year for the next generation of Wi-Fi, what’s known as 802.11ax. This new generation is supposed to be faster, of course, but mostly it’s meant to perform better in environments with lots and lots of connected devices; so things like public hotspots, but also your house if you just have a ton of phones and tablets and smart gadgets lying around. 802.11ax is a type of WLAN in the IEEE 802.11 set of types of WLANs. It is designed to improve overall spectral efficiency, especially in dense deployment scenarios. It is still in a very early stage of development, but is predicted to have a top speed of around 10 Gb/s.
But even though Intel says it’s going to start shipping 802.11ax chips for routers and “consumer retail devices” this year, it’ll be a while longer before most (or even many) of us are connecting to the internet on faster Wi-Fi.
Even once certification arrives for 802.11ax next year, don’t expect to take advantage of it for a little while. It’ll be several months before certified products hit the market. First and foremost, you’ll need a new router to take advantage of it. But the chips also have to make their way down to smaller devices, like laptops and phones, which will take longer. Then you’ll have to replace your current laptops and phones with ones that support the new standard, which could easily be a few years or more.
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