A few days ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had a vote to allow using the spectrum in the 6GHz band (also known as Wi-Fi 6E) without any license. That means in addition to the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, routers will broadcast over the 6GHz band to surf the Internet faster and more stably.

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Wi-Fi 6E devices are expected to come out by the end of 2020.

According to The Verge, it is known as the biggest change since Wi-Fi began to develop in 1989. The amount of space that routers, as well as other devices, can explore in the new spectrum theoretically is four times as big as that the old spectrum can provide.

As a marketing leader of the Wi-Fi Alliance, Kevin Robinson stated before the vote,

“This is the most monumental decision around Wi-Fi spectrum in its history, in the 20 years we’ve been around.”

Accordingly, the FCC has planned to release the first devices that support the 6GHz Wi-Fi (also known as Wi-Fi 6E) in late 2020. Take a look at what we can get from this new network standard.

More Stable Connection Speeds

If you feel annoyed by the slow network speeds in spite of good connection signals, it may be due to your current band. Too many devices that are connecting to the same band at a time make the connection speed slower. Moreover, lots of Wi-Fi networks in the only band also affect your ability to connect the network.

Wi Fi 6e Upgrade
Users will need to upgrade their routers and terminals to use the new Wi-Fi standard with the new spectrum.

All of the above issues will be wiped out thanks to Wi-Fi 6E. With the new band, it can support up to 7 Wi-Fi streams with the highest space which are broadcast at the same time to reduce the signal inference – a feature that is not available in both of the 2.4GHz and 5Ghz bands.

In other words, the FCC is planning to open up 1,200MHz of spectrum for the 6GHz band. In recent 20 years, Wi-Fi has only operated in the spectrum of about 400MHz in many various channels.

Wi-Fi networks including the 2.4GHz and 5Ghz bands work thanks to airwaves. By the end of this year, the third band at the spectrum of the 6GHz band will officially come into operation.

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Broadcom has just introduced the first mobile chip that supports Wi-Fi 6E.

While the 2.4GHz band is known for its ability to transmit the signals further, the new band can transfer data faster. As one of the first people who experience Wi-Fi 6E devices, you can enjoy the extremely high network connectivity and speed because the number of users is still limited.

However, when there are much more compatible and connectivity devices, its wider spectrum will be a plus point for Wi-Fi 6E to work more stably and faster than current bandwidths.

Does Wi-Fi 6E Work Faster Than Others?

The speed of Wi-Fi 6E basically reaches up to 9.6Gbps, equivalent to that of Wi-Fi 5GHz. 9.6Gbps is the maximum speed of Wi-Fi 6 – the most modern Wi-Fi standard.

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Wi-Fi 6E may be a saver for those who are fed up with the slow internet connection of the traditional networks.

It is obvious that it will take us more time to experience what Wi-Fi 6E provides, but it promises to improve your current connection speed. Besides, the narrow spectrums of Wi-Fi 5Ghz is a reason that affects the network connection when lots of devices are connected at the same time. With Wi-Fi 6E, the wide spectrums will help routers transmit signals at the highest speed.

To get more specific, the new Wi-Fi standard promises to improve the network speed on smartphones to up to 1-2Gpbs. That’s also the expected speed of the mmWave 5G wireless network. However, the network speed, of course, depends on providers and your Internet packages.

Wi-Fi 6E Devices Will Come By The End Of 2020

The first Wi-Fi 6E devices are expected to release in quarter IV of this year. However, its implementation will be applied widely at the beginning of 2021 when the Wi-Fi Alliance provides a certification program for these devices.

At present, some manufacturers have had the first movements relating to Wi-Fi 6E. Broadcom has introduced its mobile chip for the new-generation Wi-Fi standard, while Qualcomm also promises to equip this technology for its wireless devices in the future. Intel has revealed that its Wi-Fi 6E chip will be released in January 2021.

Meanwhile, two big manufacturers including Lynksys and Netgear have confirmed their plans to release Wi-Fi 6E products. In terms of terminals, smartphones will be the first devices that are equipped with the new Wi-Fi standard.

According to Phil Solis, an analyst from IDC, about 316 million Wi-Fi 6E devices will be shipped in 2021. After smartphones, tablets and TVs are involved in 2022. Solis predicts that smartphones will take an important role in popularizing Wi-Fi 6E because of the large amounts of smartphone users for many various purposes (for example, work or education).

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"Smartphones are a key product that makes sense for 6E."

Phil Solis said,

“Wi-Fi’s a very important part of the phone, so higher-end phones have higher quality Wi-Fi chips in them. Smartphones are a key product that makes sense for 6E because people use their phones for pretty much everything.”

How To Know Whether A Device Is Compatible With Wi-Fi 6E?

When buying any smartphone or laptop that supports the Wi-Fi 6 standard, you can see a label “Wi-Fi 6” on its box. However, Wi-Fi 6 has still taken advantage of the traditional spectrum. To know whether a device supports the Wi-Fi 6E standard with the wider spectrum or not, you need to seek the label “Wi-Fi 6E” on the box (Wi-Fi 6 that is extended with the 6GHz band).

All of the Wi-Fi 6E devices are compatible with the traditional Wi-Fi devices, but you will need to buy a Wi-Fi 6E router to experience all advantages of this new standard. In addition, upgrading your Internet package is an intelligent choice.