What is WiFi 6 and Is It Worth Waiting For?
The new Samsung S10 was just released and there was something in the specifications that you may have missed. It’s WiFi 6 ready! What is WiFi 6, you ask? Did you even know that there were different types of WiFi?
If you did know there were different types of WiFi, you probably knew them as 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11n, or 802.11ac. If you’re counting, that’s 5 different versions.
The WiFi Alliance, an organization of companies and people that help develop WiFi standards, has decided to make telling versions apart easier for you. 802.11n is now known as WiFi 4, 802.11ac is now WiFi 5 and the next hot thing is WiFi 6. But if you want to use its full name, it’s IEEE 802.11ax.
So, What’s Different About WiFi 6?
Like you’d expect with a new version of any tech, WiFi 6 is
faster. It supports a data rate of up to 9.6 Gbps. Compare that to your WiFi 5
and it’s almost three times as fast.
WiFi6 also supports connecting more devices at once. This might not have been an issue for you at home. But, when you’re out in public almost anywhere, there’s free WiFi to be had.
Ever notice how if it was a crowded coffee shop, the data crawled? That will be improved by two technologies WiFi 6 will use: orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) and multi-user multiple input, multiple output (MU-MIMO).