Since the dawn of time (or 1999, depending on who you ask) WiFi has only operated on two frequencies: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. This has worked pretty well so far, with devices either connecting to the speedy 5GHz or the slower but more far-reaching 2.4GHz. It’s safe to say that the number of devices using WiFi booster has increased dramatically since then, and traffic jams are now a common occurrence with more devices wanting faster connections on limited bandwidth.
What is WiFi 6E?
WiFi 6E is an expansion of the WiFi 6 standard (hence the ‘E’ in the name) that also makes use of the newly licensed 6GHz spectrum to offer more lanes of traffic to WiFi devices – thus easing congestion. Only WiFi 6E-enabled devices can connect to the 6GHz frequency and the additional spectrum allows for 14 more 80 MHz channels (or seven extra 160-MHz channels), which means the chances of sharing spectrum with another device are greatly reduced. If you’re used to competing with your family and neighbours for enough bandwidth, your devices will suddenly have a lot more elbow room and you should see faster speeds as a result. This then frees up more space on the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands as well.
Is it right for me?
There are a couple of things to bear in mind. The first is that the additional, higher frequency of 6GHz has to contend with less range capability, so if you have thick walls in your property or a particularly large area to cover, then it could be worth reserving this frequency for those devices that tend to be used closer to the wireless source. The second point to note is that whilst client devices such as your phone, PC, tablet, etc aren’t yet able to make use of the 6GHz spectrum, they’ll be in the making for the early adopters in the not too distant future.
With WiFi booster 7 still a few years out, WiFi 6E is the latest and fastest standard of WiFi on offer. If you’re interested in being on the cutting-edge of WiFi technology and future-proofing your network for years to come, ask for our new WiFi 6E routers and access points.