What is Wi-Fi 6?
People may start to come across Wi-Fi 6 in new phones and laptops coming out this year. More technically known as 802.11ax, this new standard for wireless communication is the first to use the numbering system of Wi-Fi 6, even though there have obviously been 5 other opportunities to simplify the alphabet soup of 802.11 a, b, g, n and ac. About time then.
While it increases transfer speeds by up to 40 per cent, it really is of benefit in public areas, where the spectrum is congested by heavy traffic. Of course none of this is possible unless both the router and the device attached to it support Wi-Fi 6. As there are very few devices or routers available at present, it may be some time before this standard becomes ubiquitous. However, if you are in the market for a laptop, which you may own for seven years or more, it is prudent to make sure it supports 802.11ax.
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