Wi-Fi 6 is a next-generation standard that allows us to connect to the Internet completely wirelessly. We can consider it as the successor to Wi-Fi 5, but the truth is that it is actually meant to coexist with Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 4, as there are still many devices on the market that are limited to those two old standards.
With that in mind, it is easy to understand why the latest generation routers compatible with the Wi-Fi 6 standard, such as the AVM FRITZ!Box 7530 AX, are also compatible with the Wi-Fi 4 and Wi-Fi 5 standards, and that way, we can enjoy all the value of this new wireless standard without having to give up full backward compatibility, which will allow us to continue using our older devices without any problem.
So far so good, but why is the Wi-Fi 6 standard so important, what differences does it make compared to previous generations? It’s a good question, and we’re going to answer it in the best possible way: going over, one by one, all the advantages offered by this standard. As always, if you have any questions after reading this article, you can leave them in the comments and we’ll help you solve them.
Wi-Fi 6 offers greater stability
This is one of the most important and interesting differences, as it provides a much more stable wireless Internet connection, even in environments where we have a high concentration of devices.
So, for example, this new standard would make a big difference in a home where all members of the family connect to the Internet wirelessly, and at the same time, or in an office that is in a similar situation.
With Wi-Fi 6, we’ll enjoy faster speeds.
The increase in performance that this new standard achieves is up to 40% over Wi-Fi 5, a standard that was already much faster than Wi-Fi 4, which means you’ll enjoy much faster downloads, and your connection will have no problems with streaming content and high definition.
If you are one of those who download games or other heavy content, and you like to enjoy your favorite multimedia content in 4K do not hesitate, this standard is for you.
Latency is significantly reduced
Those of you who read us every day already know what latency is, how it can affect your online experience and why it’s so important. For those of you who have doubts, I invite you to review this article.
With the standardWith Wi-Fi 6, the latency drops dramatically, and can be as low as 10ms. That’s a fantastic figure, because normally, when an Internet connection is working properly, it’s perfectly normal to have latency between 30 and 60 ms.
WPA3 encryption makes your network more secure
WPA3 encryption has succeeded WPA2 encryption, and is presented as a much more reliable and secure standard. That’s not to say it’s perfect-nothing is perfect when it comes to security-but it does offer a higher degree of protection than the previous standard.
A more secure encryption translates into a better protected wireless network, and this helps to ensure the privacy of our Internet connections, and our data transmissions.
Optimizations in data transmission under the 2.4 GHz band
This new standard is not limited to working in the 5 GHz band, but is also capable of optimizing data transmission by operating in the 2.4 GHz band, which gives it greater versatility.
However, it should be noted that, under the 2.4 GHz band, the maximum speed drops significantly compared to the 5 GHz band, as we can see in the attached image.
Wi-Fi 6 improves the battery life of your devices
Thanks to its more efficient operation, based on the “Target Wake Time” technology, which sets the time that devices can enter the “sleep” phase between data transmissions.
By improving the management of the sleep state, the battery consumption is reduced and therefore the autonomy of the connected devices is improved.