The newer technology, Wi-Fi 6, is designed to reduce system congestion.
When our lives were upended by the pandemic, all of us were persuaded to stay home and move our jobs and hobbies to the internet. Video calls is replaced by workplace sessions and classrooms. On Netflix, we binged, played more video games and shopped online.
The outcome was With more computers and mobile phone connectivity, that were doing more than ever before, we slammed our home Wi-Fi networks. The No. 1 tech headache is our congested internet connections, which led to spotty video calls and slow updates.
Now a new wave of Wi-Fi has arrived to solve this problem, known as Wi-Fi 6. This brings higher speeds and greater coverage. Most importantly, wireless technology does a great job of sharing a more reliable data link through a vast range of household items, such as phones, laptops, computers, smart speakers and TVs.
Through Wi-Fi 6, it won’t bog down the whole network as one user downloads massive quantities of data, like a video game console uploading a big game, this was what happens with previous Wi-Fi technologies.
Wi-Fi 6 launched in 2018, but only entered the mainstream this year, where it became more affordable, with systems costing as little as $70 on modern internet routers and more widely accessible. Chips that let them take advantage of Wi-Fi 6 are now now used in many newer smartphones and computers.
And how does it work exactly? Imagine pulling cars on the roads. The vehicles, which reflect data-transmitting machines, travel in a single lane on older Wi-Fi networks. A system that takes a long time to complete a data-heavy mission is like the obnoxious slowpoke that causes you to hit the brakes behind it.
By controlling traffic, Wi-Fi 6 eliminates congestion. There are several lanes now: car pool lanes for the younger, quicker devices, and for the older, slower ones, a sluggish lane. Both cars are often full of individuals, representing vast batches of data being continuously transferred across the network.
“Wi-Fi 6 can be much more efficient at getting a lot more cars down the road faster,” said David Henry, a senior vice president of the networking company Netgear.