Users with premium broadband plans who upgrade to the latest Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) routers might be able to enjoy blistering speeds of over 1 Gbps on devices that support the latest wireless standard.
This is according to court documents spotted by The Verge, which indicate that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has agreed with the FCC on opening up 1,200 MHz of spectrum in the 6 GHz band for unlicensed use. The decision will reportedly enable speeds of up to 2 Gbps via Wi-Fi 6E.
“In the immediate future, while 6GHz Wi-Fi has the same theoretical top speed as 5GHz Wi-Fi, the extra space means that instead of getting so much interference from other devices and nearby networks, you’ll have a faster, more consistent connection,” The Verge explained in its coverage.
“Last year a representative for the Wi-Fi Alliance told The Verge that this should enable 1–2 Gbps connections over Wi-Fi, similar to what you see now with mmWave 5G.”
Wi-Fi 6E differentiates itself from Wi-Fi 6 by leveraging the new 6 GHz band for increased speeds but includes all of its standard counterpart’s main features, which include MU-MIMO technology for routers to communicate with more devices simultaneously. Wi-Fi 7 (802.11be) is already in development with maximum transfer rates of up to 46 Gbps.
Source: The Verge