At present 802.11ac or WiFi 5 standardization of WiFi is only beginning to expand – at least in Indonesia -, and WiFi 4 or 802.11n is still widely used as a standard.
But now the new WiFi standardization is ready to be finalized, namely 802.11ax aka WiFi 6, which is referred to as ‘high-efficiency wireless’. Well, what the hell advantages compared WiFi 6 previous generations?
Technically, WiFi 6 will have a data rate for single users that is 37% faster than WiFi 5. But its main advantage is not that aspect, but the ability to provide connections that are four times more stable for users in crowded areas.
WiFi 6 Standardization
In addition, its use was claimed to be more efficient, which will increase the battery life of the device, as quoted detikINET from TechSpot, Thursday.
This can be achieved because WiFi 6 implements a number of ‘new’ technologies that support use by many users. The borrowed technology from the cellular industry is called MU-MIMO and OFDMA, which can significantly increase network capacity and performance, with better use of the spectrum.
This technology will be useful for home users who have many devices connected to WiFi. Analysts estimate that in the next 2022, each house will have at least 50 devices connected to WiFi.
In addition, WiFi 6 will be very suitable for use in areas with very dense networks. This is in line with the growth of smart devices such as the increasing Internet of Things.
There are 50 features that were updated from WiFi 5 on WiFi 6, even though the standardization itself has not yet been finalized. Some updates to these features include:
- Greater overall bandwidth per user for Ultra HD videos and virtual reality streaming.
- Use of a more complete spectrum. If it was only 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, now 1 GHz and 6 GHz will also be used.
- The spectrum will then be broken down into several channels that produce more communication channels.
- The maximum range of access points will be higher, can reach four times further.
- Better performance in outdoor areas and denser areas.
- Can divert data connection traffic from cellular networks if the signal is received poorly.
Hopefully, this standardization will be quickly finalized and applied to devices on the market. Although it should also be noted that the current WiFi 5 standardization is only beginning to expand its use – at least in Indonesia -, and there are still many who use WiFi 4.
Even though there are many phones that support WiFi 5, and many internet service providers (ISPs) providing connections above 100 Mbps, which if paired with WiFi 4 – in practice – will experience an alias bottleneck that cannot be enjoyed to the maximum speed.