Wi-Fi 7 is intended to significantly increase client transfer speeds, reduce latency, and increase overall network capacity. Wi-Fi 7 should be able to handle the impending arrival of 8K video streaming as well as the ongoing promise of immersive, low-latency extended reality applications for industrial and gaming purposes.
Rather than connecting to a single 2.4GHz, 5GHz, or 6GHz channel, as with Wi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi 7 allows a client to use all three bands at the same time. By duplicating packets across multiple links, this reduces latency, significantly increases data rate, improves load balancing across bands, and increases network reliability.
We’ve announced the availability of some Wi-Fi 7 wireless routers later this year. “But wait, I just got a new Wi-Fi 6/Wi-Fi 6e router that’s already out of date,” you’re probably thinking.
Technology moves fast, and networking is no exception. So, what exactly is Wi-Fi 7, and how does it differ from the Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6e standards found in today’s best gaming routers? We’ve got all the details so you know what to expect from the next generation wireless standard.
Wi-Fi 7 will be faster, support more connections, and be more adaptive to deliver consistent low-latency performance. These benefits will help deliver higher-quality video and better cloud gaming, as well as serve AR and VR applications that require higher throughput and lower latency.
The 7th generation of Wi-Fi promises significant improvements, with speeds up to four times faster than Wi-Fi 6 and 6e. It also includes simple strides to reduce latency, increase capacity, and improve stability and efficiency.
The most exciting advancement in Wi-Fi7 is most likely multi-link operation. Every previous Wi-Fi standard used a single frequency band to connect two devices. For example, a tri-band Wi-Fi 6E router connects two devices on one band on a fixed channel (the router decides whether to connect on the 2.4-GHz, 5-GHz, or 6-GHz bands. ).