Wi-Fi 7: The Fast Lane to the Internet of the Future
January 09, 2024
1 min 16 sec read
Forget about the digital realm or the virtual social hangouts; let's talk today about the unsung hero that makes it all happen—Wi-Fi. It's the unsung hero that allows us to binge-watch cat videos, engage in epic virtual battles, and pretend we're working diligently from our home offices (kitchen tables, if we're being honest).
So, the Wi-Fi Alliance has officially ushered in a new era with the certification of Wi-Fi 7
, the latest generation of wireless home internet. This certification guarantees interoperability for devices, signaling the imminent arrival of phones, laptops, and routers equipped with Wi-Fi 7 capabilities in 2024. The shift promises substantial improvements in speed and efficiency, surpassing even the capabilities of Wi-Fi 6E.
As we dive into the details, the alliance emphasizes Wi-Fi 7's superiority in high-bandwidth streaming and low-latency wireless gaming, crucial elements in a world increasingly dominated by virtual reality and remote work. While Wi-Fi 7 routers have already made their debut, with offerings from companies like Netgear, TP-Link, and Eero, not all may secure the alliance's certification. Notably, Eero's existing Wi-Fi 6 routers are still pending certification.
Adding to the intrigue is the introduction of Multi-Link Operation (MLO). This feature essentially encompasses wireless link aggregation, distributing connections across two or three of the 2.4 GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz bands. The result? A notable boost in both speed and stability, mitigating the inconvenience of signal loss when transitioning between bands.
Now, here's the kicker – your trusty old devices might not immediately bask in the glory of Wi-Fi 7's new features. But fear not, because the future is knocking on your door. Wi-Fi 7 routers are like the city planners of the internet landscape – upgrading the infrastructure now for a smoother journey ahead. So, buckle up, dear internet explorers (see what I did there?), because Wi-Fi 7 is our ticket to the fast lane to the internet of the future!
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