A New Era for Wi-Fi: 6E Changes the Game

Thu, 03/11/2021 - 10:42

New Frequency Spectrum – Two Decades in the Making

Over the course of over twenty years, Wi-Fi has gone from being a specialized and niche cable replacement technology to a ubiquitous networking must-have in homes and businesses around the world. Over the course of that time, the Wi-Fi Alliance has improved and expanded the capabilities of Wi-Fi with new and updated standards and hardware. The latest standard, known as Wi-Fi 6, is the most recent in this history of revisions, the sixth major revision of the Wi-Fi specification, and continues to expand on what Wi-Fi can offer.

Wi-Fi 6 introduces WPA 3 security and many other technical improvements that make Wi-Fi networks more secure and more efficient with their use of spectrum. However, one of the most significant changes in Wi-Fi 6 is the recent addition of the Wi-Fi 6E spectrum.

Wi-Fi 6E is the designation for Wi-Fi 6’s use of newly-allocated spectrum for Wi-Fi devices. For the first time in two decades, Wi-Fi is adding a significant portion of wireless spectrum to its operating range, adding the 6 GHz (5.925–7.125 GHz) range to the existing 2.4 and 5 GHz ranges already supported by Wi-Fi. This new set of spectrum features higher frequencies and wider channels, and is better suited to high data rates and more users accessing the network simultaneously.