Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Here comes faster 802.11ax Wi-Fi

Here comes faster 802.11ax Wi-Fi

Asus is launching its RT-AX88U that promises speeds up to 6,000Mbps and also supports the AX standard. See the most important products that will impact businesses and professionals. Those fond of hotspots or public Wi-Fi would benefit from the new standard. In 2018, Intel will expand its home Wi-Fi portfolio with new 802.11ax chipsets for mainstream 2x2 and 4x4 home routers and gateways for cable, xDSL, fiber and consumer retail devices.

"802.11ax chips have been built from the start for a digital and connected life", added Tal. It will also increase average throughput per user by four times in congested locations.

These performance enhancements are coming just in time to answer new demands in the smart and connected home. The certification is done to give consumers the confidence that the device they purchased will indeed work with the new standard. This essentially means that if infrastructure devices based on Draft 1.0 are networking with Draft 2.0 client devices, they may experience poor performance. Once product certification begins for 802.11ax next year, it will be at least a few months before certified products make it to the market.

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Intel Wireless Infrastructure Group general manager, Smart & Connected Home Division Doron Tal said, "There is good reason for the industry's enthusiasm for 802.11ax".

D-Link and Asus have already unveiled 802.11ax routers at CES this year, and you can expect to see more routers, as well as devices that can handle the speed, announced as the show goes on.

"To help OEMs smoothly transition to the new standard, designs based on Intel's 802.11ac infrastructure chipset-the Inte® Home Wi-Fi Chipset WAV500 Series-can upgrade to 802.11ax with no change to the host SoC. The 802.11ax standard lets Wi-Fi be faster and smarter and supports a larger than ever number of connected appliances with the growing popularity of HD standard streaming and the culture of smart devices and home security systems". Most notably, the chipsets allow up to 256 devices to share bandwidth simultaneously, delivering consistent connectivity even as more devices connect to the gateway or router. The company claims that its chipsets will outperform their predecessors operating under the 802.11ac standard by a margin of 40% on a single-client device in terms of peak data rates.

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