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Wi-Fi is getting more efficient – Its biggest upgrade in 20 years

Wi-Fi is getting more efficient and faster, Its biggest upgrade in 20 years. In a few months, there’s going to be a lot more extra Wi-Fi to go around. The Federal Communications Commission proposed today to open up a scheme of spectrum in the 6GHz band for unlicensed use — the same administrative go-ahead that lets your router broadcast over the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. That means there are now more open airwaves, a lot more than routers can use to broadcast Wi-Fi signals.


Once the new spectrum is officially opened for business later this year, that should translate to faster, more reliable connections from the next generation of devices.

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This marks the most notable spectrum addition since the FCC “cleared the way for Wi-Fi in 1989.” This upcoming upgrade essentially quadruples the amount of space for routers and other devices, which means there will be less interference when trying to connect. According to the tech platform, devices are expected to start supporting 6GHz Wi-Fi by the end of 2020, so its implementation isn’t far away. When it arrives, expect to see it branded under the name “Wi-Fi 6E.”

Source: The Verge


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