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Wi-Fi 6: Better, faster internet is coming -- here's what you need to know

How fast is Wi-Fi 6?

That's a topic of some debate, and we won't have a definitive answer until we've had the chance to fully test the hardware out for ourselves, but the overall refrain from industry experts is that Wi-Fi 6 will offer speeds that are roughly 30% faster than Wi-Fi 5, with theoretical maximum transfer speeds up around 10 Gbps. 

That figure will really depend on context, though, because it's a lot more speed than you're likely to ever need from a single device. In environments with lots and lots of devices that need to connect, Wi-Fi 6 might make a huge difference. In small homes with only a few devices on the network, the difference might be harder to notice.

 

When does Wi-Fi 6 get here?

Wi-Fi 6 is already technically a thing -- it's a new, certified standard that newly-made Wi-Fi devices can put to use. It'll be a while before you have a ton of options, but Wi-Fi 6 routers from brands like CiscoNetgearAsusand TP-Link are already rolling out. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is the first phone to support Wi-Fi 6, and other devices are certain to follow suit. For instance, it's a pretty sure bet that the next iPhone and the next generation of laptopsand Wi-Fi smart home devices will all support it, too.

You'll need both a Wi-Fi 6 router and Wi-Fi 6 devices like those in order to reap the full benefits of 802.11ax, but if you go ahead and get that fancy new router, your older devices will still work like normal. The rub is that they won't be much faster, if at all -- Wi-Fi 6 supports previous-gen 802.11 devices, but it can't do much to speed them up.

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