Here comes faster 802.11ax Wi-Fi

Angelica Greene
January 11, 2018

Every device these days depends on Wi-Fi, and a new standard the Wi-Fi Alliance is working on should make it more reliable. For that reason, future developments like the new 802.11ax core Wi-Fi standard are focused on "increasing the overall capacity of the network". And while Intel's Wi-Fi chips are used in Arris routers - which are used by Comcast, so they're inherently pretty popular - Intel isn't almost as big in the connectivity space as some of the other chip companies, so this availability isn't necessarily going to be what gets the ball rolling. 802.11ax should help in congested situations, though, with its ability to manage more connections more intelligently. IEEE is now working on the next gen WiFi standard named 802.11ax which will offer up to 40 percent faster data transfer speed when compared to the current 801.11ac standard. Called 802.11ax, this standard promises faster wireless internet speeds. There are other chip companies in the connectivity space as well, and Intel making their 802.11ax chips available doesn't alone guarantee mass adoption of the standard.

"There are already more than eight devices in the average U.S. home" using Wi-Fi, said Kevin Robinson, vice president of marketing for the Wi-Fi Alliance. Devices based on 802.11ax Draft 1.0 will suffer from a suboptimal experience and increased interference.

This time frame is also emphasized in an e-mail by the Wi-Fi Alliance to The Verge.

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Product certification is the process that pushes industry to commit to a standard, and it will happen next year. This is important since a more mature draft - Draft 2.0 or higher - will be the baseline for 802.11ax certification, and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED* is the only way to truly guarantee multivendor interoperability.

Intel has now announced that its 802.11ac chipsets will be released in 2018. It'll be several months before certified products hit the market.

Within the year, Intel will beef up its portfolio of networking products with 802.11ax Wi-Fi chipsets for mainstream 2x2 and 4x4 home routers and gateways, the company recently announced.

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