Next generation Wi-Fi® connectivity

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™, the industry certification program based on the IEEE 802.11ax standard, enables next generation Wi-Fi connectivity providing the capacity, coverage, and performance required by users—even in environments with many connected devices such as stadiums and other public venues. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 networks enable lower battery consumption in devices, making it a solid choice for any environment, including smart home and Internet of Things (IoT) uses.

Key benefits of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 technology include:

  • Higher data rates
  • Increased capacity
  • Performance in environments with many connected devices
  • Improved power efficiency

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 provides the foundation for a host of existing and emerging uses from streaming ultra high-definition movies, to mission-critical business applications requiring high bandwidth and low latency, to staying connected and productive while traversing large, congested networks in airports and train stations.

Innovation and performance in challenging environments

The ubiquity of Wi-Fi and its ability to complement other wireless technologies helps bring the promise of connecting everyone and everything, everywhere, closer to reality. It also creates very diverse and densely populated Wi-Fi environments, requiring technological advances to meet the needs of users. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 delivers improvements and new features that enable Wi-Fi devices to operate efficiently even in dynamic environments involving a large variety of device types.

Key capabilities:

  • Uplink and downlink orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) increases efficiency and lowers latency for high demand environments 
  • Multi-user multiple input, multiple output (MU-MIMO) allows more data to be transferred at one time, enabling access points (APs) to handle larger numbers of devices simultaneously
  • Transmit beamforming enables higher data rates at a given range to increase network capacity
  • 1024 quadrature amplitude modulation mode (1024-QAM) increases throughput for emerging, bandwidth-intensive use cases 
  • Target wake time (TWT) significantly improves battery life in Wi-Fi devices, including IoT clients

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 devices bring enhanced performance to users in demanding environments, from IoT and smart home, to businesses running large-scale, mission critical deployments. Virtual and augmented reality applications such as e-Learning, telepresence, and healthcare monitoring become more attainable using Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 technology. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 also provides carriers and public Wi-Fi operators with more capabilities to support next generation connectivity uses in retail settings, stadiums, and transportation hubs, including a growing array of location-based applications and services and bandwidth intensive applications.

Wi-Fi generations

Identifying device technology

To help users identify devices that provide the latest Wi-Fi experience, Wi-Fi Alliance has introduced simplified generational names that may appear in device names and product descriptions. Wi-Fi devices supporting the latest generation of connectivity are based on the 802.11ax standard and are known as Wi-Fi 6 devices. 

Identifying network connections

Wi-Fi devices may also use a user interface (UI) icon on the display to identify the generation of a network connection. The icons will display a Wi-Fi signal indicator and a numerical representation of the connection. Icons will adjust as users move between Wi-Fi networks that provide a different user experience. When a user device displays a signal indicator icon accompanied by the number 6, indicating a Wi-Fi 6 connection, that device is utilizing the most advanced version of Wi-Fi available.

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