Wi-Fi Certified 6 Program Available for Products based on Broadcom, Cypress, Intel, Marvell, and Qualcomm 802.11ax Chips

Last year the WiFi alliance introduces a new naming scheme for WiFi using numbers instead of IEEE standards so that WiFI 4 is 802.11n, WiFi 5 is 802.11ac, and WiFi 6 is the latest 802.11ax standard with data throughput up to 10 Gbps, and a better ability to manage high-density scenarios.

Shortly after (November 2018) we also got news of the first WiFi 6 routers from ASUS and NETGEAR, but the WiFi alliance only just announced the launch of their Wi-Fi Certified 6 program that promises optimal interoperability and security.

WiFi 6 CertifiedThe program will make sure the following features are properly implemented:

  • WPA3 WiFi security
  • Orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA): effectively shares channels to increase network efficiency and lower latency for both uplink and downlink traffic in high demand environments
  • Multi-user multiple input multiple output (MU-MIMO): allows more downlink data to be transferred at once and enables an access point to transmit data to a larger number of devices concurrently
  • 160 MHz channels: increases bandwidth to deliver greater performance with low latency
  • Target wake time (TWT): significantly improves battery life in Wi-Fi devices, such as Internet of Things (IoT) devices
  • 1024 quadrature amplitude modulation mode (1024-QAM): increases throughput in Wi-Fi devices by encoding more data in the same amount of spectrum
  • Transmit beamforming: enables higher data rates at a given range resulting in greater network capacity
Wi-Fi Certified 6 Testbed Kit
Cypress WiFi Certified 6 Kit

Five silicon vendors currently offer Wi-Fi Certified 6 solutions/testbeds:

Some of the first certified products include Samsung Galaxy Note10 smartphone and Ruckus R750 Wi-Fi 6 Access Point.

More details about Wi-Fi Certified 6 program can be found on Wi-FI Alliance website.

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4 years ago

Does anyone know of any of Wi-Fi 6 / 802.11ax PCIe-adapters with three or more antennas?

I have only seen 802.11ax adapters which have two antennas for best possible MU-MIMO.

Looking for a fast and long-range Wi-Fi adapter gaming desktop-PC that is moved often.

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