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WiFi 6 is only now rolling out, and along with it a new theoretical top speed of 9.6Gbps, but WiFi's biggest upgrade ever is now set to hit at the end of this year. It's not a speed boost though, as the newly named WiFi 6E will have the same max speed. Instead, we'll this change is to the spectrum that WiFi relies on. For 20 years, WiFi has been operating with about 400MHz of spectrum available, but now the FCC has opened up 1200MHz of spectrum in the 6GHz band.

 

That doesn't sound exciting, but it's a huge deal. The proliferation of WiFi enabled devices has meant that the limited spectrum WiFi has been allotted quickly gets congested, and it's one of the reasons that you never get close to those theoretical maximum speeds. Even though WiFi 6E isn't increasing those speeds, many people will see better performance just by spacing their WiFi channels out better. It will also leave a lot more room for improvements in the years to come.

 

The FCC has cleared the way, so expect the first WiFi 6E devices to start shipping at the end of this year.

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