Authored by Ravi Subramanian from Silicon Labs and published in December 2022, this report presents the key attributes of Wi-Fi 6. A comparative table highlights various Wi-Fi versions, including 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n), Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), and the latest, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax). Wi-Fi 6 offers data rates up to 9607 Mbps, a significant advancement from 11 Mbps in 802.11b. Notably, Wi-Fi 6 supports simultaneous transmission, enabling devices to collaboratively send data packets. Beamforming technology enhances range and throughput, allowing access points to target transmissions to remote devices. Moreover, devices can schedule transmissions, effectively reducing battery drain between data exchanges.
Keywords: Computer/Network Hardware, Control & Monitoring Equipment/Sensors, Protocols/Standards, WLAN, Wireless Local Area Network