Wi-Fi 7 is coming. And you’re still on Wi-Fi 5, right?

We just got to know the partial specification of Wi-Fi 7, the new wireless standard. The novelty should hit the market next year.

The vast majority of us use the 802.11ac Wi-Fi network standard, also known as Wi-Fi 5. This is a standard that saw the light of day in 2013 and hit the first devices in 2014. Its maximum bandwidth is depending on the implementation from 433 to 6933 Mbit/s, but in the vast majority of cases, this lower limit applies. Wi-Fi ac is most common in home routers as well as in hardware.

Wi-Fi 6 (also known as ax) greatly increases actual transfers. According to the specifications, it reaches a maximum speed of 600 to 9608 Mbit/s, but in practice, Wi-Fi 6 is the first wireless network that is able to provide “fiber-optic” speed and stability in the home.

Unfortunately, the sixth generation of wireless networks will be exotic for a long time to come. Although Wi-Fi 6 routers are increasingly appearing in operators’ offers, still not all new devices support this standard. The best example is the Xbox Series X console, which is based on Wi-Fi 5, and yet it will be enough for many years of playing.

The Wi-Fi 6 standard also has an extension called 6E. It is a network operating in the little-used 6 GHz band, unlike the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands known from Wi-Fi 6 networks.

The first details about the new Wi-Fi 7 network were released at the conference … Media library, which boasted at its presentation that it would be “one of the first” manufacturers to use Wi-Fi 7. The first processors with built-in support for this network will hit the market at the end of 2022. Full network specification will be revealed in mid-year.

MediaTek revealed that the Wi-Fi 7 network will provide a 2.4 times faster speed than Wi-Fi 6. There will also be lower latency, which will translate into more comfortable gaming in cloud services such as Google Stadia, Xbox Cloud, or GeForce Now.

It is quite surprising that Wi-Fi 7 will appear so soon after the presentation of standard 6. Such rapid changes in network standards are doomed to a lack of widespread adaptation of new standards on the market. While there are people among us who replace a smartphone every year, we replace computers, TV sets, audio sets, set-top boxes, and routers themselves much less often.