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Here comes faster 802.11ax Wi-Fi

11 January 2018

Backed by years of experience helping introduce new standards to the marketplace, Intel is prepared to help drive a successful launch of 802.11ax and ensure consumers get the best possible Wi-Fi experience. In 2018, Intel will expand its home Wi-Fi portfolio with new 802.11ax chipsets for mainstream 2x2 and 4x4 home routers and gateways for cable, xDSL, fiber and consumer retail devices. Called 802.11ax, this standard promises faster wireless internet speeds.

802.11ax networks should be able to pump four times as much data as today's 802.11ac networks to each device in crowded situations, National Instruments estimates, in part by beaming data toward specific phones, PCs and other devices instead of bathing an entire room with radio signals. The company claims that its chipsets will outperform their predecessors operating under the 802.11ac standard by a margin of 40% on a single-client device in terms of peak data rates. The new chipsets can connect up to 256 devices and can deliver enhanced throughput for a wide range of packet sizes.

Any household with lots of devices connected to a central router would benefit from 802.11ax, as well. Its first chipsets will be based on Draft 2.0 of the 802.11ax standard, which will be more mature than infrastructures based on Draft 1.0, meaning better compatibility and interoperability with client devices. "As a greater number of Wi-Fi-enabled devices are added into homes and enterprises, the 802.11ax standard will gain more prominence in the marketplace", analyst Christian Kim said.

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"There are already more than eight devices in the average United States home" using Wi-Fi, said Kevin Robinson, vice president of marketing for the Wi-Fi Alliance. Once product certification begins for 802.11ax next year, it will be at least a few months before certified products make it to the market.

Product certification is the process that pushes industry to commit to a standard, and it will happen next year. This is due to product certification. Intel's new chipsets will be based on Draft 2.0 of 802.11ax.

Here comes faster 802.11ax Wi-Fi