26 Sep 2023 Wi-Fi 7: Revolutionising Wi-Fi
In the fast-paced world of technology, innovation never sleeps. Wireless communication is no exception, and it’s currently high with excitement surrounding the emergence of Wi-Fi-7. As the successor to Wi-Fi 6, this next-generation wireless standard promises to revolutionise the way we connect to the digital world. In this blog, we will explore the exciting developments and enhancements brought by Wi-Fi 7, shedding light on its potential impact on our daily lives.
Higher Speed: Extreme Throughput
Wi-Fi 7, technically known as 802.11be, is all about pushing the boundaries of speed. With a theoretical peak speed of over 46 Gbps, it’s set to redefine what’s possible in wireless connectivity. Innovations such as 4096 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM), 16 Spatial Streams, and 320 MHz Wide Channels make this speed possible. While achieving the full 46 Gbps may be a challenge, even a fraction of this speed represents a significant upgrade over previous standards, making bandwidth-intensive activities such as VR, AR, online gaming, and cloud computing smoother than ever.
Punctured Transmission: Minimising Interference
In the world of Wi-Fi, interference can be a major headache, disrupting the operation of devices and access points. Wi-Fi 7 introduces the concept of “Punctured Transmission” or “Preamble Puncturing.” This feature allows devices to recover lost spectrum due to interference, ensuring more stable and reliable connections, even in environments prone to RF interference.
MultiLink Operation (MLO): Simultaneous Connectivity
MLO in Wi-Fi 7 brings a game-changing concept to the table. It enables a single client device to communicate with an access point (AP) over multiple radios and different frequency bands simultaneously. This means data can be transmitted and received over two radios operating on various bands (e.g., 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, or 6 GHz) at the same time. MLO offers load balancing across channels and holds the potential to improve network performance.
Quality of Service (QoS): Lower Latency and Enhanced Reliability
QoS enhancements in Wi-Fi 7 aim to reserve time slots within transmitted frames, ensuring a more stable Wi-Fi connection with reduced latency. While this feature has the potential to improve user experience, its effectiveness depends on the compatibility and adoption of this new technology by devices.
The Benefits of Wi-Fi 7 with RUCKUS Networks
Unparalleled Speed: The fast speeds of Wi-Fi 7 enable seamless 8K video streaming, rapid file transfers, and incredibly responsive online experiences.
Future-Proofing: As more bandwidth-intensive applications and devices become mainstream, Wi-Fi 7 ensures that your network can handle the demands of tomorrow’s technology.
Efficiency: Wi-Fi 7 is designed to be more energy-efficient, which not only benefits your devices but also contributes to reducing your carbon footprint.
Reduced Congestion: The improved capacity management of Wi-Fi 7 reduces network congestion, leading to more stable and consistent performance even in crowded areas.
Preparing for Wi-Fi 7
It’s essential for businesses and professionals to stay informed about this groundbreaking technology. As our digital lives become increasingly dependent on seamless internet access, Wi-Fi 7 ensures that we can meet the demands of the future.
RUCKUS Networks has been actively involved in preparing partners and customers for the transition to Wi-Fi 7. To access the RUCKUS white paper on Wi-Fi 7, click here.