WiFi 6 (802.11 ax) has come through with nothing but promises of better, faster, stronger connections. Which is true, but mostly for public spaces. Still, WiFi 6 routers for the home are starting to hit the shelves. Should you buy one?
Well, take this into account first: While WiFi 6 is likely to relieve all of our WiFi-woes in public spaces like airports, other public transportation hubs and stadiums, it’s not likely to fix much within the home. At least not yet.
On average, a WiFi 6 router costs about $100-$150 more than a WiFi 5 (802.11 ac) router. Most devices that we use now won’t even work with WiFi 6 unless they have a WiFi 6 (11ax) chip. That means all of the following devices would need their own WiFi 6 chip:
Wow, that would add up quickly.
So, then what is the answer to getting up to speed with WiFi 6? Unfortunately, unless you want to shell out a ton of money right now, the answer is patience. Sigh.
The widespread adoption of WiFi 6 in residential homes is projected to take at least three years or more. We should start seeing more adoption of WiFi 6 chips by 2023.
Yes, WiFi 6 does have a lot of benefits for users that are in highly trafficked, public spaces. As far as investing in a WiFi 6 router for your home? Maybe wait.
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