Wi-Fi Without Bounds

802.11ax is expected to deliver up to 40 percent higher peak data rates1 for a single client device, improve average throughput per user by at least four times2 in congested environments and increase network efficiency by more than four times.2

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Intelligent Home Wi-Fi

When home Wi-Fi works smarter, you get faster, smoother content streaming, online gaming, video calls, and internet browsing. Intel's 802.11ax solutions for home routers and gateways deliver the speed and reliability your connected home demands.

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Better Interoperability

Wi-Fi 6 – based on the 802.11ax standard – can help service providers address the growing demands on home Wi-Fi by offering enhanced Wi-Fi performance and network efficiency. It needs to be deployed in the right way so that client devices and home gateways are interoperable and deliver a smooth user experience.

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Improve Wi-Fi Performance Metrics

Orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) is a key feature of 802.11ax that helps improve how efficiently the wireless spectrum is used, resulting in faster uploads and downloads and improved responsiveness—and a much better user experience.

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Related Products and Technologies

802.11ac Powered by Intel

With the right solution from Intel, your Wi-Fi performs just as remarkably as you do – easily keeping pace with your entertainment, business, and super-connected lifestyle.

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The Future of Wireless

Intel prepares for the next generation of Wi-Fi by delivering wireless solutions today. Experience faster Wi-Fi with Intel® Wireless-AC 2x2 160MHz (1733 Mbps)3 inside your devices, featuring smoother gaming and 4K UHD video streaming with more reliable connections throughout the home.

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Smart and Connected Home

Learn how Intel and its partners are making home networks faster, smarter and more secure.

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Related Resources

802.11ax includes multiple tools that work in tandem to achieve these metrics.

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Read about the new 802.11ax paper from the Wireless Broadband Alliance.

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Read what Intel’s Carlos Cordeiro has to say on how 802.11ax goes hand in hand with 5G.

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Watch what Intel’s Carlos Cordeiro has to say on how 802.11ax goes hand in hand with 5G.

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Product and Performance Information

1

“Nearly 40 percent higher peak data rates” claims are based on the comparison of the expected maximum theoretical data rates for dual spatial stream 802.11ax 160 MHz (2401 Mbps) vs. dual spatial stream 802.11ac 160 MHz (1733 Mbps) Wi-Fi solutions as documented in IEEE 802.11ax draft 2.0 spec and IEEE 802.11-2016 wireless standard specifications, and require the use of similarly configured 802.11ax wireless network routers.

 

2

The amendment defines standardized modifications to both the IEEE 802.11 physical layers (PHY) and the IEEE 802.11 Medium Access Control (MAC) layer that enable at least one mode of operation capable of supporting at least four times improvement in the average throughput per station (measured at the MAC data service access point) in a dense deployment scenario, while maintaining or improving the power efficiency per station. For additional details visit https://mentor.ieee.org/802.11/dcn/14/11-14-0165-01-0hew-802-11-hew-sg-proposed-par.docx.

 

3

802.11ac 2x2 160MHz enables 1733 Mbps maximum theoretical data rates, 2X faster than standard 802.11ac 2x2 80MHz (867Mbps) and nearly 12x faster than baseline 1x1 BGN (150Mbps) Wi-Fi as documented in IEEE 802.11 wireless standard specifications, and require the use of similarly configured 802.11ac wireless network routers or better. To achieve Gigabit wireless speeds the network requires a wireless router/access point that supports 160MHz channels.