With additional dedicated high-speed channels and no legacy Wi-Fi interference, Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) enables speeds up to 6x faster than Intel® Wi-Fi 5 on managed networks1 and nearly 3x faster than Wi-Fi 5 for home and consumer use.2
Low latency is key to seamless experiences in real-time applications like videoconferencing and gaming. With Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) products using the unshared 6E spectrum, latency is up to 75 percent lower than with Wi-Fi 5,3 for the convenience of wireless internet without the excessive lag.
Wi-Fi 6E devices use a new, exclusive spectrum that is much larger and has many more channels than the spectrum used by other generations of Wi-Fi devices. This results in greater reliability and efficiency, as this spectrum can only be used by Wi-Fi 6E devices and is not impacted by legacy device traffic.
Legacy Wi-Fi networks operate on a random first come first served basis, like vehicles at a 4-way intersection without stop signs. With Wi-Fi 6, the router manages network activities and tells devices when they can operate. This is like having a traffic officer in the same 4-way intersection, directing bicycles, cars, and trucks on when they can use the intersection for faster speed and less waiting latency.
Like the 4-way intersection without stop signs, unmanaged legacy Wi-Fi networks experience more wireless collisions and repeat transmission attempts due to multiple devices trying to communicate at the same time. Wi-Fi 6 router-managed networks ensure efficient operation which helps avoid interference and retransmission for more reliable connections.
Increased Network Capacity
Unmanaged legacy Wi-Fi networks allow random device transmissions which can result in a few slow devices using up most of the network time. Wi-Fi 6 routers identify devices on the network and schedule access. This is like a traffic officer optimizing the order of fast cars and trucks with bicycles to maximize the number of commuters that can use the intersection on a given day.
Based on IEEE 802.11ax specification legacy 5 GHz vs. new 6 GHz Wi-Fi spectrum. With more large channels in 6 GHz, technology advantages of Wi-Fi 6E networks enable higher maximum theoretical PC client speeds vs. 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5.
Based on IEEE 802.11ax specification. 160 MHz channels and Wi-Fi 6/6E technology advantages enable significantly higher maximum theoretical PC client speeds vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 products.
Based on IEEE 802.11ax specification Intel Engineering simulation. 160 MHz channels and Wi-Fi 6/6E technology advantages related to network managed traffic enable lower latencies, more efficient operation, and higher reliability vs. random contention-based traffic of standard Wi-Fi 5 networks.