Comparing Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 6
Before choosing a new wireless device, it’s important to know the key differences between Wi-Fi 6E and the previous generation of wireless technology, Wi-Fi 6. The most impactful difference is that Wi-Fi 6E devices use a dedicated 6E spectrum with up to seven additional 160 MHz channels while Wi-Fi 6 devices share the same congested spectrum—and only two 160 MHz channels—with other legacy Wi-Fi 4, 5, and 6 devices. This gives Wi-Fi 6E devices the advantage and ability to experience gigabit speeds more easily. Wi-Fi 6 devices will not be able to take advantage of the benefits of the 6 GHz spectrum used by Wi-Fi 6E.
Additionally, Wi-Fi 6E devices, like a Wi-Fi 6E notebook, are backward compatible with legacy wireless technologies like Wi-Fi 6 and Wireless-AC and will be able to connect to legacy Wi-Fi 4, 5, and 6 networks in legacy 2.4/5 GHz bands when needed.