If you have a habit of reading hardware specification on your gadgets, then you had probably noticed something when you bought your Samsung Galaxy S10. There is one hardware detail in there that says Wi-Fi 6. What is Wi-Fi 6?
Samsung Galaxy S10 Wi-Fi 6
Wi-Fi 6 is the latest installment in the series of Wi-Fi generations. It is reportedly faster than the previous Wi-Fi versions. And Samsung Galaxy S10 is currently the only smartphone that has that certification.
If you are a bit confused about Wi-Fi naming, here is the simpler names that you can easily distinguish:
- Wi-Fi 4 is the one that was released back in 2009 called 802.11n.
- Wi-Fi 5 is the one on 2014 popularly known as 802.11ac.
- Wi-Fi 6 is the recent one that was supposed to be called 802.11ax.
Yes, Wi-Fi Alliance finally fixed the confusing naming by making them simpler and easy to remember. The agency also wants every manufacturer to put these names specifically on devices they will release in the future. And it started with the Samsung Galaxy S10.
What Makes Wi-Fi 6 Better?
Well, for starters, it could go up to 40% faster than Wi-Fi 5. According to Wi-Fi Alliance, it is expected to deliver 9.6 Gbps worth of data speed. The Wi-Fi 5 can only go up to 3.5 Gbps.
Since it can encode and decode data much faster and efficient, it is expected to provide that much speed at the same time compared to the previous Wi-Fi version.
And speaking of efficiency, the Wi-Fi 6 promises better battery life on any device that it is installed. This is because it remembers and schedules when the next packet of data will be delivered. This way, while it waits for the signal to come through again, it can shut down and turns back on when needed.
The highlight of the Wi-Fi 6 is the feature where it can provide optimum data speed even in a crowded network. This removes the bottleneck that was the issue back in Wi-Fi 5.
Developers of the device said that the speed would not really be apparent when only one or two devices are in the network. And even if you are using Samsung Galaxy S10 which is the only device right now that has Wi-Fi 6, it will not be that obvious.
But if there are a dozen Samsung Galaxy S10 devices connected in a Wi-Fi 6-capable router and they are all downloading or video streaming, the device is supposed to deliver an equal distribution of data.
Do you need to buy a Wi-Fi 6 router now?
The question of whether you will need to get a new Wi-Fi 6 router depends on your status. See, if you are buying a dozen of Samsung Galaxy S10 for you and your family. And those S10s will be connected within the same network, then yes, get a Wi-Fi 6 router.
If you are planning to buy a new router and you are willing to spend $400 for it, then yes, get a Wi-Fi 6 router. Routers are usually used for a longer period of time. Some people use their routers for a year or two, so it would be wise to invest in a future-proof device.
But if your decision to buy is not about those two reasons, I do not see any point for it. Your current router with Wi-Fi 5 will work just fine even if you have one S10. It won’t make much of a difference.
In fact, analysts say that Wi-Fi 6 will be fully ready for a couple more years from now. So an upgrade when your current router is still in tip-top shape would be useless.
By the way, here are some routers that are currently available in the market that you can by right now. Check them out.
- Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000
- Netgear Nighthawk AX8
- Asus RT-AX88U
- ASUS AiMesh AX6100
- D-Link AX6000 Ultra Wi-Fi Router DIR-X6060
- D-Link AX11000
- TP-Link Archer AX6000
- Netgear Nighthawk AX12 (RAX120)
- TP-Link Archer AX11000
- TP-Link Deco X10 Mesh Wi-Fi System
So tell us, what is your decision? Would you buy a Wi-Fi 6 router? Let us know your opinion on this new Wi-Fi technology. We would be thrilled to know your thoughts on this.