Wi-Fi 6E is the next wireless standard to be deployed around the world. As a Wi-Fi 6 extension (hence the E in its name), it seeks to offer less congested and faster connections. But for this, compatible devices are also required, so Qualcomm already has its chips ready for smartphones and routers with which to use this new standard.
Just announced, the cQualcomm Hips Support Wi-Fi 6E They will arrive at the end of the year from smartphone manufacturers. However, router manufacturers can already eliminate them immediately.
Qualcomm FastConect 6700 and FastConnect 6900 are the two options offered by the manufacturer for Wi-Fi 6E connectivity. With the first one, they make sure they are reachable theoretical speeds up to 3 Gbps while the second allows to arrive at 3.6 Gbps. In both cases, there is compatibility with the maximum Wi-Fi channel size of 160 MHz.
As Qualcomm encourages smartphone makers to opt for the FastConnect 6700 or 6900 chips, they are likely to decide wait to see it implemented directly in the Snapdragon. Currently, the latest Snapdragon comes with FastConnect 6800, which does not support 6 GHz networks.
Options for routers supporting Wi-Fi 6E
In addition to FastConnect for smartphones, Qualcomm also announced a total of four options for router manufacturers. They are:
- Qualcomm Networking Pro 1610: Up to 16 Wi-Fi 6 / E connections and a top speed of 10.8 Gbps thanks to a 2.2 GHz A53 quad-core processor.
- Qualcomm Networking Pro 1210: Up to 12 Wi-Fi 6 / E connections and a top speed of 8.4 Gbps using a 2.2 GHz quad-core A53 processor.
- Qualcomm Networking Pro 810: Up to 8 Wi-Fi 6 / E connections and a top speed of 6.6Gbps thanks to a 1.8GHz quad-core A53 processor.
- Qualcomm Networking Pro 610: Up to 6 Wi-Fi 6 / E connections and a top speed of 5.4 Gbps thanks to a 1.8 GHz quad-core A53 processor.
As we have already seen, 6E Wi-Fi quadruples the 400 MHz spectrum in which it operates to the available 1600 MHz. This is an important decongestion for connectivity and will provide other benefits such as larger channels. Wi-Fi 6E also improves and adds multiplexing methods for the way signals are distributed by devices. Finally, it implies faster theoretical speeds and lower latency in the connection.
But all this it will not be possible if the standard is not popularized and there are enough devices compatible with it. We will see throughout this year if that happens. And of course, their deployment and implementation by the networks must also be approved. So far it has done so in the United States, but not in Europe.