“There’s no question that remote work is here to stay,” said Nyeleti Shikwambane, Huawei Product Manager at leading local ICT distributor Pinnacle. “In fact, we can expect to see even more people no longer working only from the office and moving between a variety of locations, sometimes working from home, sometimes from the office, sometimes even from coffee shops and other public places.”
Although remote work needs no introduction, the COVID-19 pandemic definitely accelerated its adoption to the point where it has become the new reality. It has even brought about the new category of hybrid work where people will work in the office some days and from alternate locations on others.
This means that meetings held via video-conferencing and events hosted as webinars may be the standard for a while yet. However, with this adaptation, there are still concerns about security, visibility, seamless communications and more importantly networking and connectivity. If employees do not have consistently good connectivity, how does this affect their ability to do their jobs?
Enter centre stage …. Wi-Fi 6. Wi-Fi 6 is the next generation of Wi-Fi. It’ll still do the same basic thing – connect you to the internet – just with a package of additional technologies to make it happen more effectively, which in turn speeds up connections in the process.
So what about it, how does it help me? Wi-Fi 6 provides:
- 4 x larger capacity: OFDMA multi-user technology allows multiple devices to seamlessly connect to the router, without overwhelming it or greatly slowing its speed – this has improved the capacity to four times that of Wi-Fi 5.
- 2/3 lower latency: thanks to the OFDMA multi-user technology – users are given a seamless connectivity experience with a faster response time, even when connected via multiple devices. This helps to reduce the latency.
- 30% lower power consumption: the on-demand wake-up functionality of devices reduces power consumption by 30%. Wi-Fi 6 communicates with multiple devices to activate on-demand wakeup, which saves power when the devices are not being used. Its predecessor, Wi-Fi 5 routers, can only communicate with one device at a time, which in turn means it consumes battery power even when devices aren’t always in use.
Streaming made simple (a little bit more technical)
With the quad-core CPU on Wi-Fi 6 stretching up to 3000 Mbps (that can boost speed to over 1 Gbps), HD movies can be delivered in a breezy 10 seconds! Additionally, since the WiFi AX3 supports 1024-QAM and 160 MHz ultra-large bandwidth, delivering a theoretical dual-band concurrent rate of up to 2976 Mbps (574 Mbps in 2.4 GHz plus 2401 Mbps in 5 GHz), downloading movies and shows to stream on your smartphone, laptop or tablet are a dream.
Basically, your downloads are delivered quickly and efficiently.
Just a tap away
There is already a range of smartphones and devices with Wi-Fi 6 capabilities to experience the full and seamless experience of the router. Wi-Fi 6 Plus can smoothly send network access into every room of your home – even through walls – allowing a smooth browsing and streaming experience for all.
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