How to improve Your Smart Home Network with Wi-Fi6

In today’s era of technology, Wi-Fi has become the backbone of our daily lives, with it’s performance in the home becoming increasingly important as more devices, such as phones and laptops, compete for coverage.

Wi-Fi 6 is the latest version of the Wi-Fi standard, and it offers several significant improvements over previous versions. It provides faster speeds, better coverage, and more efficient use of network resources. Here are just some of the advantages of Wi-Fi 6 and how it can help improve your smart home network:

  1. Faster Speeds:
    Wi-Fi 6 offers faster speeds than previous versions of Wi-Fi, which is especially useful for smart homes that have multiple devices connected to the network. The new standard can support speeds up to 9.6 Gbps, which is nearly three times faster than Wi-Fi 5. This means that you can stream 4K content and play online games without buffering or lag.

  2. Better Coverage:
    Wi-Fi 6 also offers better coverage than previous versions of Wi-Fi. It achieves this through a technology called MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple-input, multiple-output), which allows multiple devices to connect to the network simultaneously. This means that devices can connect to the network more quickly, and there is less competition for network resources, leading to better coverage and less signal drop.

  3. Improved Battery Life:
    Wi-Fi 6 includes a technology called Target Wake Time (TWT), which can significantly improve the battery life of devices connected to the network. TWT enables devices to schedule their Wi-Fi usage, allowing them to sleep for longer periods between network interactions. This can save up to 67% of the device’s battery life, making it ideal for battery-powered smart home devices.

  4. Lower Latency:
    Wi-Fi 6 also reduces latency or lag, which is especially useful for online gaming and video conferencing. This is achieved through a technology called OFDMA (orthogonal frequency-division multiple access), which enables multiple devices to transmit and receive data simultaneously. This technology is particularly useful for smart homes, where multiple devices may be accessing the network at the same time.

By upgrading the wireless access points in your home, you can reap the benefits of Wi-Fi6.  Products such as the Araknis 520, bring the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology, whilst being compact and easy to install – with the same bracket size as the previous 510s making it simple and hassle free to upgrade.

For more details on how you can upgrade, contact us.

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