As the number of connected devices increases at home, a new Wi-Fi standard that has better performance is arriving soon. The new 802.11ax is said to deliver a speed of up to 1.2 Gbps, which is four times faster than the current 802.11ac technology. In addition to higher speed, it’s designed to bring broader signal coverage and larger use capacity to the modern home environment.
Under this new design, one single router at home connects to the Internet while other pods sit in various rooms talking to the router and sending signals individually. By placing more pods around the house, users will be able to eliminate Wi-Fi dead spots.
Companies such as ASUS, Huawei and D-Link have announced plans to bring products supporting the new 802.11ax protocol by the end of 2017.
Although it’s true that adding more pods in each room can improve the Wi-Fi experience by eliminating dead spots, the new method of implementation also means that end-users will need to spend more since each pod incurs cost.
“It’s what it is,” said Cees Links, general manager of Wireless Connectivity at Qorvo. Manufacturers will come up with something to convince consumers to adopt the latest technology. Although it will cost a bit more for some consumers, the market will be differentiated. Those who want a better Wi-Fi coverage are willing to spend more, while the others are satisfied with the current situation, Links said.
As a RF solution provider, Qorvo has released its new product portfolio supporting the latest 802.11ax, including Wi-Fi gateways, set-top boxes, routers and access points. It claims that its technology can help manufacturers create 802.11ax products which generate less heat, allowing for a smaller product design to attract consumers.
In regards to the development of Wi-Fi technology, Links expressed his views on voice integration and security. He forecast that users “will be able to talk to the router to ask what’s going on with the Internet,” just like how they are talking with Alexa now. By using voice commands, homeowners can quickly obtain information like Internet speed or number of connected devices.
“Security will continue to be a problem in the future,” Links said. “It’s like a race between homeowners and thieves.” One tries to safeguard while the other is always searching new methods to break in. Although Wi-Fi itself isn’t easy to breach, the application side is relatively less secure. “The ultimate security doesn’t exist. What we can do is to keep working on protecting users,” said Links.