Wi-Fi Seven is the upcoming successor to WIFI Six. Wi-Fi Seven is projected to deliver faster speeds, lower latency, and the ability to handle more connected devices at once.
Wi-Fi Seven Explained
Wi-Fi Seven is the latest standard in development, one generation above the current Wi-Fi Six technology. Wi-Fi Seven focuses more on speed. Speeds are rumored to achieve speeds greater than 40Gbps. To compare, Wi-Fi Seven will be four times faster than Wi-Fi Six and SixE.
Wi-Fi Seven offers improved wireless technology such as Multi-Link Operation (MLO), Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA); Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output (MU-MIMO); and Target Wake Time (TWT).
Wi-Fi Seven Features Breakdown
Multi-Link Operation allows devices to use multiple radio bands to send/receive data over one connection. This not only improves speed, but also reduces latency, and allows data to travel freely without interference from other networks.
Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) divides channels into Resource Units (Rus) that create smaller data packets, which transmit data to multiple users simultaneously.
Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) provides even simultaneous data streams to a crowd of users at once. This allows for applications like video streaming and gaming to work flawlessly on Wi-Fi.
Target Wake Time (TWT) helps conserve battery life on mobile devices by putting them in sleep mode until the network is accessed.
Lastly, Restricted Target Wake Time (RTWT) reserves bandwidth on the router for certain uses such as video conferencing and gaming. The overall goal here is reserving battery life, and balancing network resources with this new feature.
Wi-Fi Seven Projected Release Date
With Wi-Fi Seven still under development, it isn’t expected to be finalized until sometime in 2024.