In the new infrastructure era, 5G deployment will be accelerated. But there’s another transmission technology that’s coming to mind, and that’s Wifi 6. Competition or Coexistence? What kind of relationship will the two have in the future?
The concept and introduction of 5G have spread throughout the Internet, but some people may not know much about Wifi6. In fact, this is also a protocol, is a WiFi 6 device protocol. High-speed network communication and low-latency network connectivity. The ability to support more device connectivity and more stable connectivity, like 5G, Wifi6 is born for the Internet of Everything era.
5G and WiFi 6
The 5G boom was originally triggered by the China-US rivalry, but WiFi 6 did not attract much attention. However, with the impact of the new epidemic in 2020, cloud computing has been driven, while home office and online education have made households have higher requirements for broadband rates. As a result, some people who have even abandoned WiFi have found the router again.
After all, no matter how high the network bandwidth is, it is useless if the router does not work. Without good broadband, no matter how good a mobile phone or computer is, it is useless. Therefore, the value of WiFi 6 is rediscovered.
From the perspective of speed, 5G is actually a little bit better. But this gap exists only in the test equipment, human perception is not judged. In addition, although the 5G network speed can reach 10 Gbit/s in theory, is there really such a powerful mobile phone? There’s a difference between theory and reality……
And operators don’t give us theoretical speed, because then they really could go bankrupt. But then again, it’s not necessary.
Since the rate problem can be ignored, what other factors can make us pay attention to WiFi 6? Well, that would be the price. Although 5G has been popular for more than a year, the high traffic price is frightening. However, the tariff of optical fibers is much lower than that of 5G. Even if the bandwidth is 100 Mbit/s, the monthly fee is only dozens of yuan. So, WiFi will certainly not be replaced by 5G, and standards will have to be upgraded.
WiFi 6 can connect to more devices
As mentioned in the beginning, WiFi 6 is designed to connect everything, so the number of connected devices is its advantage. Although the previous router can be connected to multiple devices, the network speed decreases as the number of devices increases. This is mainly because the number of signal channels on the router is insufficient. In other words, it doesn’t matter how many devices you connect to, but the channels are full and the network speed drops. However, in the WiFi 6 era, this will no longer be an issue. The multi-channel mechanism ensures network communication for each connected device, greatly reducing the delay.
WiFi 6 is more energy-efficient
AI is the development trend in the future, and the WiFi 6 is no exception. In the future, WiFi 6 can determine the traffic usage frequency of a device, analyze the frequency of network connection, and plan the connection scheme. This ensures that the device does not occupy the network channel for a long time and slows down signal transmission between the device and the router, thereby saving the power of the device. Apart from smartphones, smart appliances in the future will also benefit greatly.
In a word, 5G and WiFi will coexist for a long time, although 5G has many advantages.