Intel Announces 802.11ax Chipsets for Faster Wi-Fi - IT Peer Network


Backed by years of experience helping introduce new standards to the marketplace, Intel is prepared to help drive a successful launch of 802.11ax and ensure consumers get the best possible Wi-Fi experience.

Intel announced this week that it'll have chips ready within the year for the next generation of Wi-Fi - what's known as 802.11ax. And while Intel's Wi-Fi chips are used in Arris routers - which are used by Comcast, so they're inherently pretty popular - Intel isn't almost as big in the connectivity space as some of the other chip companies, so this availability isn't necessarily going to be what gets the ball rolling.

802.11ax networks should be able to pump four times as much data as today's 802.11ac networks to each device in crowded situations, National Instruments estimates, in part by beaming data toward specific phones, PCs and other devices instead of bathing an entire room with radio signals.

Any household with lots of devices connected to a central router would benefit from 802.11ax, as well.

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And even though total network capacity is a major focus of 802.11ax, the peak speed should improve, too - from 433Mbps for 802.11ac to 600Mbps with 802.11ax, NI said.

The new Wi-Fi standard is expected to be faster, but the real improvement is its efficiency over multiple connections.

In contrast, infrastructure devices based on 802.11ax Draft 1.0 chipsets (or variations of Draft 1.0) may not be interoperable with client devices based on Draft 2.0 chipsets.

Wi-Fi router: D-Link's AC2600 Wi-Fi route is based on Intel's Home Wi-Fi Chipset WAV500 Series, which also appears in Asus' Blue Cave Wi-Fi router. You've seen us in the past show you the Wi-Fi certification awarded to a new device by the Wi-Fi Alliance. It'll be several months before certified products hit the market. That's because product certification doesn't begin until next year, and certification, a spokesperson said, "is typically an inflection point toward broader industry adoption". Nearly one year following this announcement, Intel has unveiled its 802.11ax chips as well.