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Faster Wi-Fi is on the way!

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Faster WiFi is on the way, well not WiFi… WiGig; an ultra fast, short-range wireless network technology that will nearly double Wifi’s current top speed.

As many as 180 million devices arriving by the end of 2017 will support WiGig; Wifi 802.11ad on the 60 gigahertz band. The WiFi Alliance, a self-described “network of companies that bring you Wi-Fi, has certified a technology they are calling “WiGig”. The certification program aims to encourage the production of devices and hardware that operate in less congested 60GHZ spectrum, but can also fall back to regular Wifi on 2.4 or 5 gigahertz bands – for maximum interoperability.

 

WiGig will provide speeds of up to 8 Gbps and 1 Gbps from up to a distance of 10m. 8 Gbps will be up to 3 times faster than the best available devices on the current WiFi protocol; 802.11ac. This speed boost will help with the download of HD movies in a matter of seconds. Both ends of the connection will need to support WiGig to ensure the best capable speed is achieved. Also, the technology will make it possible to have super-fast docks and VR headsets.

 

“Wi-Fi has delighted users for more than 15 years, and WiGig now gives users even higher performance in a rich variety of applications unleashing an unparalleled Wi-Fi experience,” Wi-Fi Alliance CEO Edgar Figueroa said.

 

Recently the WiFi Alliance announced the first certified products from Intel, Qualcomm, and Dell. Both Intel and Qualcomm have certified router solutions. However, some companies like Samsung have already released uncertified WiGig hardware.The first certified consumer products to utilise this technology will be Dell’s Latitude 7450 and 7470 laptops; the technology will then looks to make its way into more routers, tablets, notebooks and smartphones.

 

The biggest issue facing this new technology are adoption and compatibility. However, the Wifi Alliance expect that the new standard will take off by 2017.

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