March 30, 2022

Wi-Fi 6E is HERE Live In Canada. With this new technological development, Canada joins the list of innovative countries that have already opened up the 6GHz band for personal use. This new generation of Wi-Fi 6E promises to deliver higher speeds for Canadian internet users by adding more airwaves for broadcasting.


Faster Wi-Fi Speeds With Wi-Fi 6E Canada

Most Canadians access the internet through their home Wi-Fi network. These Wi-Fi systems have traditionally operated in two band ranges, namely the 2.4GHz range and the 5GHz range. However, Wi-Fi 6E will introduce a new 6GHz bandwidth range to homes across Canada. This 6GHz band will be less crowded and can provide an additional spectrum of nearly 1,200 MHz to support future Wi-Fi devices.

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If you are not familiar with bandwidths, you can visualise them as highways. As more people are using these highways, they become increasingly congested causing routes to slow. No one enjoys being stuck in traffic — and no one enjoys slow Wi-Fi.

With many people accessing the internet through these two bandwidths, they have often become too crowded for every device to connect to the internet at maximum speeds. Even if your device is capable of higher max speeds, the bandwidths have capacity limitations that won't allow your device to reach peak speed. This can be frustrating for internet users who are trying to use Wi-Fi in dense environments like large urban centres.

The implications for Wi-Fi sensing applications are exciting as well. Using the wider bandwidth channels in the 6GHz range, the new spectrum allows for more detailed images. It is like the difference between taking a photo with a colour camera and a black and white camera.

Wi-Fi 6E essentially eliminates the capacity limitations of the current Wi-Fi system by giving you more "space" that makes it more likely for a device to reach its full potential. By removing these limitations, it can offer higher speeds at lower energy consumption levels.

Wi-Fi 6 vs. Wi-Fi 6E: What's the Difference?

The difference between Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E is that Wi-Fi 6 operates on the currently available spectrums. Whereas, Wi-Fi 6E will actually expand the Wi-Fi spectrum to the third band of 6GHz.

Until Wi-Fi 6E expands into Canada, Wi-Fi 6 is the latest generation of Wi-Fi. It operates within the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands and boasts a range of improvements and capabilities from the previous generations. When it first hit the scene, Wi-Fi 6 impressed the public by being able to host a range of devices simultaneously on the same router network.

This functionality is extremely useful as we see more and more devices becoming "smart". From smart fridges, front door cameras, televisions and toasters, many people are adopting smart technologies in their homes which need to be connected to your Wi-Fi connection. Even if you don't personally live in a smart home, it is highly likely that you own multiple Internet-connected devices like laptops, desktop computers, cell phones, or handheld tablets. 

It also offers a host of other improvements when compared to previous generations, such as:

  • Increased QAM limits: QAM is what determines how much data your router can transfer at once. Improving data transmission performance was a key technology for Wi-Fi 6, and the current Wi-Fi systems can now transmit 10 bits of data at one time. More bits equals faster Wi-Fi speeds.
  • MU-MIMO technology: This technology allows your router to target a specific device for data transfers. With Wi-Fi 6, this data stream has been updated to be bi-directional, which means that it can support both downloads and uploads. Previous Wi-Fi versions were download only. This new MU-MIMO technology means that you can enjoy faster response times.
  • Target Wake Time: Smart devices previously attempted to connect to your Wi-Fi network continually. This can clog your bandwidth and lower response times. Now, with Wi-Fi 6, there is Target Wake Time, which allows your smart devices to connect to your Wi-Fi network at scheduled times. This allows for better energy consumption and a less clogged network.

However, with all of Wi-Fi 6's improved functionalities, it is important to remember the capacity limitations of your internet service provider (ISP). Although Wi-Fi 6 allows for a massive boost in data transfer speeds, your personal internet plan might cap data transmission performance at specific levels.

When Will Wi-Fi 6E Be Available in Canada?

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) announced that it opened up the new Wi-Fi spectrum in the 6GHz frequency range on May 19th, 2021. However,  Canada is still working out the regulations to get them in the hands of everyday people. 

That’s because ISED is regulating the rollout of Wi-Fi 6E compatible outdoor devices since they may be capable of interrupting the service frequencies of fixed satellite services. Thus, they are all required to implement automatic frequency coordination.

Although specific frequencies differ, many other countries have opened up their Wi-Fi capacities into the 6GHz range so Canada should be well on its way. These countries include the United States, as well as several countries in South America, Europe, and Asia.

The ISED have divided Wi-Fi 6E compatible devices into three power categories:

  • Standard power devices that function as both indoor and outdoor access points for large groups of people to use the internet. These devices have automated frequency coordination (AFC) control.
  • Low power indoor-only devices that do not possess the capacity for AFC control, such as home routers.
  • Very low power devices without AFC control, such as internet of things sensing applications.

As for when we'll see Wi-Fi 6E compatible devices on the Canadian market, that is uncertain. Some predictions suggest that we will have them by mid to late 2022.

Will My Current Wi-Fi System Support Wi-Fi 6E?

Ultimately, this will vary from system to system. It is almost impossible to say whether or not each specific router will be compatible with the new spectrum of Wi-Fi 6E. However, routers below Wi-Fi 6 such as Wi-Fi 5 routers (also known as 802.11ac routers) will most likely not be compatible with the new spectrum of Wi-Fi 6E.

Current routers Wi-Fi 6 routers should be able to use the newly approved frequency. However, because it is new, expect your router to require firmware updates.

The Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers

Better1 currently offers a wide selection of wireless Wi-Fi 6 routers. These Wi-Fi 6 routers are currently the most innovative routers currently available on the Canadian market. They offer a range of functionalities that can suit even the most particular of Wi-Fi users, ranging from quad-core CPU processing to multiple ethernet ports.

Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming 6-Stream AX5400 Wi-Fi 6 Router

Netgear WiFi 6 AX5400 Router

Gamers will love the Netgear Nighthawk. It reduces ping rates up to 93% so you can enjoy faster, lag-free online gaming and smoother 4K streaming. The AX5400 speed, coupled with MU-MIMO and OFDMA, reliably minimises network congestion. It has 4 ethernet ports so it can handle all the heavy demands of your household.

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi 6 Router

This TP-Link Wi Fi 6 router lets you enjoy smooth streaming, downloading, and gaming all without buffering. With its 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU, it can future proof your home network by providing greater capacity to connect more devices. For easy set up users can quickly access, configure and troubleshoot powerline settings from their smartphone.

Amazon eero 6 Dual-band Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router

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The Amazon eero 6 is a powerful dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router that is perfectly suited for any home internet access needs. It is compatible with other smart home devices such as Amazon Alexa and other Bluetooth devices. With the eero 6 router system, you can cover up to 5,000 square feet with Wi-Fi speeds of up to 500 Mbps and so much more. 

Look out as Wi-Fi 6E begins to roll out in Canada. It is expected to bring another massive boost to the market. With even more power efficiency, higher spectrums, and higher capacity densities – it is a piece of technology you don’t want to miss out on. The market is looking ahead already, and we will have even more advanced new devices at Better1 in the near future.

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