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Wi-Fi 6 vs Wi-Fi 6E: does 6GHz make that much of a difference?
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Wi-Fi 6 vs Wi-Fi 6E: does 6GHz make that much of a difference?

For many Wi-Fi users, congestion is the biggest problem they face. If there are too many devices trying to connect to a single Wi-Fi network or if there are too many Wi-Fi networks in the same area, that’s when constant slow down or disconnections can occur.

However, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in 2020 to open up space in the 6GHz band for Wi-Fi communication, which means they're a lot more open airwaves that Wi-Fi 6E routers can use to broadcast a signal and a much smaller chance of being dropped trying to connect at home, in the office, or at the coffee shop.

The industry name for this is Wi-Fi 6E, as those signals provide the same improvements that Wi-Fi 6 did – higher performance, lower latency, and faster data rates – but now with the added space of 6GHz. So basically, while both 6E and 6 offer the same features, 6E has far more space to play in, which means that you’ll be getting a far better internet experience with it.

According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, 'the additional spectrum capacity used by Wi-Fi 6E devices enables more Wi-Fi innovation and delivers valuable contributions to consumers, businesses, and economies.'

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