It seems increasingly likely that Wi-Fi 7 will be an option next year.
This week, Qualcomm joined the list of chipmakers detailing Wi-Fi 7 products they hope will soon be available to consumers and businesses. The Wi-Fi Alliance, which sets Wi-Fi standards and includes Qualcomm as a member, said Wi-Fi 7 will deliver peak throughput "of at least 30 Gbps," and on Wednesday Qualcomm said its Network Pro Series Platform Gen 3 will support "up to 33 Gbps". These are theoretical speeds you probably won't achieve at home, and you'll need a premium broadband connection and Wi-Fi 7 devices, which don't exist yet. Still, speeds are an impressive jump from Wi-Fi 6 and 6E's 9.6 Gbps.
The next-generation technology is targeted at network-intensive applications such as virtual and augmented reality, streaming video at 4K and higher, and gaming and cloud computing. By making changes to the physical layer (PHY) and media access control (MAC), Wi-Fi 7 should allow you to enjoy these applications with less latency and instability.
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Like Wi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi 7 should be able to exploit the 6GHz band while also expanding channel width support from 160MHz to 320MHz.
Qualcomm details the capabilities of its Wi-Fi 7 products.
Enlarge / Qualcomm details the capabilities of its Wi-Fi 7 products.
Other expected benefits of Wi-Fi 7 include multi-link operation, allowing simultaneous use of multiple frequency bands. Qualcomm also highlighted 10 Gbps enterprise access points and up to 500 users per channel.
Qualcomm has announced two tri-band and two quad-band offerings for home and business use, and the company expects Wi-Fi 7 to hit homes as soon as next year, Digital Trends reported. Qualcomm's Network Pro 1620 quad-band option, which can be used in home mesh routers, offers speeds of up to 33.1 Gbps.
Although the Wi-Fi Alliance has yet to complete the standard, Wi-Fi chipset makers MediaTek and Broadcom have also pinpointed 2023 as the planned release date for Wi-Fi 7 and are showcasing Wi-Fi 7 technologies. Vijay Nagarajan, vice president of marketing for Broadcom's wireless communications and connectivity division, said home availability is expected to arrive in the second half of 2023.
"Ultimately, Broadcom Wi-Fi 7 will keep performance ahead of the broadband speeds that DOCSIS 4.0 and multi-gigabit PON technologies bring to the home," Nagarajan told Ars Technic