Can you imagine a router capable of transmitting up to 11,000 Mbps through WiFi networks? This is what the 802.11ax routers that are being introduced right now. Although there is not yet a specification or devices to take advantage of it.
Although cable networks remain the undisputed speed winners, WiFi networks they are getting faster. Protocols improve, and devices evolve over time. And all this means that we have ever faster devices, capable of downloading and sending data at ever faster speeds.
But what awaits us in the medium-term future makes current wireless networks seem slow. We are talking about 802.11ax, the technology with which our devices and routers will communicate in the future, and beware, it could be much closer than we think. So close that by the end of the year we would already have the first routers and devices.
These are the first D-Link 802.11ax routers
The news comes from CES 2018, the technology event that is held in Las Vegas every year. In it, manufacturers have already ventured to introduce the first 802.11ax routers. And the first brand to do it has been D-Link, who have presented two routers with technology.
The first model will be the AX6000 Ultra dual band, with theoretical speeds of up to 6,000 Mbps. But the impressive will come with the model AX11000 Ultra triple band, capable of reach 11,000 Mbps. To contrast it, 802.11n routers advertise theoretical WiFi speeds of up to 300 Mbps.
The downside is that D-Link is not wet in terms of prices and availability. He hasn't announced any of that, leaving a mysterious second half of 2018 as the release date. We will have to wait to see these speeds in action.
And, actually, this makes a lot of sense. There are still no devices capable of working at these speeds, and even the WiFi Alliance estimates that We won't see 802.11ax networks in operation until 2019. Still, that hasn't stopped manufacturers like Qualcomm or Intel from announcing the availability of the chips, according to The Verge.
No 802.11ax until 2019, unfortunately
In any case, it helps to know that manufacturers will be up-to-date with the fastest connection speeds. 802.11ax routers will not only be faster; they will also be able to control more devices at the same time efficiently.
Something essential when we have more and more connected devices, and when the Internet of Things is strongly imposed. Now it only remains for the connections and our devices to catch up.