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What in The World Is Wi-Fi 6?

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A Smart Home with Wi-Fi 6 Moves at Lightning-Fast Speeds!

Do your smart home devices, TVs, phones, and computers have trouble connecting to the internet? You may notice that a movie you’re watching buffers midstream, your smart lights respond slowly, or you have trouble getting a signal in certain areas of your home. Unfortunately, these are the Wi-Fi woes of living in a home with multiple wireless devices. The more smart technologies you add to your home, the harder it is for an older Wi-Fi system to keep up with the demand.

Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem you have in your Bay Area home. In this blog, we’ll explain how to get the most out of your smart home Wi-Fi by switching to Wi-Fi 6.  We’ll explain what it is, how it works, and why you need to upgrade. Keep reading for all the details!

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Wi-Fi 6: What’s It All About?

From 2009 to 2014, homeowners depended on Wi-Fi 4 technology to connect wirelessly to the internet. While it was considered advanced back then, it could not handle the wireless load of today’s modern home. In fact, even Wi-Fi 5 (which came out in 2014) is becoming insufficient to manage multiple wireless devices in a home. For instance, you likely have more than 50 smart technologies in your living space. They include audio-video equipment, smart lighting, home security, motorized shades, and much more.

Wi-Fi 6 was introduced in 2019. It is designed to improve overall home network performance by boosting speeds and reducing interference from other signals. In addition, Wi-Fi 6 technology allows your router to communicate effectively with many more devices at the same time.

The Technologies Behind Wi-Fi 6

Smart home Wi-Fi, empowered by Wi-Fi 6 technology, expands the reach and power of your router while keeping connections strong even as you add more devices to your home network. It sends and receives data in the same broadcast using technologies known as MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple-input, multiple-output) and ODMA (orthogonal frequency division multiple access)

Unlike Wi-Fi 5 that gets bogged down by too many devices on the same network, Wi-Fi 6 has 20MHz channels that can be split into 256 subchannels. That’s four times as many as Wi-Fi 5!  What does that mean for your smart home Wi-Fi? No buffering videos, dropped internet connections, or weak signals. With an updated home network, your smart home devices respond faster and never hesitate when you need them.

Should You Upgrade to Wi-Fi 6?

A better question is, “Why shouldn’t you?” If you live in a smaller home with only a few wireless devices, then Wi-Fi 5 will do just fine. But if you have a large home with multiple smart technologies, it only makes sense to upgrade. After all, you’re likely to add more smart devices in the future. Your new Wi-Fi 6 home network is certain to handle any load now and well into the future. 

Would you like to speed up your internet and improve your smart home Wi-Fi signal? Call Hermary’s at 415-993-7600 or fill out our online contact form to request a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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