How Wi-Fi 6 Will Create Even Smarter Homes

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Our Wi-Fi routers have been given a major upgrade and it’s the start of bigger things to come. Get ready for the Wi-Fi revolution.

We’re talking faster speeds, way less congestion and stronger coverage overall - a router that allows our home networks to actually deal with all the connected devices we just have to have as human beings living in the 21st century. It’s the dream. And now it’s real.

It’s better in almost every way

The buzz about Wi-Fi 6 and how it would change our user experience for the better first started in 2019, but it’s only really coming into its own now that Wi-Fi 6 capable routers and devices have started making their way into the market. The timing is spot on, especially with most of us living and working from home.

Honestly speaking, the routers we all still use were only designed to communicate with a limited number of devices at once. This hasn’t stopped us from trying to add more users and devices into the mix, which is clearly taking a toll on our connectivity and bandwidth.

Multiple new technologies combine to make Wi-Fi 6 the wonder that it is. One not only capable of doubling your throughput, but also the number of devices you’ll be able to add to your network at any given time.

Imagine going to a party with 40 people and being able to hold a conversation with every person there at once. That’s Wi-Fi 6 – it’s the life of the party.

Sweating about streaming your new must-watch series while your teen is online gaming? Those days are over. What about conference calls clashing with your kid’s online class? No problems there either. It’s also smart enough to recognise which of your devices are furthest away from an access point and in need of stronger signals to allocate bandwidth accordingly.

More is more! Finally

A smart home might sound like something out of the Jetsons, but it won’t be long before we’re all enjoying the life-enhancing capabilities of IoT (Internet of Things) to various degrees.

Whether it’s Wi-Fi security cameras, smart lighting, smart locks on our front doors, Wi-Fi enabled kitchen appliances or all of the above – soon we’ll all be able to turn our ovens and lights on and off via app, check to see if we really have remembered to lock our front door or even see who’s at the front door without getting up from the couch. How about a fridge that sends you updates if the milk is running low or about to expire? We can have it all.

But… the more connected devices we add, the more robust our home network needs to be to cope with this demand. And Wi-Fi 6 is one of the first steps in preparing to shoulder that burden.

If you’re looking to create a seamless Wi-Fi 6 network with ease, we’ve got the perfect solution. Our TP-Link Deco X20 mesh units are Wi-Fi 6 capable, which means not only do they offer faster connection speeds on both frequency bands (2.4GHz and 5GHz) but, like our other mesh units, they also connect seamlessly with one another to blanket your home in Wi-Fi for total convenience.

Wi-Fi 6 also brings enhanced security protocols with the introduction of WPA3 encryption and our TP-Link Deco X20 units are no exception. Your passwords will be even more difficult for hackers to crack, ensuring your data remains fully protected.

As with all our TP-Link devices, you’ll also be able to control your Wi-Fi network from the palm of your hand, including adding parental controls and custom user profiles, via the Deco app.

Wi-Fi 6 routers are backward compatible, so you don’t have to worry if you haven’t upgraded any of your devices, like your laptop, smartphone or gaming console just yet. You might not enjoy Wi-Fi 6 to it’s fullest, but if your network is overloaded as it is, you’ll definitely start feeling the benefits right away with your router upgrade, taking comfort in the fact that your future-proof Wi-Fi network is ready and waiting for your smart home living to begin.

The future is now.

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Guin Davies
Guin Davies

Guin is an avid storyteller with a love for random pop culture facts and, yes, dad jokes. After writing about everything from celeb gossip to pool covers for magazines (remember those?) she's thrilled to join the team at Vox as...