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In the world of wireless networking, after using numbers and initials for years 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac suddenly using a simple, single digit: Wi Fi 6. Yes, the new generation of wireless networking is still part of the cover samsung galaxy s8, i-blason Ethernet compatible IEEE 802.11 protocol, so it’s also known as 802.11ax, but its more consumer friendly cover samsung trend plus gt-s7580 name is just one of its benefits. That’s why it’s showing up not only in the latest routers, but the newest notebook PCs. And at PC Labs, you know what that means: custodia a portafoglio samsung s6 edge It’s time to put the technology to the test and see what kind of performance boost you can expect from the revised standard.
To do so, we secured a custodia telefono samsung s7 edge Wi Fi 6 capable laptop, the Dell XPS 13 2 in 1, which is equipped with a Killer AX1650s network adapter, and three new Wi Fi 6 routers. We compared the routers’ throughput to that of our 802.11ac Editors’ Choice router, the Asus ROG Rapture GT AC5300. We tested all four routers using both the Dell convertible and a Lenovo ThinkPad T450 with custodia samsung j3 2016 an 802.11ac Intel Dual Band Wireless AC8260 network custodia samsung j100h adapter for comparison’s sake.
Before we dive into the test results, let’s talk a little about the new wireless standard. Wi Fi 6 routers employ several new technologies that are designed to deliver throughput theoretically nearing 10Gbps, versus max speeds of about 3Gbps for 802.11ac. The spec takes advantage of previously unused radio frequencies to cover samsung sm-g361f provide faster 2.4GHz performance, and it uses refined bandwidth management to provide enhanced Quality of Service (QoS) options.
Just as important, Wi Fi 6 aims to relieve network congestion, mainly through the use of orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) modulation. This invention allows up to 30 clients to share a channel at the cover samsung galaxy j 36 same time, thereby improving efficiency by boosting overall capacity while reducing latency. Think of the effect this could have on a home custodia cover samsung s9 plus full of laptops, phones, cover samsung s9 ebay and smart home and streaming devices all being used at the same time.
Wi Fi 6 also uses Target Wake Time (TWT), which allows devices to determine when they will normally wake up to begin sending and receiving data. This extends the life custodia cover iphone 6 6s plus of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, as well as battery powered smart home devices such as security cameras and video doorbells.
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So How Fast Is 802.11ax
We tested the routers on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, at close range in the same room, as well as from a 30 foot distance.
2.4GHz Band Testing
As shown in the 2.4GHz close proximity (same room) chart, all three Wi Fi 6 routers proved significantly faster when paired with the Wi Fi 6 enabled XPS 13 2 in 1 (the “AX client”) compared with their throughput scores when paired with the 802.11ac ThinkPad (the “AC client”).
The Asus RT AX88U was 58 percent faster when tested with the 802.11ax client; the Netgear Nighthawk RAX120 was 40 percent faster; and the TP Link Archer AX6000 cover samsung j5 mai una gioia was 35 percent faster. The cover samsung s7 edge silicone colorate older Asus GT AC5300 router was the slowest of the four when paired with the 802.11ax capable Dell, but it improved by 32 percent when paired with the 802.11ac ThinkPad.
Long range (30 foot) Wi Fi 6 performance on the 2.4GHz band also showed improvement.
The Asus RT AX88U router delivered a 44 percent increase in throughput when paired with the 802.11ax client versus its score when paired with the 802.11ac client. Similarly, the Netgear RAX120 was 21 percent faster and the TP Link Archer AX6000 was 45 percent faster when paired with the Wi Fi 6 client. Once again, the 802.11ac based Asus Rapture router performed better when paired with an 802.11ac client than it did with a Wi Fi 6 client.
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5GHz Band Testing
When paired with the 802.11ax capable Dell laptop, all three Wi Fi 6 routers delivered much faster throughput on our 5GHz close proximity tests than when paired with the 802.11ac Lenovo.
As you sweat pokemon can see from the chart, the Asus RT AX88U was 71 percent faster when tested with the Wi Fi 6 client, and the Netgear RAX120 was 60 percent faster. The TP Link Archer AX600 came back with a whopping 91 percent increase. In contrast, the Asus RT AC5300 router’s throughput was nearly identical with both clients.
Using the 5GHz band at 30 feet, all three Wi Fi 6 routers delivered faster throughput with the XPS 13 2 in 1 than with the Lenovo, but performance was mixed.
The Asus RT AX88U proved only 3 percent quicker when tested with the 802.11ax client, while the TP Link router was 12 percent faster. The Netgear showed the most improvement with a 44 percent increase. Once again, the custodia iphone waterproof Asus Rapture RT AC5300 performed better when paired with the older client, albeit only by 1.5 percent.
Getting the Most From Wi Fi 6: It Takes Two
Not surprisingly, our throughput tests indicate that, in most cases, Wi Fi 6 provides cover samsung s7 blu a significant performance increase over its predecessor, especially at close range. The catch is that you’ll have to use Wi Fi 6 compatible clients in order to take advantage of the increased transfer rates.
It’s also important to note that Wi Fi custodia samsung tab4 10.1 6 is still young, and as router amazon custodia samsung galaxy tab a and PC vendors release enhanced chipsets and components and tweak their drivers, we’ll no doubt see faster speeds with much better range performance down the road. Meanwhile, if you’re not planning on upgrading to a Wi Fi 6 compatible laptop and you already enjoy solid performance from your 802.11ac router, there’s no reason to upgrade to a new router just yet.
As a Contributing Editor for PCMag, John Delaney has been testing and reviewing monitors, TVs, PCs, networking and smart home gear, and other assorted hardware and peripherals for almost 20 years. A 13 year veteran of PC Magazine’s Labs (most recently as Director of Operations), John was responsible for the recruitment, training and management custodia cover huawei mate 20 of the Labs technical staff, as well as evaluating and maintaining the integrity of the Labs testing machines and procedures. Prior to joining Ziff Davis, John spent six years in retail operations for Federated Stores, Inc. before accepting a purchasing position with Morris Decision Systems, one of New York’s first value added resellers of the original IBM PC. For the next five years, he was responsible for buying and configuring IBM PC, XT and AT desktops for many of New York’s financial institutions. He then worked for the now defunct ComputerLand chain of PC dealers before joining samsung a5 hoesje PC Magazine in 1987…