The emerging Wi-Fi 7 specification has the power to more than quadruple the total bandwidth that a wireless network is capable of.
The details are still being worked out, but Wi-Fi 7’s potential bandwidth will likely land somewhere between 30 and 40 Gbps.
Technically known as Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) 802.11be, Wi-Fi 7 uses the 2.4, 5 and 6-GHz spectrum bands and has taken on the nickname “EHT” for Extremely High Throughput wireless.
Wi-Fi 7 takes things a step further by combining three data bands, ultra-wide data channels and using multiple data channels together for even more throughput. This gives the next wireless standard the potential to usher in a new era of connectivity and reliability that could possibly push wired connections aside.
Picking up where Wi-Fi 6E left off, Wi-Fi 7 will incorporate many of the previous standard’s GHz-spectrum tricks while also adding a few of its own.
Initially, it will be gamers who will adopt high performance Wi-Fi 7, as the demand for immersive gaming and streaming grows, and you’ll have “immersive technology” becoming dominant with associated additional hardware technology.
This includes devices such as glasses, visors, gloves, and potentially even whole interactive body suits to interact with the data.
But analysts predict the benefits of Wi-Fi 7 will go way beyond the gaming community. Technological advancements are expected to galvanize business and social applications as well as in education and telemedicine.
Wi-Fi 7 will likely be a conduit in the overall healthcare revolution, allowing the ability to interact with the data in such a way as to get better diagnosis and better insights of patient care, delivering better patient outcomes.
IEEE plans to publish the 802.11be amendment sometime in 2024, with commercial deployment occurring around the same time.
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