Wi-Fi 7 is on the horizon, bringing massive improvements over Wi-Fi 6E

Wi-Fi 7 is on the way, so we've broken down some the major improvements you can expect with the next generation of Wi-Fi coming later this year.

Wi-Fi 7 is on the horizon, bringing massive improvements over Wi-Fi 6E
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As we're all getting used to Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E popping up in motherboards and high-end routers, later this year, we can expect to start seeing the next generation of wireless - Wi-Fi 7.

ASUS's ROG Rapture GT-BE98 Wi-Fi 7 router.

ASUS's ROG Rapture GT-BE98 Wi-Fi 7 router.

So what exactly will this new standard bring to the table? Well, it will build off Wi-Fi 6E, supporting the usual 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz bands but focusing on increasing transfer speeds. By an impressive amount, too, with the technology able to handle 8K video streaming.

This comes from a max data rate of 46 Gbps versus Wi-Fi 6E's 9.6 Gbps. As with all new Wi-Fi standards, backward compatibility will ensure a smooth transition and some future proofing for those that choose to be early adopters. On that note, to benefit from the best that Wi-Fi 7 has to offer, you'll need to connect with a Wi-Fi 7-based client. That means a network card or motherboard with Wi-Fi 7 capabilities in the PC space.

MSI's RadiX BE22000 Turbo Wi-Fi 7 router.

MSI's RadiX BE22000 Turbo Wi-Fi 7 router.

One of the other main benefits of Wi-Fi 7 is improvements made to MU-MIMO streams (Multi-User, Multiple Input, Multiple Output) with a doubling from eight to 16. As more and more devices go wireless, this is an essential improvement. There will also be a significant improvement in latency as Wi-Fi 7 connections can use all channels simultaneously - 2.4GHz, 5GHz, or 6GHz, and previous generations were one or the other.

Wi-Fi 7 routers for enthusiast PC users and gamers are due for release this year, with a couple of standout models showcased at CES being ASUS's ROG Rapture GT-BE98 and MSI's RadiX BE22000 Turbo router. The latter looks like one of those ships from Star Wars that folds up when landing, which is cool.

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Kosta might be a relatively new member of TweakTown, but he’s a veteran gaming journalist that cut his teeth on well-respected Aussie publications like PC PowerPlay and HYPER back when articles were printed on paper. A lifelong gamer since the 8-bit Nintendo era, it was the CD-ROM-powered 90s that cemented his love for all things games and technology. From point-and-click adventure games to RTS games with full-motion video cut-scenes and FPS titles referred to as Doom clones. Genres he still loves to this day. Kosta is also a musician, releasing dreamy electronic jams under the name Kbit.

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