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Blazing fast: The new WLAN standard Wi-Fi 7 has been officially launched

Blazing fast: The new WLAN standard Wi-Fi 7 has been officially launched

The latest WLAN standard Wi-Fi 7 has been officially launched.

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After years of development, there is now a new WLAN standard. Wi-Fi 7 promises speeds of up to 46 Gbps.

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  • From now on, devices will be certified according to the new WLAN standard Wi-Fi 7.
  • It promises to quadruple the previous bandwidth, up to 46 Gbit/s.
  • However, such speeds will not be necessary for private users in the foreseeable future.

The Wi-Fi Alliance, responsible for certifying new global Wi-Fi standards, begins from now onTo authenticate Wi-Fi 7 compatible devices.

Wi-Fi 7 is the latest standard for wireless data transfer. It allows a theoretical bandwidth of up to 46 Gbps. The previous version, Wi-Fi 6E, “only” managed to reach around 10 Gbit/s.

In practice, significantly lower rates are likely to be achieved. But now there are 10 Gb/s fiber optic internet connections even for private households. If you don't want to wire your entire house, new WiFi standards are necessary to be able to use full speed on all devices.

Speeds cannot be used specifically

However, it must also be said that these speeds will be difficult to use sensibly for private users in the foreseeable future. Streaming a UHD movie requires about 20 Mbit/s. With Wi-Fi 7, you could theoretically run 2,000 of these streams in parallel on your devices.

Thus, Wi-Fi 7 will be especially useful in very large networks, such as airports, train stations or stadiums, where thousands of different devices need to be connected at the same time.

Not compatible with newer iPhones

Although official Wi-Fi 7 certification has only just begun, there are already some routers and smartphones that claim to support Wi-Fi 7. However, they were developed based on a draft of the new standard, which does not guarantee that they will receive certification. Official certificate.

This means that for the first time there is hardly any reason to buy a Wi-Fi 7 router, since almost all devices currently in circulation can't do anything with the new standard. For example, the new iPhone 15 Pro only supports Wi-Fi 6E, while the regular iPhone 15 only supports Wi-Fi 6. However, like all WLAN standards, Wi-Fi 7 is backward compatible, so switching should be easy In the following years.