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Wi-Fi 7, technically known as 802.11be, will be the next-generation wireless Wi-Fi networking standard. Intel will officially launch Wi-Fi 7 compatible modems in 2024, and the same technology is expected to become mainstream by 2025.

Wi-Fi 7 will be twice as fast as Wi-Fi 6E

Laptops with Wi-Fi 7 coming soon

According to the etnews report, laptops equipped with Wi-Fi 7 compatible modems will be available in the market from 2024. Unlike Wi-Fi 6E, which was a completely new technology compared to Wi-Fi 5, the Wi-Fi 7 will be an upgraded version of Wi-Fi 6E with improved stability and data processing speed.

Wi-Fi 7 will use an improved bandwidth of 6 GHz. A PC equipped with a Wi-Fi 7 modem would be able to reach a Wi-Fi speed of over 5 Gbps. This should improve tasks like 4K/8K video streaming, online gaming, and even downloading large files from the web.

No loss of range?

Wi-Fi 6E compared to Wi-Fi 5 had lower range. That doesn’t seem to be the issue with Wi-Fi 7, as it’s also built using Wi-Fi 6E technology. Wi-Fi 7 will operate on 320 MHz channels with 4K-QAM support, multi-link operation, multi-RU punch-through, and deterministic latency.

Wi-Fi 7 will be twice as fast as Wi-Fi 6E

Is Wi-Fi 7 worth the upgrade?

If you have a laptop with an 11th Gen or 12th Gen Intel Core processor, your device is more likely to support Wi-Fi 6E or at least Wi-Fi 6, which is much faster and more reliable. than Wi-Fi. 5. However, you also need a router with a fast broadband connection to get the most out of these laptops.

Since Wi-Fi 7 is based on Wi-Fi 6E technology, one might not see much difference under normal circumstances. However, gamers can enjoy a better experience due to lower network latency. Laptops with 14th generation Intel processors should have an Intel modem capable of handling the Wi-Fi 7 wireless network.

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Article first published: Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 12:13 p.m. [IST]