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What is WiFi 7 and Do I Need It?

Blue Ridge
June 4, 2024

What is WiFi 7 and Do I Need It?

In the fast-paced world of technology, it seems like there's always something new on the horizon. Enter WiFi 7 – the latest advancement in wireless connectivity that's got everyone buzzing. But before you jump on the bandwagon, let's unpack what WiFi 7 is all about and whether it's a must-have for you.

Why do new WiFi versions keep being released?

You might be wondering why we need yet another version of WiFi when we just got WiFi 6E not too long ago. Well, the truth is, technology never stands still. With each new WiFi version, we see improvements in speed, reliability, and performance. It's like getting a software update for your phone – except this time, it's your WiFi network that's getting the upgrade.

How is WiFi 7 better than WiFi 6E?

Now, onto the good stuff – what makes WiFi 7 stand out from its predecessor, WiFi 6E? For starters, WiFi 7 promises even faster speeds, lower latency, and better efficiency. It's like upgrading from a bicycle to a rocket ship – sure, the bicycle gets you from point A to point B, but the rocket ship? It'll get you there in record time and with style to spare.

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It's Faster…A Lot Faster

WiFi 7 has the potential to reach speeds nearing 5.8Gbps, just half that rate would be a game-changer for users. The magic of WiFi 7 lies in its doubled channel bandwidth, reaching a whopping 320MHz compared to the 160MHz limit of previous versions. However, these supercharged channels are exclusive to the 6GHz band. 

But that's not all – WiFi 7 introduces Multi-Link Operation (MLO), allowing bands to unite for even faster connections. Picture downloading files simultaneously on different bands, combining speeds for a potential 1.7Gbps boost. 

Extended Range

One of the most exciting advancements with WiFi 7 is enhanced range capabilities. 
With WiFi 7, beamforming technology takes a leap forward. This intelligent feature directs the WiFi signal directly to your device, rather than broadcasting it in all directions like a traditional router. This means fewer dead zones in your home or workspace, ensuring a seamless connection no matter where you roam.

WiFi 7's aforementioned Multi-Link Operation (MLO) isn't just about speed – it's also about optimizing band allocation for better coverage. By intelligently distributing bandwidth across multiple bands, WiFi 7 ensures that each device receives the optimal signal strength, regardless of its location relative to the router. 

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Do I need WiFi 7?

Deciding whether to upgrade to WiFi 7 boils down to your tech appetite and priorities. If you're an early adopter who craves the latest in tech, diving into WiFi 7 might be your move. However, if you're not ready to invest in the latest tech just yet, fear not, WiFi 6 and 6E routers still provide solid performance. While WiFi 7 holds promise for the future, sticking with older models for now might be your best option until device compatible with WiFi 7 become more mainstream and accessible.

How and When Can I get WiFi 7 for my devices?

Wondering when you can get your hands on WiFi 7 for your devices? Well, the good news is that WiFi 7 routers are already on the market. However, before you rush out to make a purchase, it's important to note that only a few devices currently support this new standard. 

While the widespread availability of WiFi 7 may still be on the horizon, keep an eye out for announcements from both device manufacturers and internet service providers like us. The future of wireless connectivity is fast approaching, so stay tuned for updates on when WiFi 7 will be available to you.

Blue Ridge is for the Future

At Blue Ridge, our dedication to enhancing your internet experience for the future remains. Through our ongoing investment in advanced technologies such as fiber optics and WiFi 7, we are at the forefront of innovation. The seamless integration of Blue Ridge Fiber with WiFi 7 technology signifies a massive leap forward in internet speeds, exceeding our previous 2 Gig offering. With this upgrade, users can anticipate enjoying speeds of up to 8 Gig when on our fiber to the home service, with the promise of even faster connections on the horizon. Your connectivity needs are our priority, and we are committed to setting new standards of excellence in the digital age.


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