The Big Picture: It could take more than a year for Wi-Fi 7 to be widely adopted. Meanwhile, Netgear has a new solution designed to make Wi-Fi 6E even more accessible. The new transformer could help mitigate the strong headwinds the standard has faced since its introduction.
Netgear recently inserted The USB adapter makes Windows PCs compatible with Wi-Fi 6E networks. The facility can significantly boost bandwidth and connection reliability while everyone waits for Wi-Fi 7, which tech companies have recently started offering.
Netgear Nighthawk AXE3000 is a USB 3.0 (USB-A) dongle that can reach speeds in excess of 1 Gbps, depending on network bandwidth. When paired with a Wi-Fi 6E router such as the RBKE960 Netgear Mesh Router chest Last year, the AXE3000 could reach 3 Gbps. The dongle can also be connected to Wi-Fi 6 if no 6E signal is available.
AXE3000 has two modes. For more compact operation, it can be connected directly to the USB port. It also has a stand that connects to the computer with a cable. While in the cradle, the dongle folds up for better antenna coverage.
Wi-Fi 6E is essentially Wi-Fi 6 with additional access to the new 6GHz spectrum for increased bandwidth. Unfortunately, the interest in Wi-Fi 6E lukewarm For several reasons.
The main problem is that the standard launched just in time for the pandemic supply chain shocks, making Wi-Fi 6E hardware difficult to manufacture. Furthermore, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has not completely finalized the 6 GHz standards. Most device makers stick with reliable Wi-Fi 6 until Wi-Fi 7 is ready.
Final IEEE approval of the Wi-Fi 7 specification could occur in 2024, which is also the first thing Intel expects to have Wi-Fi 7 desktop and laptop computers on the market. MediaTek conducted one of its first Wi-Fi 7 demos at CES in January. Intel and Broadcom proven Vendor compatibility for the specifications coming earlier this month, reaching speeds of up to 5 Gbps. Wi-Fi 7 should reach 5.8Gbps while maintaining more stable simultaneous connections across more devices than Wi-Fi 6.
Netgear hasn’t provided a price or release date, so those interested in the AXE3000 can sign up to get notified about it. Store Page.