By Claus Hetting, Wi-Fi NOW CEO & Chairman
Intel – a leader in Wi-Fi technology for laptops and PCs – has released a couple of demonstration videos showing the huge and tangible impact of Wi-Fi 6E on video calling and gaming within the home. Wi-Fi 6E drives up quality and makes for crisp images (HD) during video conferencing while in the case of gaming it reduces the average latency to 12 mS – which is exactly what gamers crave. “Wi-Fi 6E is like your personal VIP network,” Intel says.
If you were ever in doubt about the huge step up in quality provided by Wi-Fi 6E (6 GHz Wi-Fi) within the home, then the latest demonstration videos released by Intel should quell your fears. Two demonstration videos showing the effect of Wi-Fi 6E on video calling here and online gaming here speak volumes about the tangible and direct quality benefits of Wi-Fi 6E.
The first demonstration shows the quality of a video call within a home for three cases: A congested Wi-Fi 5 scenario, the same scenario with an interfering neighbour added, and finally the case where the router and laptop are now Wi-Fi 6E capable (the remaining devices still run on Wi-Fi 5). The differences are huge and obvious. Wi-Fi 6E drives the latency from a worst case of 400+ mS to around 80 mS on average (see the graphic below for the summary) – and delivers HD quality to the video call.
The second demonstration uses a typical first-person shooter online game to show how Wi-Fi 6E drives down latency to an average of 12 mS from a worst-case peak latency of 270 mS in the case where the application runs on a congested Wi-Fi 5 network with interfering neighbours. In the latter case the game is hardly playable at all, while Wi-Fi 6E makes the game run very smoothly.
Both videos show how Wi-Fi 6E brings immediate benefits to your connectivity experience even when all other devices (except for example your laptop) keep running on Wi-Fi 5 for the time being. Intel says Wi-Fi 6E is “like your personal VIP network” – and they are right.
At CES this year, Intel released a raft of performance-enhancing products including advancements to its ‘Killer’ product portfolio – for more read here.