All of the new routers announced at CES 2021 — including next-gen Wi-Fi 6E



Before I get to the routers, let me offer a quick breakdown of Wi-Fi 6E and why it matters. With Wi-Fi 6E, your router will be able to send signals on the 6GHz band in addition to the usual 2.4 and 5GHz bands that you’re probably used to. That 6GHz band has over twice as much bandwidth as the 5GHz band, with room for several, non-overlapping 160MHz channels that your router can use to move data.

Couple that abundance of bandwidth with the fact that there aren’t any older-gen Wi-Fi devices on the 6GHz band to cause interference, and you’re looking at an exclusive, multilane expressway for the latest Wi-Fi devices, every one of which will support the faster speeds and improved networking efficiency of Wi-Fi 6.

“It’s an opportunity for a clean break from the legacy requirements of the 2.4 and 5GHz bands,” the Wi-Fi Alliance spokesperson Kevin Robinson told me earlier this month, adding that all devices on the 6GHz band will use the latest WPA3 security standard.  

Now here’s the rub. You’ll obviously need Wi-Fi 6E devices on your network in order to put 6E to work in your home. The newly announced Samsung Galaxy S21 supports 6E, but aside from that, there aren’t very many options yet. We’ll see more arrive this year, but the point is that it’s still very early for 6E. For most, it’ll make more sense to start thinking about making the upgrade in 2022.

Got it? Good. Let’s get to the routers.


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