iPhone 11 Lineup Supports Faster Wi-Fi 6, Which Launches Today

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The non-profit Wi-Fi Alliance today announced the release of the Wi-Fi 6 certification program, noting that devices with the Wi-Fi 6 Certified logo will meet the "highest standards for security and interoperability."


Wi-Fi 6, aka 802.11ax, delivers faster speeds, greater network capacity, improved power efficiency, lower latency, and connectivity improvements in areas with several Wi-Fi devices. Wi-Fi 6 devices also must support WPA3, the latest version of the Wi-Fi security protocol with improved cryptographic strength.

The upcoming iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max all support Wi-Fi 6, and the devices will likely be certified under this program soon. More information is available on the Wi-Fi Alliance website. CNET also has a good explainer.

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jasonefmonk

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Hopefully the early chips for Wi-Fi 6 don’t have the same power efficiency issues that the current 5G modems have.

This is more important for most people over long-term ownership than 5G.
 
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macduke

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I thought WiFi 6 devices have been available for a year?

I'm in the market right now for a new home wireless network. I had to move my AirPort Extreme downstairs when I finished my studio last year so I could have ethernet straight into my iMac and Xbox One X. But many places upstairs now I only get 5-20% of my 500Mbps speed and some things like my HomeKit garage door opener fall offline from time to time. I also have Ring for my home alarm system and front and back cameras, and I've read that it doesn't play well with mesh WiFi.

So I'm thinking I'll get a router switch to plug into my modem in my downstairs studio, run a line from that to a 2Gbps PowerLine adapter using link aggregation (I have a newer home with good electrical wiring), and then run that to the other end of it's adapter upstairs centrally where I'll put a single (commercial grade?) WiFi 6 router. Then when my contract is up next summer I'll upgrade to 1Gbps home internet. If my internet speed ever goes over 2Gbps (certainly someday), then hopefully by then there will be a faster PowerLine adapter, or I might hire an electrician to fish a 10Gbps Cat 7 line through my walls (which shouldn't be too ridiculous given the layout of my house and the way I designed my studio).

Curious to hear what other people in a similar situation are planning to do?
 

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The upcoming iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max all support Wi-Fi 6, and the devices will likely be certified under this program soon.
The last iPhone that shows up in the certification database is the iPhone 5c, certified 6 years ago in 2013. Either Apple is not certifying their devices anymore, or they're intentionally holding them back from the database.

I thought WiFi 6 devices have been available for a year?
Draft 802.11ax devices were available. Wi-Fi is a trademark used to define a subset of 802.11 and related standards. The Wi-Fi Alliance, which controls the trademark didn't define the Wi-Fi 6 (based on a 802.11ax draft) until earlier this year, and didn't start certifying against their standard until today.

So I'm thinking I'll get a router switch to plug into my modem in my downstairs studio, run a line from that to a 2Gbps PowerLine adapter using link aggregation (I have a newer home with good electrical wiring),
Powerline marketing is a complete scam. The actual throughput of a "2 Gbps" power line adapter is something like 200 Mbps under the most ideal conditions.
 
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NikRib

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Now to wait for my Wi-Fi 6 AirPort Extreme.
Unfortunately Apple has stopped making new AirPorts. Very sad, great product. Now what will we order? How do we get a product that incorporates all of the features that the Apple AirPort contained within? No one has an answer to that, not even Apple Support.
 
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I’d rather read the report that the new iPhones updated the WiFi instead of the cameras. Now it is just a matter of time when the new routers come out with the new WiFi.
 
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DoogH

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I’ve really enjoyed my Linksys Velop router.

Hopefully they’ll support WiFi 6 soon.
 

zorinlynx

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It really sucks that Apple stopped making routers. Grrrrr
I know right? This would be an easy $150+ sell for me and pretty much everyone who's stuck on an N Airport Extreme or Time Capsule.

I'm going to be in the market for an upgrade soon; I want something with as few bells and whistles as possible that can just be a bridged access point.
 

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imagine if Apple came out with a new AirPort mesh router system with WiFi 6 and its own separate backend signal as well as utilizing the U1 chip to enable some next gen beam forming data transfer. meme and porn will be instantaneous!
Given Asus is selling their AX mesh system for $400, expect an Apple thing to run for $700.
 
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Now it is just a matter of time when the new routers come out with the new WiFi.
I noticed both Asus and Netgear already have one out, but they are pretty spendy. I think I'll wait it out a while until the prices drop and we get a feel for what real world improvements this will provide.
 
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I noticed both Asus and Netgear already have one out, but they are pretty spendy. I think I'll wait it out a while until the prices drop and we get a feel for what real world improvements this will provide.
I agree and we can wait for price drop after WiFI 6 becomes more widespread on current and future devices. Since I have Verizon FIOS, I most likely would have to wait longer for a new one to come out but for now it is sufficient with the current router.
 
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I noticed both Asus and Netgear already have one out, but they are pretty spendy. I think I'll wait it out a while until the prices drop and we get a feel for what real world improvements this will provide.
Arris has AX router but pretty pricey. Currently, I’m using their Dual AX 11000 since I needed a more reliable mesh network. However, I can’t speak for optimal performance without any AX devices.
 
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