Ready for Wi-Fi 6? Not yet, say Google and Amazon

RY CRIST | October 16, 2019

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It's been a busy couple of weeks for mesh networking. First came Amazon-owned Eero, which lifted the curtain on a new, Alexa-friendly mesh router system that's half the price of the company's previous system. Then came Google, with a new Nest Wifi mesh system that adds in voice-activated Google Assistant smarts. Meanwhile, names like Netgear Orbi are refreshing their mesh offerings just in time for the holidays -- and across the board, prices are as competitive as they've ever been. But none of those systems I just mentioned supports 802.11ax, or Wi-Fi 6. That's the speedy, next-gen version of Wi-Fi that promises top speeds about 35% faster than before. It also offers dramatic improvements to performance in crowded, congested environments with lots of devices and people trying to connect at once.

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