WiFi 6, better known as IEEE 802.11ax, is a new version of WiFi that brings several improvements over older WiFi versions.
802.11ax is the successor to 802.11ac and mainly brings better coverage in a high-use WiFi environment. WiFi 6 is faster, especially more stable, and offers better support for multiple devices.
In summary, these are the significant advantages of WiFi 6. WiFi 6 has up to 4 times greater capacity than WiFi 5, which allows you to connect multiple devices while maintaining a stable WiFi connection. The maximum speed for WiFi 6 is 9.6GBPS, which is theoretically 9.6 gigabits per second.
WiFi 6 consumes up to 7 times less power than previous WiFi versions. In addition, it uses up to 80% more of the environment and supports bandwidths of 80mhz and 160mhz.
If you have purchased a WiFi router, you will also want to know if the device you will connect to the WiFi 6 router actually supports WiFi 6.
It is not the case that all computers, tablets, etc. can use a WiFi 6 connection by default. Of course, in that case, they will connect to a different WiFi version, such as WiFi 5 (802.11ac).
Does my Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC Support Wifi 6?
To connect to WiFi, your PC uses a wireless network adapter. Most laptops have the wireless network adapter built-in by default. You can also use a WiFi dongle.
You can check whether the wireless network adapter supports WiFi 6 via Device Manager.
WiFi 6 support using Device Manager
Open Device Manager. Then click on “Network Adapters” and find the wireless network adapter from the list. The name varies by make, model, and whether it is a built-in network adapter or a USB wireless network adapter.
Right-click on it and click “properties” in the menu.
Then click on the “Advanced” tab, and in the properties on the left, check for a reference to 802.11ax.
If 802.11ax is in there and the value is set to “Enabled,” then the network card or wireless USB adapter supports WiFi version 6.
WiFi 6 support using settings
In the Windows settings, you can also check if the wireless WiFi connection supports WiFi 6.
Right-click on the Start button. Then click Settings in the menu. Then click Network and Internet. Next, click on the WiFi connection and click on hardware properties.
Ensure you are connected via WiFi and click on “View additional properties”. In the “Protocol” you will see the WiFi version. If this says WiFi 6 (802.11ax) then you are connected via WiFi 6 to your device.
I hope this has helped you. Thanks for reading!