Sunday, 10 September 2017

World’s First 802.11ax router Announced

Wireless router in every aspect of our lives has become something of one of the most common utility. In all the 17 years of wireless router usage, we have encountered standards, technologies and speed getting up grated since the advent of the 802.11b wireless router to the 802.11ac version. 

World’s First 802.11ax Router Announced

First 802.11ax router
If you think that the speed as provided by 802.11ac at 1,300 Mbps at its peak is the ultimate bystander, then you are wrong. Its successor version, the 802.11ax promises a peak speed of 2Gbps which practically means transferring data in real time.

Technical Specifications

  • In the theoretical approach of the new version, the 802.11ax is a fierce 1,148 Mbps on 2.4 GHz and 4,804 Mbps on 5 GHz.
  • It comes with four MIMO streams (multiple-input-multiple-output) compounded with OFDA (orthogonal frequency division access).
  • Huawei in their hypothetical approach says that spectral efficiency is increased by 10x by the use of OFDA.


  1. For a 160MHz channel, one single 802.11ax stream will provide maximum speed of 3.5Gbps. Now with 4 MIMO streams, the speed will come at a whopping 14Gbps. A laptop or phone supporting 2/3 streams will give a speed of around 1 Gb/sec.
  2. In a practical setup with a 80MHz channel, single 802.11ax stream will provide maximum speed of 1.6Gbps at a decent 200MB/sec. With a MIMO supporting device, speed could go up to 500-600MB/sec.
  3. In more believable circumstances with 40MHz channels, speed for a single stream of the 802.11ax will net around 800Mbps or 100Mb/sec or a total speed volume of 3.2Gbps for all the 4 streams

Range and Reliability

  • Wi-Fi Alliance, Huawei and Asus have assured improved interference co-ordination, so we can assume a better working range.
  • With the inclusion of OFDA technology, it is safe to assume far better reception with reduced congestion.
  • The working process of the 802.11ax will be the same as 802.11ac but with a massive throughput.

The Cons

  • Congestion – The speed that the 802.11ac is providing is more than what our smart phones are capable of handling, even at lowest speed of 100MB/sec. Unit megabyte/sec range of file transfer in such smart phones hence becomes a problem and a desktop is required to utilize the full capacity of the Wi-Fi.
  • Video streaming at the usual 4K resolution will also fail to utilise its full speed.

In the Market

It is expected to hit the market soon and aims at the online gaming franchise as the most definite consumer as of now. It will also be available for house and business environments and with some pending fixes, this might as well become the new big uproar in the market

Having said all that, with the proper fixations and technical specifications, the new 802.11ax will probably reach a new zenith of its kind and will surprise and satisfy us as the world reaches a new dimension of real time speed attainability.

1 comment:

  1. Woah this is so cool! I mean yeah free wifi is cool but such a facility for the working people commuting on a daily basis. Wish such a development would take place in our city. it would make lives so fast and accessible!