The Wi-Fi Alliance officially launched its Wi-Fi 6 certification program on Monday, informally initiating the widespread adoption of the new Wi-Fi standard. As with the group's previous certification programs, the Wi-Fi 6 certification program focuses on checking the interoperability and feature sets of IEEE 802.11ax devices to ensure that they work well together and have all the necessary performance and security features of the new one standards.
The Wi-Fi Alliance is certified as device vendors have been shipping Wi-Fi 6 products for several months. The first task for the members of the group and the test labs is to certify existing Wi-Fi 6 devices. This also applies to existing access points, routers and client devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 1
Under the hood, the new standard deviates a bit from previous Wi-Fi iterations by focusing more on improving performance in common focus on used environments rather than just increasing device peak transmission rates. While the maximum throughput supported by Wi-Fi 6 is 2.4 Gbps, the key benefit of the Wi-Fi 6 / 802.11ax technology is the improved spectral efficiency of the standard. Among other things, the technology adds orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) to allow different devices to be served by one channel by reserving different subcarriers for individual client devices. Wi-Fi 6 also includes mandatory support for MU-MIMO – a feature first added to 802.11ac Wave 2 – and broadcast beamforming to better serve individual clients.
In fact, even Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) can be used Client devices can benefit from a Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) AP, although Wi-Fi 6 certified devices give the best results.
In the meantime, Wi-Fi Alliance requires that Wi-Fi 6 certified devices support WPA3 security. 1024-QAM, 160 MHz channels, and devices that support the target wake-up time (a technology that saves the battery and minimizes device check-in).
Finally, the Wi-Fi Alliance has started the certification program itself has already certified its first dozen devices. The following network adapters, chipsets and access points are Wi-Fi 6 certified:
- Broadcom BCM4375
- Broadcom BCM43698
- Cypress CYW 89650 Auto-Grade Wi-Fi 6 Certified  Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig +) AX200 (for PCs)
- Intel WAV600 series home Wi-Fi chipset (for routers and gateways)
- Marvell 88W9064 (4×4) Wi-Fi 6 dual-band STA
- Marvell 88W9064 ( 4×4) + 88W9068 (8×8) Wi-Fi 6 Dual Band Access Point Simultaneously
- Qualcomm Networking Pro 1200 Platform
- Qualcomm FastConnect 6800 Wi-Fi 6 Subsystem for Mobile Connections
- Ruckus R750 Wi-Fi 6 Access Point
|WLAN name and power|
|New name|| IEEE
|Wi-Fi 4||802.11n||150 Mbps||300 Mbps||450 Mbps|
|Wi-Fi 5||802.11ac|| 433 Mbit / s over 80 MHz
867 Mbit / s over 160 MHz
| 867 Mbit / s over 80 MHz
1.69 Gbit / s over 160 MHz
| 1.27 Gbit / s over 80 MHz
2.54 Gbit / s over 160 MHz
|Wi-Fi 6||802.11ax|| 867 Mbit / s over 160 MHz
| 1.69 Gbps over 160 MHz
from network configuration
| 2.54 Gbps over 160 MHz
Source: Wi-Fi Alliance