Tuesday, February 1st 2022

Wi-Fi 6/6e Expected to Become Mainstream Technology with Close to 60% Market Share in 2022, Says TrendForce

Exponential demand growth for remote and unmanned terminals in smart home, logistics, manufacturing and other end-user applications has driven iterative updates in Wi-Fi technology. Among the current generations of technologies, Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) is mainstream while Wi-Fi 6 and 6E (802.11ax) are at promotional stages, according to TrendForce's investigations. In order to meet the connection requirements of industry concepts such as the Metaverse, many major manufacturers have trained their focus on the faster and more stable next generation 802.11be Wi-Fi standard amendment, commonly known as Wi-Fi 7. Considering technical characteristics, maturity, and product certification status, Wi-Fi 6 and 6E are expected to surpass Wi-Fi 5 to become mainstream technology in 2022, with global market share expected to reach 58%.
TrendForce states, in common residential applications of Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi 6E supports 6 GHz and expands bandwidth by at least 1200 MHz, delivering higher efficiency, throughput, and security than Wi-Fi 6, and can optimize remote work, VR/AR, and other user experiences. Moreover, in terms of the vertical IoT sector with the highest output value, smart manufacturing still mostly employs Ethernet and 4G/5G mobile networks as the central communication technologies in current smart factories. However, as early as 2019, major British aerospace equipment manufacturer, Mettis Aerospace, and the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) conducted phased testing of the practicality of Wi-Fi 6 in factories, and they believe that Wi-Fi 6 can be widely adopted for manufacturing.

Market not yet mature, practical application of Wi-Fi 7 must wait until the end of 2023 at the earliest
TrendForce believes that the introduction of Industry 4.0 technology tools will become more common and the degree of digitalization within companies will increase in the post-pandemic era, with 5G and Wi-Fi expected to bring complementary and synergistic effects to the manufacturing field. The primary reason for this is that 5G characteristics include wide connection, large bandwidth, and low latency. In addition, multi-access edge computing (MEC) and standalone (SA) network slicing can improve computing power and flexibility, all of which significantly upgrade smart manufacturing tools. Although the transmission range of Wi-Fi is small, it resists interference and enhances the physical penetration of wireless signals at smart manufacturing locations. Wi-Fi also reduces the cost of 5G distributed antennas and small base stations while extending communications range and improving equipment battery life.

Looking forward to next generation Wi-Fi 7, companies such as MediaTek, Qualcomm, and Broadcom, are already laying the groundwork for their forays into this standard. TrendForce believes, even though focus is currently shifting to Wi-Fi 7, scheduled application of Wi-Fi 7 is expected to fall between the end of 2023 and the beginning of 2024. Challenges remain in terms of overall development and issues such as equipment investment, spectrum usage, deployment cost, and terminal equipment penetration must all be overcome in order to demonstrate the technical benefits of Wi-Fi 7.
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15 Comments on Wi-Fi 6/6e Expected to Become Mainstream Technology with Close to 60% Market Share in 2022, Says TrendForce

#1
Chaitanya
Yet to see affordable consumer routers and Wifi AP based on the whatever nonsense wifi 6e is(HDMI and WiFi alliance seem to be smoking samestuff as USB-IF)
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#2
TheLostSwede
ChaitanyaYet to see affordable consumer routers and Wifi AP based on the whatever nonsense wifi 6e is(HDMI and WiFi alliance seem to be smoking samestuff as USB-IF)
6E isn't even allowed in most countries, so that could be part of the reason.
You can get "affordable" 2x2 6E routers, but they're pointless for most people, since most people won't have devices that work on the 6 GHz band.
Lot's of people are still buying into and expecting it to solve their WiFi issues. :rolleyes:
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#3
Chaitanya
TheLostSwede6E isn't even allowed in most countries, so that could be part of the reason.
You can get "affordable" 2x2 6E routers, but they're pointless for most people, since most people won't have devices that work on the 6 GHz band.
Lot's of people are still buying into and expecting it to solve their WiFi issues. :rolleyes:
True even in India 6 Ghz band hasn't been opened up even though there were suggestions made to delicence the band. Generally speaking most consumers will shop for routers long before the devices support the Wifi standards.
telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/delicensing-of-6ghz-band-to-enable-local-companies-corner-large-global-wi-fi-6e-market-pie-iafi-to-dot/87535870
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#4
Ferrum Master
Sure... I have an AX210 card around... Linux Wifi 6E state is currently almost atrocious.
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#5
Mescalamba
It solves some issues, if you are in congested area and you are only one having 6GHz. Even 5,9 helps.
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#6
TheLostSwede
MescalambaIt solves some issues, if you are in congested area and you are only one having 6GHz. Even 5,9 helps.
I'm curious how congested it has to be to make a difference though. 5 and 6 GHz signals don't exactly have that long range.
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#7
dirtyferret
My Asus AC86U reaches every part of my house & lawn and delivers my full ISP internet speed and never kicks off any mobile client or needs to be re-started (plus runs merlin). I'm good
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#8
skates
I have the Asus AXE11000 and a Rog Strix E Z690 board with has the AX210 chip. Speedtests on the 6Ghz average 800Mbs with latency of 9ms. On my 5Ghz, speedtests average 450-500 Mbps and 12 ms. I'm also planning on purchasing 2 of the new Google pixel 6a when it comes out, which supports 6Ghz. I have a 3K square foot home and noticed that the 5Ghz has a stronger signal than the 6Ghz. Both bands are utilizing 160Mhz, of course. One thing to note, the current Intel ax210 drivers won't work on 6Ghz, but of course they do work on Windows 11. To get it to work on Windows 10 you have to download earlier versions of the driver and even then, you may not be able to connect using WPA3. Everything works fine on windows 11 though and I'm glad I made the jump. My PC is used mostly for gaming.
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#9
bonehead123
geez, this is just as bad like intel & amd, stringin us along year after year after year with miniscule, incremental, consumer wallet-milkin improvements.... enuff already !
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#10
utmode
kudos to us. We are helping people to have more screen time and less family time.
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#11
Mescalamba
TheLostSwedeI'm curious how congested it has to be to make a difference though. 5 and 6 GHz signals don't exactly have that long range.
Heh, yea I heard that too, but in reality I can connect to my home router with phone at parking lot 50 meters away behind reinforced concrete wall and that router isn't even pointing in that direction.

Im slightly concerned how strong signal it is, unsure if ASUS follows all health/safety protocols. I mean router is in my room, then there are two concrete walls and my tablet, TV, HTPC and phone connect to it just fine. Fairly sure signals near 6GHz shouldn't be that good.
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#12
AusWolf
Even if it comes to the UK, it's no use, because internet speeds haven't improved since the middle ages.
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#13
TheLostSwede
MescalambaHeh, yea I heard that too, but in reality I can connect to my home router with phone at parking lot 50 meters away behind reinforced concrete wall and that router isn't even pointing in that direction.

Im slightly concerned how strong signal it is, unsure if ASUS follows all health/safety protocols. I mean router is in my room, then there are two concrete walls and my tablet, TV, HTPC and phone connect to it just fine. Fairly sure signals near 6GHz shouldn't be that good.
I don't have an AX router, but my 5GHz AC signal doesn't really reach very far outside of our place.
The 2.4GHz band on the other hand...

In reality, what people should do, if they knew how to actually use their router, rather than believing it's a magical voodoo box, is to reduce their transmit power, so as not to interfere with their neighbours. I don't know of anyone that does this though.
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#14
Xajel
Ubiquiti: See ya in 2025.
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#15
Mussels
Freshwater Moderator
And yet, i dont have a single wifi 6 capable device yet despite being an absolute nerd


In fact i dont think i know a single person with any wifi 6 equipment yet
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