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WiFi 5 vs WiFi 6: What You Need to Know

10 February 2021 / Written by Winston

Learn about the new Wi-Fi 6 standard, and whether or not you should upgrade.

WiFi 5 vs WiFi 6: What You Need to Know

10 February 2021 / Written by Winston

Learn about the new Wi-Fi 6 standard, and whether or not you should upgrade.

What is Wi-Fi 6?

Wi-Fi 6, also called 802.11ax, is the latest generation of Wi-Fi technologies. It promises faster throughput speeds, decreased network congestion, and increased efficiency compared to previous generations.

In fact, Wi-Fi 6 routers can reach a theoretical maximum throughput of 9.6Gbps, which is almost 3 times more than Wi-Fi 5, and 16 times greater than what was possible a decade ago.

How does Wi-Fi 6 compare to Wi-Fi 5?

Faster Speeds

Wi-Fi 6 is able to transfer data up to 3 times faster than the last generation.

It can hit speeds of up to 9.6Gbps for faster downloading, streaming and gaming.

Less Congestion

Wi-Fi 6 has increased network bandwidth by using OFDMA.

This reduces latency and allows more devices to connect simultaenously.

More Battery

Using Wi-Fi 6, devices can plan communications with your router.

By turning off their antennas when not needed, there is less battery drain.


WiFi 5 Speed Vs WiFi 6 Speed Graph
Guide on upgrading from WiFi 5 to WiFi 6

Do I really need to upgrade?

Ask yourself these questions before upgrading:

  • Do I have a lot of devices in my home connected to Wi-Fi?

More devices put strain on your internet connection.

If you have multiple users streaming movies, playing games and downloading files, it might be time to consider upgrading to WiFi 6, the latest Wi-Fi standard.

  • Do I need the fastest gaming experience?

If you play a lot of online games, such as Counter Strike: GO and League of Legends, you should upgrade to Wi-Fi 6 as it has the advantage of reduced latency -- and hence, less lag.

  • Did my router come from my ISP, and/or is it old?

Many people are reusing older routers which came from their ISP (Internet Service Provider). These routers will be slow, outdated and will not take advantage of the maximum speeds achievable using Wi-Fi.

Upgrading to Wi-Fi 6 will solve these issues (especially our gaming routers), and will 'future-proof' your network for many years to come.

Is my device Wi-Fi 6 compatible?

More and more devices are gaining Wi-Fi 6 compatibility.

Flagship phones released in 2019, such as the iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy S10-series have Wi-Fi 6 built in. This trend is increasing, and you can expect newer devices to eventually be compatible.

We do recommend checking with the manufacturer first, if you're unsure.

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Asd us about WiFi 5 and WiFi 6 routers and which is best for you


  • Wi-Fi 6 is the next generation Wi-Fi standard
  • It delivers faster download rates, increased capacity, and improved power efficiency
  • The new 6GHz band on Wi-Fi 6E helps to reduce congestion on existing bands
  • You will need to upgrade your existing router and devices to get the benefits of 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 performance
  • It is generally worth upgrading to (nudge, gamers) -- however, your mileage may vary
Frequently Asked Questions

More devices are demanding more data. As 4K streaming, gaming in the cloud and smart devices become more common, an update to the Wi-Fi standard is necessary. 

On top of Wi-Fi 6, 6E adds support for the 6GHz band. We have an informative article on Wi-Fi 6E here.

Yes. Even if you upgrade your router or devices to Wi-Fi 6, older devices will still work with them. This means that for older devices, they can still connect to a newer Wi-Fi 6 router (but, of course, they won't have the added benefits of 802.11ax).

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