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posted by janrinok on Friday January 21, @04:48AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]

WiFi 7 (802.11be) will support up to 40 Gbps links, real-time applications

I still don't own a WiFi 6 router, but MediaTek has already started to demonstrate WiFi 7 (802.11be) to customers with solutions based on upcoming Filogic 802.11be processors which deliver "super-fast speeds and low latency transmission" and provide a "true wireline/Ethernet replacement for super high-bandwidth applications".

The company goes on to explain that Wi-Fi 7 relies on the same 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz frequencies as WiFi 6/6E, but can still provide 2.4x faster speeds than Wi-Fi 6, even with the same number of antennas, since WiFi 7 can utilize 320Mhz channels and support 4K QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) technology.

There's limited information about MediaTek Filogic 802.11be WiFi 7 processors since it will take a few more years before becoming available, but we can find more details in a document entitled "Current Status and Directions of IEEE 802.11be, the Future Wi-Fi 7" from IEEE Xplore.

Also at Notebookcheck.

Related: Researchers Offer Future 6G Network Concept


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Researchers offer future 6G network concept:

With commercial 5G rapidly deploying, researchers have begun to look at 6G. Its key technologies for mobile communication networks are expected to become available as early as 2023, with 6G networks emerging in 2030, according to Saad et al. Compared to 5G, the 6G network will increase data rates by over 100 times, to one terabyte per second or more, enabling the inclusion of edge intelligent devices and computing. To move large amounts of data to where and when it is needed, 6G networks will need to customize services to meet demands, transmit valued data, and interact with users.

To meet these requirements, the paper offers a "mailbox theory" that envisions a 6G network characterized as a:

  • Distributed Intelligent Network [...]
  • Proactive Interactive Network [...]
  • Cognitive Information Transmission [...]

Journal Reference:
Yixue Hao, Yiming Miao, Min Chen, et al. 6G Cognitive Information Theory: A Mailbox Perspective, Big Data and Cognitive Computing BDCC (2021) [open] (DOI: 10.3390/bdcc5040056)


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @05:25AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @05:25AM (#1214457)

    So 40Gbps is good only ONCE. "Wired" Fibre is good many many times in the same building.

    Oh, they do not tell that fact.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @05:48AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @05:48AM (#1214459)

      With MU-MIMO, beamforming, coordinated spatial reuse, and other features, I'm not sure that's actually true. Not that I care about some theoretical maximum bitrate, the lower latency is more interesting.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @03:34PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @03:34PM (#1214505)

      yeah, more "same-time" users on one ap and "different-ap-same-channel" (interference?) problems remain for wifi?
      also the 40 gbit/sec phy ethernet uplink chip inside the ap will cost more then all other components together :)

      *sigh* if only we could get a "plug" and/or termination tool for phiber optics for at home diy that doesn't cost a arm and a leg :(

  • (Score: 2) by Frosty Piss on Friday January 21, @06:37AM (2 children)

    by Frosty Piss (4971) on Friday January 21, @06:37AM (#1214462)

    Will it interfere Cat 3 approaches?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @10:10AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @10:10AM (#1214475)

      Nope. But it does interfere with weather radar.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @06:49PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @06:49PM (#1214568)

        Will it interfere with the weather?

  • (Score: 2) by corey on Friday January 21, @09:23AM

    by corey (2202) Subscriber Badge on Friday January 21, @09:23AM (#1214473)

    4096QAM, that’s a constellation diagram 2048 wide! You’d need some pretty damn good link to enjoy that going flat out.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @04:42PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @04:42PM (#1214523)

    How much COVID will it give me?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @05:29PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @05:29PM (#1214541)

    Works well for people who don't have neighbors...

    See also: https://www.7signal.com/news/blog/802-11ac-migration-part-2-whats-nobodys-telling-you-about-80mhz-and-160mhz-channel-bonding [7signal.com]

    If 160MHz works well for you then maybe 320MHz will too. But if you can't get 160MHz to work well then I doubt 320MHz will work.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @07:13PM (7 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @07:13PM (#1214573)

    Why are wired routers still only up to 1Gb/sec.

    They should also have more than four LAN ports.

    • (Score: 2) by takyon on Friday January 21, @09:26PM (2 children)

      by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Friday January 21, @09:26PM (#1214625) Journal

      Lowest common denominator.

      I would be happy to see 2.5 Gbps ports in all product categories.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 24, @06:16PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 24, @06:16PM (#1215315)

        We're almost at the point where 10 Gigabit paptents are expired (1G was back in like 99, so it should have been up a few years ago, 10G was either '03 or '06 for copper) yet I imagine they patent encumbered 2.5 and 5 gig despite them using all technologies from 1G or 10G in their development.

        • (Score: 2) by takyon on Monday January 24, @07:02PM

          by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Monday January 24, @07:02PM (#1215332) Journal

          It's a disappointment that 10 Gigabit adoption has been slow for consumers. But you get to use existing/cheaper Cat 5e cables with 2.5GBASE-T, making it a straightforward upgrade from 1 Gbps. Almost everything that had a 1 Gbps port should just be changed to 2.5 Gbps. I don't know about the patent issues.

          2.5 Gbps ports are starting to appear more frequently, particularly on mini PCs [notebookcheck.net]. On many ARM SBCs there's not enough I/O bandwidth to do a 10 Gbps port anyway.

          5GBASE-T seems more useless for consumers, a literal half measure. You can do 10 Gbps on Cat 6 or Cat 6A.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2.5GBASE-T_and_5GBASE-T [wikipedia.org]

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @09:33PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, @09:33PM (#1214632)

      Because all people who don't understand technology know is two numbers: Price and price. If you want faster routers or more ports, then you can pay more money. But people would rather pay less money for what they think they need than splurge on things that seem optional.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 22, @11:39AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 22, @11:39AM (#1214762)

        Better than 1Gbps is definitely optional. Only certain people in certain areas can get uplink that even has that much throughput.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 22, @01:08PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 22, @01:08PM (#1214772)

          Within the house, there's more use, but even then, most people don't need that kind of speed enough to be willing to pay. Those that do, just buy enterprise gear. Apart from folks working with video files that they're copying to and from a NAS, I'm not even sure what folks would be doing at home that would use that kind of bandwidth.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by epitaxial on Saturday January 22, @04:38AM

      by epitaxial (3165) on Saturday January 22, @04:38AM (#1214711)

      I upgraded my home lan to 10gb fiber this past summer. People on ebay are selling QLE8140 cards dirt cheap. They do 10gb ethernet and also do FCoE which is maybe why nobody buys them. But anyhow they don't even need lots of airflow like other 10gb cards. Drivers are available for Linux and Windows 10. Now onto the switch. The cheapest 10gb switch you can get is the MikroTik CRS305-1G-4S+IN. I went a different route and bought a used Aruba 48 port switch with four 10gb SFP ports. They're meant for stacking but you can abuse them for this purpose. They don't care what transceiver you use either. So couple all that with some fiber from monoprice and everything is running great. The switch ports max out at 6gb according to Iperf. Can't complain for the $60 price. Cards were $15 each and the fiber was maybe $40?

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