Forget about 5G for a bit, Wi-Fi 6 is launching today to take your home internet to where it should be in 2020. The Wi-Fi Alliance announced the official launch of the certification today, and the latest flagship devices from Samsung and Apple will come equipped with support for the new standard at launch.

“As a pioneer in new mobile experiences Samsung is proud to be announced as one of the first companies to hold the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6TM accreditation,” said Inkang Song, Vice President and Head of Technology Strategy Group of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics this morning. “The Galaxy Note10 is one of our flagship devices and the first smartphone classified Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6TM. Along with the Galaxy S10 we’re thrilled to bring Wi-Fi 6 to our loyal customers.” Alongside Samsung’s flagships, the iPhone 11 family of devices will also support WiFi 6 upon launch.

“Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 is ushering in a new era of Wi-Fi, building on Wi-Fi’s core characteristics to provide better performance in every environment for users, greater network capacity for service providers to improve coverage for their customers, and new opportunities for advanced applications,” said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO, Wi-Fi Alliance. “Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 will deliver improvements in connectivity, including in high-density locations and IoT environments.”

Wi-Fi 6 isn’t going to drastically change the way you use Wi-Fi, but it’ll make it better. Consider, an average home has more than a few smartphones, the occasional tablet, smart home devices, laptops and so on. All are typically connected to the same Wi-Fi network and sometimes slow each other down the more they are all actively used. Wi-Fi 6 wants to make this better and improve the performance of routers, allowing more devices to take better advantage of the network without bogging it down.

Like 5G, it’s not going to be mainstream anytime soon since you’ll need new hardware to take advantage of it. But in a year or so, you’ll be wondering how you ever lived without it.

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