Qualcomm just announced its new Wi-Fi 7 Networking Pro Series 3 platform to power the next generation of high-end routers and access points.
This platform claims extremely high peak aggregated bandwidth (33 Gbps with 16 streams and 4 bands) and latency, although I haven’t seen actual latency numbers yet. Individual device-to–device connections could even peak at 5-10 Gbps using the internal network. This is far more than most wired connections.
I like Qualcomm’s Multi-Link operation (MLO) as it simultaneously enables all three bands (2.4, 5, 6 Ghz) to transport data. The router can dynamically adapt to changing network conditions to route packets in the best possible bands. It’s one of Qualcomm’s “secret sauce,” and little detail is provided.
Qualcomm offers the ability to scale up and down the number of streams and bands that are available to support a variety of uses, including home enthusiasts to Enterprises. If you have multiple clients connected at once, it is better to increase the number of streams.
Radio congestion can be avoided by having more bands. It also helps to improve coverage since different bands penetrate different materials. The entry-level 6-stream +Tri-band series is a delight for home enthusiasts, according to my experience.
There is a good chance that the new routers will slow down network clients such phones and laptops. But, Wi-Fi mesh network use this new technology to inter-nodes communications.
This platform is also more efficient in managing interferences and radio congestion than its predecessor. This will result in a better network experience for all users, even if you don’t upgrade your mobile devices.
Because Wi-Fi infrastructure tends to stay for a long time after it’s installed, I often recommend people to Make sure they have the best technology available.. There’s no doubt many people still use a 54Mbps router and would be shocked by the improvements if they were to upgrade to a more recent basic Wi-Fi standard.
This level of Wi Fi performance and functionality is an obvious choice for professionals. In a data-intensive environment such as Creative, Workstations, large file transfer, the cost should be easily offset by the productivity gains that employees experience.
Wi-Fi has experienced major improvements over the last few years, with the mesh-wifi revolution. And the pace of these developments remains impressive. That can make it a little hard to commit when you replace your router, but you won’t regret it. At the moment, Qualcomm is “sampling” the platform to its OEM customers, so it will take about ~1 year before products hit the shelves. High-end phones will then be available by that point.