What is the Deal with WiFi 802.11ad?

Wi-Fi finally has a new standard to live up to, 4.6Gbps Wi-Fi, but what most people want to know is whether or not it is really worth it. The new Wi-Fi is almost four times faster than what most people are receiving at top speeds, and that is already faster than an Ethernet connection and home broadband. Of course, there is a large difference between the speeds you can get and the speeds you actually do end up receiving.


Of course, there are many benefits to streaming 4.6GBps Wi-Fi, and they are mostly available to those that already have top technology in their home. For instance, if you want to stream 4K or HDR you will have no problems with this Wi-Fi. In the future, the high quality is likely going to improve the way that wireless virtual reality headsets work. In short, right now only a few will reap the benefits, but as these technologies become more mainstream everyone will start too.


So how does it all work? Well it’s a bit complicated but not out of reach to understand. It is ratified the same way all other versions of Wi-Fi have bee, but this time around the tech is not from the IEEE. Instead, the technology behind the newest version of Wi-Fi known by techs simply as 802.11ad is from WiGig (Wireless Gigabit) Alliance. Knowing who is behind the tech is not vital, but it does shed some insight into why this version of Wi-Fi is so different than other versions.


The biggest difference is that it utilizes a different frequency compared to other earlier versions of Wi-Fi. It doesn’t use 2.4GHz or 5GHz; instead it works over the 60Ghz spectrum based on where you live. There is a lot more spectrum available for use at this measure which means a lot more data can be transmitted at a much faster rate than what you may be accustomed to. The end result is faster streaming and data use.



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