What is the difference between WiFi 5 and WiFi 6 routers?

WiFi 6 is the newest version of WiFi and differs from WiFi 5 in many ways.


The first difference is the potential in speed — WiFi 5 generally maxes out at 1.3 Gigabits per second (Gbps). However, the majority of commercial devices, such as laptops and phones, will only be able to reach speeds of around 600 Mbps.


WiFi 6-compatible devices can see speeds in the multi-Gigabit range if your package speed supports it and you have a WiFi 6 router (currently provided with our 1,000 Mbps and 3,000 Mbps packages).


The second difference is coverage — WiFi 6 routers are kitted with more antennas inside them, resulting in greater coverage than a WiFi 5 router. This means you will experience fewer dead zones around your property. You’ll also enjoy a more reliable WiFi connection across multiple devices - perfect for gaming precision, high-definition streaming, and video conferencing while working or studying from home.


Lastly is compatibility. As this is a very new technology, some of your current devices may not be able to utilise WiFi 6 technology fully. To ensure you can make the most of all WiFi 6 has to offer, visit our Speed page and check your speed compatibility using the test at the bottom of the page.


If you don’t have many WiFi 6-enabled devices, that’s not a problem. WiFi 6 has full backwards compatibility with previous WiFi standards. So, you can still enjoy increased coverage throughout your home and get ahead of the broadband crowd by future-proofing your property for years to come.

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