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Windows 11 Wi-fi 7 support coming soon

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Microsoft is currently piloting Wi-Fi 7 support in Windows 11, signaling a significant leap in wireless communication with its potential for multi-gigabit speeds, and enhanced throughput, latency, and reliability over its predecessors.

Wi-Fi 7, introduced recently, stands out with its 320 MHz superwide channels within the 6 GHz band, effectively doubling the throughput capabilities of Wi-Fi 6. This enhancement paves the way for multi-gigabit speeds on Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Another key feature, Multi-Link Operation (MLO), optimizes traffic distribution across multiple links, boosting throughput and reliability.

The adoption of 4K QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) marks a notable improvement in modulation efficiency, offering a 20% increase in transmission rates over Wi-Fi 6's 1024 QAM. This contributes to a significant uptick in data transfer efficiency.

According to Microsoft, Wi-Fi 7—officially known as IEEE 802.11be Extremely High Throughput (EHT)—represents a breakthrough in wireless technology, delivering speeds up to four times faster than Wi-Fi 6 and 6E, and nearly six times faster than Wi-Fi 5.

To harness these advancements, users will need both an access point and a computer compatible with Wi-Fi 7, with several manufacturers already rolling out compatible products. However, it's worth noting that Wi-Fi 7's performance may vary based on the specific hardware capabilities of the devices and their manufacturers.

Wi-Fi 7 support is currently under examination in the latest Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26063, available in the Canary Channel. Meanwhile, those in the Dev Channel will not see this build due to Microsoft's focus on testing the servicing pipeline for the upcoming Windows 11 feature release, dubbed 24H2.

Additionally, Microsoft announced plans to integrate support for USB4 Version 2.0 in Windows 11, promising USB transfer speeds up to 80 Gbps over USB Type-C cables. The company is also exploring a new feature that would automatically activate the AI-powered Copilot assistant on systems with 27-inch or larger displays, with a minimum pixel width of 1920, upon startup in Windows 11.

Microsoft has started testing Wi-Fi 7 support in Windows 11 (bleepingcomputer.com)

 
Posted : 22/02/2024 5:45 pm