July 16, 2024
Wi-Fi Alliance Launches Wi-Fi 7 Certification

Wi-Fi Alliance Launches Wi-Fi 7 Certification

Posted January 8, 2024 at 11:56pm by iClarified
The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the launch of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 7, its program to certify devices as compatible with new Wi-Fi 7 wireless specification. Wi-Fi 7 introduces high throughput, deterministic latency, enhanced reliability for critical traffic, and offers better support for multi-user AR/VR/XR, immersive 3D training, electronic gaming, and IoT.

Wi-Fi 7 will see rapid adoption across a broad ecosystem with more than 233 million devices expected to enter the market in 2024, growing to 2.1 billion devices by 2028. Smartphones, PCs, tablets, and access points (APs) will be the earliest adopters of Wi-Fi 7, and customer premises equipment (CPE) and augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) equipment will continue to gain early market traction. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 7 pushes the boundaries of today's wireless connectivity, and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED helps ensure advanced features are deployed in a consistent way to deliver high-quality user experiences.

"The introduction of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 7 marks the emergence of the latest generation of Wi-Fi and will be an accelerant to mass adoption of Wi-Fi 7," says Kevin Robinson, president and CEO of the Wi-Fi Alliance. "This certification underscores our relentless commitment to delivering cutting-edge technology that redefines the way users experience Wi-Fi, providing faster speeds, improved efficiency, and increased reliability which expand the horizons of what is possible through Wi-Fi."

Wi-Fi Alliance Launches Wi-Fi 7 Certification

Advanced features include:
● 320 MHz channels: available in countries that make the 6 GHz band available to
Wi-Fi, ultra-wide channels double today's widest channel size to facilitate multigigabit device speeds and high throughput
● Multi-Link Operation (MLO): allows devices to transmit and receive data simultaneously over multiple links for increased throughput, reduced latency, and improved reliability
● 4K QAM: achieves 20% higher transmission rates than 1024 QAM
512 Compressed block-ack: improves efficiency and reduces overhead
Multiple RUs to a single STA: improves flexibility for spectrum resource scheduling to enhance spectrum efficiency
● Triggered Uplink Access: optimizes Wi-Fi 6 defined triggered uplink access to accommodate latency sensitive streams and satisfy QoS requirements
● Emergency Preparedness Communication Services (EPCS): provides a seamless National Security & Emergency Preparedness (NSEP) service experience to users while maintaining the priority and quality of service in Wi-Fi access networks

Companies including Broadcom, CommScope RUCKUS Networks, Intel, MaxLinear, MediaTek, and Qualcomm form the test bed for certification and are among the first Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 7 devices. It's rumored the next generation iPhone will support Wi-Fi 7 as well. Eero and Linksys have already launched Wi-Fi 7 router systems, you can check those out below:
eero Max 7 tri-band mesh wifi router
Linksys Velop Pro 7 WiFi Mesh System

Wi-Fi Alliance Launches Wi-Fi 7 Certification

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