Here comes faster 802.11ax Wi-Fi

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While we might see a few more compatible products announced, the majority won't be unveiled until the Wi-Fi Alliance issues final standards, and certification is more wide spread.

From devices to the data center and every point in between, Intel is collaborating with leaders in the industry to unleash a new era of smart and connected home experiences for consumers - which starts with Intel inside. Celeno´s field-proven chips and software technology have been successfully integrated into numerous OEM Wi-Fi devices and have been deployed in tens of millions of homes around the world by nearly 100 service providers worldwide.

Faster Wi-Fi - Intel announced new 802.11ax chipsets for mainstream home routers and gateways that will result in faster, smoother content streaming, online gaming, video calls and more. The certification is done to give consumers the confidence that the device they purchased will indeed work with the new standard.

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Even once certification arrives for 802.11ax next year, don't expect to take advantage of it for a little while. Its first chipsets will be based on Draft 2.0 of the 802.11ax standard, which will be more mature than infrastructures based on Draft 1.0, meaning better compatibility and interoperability with client devices. Additionally, the Blue Cave Wi-Fi router from ASUS-, equipped with the Intel Home Wi-Fi Chipset WAV500 Series, combines powerful Wi-Fi and complete network security with a cool, modern design that begs to be noticed.

The firm's 802.11ax home chipsets are designed with the always-connected nature of our current lifestyles in mind, allowing up to 256 devices to connect simultaneously. However, Intel is also making its own optimizations to the standard for better performance amongst its own 802.11ax devices. The company claims that its chipsets will outperform their predecessors operating under the 802.11ac standard by a margin of 40% on a single-client device in terms of peak data rates.

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