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Chip and device makers have been building WiFi 7 support into their hardware for almost two years… but up until recently they’ve been relying on a draft standard.

Now WiFi 7 is officially here. The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced that it’s now certifying devices that make use of the latest wireless standard, starting with smartphones, PCs, tablets, and access points.

In the future, we could see WiFi 7 baked into more hardware including VR and augmented reality headsets, cable boxes, and other in-home hardware.

So what’s new in WiFi 7?

Among other things, the WiFi alliance says to expect increased speed and throughput thanks to:

  • 320 MHz channel width (twice as wide as the widest WiFi 6E channels, but only in countries where 6 GHz bands are supported)
  • Multi-Link Operation enables data to be simultaneously sent and received over multiple links
  • 4K QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) which offers 20% higher transmission rates than 1024-QAM (WiFi 6)

The alliance is also promising efficiency improvements and overall better support for high-speed, low-latency, multi-device connectivity. That should pave the way for connecting more devices to your network at once for things like VR multi-player gaming… or just letting more people in a location make Zoom calls at once.

Hopefully now that WiFi 7 is official, prices for WiFi 7 hardware will begin to fall. While TP-Link does already offer a WiFi 7 router that sells for as little as $249, most of the other models available so far are high-end systems that cost $700 or more.

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  1. Is there any actual difference between the draft standards for Wifi 7 and the official certified standard? Are they still compatible with each other?