We can clearly see that the Wi-Fi 7 transition is starting this autumn with the launches of the first couple of Wi-Fi 7 routers that are built as flagship routers by the leading router companies, which includes the new Wi-Fi 7 router Netgear Orbi 970 that launches between October 6th and 9th:
So while we are still some time away from the launch of the first Wi-Fi 7 tablets well into 2024, we are seeing the first wave of market demand for Wi-Fi 7 all the same. And we even saw Broadcom announce their second generation Wi-Fi 7 chips this summer, which is one of the Wi-Fi 7 chips that will end up in many next generation tablets and other mobile devices.
Wi-Fi 7 ( 802.11be) enables a 4.8 times faster internet than Wi-Fi 6e, at up to 46 Gbps, and technically adds new features for stability and signal strength too, such as adding the new 320MHz channel, 16×16 MIMO with 16 streams, more efficient Multi Link operation and Multi-RU, first 12-bit transfers, as well as reduced puncturing and things that create annoying lags and stops in streaming, video calls, and large downloads.
Wi-Fi 7 can to some degree also improve security when it’s used correctly.
So Netgear is busy these days launching the new Netgear Orbi 970 series with quad-band Wi-Fi 7, which can be bought either as a wide cover series of one router with a satellite, or as a router with two satellites for even wider coverage.
The specs for Netgear’s Orbi 970 router includes Wi-Fi speeds up to 27 Gbps, a very large 10,000 sq. ft. coverage with the 3-pack, simultaneous cover of 200 connected devices, a 2.2 GHz quad-core processor to process everything, 12 internal antennas with amplifiers, and they still provide multiple traditional RJ45 ports for wired Ethernet, with 4x 2.5Gbps Ethernet ports and 1x 10Gbps Ethernet port on the router, and 2x 2.5Gbps Ethernet ports and 1x 10Gbps Ethernet port on each of the satellites (see Netgear’s documents for fully detailed information (PDF)).
I guess we can say if this router doesn’t cover it, nothing will.
– Jim Miller