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WiGig: The new wireless standard you want

WiGig: The new wireless standard you want
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Do you want to be on the bleeding edge of technology, or more accurately, Wi-Fi technology? Better prepare yourself for the next level of Wi-Fi then - it is finally here!

WiGig, a new super-fast Wi-Fi standard certified by the worldwide Wi-Fi Alliance will start empowering gadgets like smartphones, tablets, and computers next year and it promises to double the speed of the fastest Wi-Fi technology we have today.

How fast will this be? Real fast. While our current fastest protocol, 802.11ac, tops out at (not-too-shabby) theoretical speeds of 4.5 Gbps, WiGig with its new 802.11ad protocol could theoretically reach 8 Gbps and even beyond.

This will definitely usher in a new age of 4K video streaming and high-resolution display mirroring from handhelds to desktops, and it will finally unleash tethered technologies like virtual and augmented reality from their wired domains.

What's the WiGig difference?

The current Wi-Fi protocol 802.11n can operate on the 2.4 and 5 GHz radio spectrums while 802.11ac operates on 5GHz. WiGig/802.11ad, on the other hand, uses the higher bandwidth 60GHz spectrum. The 60GHz band provides the ultra-wide channels needed for the ultra-high transfer rates that are not possible with the 2.4 or 5GHz bands.

The higher bandwidth and lower congestion of 60 GHz spectrum also allow for lower latency and real-time data transfers critical to VR, gaming, and display mirroring technologies. Multiple 4K streams will also be a relative breeze in the wider 60 GHz spectrum.

Next page: What are WiGig's limits?
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