Wi-Fi 7: The Next Era in Wireless

Consumers will soon experience a quantum leap in wireless performance. From 8K streaming video to immersive VR experiences, users around the world will enjoy all-new levels of increased speed and reduced latency. Wi-Fi 7: Coming soon to a device near you.

Compare Wi-Fi Generations

See how Wi-Fi 7 stacks up to earlier Wi-Fi generations.

 

Wi-Fi 5 ( 802.11ac)

Wi-Fi 6 ( 802.11ax)

Wi-Fi 6E ( 802.11ax)

Wi-Fi 7 ( 802.11be)

Frequency

5GHz

Dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

Tri-band (2.4, 5, 6 GHz)

Bandwidth

(Channels)

20, 40 , 80, 80+80, 160MHz

20, 40 , 80, 80+80, 160, 320MHz

Access

(Multiplexing)

OFDM

OFDMA

Modulation

254QAM

1024QAM

4096 (4K) QAM

Antenna

DL MU-MIMO (4 x 4)

DL + UL MU-MIMO (8 x 8)

Security

WPA2

WPA3

WPA4 (TBD)

Key Innovations

40MHz mandatory

TWT, BSS coloring, Beamforming

Multi Link Operation (MLO),
Multi-RU, Puncturing

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Wi-Fi 7 addresses the needs of people around the world, as they will quickly evolve over the next few years, as each gen builds on its predecessor. Wi-Fi ‘s key benefits, including consistent ultra-low latency and improved performance in dense environments, are expected to serve these developing usages: 8K A/V Streaming, AR/VR, Cloud gaming, interactive applications, Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0, tele-diagnostics and telesurgery.

Intel will continue to bring market-leading connectivity solutions to consumers and businesses, as it has in all previous Wi-Fi generations. Intel plans to release Wi-Fi 7-certified products to the market, in alignment with the Wi-Fi Alliance certification schedule (2023–2024 time frame).

Available Wi-Fi releases vary by country. Wi-Fi 4, Wi-Fi 5, Wi-Fi 6, and Wi-Fi 6E are widely available across the globe. The Wi-Fi 6E release, which provides access to the 6 GHz spectrum, is rapidly gaining traction and has been adopted by dozens of countries, as of June 2022.1

Wi-Fi generations are based on features defined by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) as the 802.11 family of standards. Intel’s team of leading Wi-Fi experts have actively participated in the IEEE 802.11 working group for decades, serving in key roles such as technical editor to 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) and 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6/6E). The Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) leads the industry’s interoperability testing, effectively certifying devices that have passed testing and defining which devices can obtain the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED certification mark. Intel’s Wi-Fi devices have been selected as part of the WFA industry-wide testbed, for every previous Wi-Fi gen. Intel is a sponsor member of WFA, and, as of 2022, Dr. Carlos Cordeiro of Intel is the elected WFA Board Chair.

Wi-Fi generations are based on features defined by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) as the 802.11 family of standards. Intel’s team of leading Wi-Fi experts have actively participated in the IEEE 802.11 working group for decades, serving in key roles such as technical editor to 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) and 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6/6E). The Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) leads the industry’s interoperability testing, effectively certifying devices that have passed testing and defining which devices can obtain the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED certification mark. Intel’s Wi-Fi devices have been selected as part of the WFA industry-wide testbed, for every previous Wi-Fi gen. Intel is a sponsor member of WFA, and, as of 2022, Dr. Carlos Cordeiro of Intel is the elected WFA Board Chair.

Product and Performance Information

1

“Countries Enabling Wi-Fi 6e”, Wi-Fi Alliance, June 2022 (https://www.wi-fi.org/countries-enabling-wi-fi-6e).

2

">5 Gbps Wi-Fi 7 2x2 client speed” - is based on the current draft of the 802.11be specification which specifies the theoretical maximum data rate for a 2x2 device that supports 320 MHz channels, 4096 QAM, and Multi-Link Operation is 5.76 Gbps. Based on an industry-standard assumption of 90% efficiency for new Wi-Fi products operating in the exclusive 6 GHz band, the resulting estimated maximum over the air 2x2 client speed would be 5.19 Gbps.