Netgear is attempting to promote WiFi 6E adoption by releasing a USB adapter that makes laptops and desktops compatible with WiFi 6E through a USB 3.x Type-A connection.

WiFi 6E devices are already accessible to customers, although you wouldn’t know it if you glanced around the ordinary home. Despite the availability of WiFi 6E equipment in recent years, many have disregarded the latest wireless standard due to component shortages, contentment with WiFi 6 and the anticipated release of WiFi 7.

Netgear’s new Nighthawk AXE3000 WiFi 6E USB 3.0 Adapter (A8000) allows laptops and desktop computers to be connected to WiFi 6E routers, even if the device’s hardware specifications don’t support the latest standard by default. The adapter makes WiFi 6E accessible to a variety of devices.

WiFi 6E is an improvement of WiFi 6

The adapter has a flip-open antenna and an extra cradle that can hold the adapter and connect to a PC through USB-A, allowing the device to be moved around for better signal reception. Naturally, you won’t be able to fully make use of the adapter without a WiFi 6E router. Furthermore, the adapter won’t work on Mac devices.

WiFi 6E outperforms WiFi 6 by utilizing the 6 GHz frequency in addition to the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, resulting in reduced congestion and lower latency. However, shorter wavelengths imply it’s limited to shorter distances, especially when obstacles like walls are present. Netgear said the AXE3000 WiFi 6E adapter will be available this month.

WiFi 7

The next wifi iteration is WiFi 7, which The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is projected to finish by 2024. Manufacturers like Intel are expected to support WiFi 7 PCs by 2025.

WiFi 7 should outperform WiFi 6E by up to 20 percent. The standard boosts maximum channel bandwidth from 160 MHz to 320 MHz and increases 1,024 QAM to 4,096 QAM while incorporating multi-link operation (MLO) and multi-resource unit puncturing.