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How fast is Wi-Fi 6? Here are our latest speed test results

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 dailymotion.comid="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> The age of Wi-Fi 6 is just beginning. So how much faster will those transmissions be?

We're at the very beginning of the Wi-Fi 6 era, and new, next-gen routers capable of putting 802.11ax's upgraded features to work are already up for sale. 

It's early, though. Despite the fact that Wi-Fi 6 routers are backward-compatible with previous-gen Wi-Fi devices, they won't be able to do much of anything to speed them up. For that, you'll need new devices that support Wi-Fi 6, too, and hardly any are currently available -- though that could soon change, now that the iPhone 11 lineup is on board with the speedy new standard.

Still, we won't really be able to test out Wi-Fi 6's claims of being much, much better at connecting with lots and lots of devices at once until those devices get here. You should expect to start seeing faster Wi-Fi at places like airports and stadiums, but we're probably a few years away from feeling the full impact in our homes (and our test lab).

That said, early estimates describe those top Wi-Fi 6 transfer speeds as 30% faster than the top Wi-Fi 5 transfer speeds. And, while it's true that there aren't many Wi-Fi 6 client devices available yet, that doesn't mean that there aren't any. In fact, if you've got the right kind of computer, you can find a number of Wi-Fi 6 adapters on Amazon right now for $40 or less.

We picked one of those up for ourselves, and we've been using it to put the emerging crop of Wi-Fi 6 routers to the test. Here's how that's been going.

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Our test setup The first Wi-Fi 6 router we tested was the Netgear Nighthawk AX12, which promises speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps on the 2.4GHz band and up to 4.8 Gbps on the 5GHz band. There are a lot of limitations on speeds like those at the moment -- one of them being that our internet speeds aren't nearly that fast here at the office (or, you know, anywhere).

Enlarge ImageWi?-Fi 6 adapters like this one are available online for $40 or less.

Rivet Networks We can still test each router's top transfer speeds by measuring its ability to move files around locally, though. With the Netgear Nighthawk, for instance, the router comes with a set of two 1-gigabit Ethernet ports in the back that you can aggregate into a single connection from two incoming servers. Other routers offer multi-gig Ethernet ports that support speeds as high as 2.5, 5 or even 10 Gbps.

For our tests, we connect ports like those to MacBooks? that act as our servers for the test. The MacBooks? transmit data to the router over those Ethernet connections -- from there, a third computer equipped with a 802.11ax card can connect to the router to download the  data wirelessly at Wi-Fi 6 speeds.

With the Netgear Nighthawk AX12, speeds clocked in at 1,320 Mbps, or 1.32 Gbps. The support team for the Killer Wi-Fi 6 module in our test PC told us that the numbers we were seeing sounded about right, and that with different routers or in a different environment, perhaps one with less interference, we might see speeds as high as 1.4 or 1.5 Gbps.

So, we kept testing. To date, the fastest Wi-Fi 6 speeds we've seen came from the TP-Link Archer AX6000, which measured in with an average wireless download speed of 1,523 Mbps at a distance of 5 feet. Range was strong with that router, too -- at a distance of 75 feet, the connection still averaged out to a blazing fast 868 Mbps.

But hey, that's a lot of numbers, and numbers are easier to process when you put them into perspective. To do so, I'mma call in the big guns.

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