After 40 consecutive quarters of being ranked No. 1 in the IDC WLAN Market Report, TP-Link Corporation Limited, supplier of networking is celebrating 10 years of being the No. 1 seller of Wi-Fi Products.
On the occasion Lucas Jiang, General Manager at TP-Link MEA FZE said; “TP-Link will continue to satisfy its customers while providing reliably smart Wi-Fi you can trust. Our top-tier R&D department will continue to explore new opportunities that support its growing user base of over 1.2 billion people around the globe. With any forecast, it is tough to accurately work out what will happen in the future. However, we can look at how technology is developing now and provide reliably smart Wi-Fi for everyone”
In the past ten years, the mobile lifestyle has become normalized. More than fifty percent of Internet users tend to use their mobile devices over desktop devices. 11ac routers like Archer C7, bringing higher speeds over crystal clear 5 GHz band, overtook 11n as a main stream Wi-Fi standard which later named as Wi-Fi 5. In 2019, Wi-Fi 6 made Gigabit Wi-Fi as the default—even a phone can have 1.2 Gbps speed. Wi-Fi 6 also made the whole network more robust, with OFDMA quadrupling the capacity.
In 2021, the new 6GHz band was introduced into Wi-Fi and formed the main features in Wi-Fi 6E variation. We now have a potential glimpse into the next generation Wi-Fi 7 and what it could bring us. Inheriting the wide 6 GHz band, Wi-Fi 7 promises huge speed improvement with 320 Mhz channels and 4K QAM—that’s 240% speed boosting, which makes 30 Gbps Wi-Fi possible to come true.
Wi-Fi 7 is likely to introduce 16×16 CMU-MIMO. With C meaning coordinated, it will allow our clients to transmit all simultaneously at reduced latency. It will also make full use of multiple nearby access points, greatly enhancing spectrum efficiency. According to engineers from the Wi-Fi Alliance, this could be the most significant breakthrough for the new standard. Wi-Fi 7 provides more speeds and teaches the clients to better share a network rather than competing for it.
The last fifteen years have seen a rapid increase in computing speeds, with drives reading at 10 Gbps or more. However, networks have not yet caught up, which can feel like a bottleneck between devices. When transferring data between devices reaches your network limits, multi-Gigabit is the solution.
Multi-Gigabit wired connection has been around in the corporate world for years. With the increased demand for high-quality media at home, the consumer need for multi-gigabit Internet is snowballing. Since2019, TP-Link launched a few multi-gigabit ports SOHO products, such as Archer AX11000, Archer AX90, and Deco X90.
TP-Link seeks to fill in these needs over the next ten years by providing more multi-Gigabit networking devices for the consumer market. Whether it is for LAN parties, live streaming, or home offices, multi-gigabit wire connections throughout the home will form the ultra-fast backbone for other peripheral connections.
True Wireless Homes
We have already seen the development of the wireless world. Still, there is a big question about how wireless we can become as a society. The increased use of raw data transferring and wireless charging for devices is one area that has become popular for many providers.
Suppose you want to transfer something raw and uncompressed wirelessly, for example, connecting a display with a TV set or PC. In that case, you have had technologies like WiDi or Airplay. However, the high bandwidth requirement of the raw image data is limited to a resolution maxing out at 1080p. When latency is not guaranteed, people can only use these set-ups for playing videos rather than the high-impact gaming they are hoping to implement.
Once the 30 Gbps Wi-Fi 7 arrives in the coming 10 years, things could change. The traditional monitor cable could face competition from Wi-Fi as an alternative data transfer method. The use of QR codes, while common now, could be all that is needed to sync devices together in the first-time setup.
Keep in mind that we are not yet rid of the power cord. Furniture manufacturers may look more often to provide wireless charging pads within their products for everyone’s convenience. It is also worth considering the possibility of an entirely wireless future, with homes and offices providing wireless charging from the walls.
Research is currently underway to provide wireless charging from a few meters away rather than on a specific wireless charging device. Once this technology is installed in more homes and offices, there is less need for wires to charge or even power any devices.
As technology moves away from the need for wires, devices will become more compact, sleek, and delicate. Your computer and TV entertainment set-ups will become far more elegant as wireless devices connect directly to each other.
6G and beyond
It is entirely possible that in ten years, 5G technology will have been fully embraced, and society will begin introducing 6G. Research in this field has already started, with several countries and companies already conducting high-level research.
China has already launched an experimental test satellite. Similarly, a group of companies including AT&T, Ericsson, Telus, Verizon, T-Mobile, Microsoft, and Samsung has already joined together as the “Next G Alliance.”
6G is thought to support applications beyond current mobile use scenarios, such as VR, AR, instant communications, and IoT. Many intelligent and IoT devices will support 6G technology, so seeing how Tapo, Kasa, and Vigi devices can move forward with these technological developments. Current theory suggests that 6G could support speeds of up to 100 Gbps with very low latency, supporting hundreds or even thousands of devices at once.