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Moving to a newer standard of wireless connectivity is always a question of ‘when’ rather than ‘if,’ which is why it’s crucial to have hardware equipped to handle the future.

Prepare for a new era of wireless networking with a lineup of MSI motherboards featuring support for next-gen Wi-Fi 6E – the Autobahn of Wireless connectivity.

What is Wi-Fi 6E?

You might have come across the term ‘Wi-Fi 6’ in the past few years. Wi-Fi 6, or 802.11ax, is a high-efficiency wireless communication standard operating in the commonly used 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Wi-Fi 6E, or 802.11ax-2021, is an improvement built on that Wi-Fi 6 standard.

The 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands are home to numerous devices around us, especially in densely populated areas like large cities. Hundreds of thousands of wireless devices communicating using the same bands in close proximity is a recipe for interference.

At MSI’s office alone, for example, there are a total of 49 Wi-Fi networks that cater to thousands of wireless devices – making interference a certainty.

At home or work, you would experience this interference as temporarily (and randomly) losing your Wi-Fi connection for a split second, extremely variable upload/download speeds, and a generally frustrating wireless experience.

Wi-Fi 6E seeks to tackle these issues. It enables the use of a much broader and far less populated, 6GHz band for wireless networks. In addition to offering all the capabilities of Wi-Fi 6, like lower latency, faster data rates, and better performance, Wi-Fi 6E grants you access to an information freeway that’s free of interference.

What is Wi-Fi 6E


Even if many devices do get aboard the 6GHz band, it boasts much wider channels to ensure it can support a much higher number of devices compared to the older, commonly used bands.

6GHz is Not Just ‘Another’ Band

While the 5GHz band only gave users access to two 160MHz channels, 6GHz offers 7 additional 160MHz channels! It dramatically enhances your network capacity and allows you to connect more devices than ever (up to 4x the device count) without bogging down your network and making it unusable.

6GHz is Not Just Another Band


However, that’s not even what makes the 6GHz band so important globally.
There are restrictions on wireless devices using the 5GHz band in many countries because radar systems use them in those regions. Hence, Wi-Fi systems operating in those bands are legally required to employ a radar detection and avoidance capability – called Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS).

Implementing DFS in wireless access points results in your devices taking longer to connect to Wi-Fi. The delays imposed by Dynamic Frequency Selection are a safety measure to prevent interference with critical systems like air traffic control radar. It’s unavoidable.

The 6GHz band, on the other hand, has no such limitations!

What Other Features does Wi-Fi 6 Offer?

Since Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax-2021) is an improvement over the Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) standard, it offers all its powerful features as well!

• MU-MIMO (Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output): As the name suggests, this feature allows an access point to communicate both downstream and upstream with multiple devices simultaneously. It significantly reduces the wait time for devices on a wireless network.

• Wider 160 MHz Channels: Enhanced bandwidth allows for far better performance and lower latencies on a wireless connection.

• Target Wake Time (TWT): This feature allows devices to set how frequently they wake to send or receive data. It is a boon to IoT devices as it effectively increases device sleep times and reduces power consumption – significantly extending their battery life.

• 1024 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation Mode (1024-QAM): The new standard can increase data throughput by encoding more data in the same amount of spectrum. In a real-world scenario, devices can expect a 25% increase in data rate or throughput.

• Transmit Beamforming (TXBF): Transmit Beamforming effectively focuses wireless signals to pinpoint the target device. The resulting connection, in this case, is much faster and more reliable.

• Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA): This feature does away with the older first-come, first-served approach that causes clogs in high-density networks. OFDMA enables an access point to communicate with multiple devices simultaneously by dividing each Wi-Fi channel into sub-channels as it sees fit – granting access to more reliable wireless connections to those devices.

Wi-Fi 6E can now offer low latencies, ultra-high Gigabit speeds, and excellent reliability. It brings you the freedom of going wireless without losing the benefits of a wired connection. And with a new-generation MSI motherboard, you’re ready to hop aboard the newest standard in wireless connectivity right away.

MSI Motherboards with Wi-Fi 6E

Refreshed X570 Motherboards for AMD Ryzen Processors
• MEG X570S ACE MAX
• MPG X570S CARBON MAX WIFI
• MPG X570S EDGE MAX WIFI
• MAG X570S TOMAHAWK MAX WIFI

MPG X570S CARBON MAX WIFI

MSI Z590 Motherboards for Intel 10th and 11th Generation Processors
• MEG Z590 GODLIKE
• MEG Z590I UNIFY
• MEG Z590 ACE
• MEG Z590 UNIFY-X
• MEG Z590 UNIFY
• MPG Z590 GAMING CARBON WIFI
• MPG Z590 GAMING EDGE WIFI
• MPG Z590M GAMING EDGE WIFI
• MAG Z590 TOMAHAWK WIFI
• Z590 PRO WIFI

MEG Z590 UNIFY-X

MSI B560 Motherboards for Intel 10th and 11th Generation Processors
• MPG B560I GAMING EDGE WIFI
• MAG B560 TOMAHAWK WIFI
• MAG B560M MORTAR WIFI

MAG B560M MORTAR WIFI