Wi-Fi 6 is happening including with 5G service

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by phrelin, Jan 12, 2020.

  1. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2003
    5th generation ... not GB.
  2. steve053

    steve053 Godfather

    May 11, 2007
    Brookfield, WI
    One benefit is the increased amount of traffic that can be handled over 5g compared to 4g. Think stadiums/arenas (on second thought that might be a moot point if we can't attend large events again) that theoretically allow everyone to connect at the same time, or at least provide a positive user experience for everyone. There was talk of 5g communication and autonomous transportation; a vehicle 500 feet ahead of you suddenly slams on it's brakes and alerts everyone behind to reduce their speed (as long as all of the vehicles are using the same 5g network).

    Depending on the wavelength of the 5g signal, some can travel longer distances and some are better at penetrating buildings (albeit at much shorter distances).
  3. NR4P

    NR4P Dad

    Jan 15, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    I agree with much of what you stated especially the vehicle to vehicle to traffic light communications. Very much in favor of that and will greatly enable improved traffic flow and safety. But it's at least 10 years away, maybe 20 since people hold on to cars for very long times. For the stadium example, more dense Microcells even at LTE can help.

    But for my home use, or walking through downtown or in the supermarket, I am still not seeing the advantages on my 6" smartphone screen. BTW, I have deep roots in cellular from 1G to 5G. I think I am being very objective as to the over-hype for daily use.
  4. steve053

    steve053 Godfather

    May 11, 2007
    Brookfield, WI
    Yeah it's going to be a decade or two before there's any real improvement in traffic flow and safety from 5G. Other than better reception in some buildings and cell service in areas that had no or very poor service, I agree that it's more hype than anything else. That said, I can't fault the carriers for trying to make it a big deal as the cost is astronomical. Have to make people feel they are getting something for all the money we spend monthly on cell service.

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