Wi-Fi 7: The Next Era in Wireless

Consumers will soon experience a quantum leap in wireless performance. From 8K streaming video to immersive VR experiences, users around the world will enjoy all-new levels of increased speed and reduced latency. Wi-Fi 7: Coming soon to a device near you.

Leading the Way in Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi has helped keep the world informed, entertained, and productive. This was made possible through IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) industry standards and the extensive device interoperability and certification testing of the WFA (Wi-Fi Alliance). Intel is proud to lead in both groups, driving the continuous evolution of Wi-Fi—including its next generation, Wi-Fi 7, based on features defined in the IEEE P802.11be draft amendment.

Key Features of Wi-Fi 7

Wi-Fi 7 Deep Dive

Watch Intel's Carlos Cordeiro PhD, Wireless CTO and Intel Fellow, deliver this informative lecture on Wi-Fi 7.

Compare Wi-Fi Generations

See how Wi-Fi 7 stacks up to earlier Wi-Fi generations.

 

Wi-Fi 5 ( 802.11ac)

Wi-Fi 6 ( 802.11ax)

Wi-Fi 6E ( 802.11ax)

Wi-Fi 7 ( 802.11be)

Frequency

5GHz

Dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

Tri-band (2.4, 5, 6 GHz)

Bandwidth

(Channels)

20, 40 , 80, 80+80, 160MHz

20, 40 , 80, 80+80, 160, 320MHz

Access

(Multiplexing)

OFDM

OFDMA

Modulation

254QAM

1024QAM

4096 (4K) QAM

Antenna

DL MU-MIMO (4 x 4)

DL + UL MU-MIMO (8 x 8)

Security

WPA2

WPA3

WPA4 (TBD)

Key Innovations

40MHz mandatory

TWT, BSS coloring, Beamforming

Multi Link Operation (MLO),
Multi-RU, Puncturing

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Wi-Fi 7 addresses the needs of people around the world, as they will quickly evolve over the next few years, as each gen builds on its predecessor. Wi-Fi ‘s key benefits, including consistent ultra-low latency and improved performance in dense environments, are expected to serve these developing usages: 8K A/V Streaming, AR/VR, Cloud gaming, interactive applications, Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0, tele-diagnostics and telesurgery.

Intel will continue to bring market-leading connectivity solutions to consumers and businesses, as it has in all previous Wi-Fi generations. Intel plans to release Wi-Fi 7-certified products to the market, in alignment with the Wi-Fi Alliance certification schedule (2023–2024 time frame).

Available Wi-Fi releases vary by country. Wi-Fi 4, Wi-Fi 5, Wi-Fi 6, and Wi-Fi 6E are widely available across the globe. The Wi-Fi 6E release, which provides access to the 6 GHz spectrum, is rapidly gaining traction and has been adopted by dozens of countries, as of June 2022.1

Wi-Fi generations are based on features defined by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) as the 802.11 family of standards. Intel’s team of leading Wi-Fi experts have actively participated in the IEEE 802.11 working group for decades, serving in key roles such as technical editor to 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) and 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6/6E). The Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) leads the industry’s interoperability testing, effectively certifying devices that have passed testing and defining which devices can obtain the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED certification mark. Intel’s Wi-Fi devices have been selected as part of the WFA industry-wide testbed, for every previous Wi-Fi gen. Intel is a sponsor member of WFA, and, as of 2022, Dr. Carlos Cordeiro of Intel is the elected WFA Board Chair.

Wi-Fi generations are based on features defined by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) as the 802.11 family of standards. Intel’s team of leading Wi-Fi experts have actively participated in the IEEE 802.11 working group for decades, serving in key roles such as technical editor to 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) and 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6/6E). The Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) leads the industry’s interoperability testing, effectively certifying devices that have passed testing and defining which devices can obtain the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED certification mark. Intel’s Wi-Fi devices have been selected as part of the WFA industry-wide testbed, for every previous Wi-Fi gen. Intel is a sponsor member of WFA, and, as of 2022, Dr. Carlos Cordeiro of Intel is the elected WFA Board Chair.

Notices and Disclaimers2

Product and Performance Information

1

“Countries Enabling Wi-Fi 6e”, Wi-Fi Alliance, June 2022 (https://www.wi-fi.org/countries-enabling-wi-fi-6e).

2

">5 Gbps Wi-Fi 7 2x2 client speed” - is based on the current draft of the 802.11be specification which specifies the theoretical maximum data rate for a 2x2 device that supports 320 MHz channels, 4096 QAM, and Multi-Link Operation is 5.76 Gbps. Based on an industry-standard assumption of 90% efficiency for new Wi-Fi products operating in the exclusive 6 GHz band, the resulting estimated maximum over the air 2x2 client speed would be 5.19 Gbps.