Wi-Fi 6 is, and we've watched it gradually start to roll out across the top wireless devices since its arrival in 2019. At this point, in 2021, there are plenty of interesting options if you're looking to buy in.
In a nutshell, Wi-Fi 6 is capable of top speeds that are, and it's much better equipped to handle , as well as dense, crowded environments with lots of users. It won't do anything to speed up a slow ISP connection, so -- but it will help you get the fastest, most efficient connection possible at home.
You'll need aand new Wi-Fi 6 devices in order to enjoy those benefits at home -- here are the top options currently available, which we'll update regularly.
It's not surprising that, after routers, smartphones were among the first devices to start incorporating support for Wi-Fi 6. Samsung was the first with the Galaxy S10, but Apple, LG, Huawei and others were soon to follow suit.
As of now, the list of phones that can connect at faster Wi-Fi 6 speeds includes:
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And what about the phones that don't support Wi-Fi 6? Thecomes to mind, but is probably the most notable example. Even the newest models -- the and -- don't include Wi-Fi 6 support.
We're also starting to see the very first phones that support 5G., a new designation for Wi-Fi 6 devices that are equipped to tap into , which offers a massive amount of spectrum with no interference from older-gen connections. The first phones to support the designation include the , as well as two gaming phones: the and the . Each of those uses , which boasts support for Wi-Fi 6E and
It's pretty likely that we'll see a handful of other phones jump in with Wi-Fi 6E by the end of this year, too, so stay tuned.
There's a growing number of new laptops that are shipping with Wi-Fi 6 as the default option. Some ofinclude:
And nope, none of Apple's laptops support Wi-Fi 6 yet -- not even.
Other recent Wi-Fi 6 devices include, but we haven't seen Wi-Fi 6 support in many other types of devices -- no TVs, no streamers, no smart home gadgets. That's likely to change in the coming months, though. We'll be sure to update this post as Wi-Fi 6 adoption spreads.
There's one big, obvious exception: routers. You'll need one that supports Wi-Fi 6 running your home network if you want to take full advantage of the Wi-Fi 6 radio in your fancy new phone or laptop -- and fortunately, you've already got a lot of options.
My favorite among them is the, a two-piece Wi-Fi 6 mesh router that costs $450. It isn't cheap, but it aced my tests and offers just about everything you could reasonably want from a router. Even more of an upgrade: the $600 , which hit the fastest top speeds we've ever seen from a mesh router.
If you don't need a multi-point mesh router (or if you just don't want to pay that much), you'll find Wi-Fi 6 support in standalone models that cost a little less. I like the TP-Link Archer AX6000 -- it hit , and you can get for less than $300. Meanwhile, the costs just $80 or less, though the top speeds are more limited.
Expect to see lots of new Wi-Fi 6 routers like those in 2021. We've already tested a few of the new ones that made their debut, including the and the .
In addition, you might be able to update an older laptop with a new Wi-Fi 6 radio. For instance, Rivet Networks sells thefor laptops with an M.2 connector and a standard Key A or E socket. We picked one up last year to upgrade the laptop in our test lab and it works great. Cost? Just $50.
As for Wi-Fi 6E, we're just starting to see the arrival of the very first routers that include access to the newly unlocked 6GHz band. The first thus far is the, a premium gaming router that's set to hit stores this month. Later this year, expect to see new Wi-Fi 6E routers from , , and others, too.