5G vs. Wi-Fi which technology is the future and why you need both

(ORDO NEWS) — The developers promise that 5G technology will bring the mobile Internet to a new level, providing a tremendous increase in speed. But Wi-Fi does not stand still. Which of these technologies is worth betting on?

If you’re faced with the choice between 5G and Wi-Fi, don’t rush to stick to one technology: here’s why you’ll need both

Wi-Fi and 5G will inevitably compete with each other, but all indications are that we are likely to need both technologies. They will be useful in different situations, but their combination can provide an incredible experience, for example, when buying routers with 5G support.

How is 5G different from Wi-Fi?

5G is an umbrella term for the fifth generation of mobile internet technologies, and it includes many different elements.

Cellular or mobile networks transmit data at wavelengths of a certain range, agreed in advance with regulatory authorities.

In order to provide network coverage, service providers must build a network of base stations capable of sending a signal strong enough that the network can serve several people (thousands in urban areas) at the same time.

Wi-Fi relies on unlicensed spectrum that anyone can use, but the technology has a relatively weak signal. We pay an ISP for broadband cable Internet service and then use a router to distribute Wi-Fi. Using the same Wi-Fi band as your neighbors can be a problem, especially if you live in a very densely populated area with limited bandwidth.

Wi-Fi uses two frequencies – 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. The former has a lower maximum speed, but penetrates better, while the latter can provide higher speeds, but is not able to pass through walls as well as 2.4 GHz.

What technology is the future?

Today, 5G is still far from being available everywhere, and a number of problems arise with its use, since the frequencies of this standard can be occupied by the military and civil services in different countries.

Wi-Fi also does not stand still, and today the 6th standard is entering the market, which promises even higher data transfer speeds.

As more and more routers have built-in Wi-Fi 6, and more and more cell towers support 5G, our internet speeds, both at home and away, will increase and latency will decrease. New technologies and smartphones with 5G support will appear.

As technology advances, such as online mobile gaming and live streaming, 5G will open up new mobile device features such as VR and high-performance online applications.


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