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WiFi 6 will double your networks range and triple its speed

first_img Share your voice The Wi-Fi Alliance wants you to look for the Wi-Fi 6 logo.  Stephen Shankland/CNET We get it. 5G is a big deal. But honestly, you likely use Wi-Fi networks as much or more with your phone and PC, so tune out the 5G noise for a moment and appreciate what’s coming with Wi-Fi 6.”While 5G is getting much of the limelight, Wi-Fi 6 will have a bigger impact in our connected lives — and sooner,” said FeibusTech analyst Mike Feibus.Wi-Fi 6, the consumer-friendly new name for the tech standard actually called 802.11ax, won’t just boost data-transfer speeds — though it’ll do that, by a factor of three or so. It’ll also reach into corners of our house farther away from network gear, better handle the crush of people at airports and stadiums, and sidestep interference from your neighbors’ noisy network. On your phone or laptop, it should save your battery life, too.No wonder wireless chip designer Qualcomm is betting big on Wi-Fi 6. The company on Tuesday showed off a quartet of processors that’ll bring Wi-Fi 6 to a new range of network equipment — and a number of partnerships designed to telegraph its clout with the technology. “Wi-Fi is ubiquitous and widely accepted,” said Rahul Patel, leader of Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi chip division in an exclusive interview with CNET ahead of Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi event. But with more devices in our houses, and activities like gaming and streaming video putting new demands on networks, there’s a network traffic jam, he said.”Cord cutting is real. What was typically one TV in the average home is now five or six different screens,” Patel said. “There’s a tremendous amount of content sourced through the home that wasn’t before. There’s a congestion problem.”Upgrades — if you payOne of Wi-Fi 6’s biggest advances is OFDMA — orthogonal frequency division multiple access, if you must know — an efficiency-boosting technology purloined from mobile networks. Another is MU MIMO, short for multiple user, multiple input, multiple output. And then there’s 1024 QAM — quadrature amplitude modulation — which bumps up data rates by 30%.Check my colleague Ry Crist’s Wi-Fi 6 explainer for all the details. But here’s what it boils down to, compared with Wi-Fi 5, aka 802.11ac:Double the range — though Qualcomm has built-in mesh networking technology that’ll let multiple wireless access points cooperate to bathe your house in Wi-Fi radio signals.Triple the speed — useful not just for watching 4K video but also for uploading from our phones.Better reliability — good for avoiding video chats plagued by stuttering.Before you get too excited about Wi-Fi 6’s improvements, though, remember that you won’t benefit from Wi-Fi 6 in your home unless you buy new network gear — or wait for your internet service provider like AT&T, Verizon or Comcast to upgrade what they likely supplied you with.Rahul Patel, general manager of Qualcomm's connectivity and networking businessRahul Patel, general manager of Qualcomm’s connectivity and networking business Stephen Shankland/CNET Don’t hold your breath for that. But even there, the shortcomings of today’s Wi-Fi will push ISPs to invest in home network equipment when frustrated customers call, Patel said. “The last thing Comcast wants is a loss of a subscriber to AT&T.” That’s only one side of the Wi-Fi 6 network. You’ll also need new PCs, phones, video streamers, security cameras, smart speakers and anything else that would benefit from Wi-Fi 6’s new range and speed. (Though a few phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 include Wi-Fi 6.) Qualcomm ships 4 billion Wi-Fi chipsQualcomm isn’t the only company hoping to siphon off some of your upgrade budget. Intel is already selling its Wi-Fi chips, and Patel acknowledges that Broadcom — his former employer for 13 years — is a serious competitor.But Qualcomm has a lot of power. It’s shipped 4 billion chips since 2005, the company revealed for the first time. And its strength in smartphones gives it an ability to ensure new network technology works on both sides of the network connection.Nearly every one of the 225 phone models using Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 processor also uses the company’s Wi-Fi chips, the company said. And even though Wi-Fi 6 hasn’t yet arrived in phones, even its existing Wi-Fi 5 products will be able to tap into a battery-saving Wi-Fi 6 technology called target wake time (TWT) that lets phones snooze more often and wake up for network activity less.Qualcomm’s chips reeled in Rivet Networks, a company that sells network modules to demanding gaming PC buyers.”Intel was first to market, and their hardware is really solid, so it made sense for us to introduce Wi-Fi 6 to PCs based on their chipset,” said Rivet Chief Executive Michael Cubbage. But it’ll use Qualcomm chips in newer products. “There is a lot of cool stuff we can do with it,” like simultaneous dual-band access that lets Rivet send top-priority gaming and communication data over the fast 5GHz channel and keep everything else out of the way on the 2.4GHz band, Rivet said.Qualcomm has four Wi-Fi 6 chips for networking equipment. The top-end Networking Pro 1200 can handle a whopping 1,500 simultaneous connections to phones, PCs and other devices.Qualcomm has four Wi-Fi 6 chips for networking equipment. The top-end Networking Pro 1200 can handle a whopping 1,500 simultaneous connections to phones, PCs and other devices. Qualcomm Even with Wi-Fi 6’s advantages, Patel doesn’t expect a rush to upgrade access points. Most people stick with what they have in the house. But you’ll still benefit from Wi-Fi 6, he predicts, because some of its biggest advantages come in places like universities, airports, hotels and offices, where lots of people are using the Wi-Fi network.Better Wi-Fi outside your homeSome of the companies most excited by Wi-Fi 6 are those that cater to customers with hundreds of users. The top-end new Qualcomm chip, the Networking Pro 1200, can handle a whopping 1,500 simultaneous connections to devices like phones and PCs.”Wi-Fi 6 … breaks the mold of existing Wi-Fi design to allow true high-density and simultaneous connectivity,” said Dave Chen, a marketing manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Aruba subsidiary. By using multiple radios on its access points, each of its Wi-Fi 6 products can accommodate thousands of devices.Wi-Fi 6 is more responsive and predictable, too. “This does wonders where large numbers of users are simultaneously accessing latency-sensitive applications like Wi-Fi calling, 4K streaming video and even augmented reality,” he said.Qualcomm President Cristiano AmonQualcomm President Cristiano Amon says Wi-Fi 6 and 5G networks complement each other. Stephen Shankland/CNET Aruba is enthusiastic about Qualcomm’s new chips — but not so enthusiastic that it overlooks rivals. It’s been selling Wi-Fi 6 network gear since the end of 2018.The upshot is that your life online should get better at home and away.”Wi-Fi 6 is really a sea change. It’s so much better at handling traffic and keeping it moving — through all corners of the home,” Feibus said. “Pick your next router carefully. If you do it right, you’re not likely going to need to buy another one for a very long time.”And one of Qualcomm’s top executives, President Cristiano Amon, isn’t afraid to raise expectations about the new technology.”The benefits are so significant that I believe this is the most significant Wi-Fi technology transition to date,” Amon said.Originally published Aug. 27, 10 a.m. PT.Update, 10:32 a.m. PT: Adds details from Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi event. 40 Galaxy S10E is worth every penny 20 Photos 8:29 Now playing: Watch this:center_img Comments Tags Mobile Meet the Wi-Fi 6 routers that support 802.11ax Qualcomm 5G AT&T Wi-Fi HP Intel Verizonlast_img read more

JK Rowling under fire Why fans are not pleased over Albus Dumbledores

first_imgFacebook / Harry PotterFans of JK Rowling are not happy after it was revealed that Albus Dumbledore was, in fact, a gay.As earlier reported, JK Rowling talked about Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald in a Blu-Ray feature of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. In the piece, the British author stated that they [Dumbledore and Grindelwald] were in an intense relationship adding, “But as happens in any relationship, gay or straight or whatever label we want to put on it, one never knows, really, what the other person is feeling.”JK Rowling further added that she is less interested in the sexual side of Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald’s relationship but even believes that there was some sexual dimension to the relationship.”I am in the sense of the emotions they felt for each other, which ultimately is the most fascinating thing about all human relationships.”After this news surfaced, several fans of Harry Potter world took to Twitter and other social media handles to share their disdain towards this revelation. There are several who are apparently not pleased that Rowling is exploring this tangent of Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality so late.One Twitter user posted, “I love Harry Potter so much but JK’s blatant (and failing) attempts to make Dumbledore any gayer without actually having the guts or motive to actually write it… Smh, making a character gay to seem woke or give them more depth… Sloppy, Rowling.” JK RowlingReutersWhile the other stated, “jk Rowling reappearing every 2 months to say something literally no one asked about is me adding more random details to my essay to up my word count.”Acclaimed writer-director Hazel Hayes compared this announcement with James Cameron’s Avatar movie sequels. As per Hayes, just like Avatar sequels, no one asked for this.As mentioned already, Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality is not mentioned in the Harry Potter books and the adapted movies. At the same time, there were speculations that in Fantastic Beasts movie series, we will get to see Dumbledore’s intense sexual relationship drama with Gellert Grindelwald, but as it turned out, it was not touched in detail. Fans are hoping that with Fantastic Beasts 3, JK Rowling would try to cover this area as well.last_img read more

IT company employees using legacy technologies fear for their jobs

first_imgAs domestic IT companies aim to ride high on the opportunities presented by evolving digital technologies, there are growing worries among software professionals of being wiped out by the digital wave.Currently, IT industry derives 80% of its revenue from older or legacy technologies but experts say that their contribution is to decline in the coming years and employees should upgrade their skills to face the change.IT workers who can’t adapt to the change will have to look for opportunities in companies where the usage of legacy skills is higher in proportion, said Prithvi Shergill, head of human resources at HCL Technologies.In April, India’s third largest IT firm Wipro had said the company’s focus on automation would bring down its headcount by a third in the next three years. .”Wipro is moving its automation focus from service desk to application services, which would lead to a reduction of 30% of its headcount in the next three years,” Wipro CEO TK Kurien had said on 27 April.Wipro said that the fall in headcount could come from attrition and realigning employees to “higher value technologies.”However, as clients look to deploy newer technologies and reduce spending on the legacy systems, employees need to revise their skills to stay relevant in the changing IT sector landscape.India’s largest software firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) had said in July that it would impart training to more than 1 lakh employees this year in the fast growing digital technologies. It aims to increase its revenue from digital segment to $5 billion over the next five years.While Java, Cobol, Mainframe, C and Fortran are still being used widely by the IT companies, nearly 30% of the employees working on other older technologies need to “upgrade or shift roles within the next three years to survive the change,” said Alka Dhingra, assistant general manager at Teamlease.”Many IT employees are acutely aware of this and are paying for their own training at third-party institutes,” she said.”Those who want to upgrade to newer technology are investing in it themselves, and moving on to better opportunities, within or outside their current workplace. However, growth in Indian IT companies is often not defined as coding proficiency in a given technology, but whether you are able to move on from coding to a more management or analysis-based role,” an employee of Tech Mahindra told The Economic Times.last_img read more