Some interesting news crossed the Internet regarding Wi-Fi bands and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The FCC said that it will add 195MHz of spectrum to Wi-Fi’s 5GHz band. This is great news , but you might not understand why at the moment, right? I’ll go over that in a moment but there’s one caveat you should know about in the now regarding this news.
These New Wi-Fi Bands Are Not Supported
No router on the shelf, even ones that just shipped out with the 802.11ac standard are capable of supporting these new Wi-Fi bands.
While the FCC is unlicensing these bands so that public Wi-Fi routers can use them , Wi-Fi router chipsets at the moment have been created with these bands not being usable. So your current router will function as per usual.
Another thing is that the routers on the shelf right now won’t work is because of the chipset in the them. The chipset in the routers cannot take advantage of the new bands without being reworked to include them.
This likely means it could be a few months before we see those new routers.
Clearing The Congestion
The reason that this is good news is because more Wi-Fi bands for your router to connect to means you’re less likely to be bogged down from other people using the Wi-Fi at the same time as you.
This really starts to come into play in high population areas with Wi-Fi such as airports, stadiums, or even at a hotel during a major convention.
Which basically translates to, you probably won’t notice much difference in a home or a small office.
Sharing With The Government
One more thing mentioned though is that the Wi-Fi bands that the FCC is adding are the exact same bands that are used by government officials, such as the FBI.
For the privacy paranoid out there, that means yes, we will be sharing the same bands as government agencies.
Details are still being worked out but it sounds like new routers with these new bands will have to register their geographical locations to a database. Depending on how you feel about this, you might not want one, or you may even find yourself forced into it when these routers become a standard.
The point is everyone is going to eventually benefit from this once Wi-Fi router manufacturers create the hardware to support these new-found bands. More bands means less bandwidth congestion!
The bigger the concentration of people, the more this will really start to shine.
When new routers start to support these additional Wi-Fi bands will you upgrade or wait till it becomes a necessity? Share your thoughts!