Perspective: H3C Magic BE18000 is the first router to implement some of the new features of the upcoming Wi-Fi 7 standard, including support for 320MHz channels, 4K-QAM and multi-channel operation. However, you won’t be able to use these new technologies until the first Wi-Fi 7 client devices arrive next year.

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Chinese network equipment manufacturer H3C has just announced Magic BE18000, “the world’s first Wi-Fi 7 router”. It is worth noting that the IEEE has not yet finalized the Wi-Fi 7 (802.11be) standard, which means that this router may not support all features of future certified devices.

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The BE18000 has a 4×4 MIMO antenna configuration and supports all three Wi-Fi frequency bands. Maximum physical speeds are 1148Mbps at 2.4GHz, 5765Mbps at 5GHz and a whopping 11530Mbps at 6GHz thanks to Wi-Fi 7 supporting 320MHz channels. However, you may not be allowed to use the 6 GHz band because many countries has not yet canceled the license for this spectrum for public use.

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Another new feature is support for 4K-QAM, which increases the data rate by 20 percent compared to 1024-QAM with little interference and close proximity of the client device. Meanwhile, Multi-Link Operation allows the device to use multiple frequency bands at the same time and select the least loaded to reduce latency. The BE18000 also has two 10GbE ports and three 1GbE ports.

The company didn’t reveal any details about availability or pricing, but since this is an enterprise product, don’t expect it to be cheap. The first Wi-Fi 7 enabled client devices are likely get on the market next year, which means you won’t be able to use any of the BE18000’s new features, at least not until then.