Perspective: Intel has revealed a timeline for bringing Wi-Fi 7 PCs to market, promising a more stable and significantly faster connection for more wireless devices. Several other companies are already trying out Wi-Fi 7, although its final specifications are yet to be finalized.

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Intel this week disclosed that by 2024 or 2025 it should have Wi-Fi 7 capable desktops and laptops ready. The latest wireless standard (802.11be) can offer connections twice as fast as Wi-Fi 6 and 6E. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) expects to complete Wi-Fi 7 specifications in 2024. However, some manufacturers are currently working on draft specifications.

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Eric McLaughlin, Vice President of Intel Wireless Solutions at a press briefing confirmed company plans.

“[Wi-Fi 7] will be installed in PCs such as laptops by 2024…we expect it to hit major markets in 2025,” he said.

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Speeds for Wi-Fi 7 can reach up to 5.8 gigabytes per second (40 gigabits per second). It provides a faster connection that allows you to move devices with less interference by using the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands simultaneously, as well as the new 6 GHz band. In addition to the 20, 40, 80, and 160 MHz channel bandwidths, Wi-Fi 7 can use 320 MHz. Compatible devices should provide intelligent band switching for better traffic management.

“With 320MHz channels, we are likely to see new ways to use Wi-Fi, where you can do things like find out if there is someone in the room, how many people are there, whether they are moving or not,” McLoughhin said. “With the right technology, you can even tell if someone is breathing or not.”

The current Wi-Fi 6 standard is barely two years old. It originally used the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands to improve accessibility over Wi-Fi 5, but Wi-Fi 6E later added 6GHz compatibility to help with traffic congestion. Unfortunately, the rollout of Wi-Fi 6E was not timely, as supply chain shocks due to the pandemic made it difficult to build the necessary equipment.

Some manufacturers may miss that’s in favor of Wi-Fi 7, but last year’s reports suggest that the iPhone 14 will support Wi-Fi 6E when it launches this fall. Previously, there were rumors that the iPhone 13 will have a standard. Apple’s upcoming mixed reality headset is rumored to also use Wi-Fi 6E.

Qualcomm has been talking about Wi-Fi 7 since 2019, when the company said it could beat the speeds of wired networks. At Mobile World Congress this March, Qualcomm disclosed their FastConnect 7800 chips with Wi-Fi 7 support, intending to include them in most wireless devices.

Chinese network company H3C announced Magic BE18000 Wi-Fi 7 router last month. It may be the first standard modem available. Depending on the frequency range, the maximum PHY speed ranges from 1148 Mbps to an impressive 11530 Mbps.