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Qualcomm is sampling its Wi-Fi 7 Networking Pro Series chips aimed at throughput of more than 10Gbps for enterprise access points, gateways, and premium home routers. The third generation of the chipmaker's Networking Pro Series platforms is set to "initiate a new era" of 10Gbps Wi-Fi, Qualcomm claimed, stating that the new …

  1. Anonymous Coward
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    Meh...

    Great. More crap downloads, delivered faster. Teenagers livestreaming the most boring parts of their lives.

    Can't wait.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Re: Meh...

      Not to worry, this is only the bandwidth you have in house (digressing slightly, I wonder how this ranks in terms of emissions - the more data you haul, the more signal you need).

      To haul that volume of data from/to the Net also demands that your ISP (1) gives you a circuit that can handle it and (2) deals with that fun issue called contention - a term we became very familiar with in the early, pre-www days of the Internet.

      Downside is that it also provides so much more bandwidth to spy on you.

      1. sanmigueelbeer Silver badge

        Re: Meh...

        To haul that volume of data from/to the Net also demands that your ISP (1) gives you a circuit that can handle it

        Exactly. 10 Gbps WiFi speed is nothing if the internet link is only 1 Gbps (or less).

        Besides, with this current "chip shortage" BS going around, by the time the first WiFi 7 WAP gets delivered from the manufacturer, WiFi 10 will be available for order.

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge
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    "allows a device to use more than one channel at the same time"

    I am really impressed with Wi-Fi technology in general. It deals with radio signals and the fact that we have the technology to use multiple channels at a given frequency is mind-boggling when you think about it.

    I mean, you're sending out radio waves. They can overlap. How on Earth do we know how to determine what is part of what signal ?

    Any technology that is sufficiently advanced can be regarded as magic. Well, Wi-Fi is kinda magic to me.

    1. Def Silver badge

      Re: "allows a device to use more than one channel at the same time"

      Each channel isn't using the same frequency - they're spread 5MHz apart across the spectrum of the base bandwidth of the associated WiFi standard, and within a given channel all devices are assigned a subcarrier frequency to avoid cross-talk.

    2. Anonymous Coward
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      Re: "allows a device to use more than one channel at the same time"

      Happy to help: Wi-Fi is kinda magic to me.

      :)

  3. Down not across Silver badge

    Channel bandwidth and aggregation

    Channel aggregation and increased bandwidth is all very fine, but not much help in urban areas. Finding, a reasonably, free channel let alone one supporting 160MHz bandwtdth is nearly impossible in most urban areas let alone 320MHz. Admittedly 5GHz/6GHz helps a little bit but still leaks enough that you're sharing with nearby neighbours.

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