First Wi-Fi 7 router unveiled even though there are no Wi-Fi 7-enabled devices yet

Tudor Cibean

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Forward-looking: The 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-wide channels, 4K-QAM, and Multi-Link Operation. However, you won't be able to use these new technologies until the first Wi-Fi 7 client devices launch next year.

Chinese networking equipment manufacturer H3C has just announced the Magic BE18000, the "world's first Wi-Fi 7 router." It's worth noting that the IEEE hasn't finalized the Wi-Fi 7 (802.11be) standard yet, meaning that this router might not support all the features of upcoming certified devices.

The BE18000 has a 4x4 MIMO antenna configuration and supports all three Wi-Fi frequency bands. It has a maximum PHY rate of 1148 Mbps on 2.4GHz, 5765 Mbps on 5 GHz, and a whopping 11530 Mbps on 6GHz, thanks to Wi-Fi 7 introducing support for 320MHz-wide channels. However, you might not be allowed to use the 6GHz band as many countries still haven't delicensed that spectrum for public use.

Another new feature is support for 4K-QAM, which increases data rates by 20 percent compared to 1024-QAM when there's little interference and the client device is nearby. Meanwhile, Multi-Link Operation allows a device to use multiple frequency bands simultaneously and pick the least-congested one to lower latency. The BE18000 also features two 10GbE and three 1GbE ports.

The company didn't reveal any availability or pricing details, but as an enterprise product, don't expect it to come cheap. The first Wi-Fi 7-enabled client devices will probably hit the market next year, meaning that you won't be able to use any of the new features of the BE18000 at least until then.

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Uncle Al

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Nothing new here. Apple did it back in 1985 with development of the mouse. People were ordering it immediately because the Apple back then always followed through with new apps that used that mouse extensively .....
 
Nothing new here. Apple did it back in 1985 with development of the mouse. People were ordering it immediately because the Apple back then always followed through with new apps that used that mouse extensively .....
Eehh not quite.... mouse was developed by Xerox ... do your homework .. they bought it ... like other tech.
let me help you with google search :
https://www.cultofmac.com/95614/how...the-computer-mouse-by-stealing-it-from-xerox/
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/05/16/creation-myth
 

nismo91

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thanks to Wi-Fi 7 introducing support for 320MHz-wide channels. However, you might not be allowed to use the 6GHz band as many countries still haven't delicensed that spectrum for public use.

two of the most important things in this article. this router:
is not complying to IEEE final standard
can achieve max speed using 320mhz wide channel and 6.0ghz spectrum which are not legal in many countries.

those who have experience with 5.0ghz router will know that some 20mhz wide channels are illegal to use in certain countries, making 160mhz difficult let alone 320mhz operation.

what is the point of buying a 18000mbps router if you can only use it legally at 4000mbps rate.
 

Sir Sparkles

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It's like selling boots designed for walking on Mars's surface. You may or may not get to use them, but don't think... just buy.