D-Link tries to simplify the process of providing Wi-Fi upgrades for computers. The network company announced the so-called “industry first” Wi-Fi 6 adapter, which is built into a USB memory stick. Plug it into a laptop or desktop computer, and you may get better performance than older Wi-Fi chips. The published speed of the adapter is up to 1200Mbps.
It is not clear that the target user is the target of this upgrade. You need to connect to a Wi-Fi 6 router to get the most benefit, and most people still don’t own one of them (the Wi-Fi 6 standard was introduced only two years ago). Moreover, if the laptop or desktop you are using is purchased at any time in the nearest memory, it is likely to support Wi-Fi 5, which is not a big reduction compared to Wi-Fi 6.
However, Wi-Fi 6 does have some benefits. Devices that support it can communicate with routers more effectively, which can improve the performance of the entire network. Wi-Fi 6 devices also support more secure connections.
The adapter will be available in the second quarter of 2021
D-Link also announced two new Wi-Fi 6 mesh routers, both of which look like air purifiers. The high-end model AI M32 is a dual-band mesh system that is expected to reach a speed of 3.2 Gbps. Under this, D-Link launched DIR-LX1870, which should provide a combined connection speed of approximately 1,800Mbps. AI M32 will be sold at a price of US$250 in the third quarter of 2021; the price of DIR-LX1870 is US$130.
As part of CES 2021, a large number of routers will be announced this week. The major new upgrade this year is a router that supports Wi-Fi 6E. This is a huge upgrade to Wi-Fi that quadruples the available radio waves that can be broadcast. So far, TP-Link and Netgear have announced high-end routers supporting new technologies.