WiGig Overview: Potential and Drawbacks

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By Andrew Zignani | 1Q 2018 | IN-5031


Wi-Fi 6 and WiGig Will Have to Co-Exist


The Wi-Fi 6E router received a CES 2022 Innovation Award, highlighting the promise of the new technology. And although there’s a lot of excitement surrounding the Wi-Fi 6 protocol, WiGig (802.11ad) is another connectivity option that often slips under the radar. WiGig is based on the IEEE 802.11ad standard and offers unprecedented bandwidth capacity thanks to its 60GHz frequency over mmWave transmission. Compared to the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies of traditional Wi-Fi, WiGig delivers quicker transmission speeds (up to 8Gbps) for Wi-Fi connected devices and is less congested than traditional Wi-Fi frequencies. WiGig is invaluable for high-speed transmission of handheld equipment and consumer devices.

Figure 1: Comparison between the various Wi-Fi protocols (Source: Microcontroller Tips)

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WiGig in B2C and B2B 


On paper, WiGig appears to be a game-changer. It provides excellent coverage in crowded areas with numerous devices as it operates on a virt…

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