What Are WiFi Streams and Why Do They Matter? #Blog
There’s a high chance that when shopping around for a new router, one of the specs we tend to look for is WiFi speed. We want something fast so that we can access content as quickly as possible from our connected devices. A good way to understand router speed is to understand WiFi streams.
The total throughput of a router’s WiFi speed is dependent on how many WiFi streams it employs. With the N WiFi standard (Wi-Fi 4), N routers only had 1 stream with a single radio band at 2.4GHz, giving it a maximum speed of 150Mbps. Later N routers came out with 4 streams per radio band, as well as dual-band with 2.4GHz & 5GHz radios. If you had a 4-stream router you could essentially get up to 600Mbps (4 x 150Mbps).
With the AC WiFi standard (Wi-Fi 5), we saw dual-band routers (2.4GHz and 5GHz) with the 5GHz band carrying a max speed of 433Mbps. Essentially, a single AC based stream was equal to a 3 stream N device.
While adding more streams to a router can help increase speed, the more spatial streams a router has, the more available bandwidth and less congestion for all the devices in your WiFi network. With the introduction of the Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream Router, the new standard of WiFi (Wi-Fi 6) is here to deliver significant improvements over previous generations of WiFi.
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