5G and Wi-Fi 6 may still be foreign concepts to most people today but, soon, they will be revolutionizing work from home experience.
The novel coronavirus outbreak has pushed into the spotlight these three things: work from home (WFH), 5G, and Wi-Fi 6. But how are all these things related?
With the COVID-19 becoming a pandemic and threatening the health and the lives of billions of people worldwide, governments were forced to issue lockdowns and quarantines in order to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus thus shutting down non-essential businesses and leaving a great number of people stuck inside their homes.
In just a few weeks, who would’ve thought that most of the world would now be working and studying from the comforts of their own homes? But, that is the reality the world is currently facing and WFH has never been more relevant as it is today.
Connectivity as a challenge for WFH
While it is true that the innovations brought by the digital age have better prepared the world as it shifts towards working from home during this pandemic, it is not without its problems.
One of the biggest issues that come with working from home is connectivity. It can be difficult to work when one is sharing Wi-Fi connections with the rest of the family as it affects the speed of the network connection which in turn can affect the quality of work produced. A good example of this is when the downloading of large files slow down due to poor or strained connection and conferences are halted every time the video freezes or pixelates.
For many people working from home, connection issues coupled with the psychological repercussions of a remote work setting will likely be traumatizing. However, with the introduction of 5G and Wi-Fi 6, those problems may soon become non-existent.
Introducing 5G and Wi-Fi 6 technology
While it may take a while before 5G and Wi-Fi 6 could be fully integrated all over the world, their arrival is set to revolutionize the way people work from home. Among the things that the 5G and Wi-Fi 6 can bring to the table is higher speeds.
People would no longer need to wait a few minutes to download massive files sent by their employer because 5G and Wi-Fi 6 can significantly reduce loading times down to seconds. Not only that, but these technologies will also lower latency (device-server communication and response time) significantly which would allow people to instantly receive an e-mail the moment the sender presses the send button.
Simultaneous use of cell and Wi-Fi networks
Currently, smartphones are only able to use one network at a time when accessing the Internet. With 5G and Wi-Fi 6, however, devices may soon be accessing them simultaneously. When this happens, it doesn’t matter if a person is on a video call with their boss while their child is watching a movie online because their experience won’t be affected.
This happens because the Wi-Fi network can be supplemented with the cell network bandwidth, reinforcing the former whenever it is lacking.
Stepping stone for WFH improvement
As it is today, remote work technologies are not enough to support the influx of people working from home due to the implemented social distancing measures. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has definitely opened the eyes of countless companies of the importance of remote working even when the crisis ends.
While the road to improving WFH experience may be long, the arrival of 5G and Wi-Fi 6 can definitely speed up the process.