wooden blocks with letters showing wifi 7

After a tidy two years sitting atop the wireless food chain, WiFi 6 (and 6E) is finally getting dethroned by WiFi 7. Yet, the brand-new wireless standard is more than just a simple “update” – it comes with a whole new bag of tricks promising faster and smoother connections than ever before.

Simply put, that means we’ll soon have better WiFi for work and play, though it’ll take a while for most of our current-gen hardware to catch up. So, in the meantime, let's check out how WiFi 7 works.


What is WiFi 7?


Much like WiFi 6 before it, WiFi 7 (otherwise referred to as 802.11be in techspeak) is a new standard that opens up new possibilities for wireless connectivity, both at home and in the workplace.

Straight off the bat, WiFi 7 promises to offer users double the bandwidth currently provided by WiFi 6. This translates to a whopping 320 MHz of bandwidth on the new 6 GHz band compared to 160 MHz on the 5 GHz band, effectively allowing WiFi 7 to transmit twice as much data as WiFi 6.

How does Wi-Fi 7 deliver better performance?

a man with a laptop showing WiFi 7

On top of the bigger figurative pipe for data described above, there are three other areas where WiFi 7 stands out from previous generations of wireless standards:

Increase Efficiency with 4K QAM

An infographic showing how 4K QAM works.

Image credit: TP-Link

Quadrature Amplitude Modulation, otherwise referred to as QAM, is a method of combining multiple signals (usually two) into a single channel.

An easier way to look at it would be to imagine your data as a lunch order that you’ve placed through a delivery service. With WiFi 6, it’s like the service packs and delivers your food, drinks, and desserts separately, which can often be inefficient.


How WiFi 7 is different: Compared to previous generations of WiFi, which are only capable of 1K QAM, WiFi 7 offers 4K QAM, which squeezes more of your data together for transmission. In context, the delivery service now takes care to pack as much of your lunch order as possible into each van. This improves the efficiency of activities like gaming or streaming by up to 20%.

Sidestep Congestion using MLO

An infographic showing how MLO works.

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Arguably the “crown jewel” of WiFi 7, Multi-Link Operation (MLO) is a feature that allows WiFi 7-capable routers to rely on multiple channels for device connection instead of just one.

Let’s say you’ve ordered lunch through the very same delivery service as before. Now imagine that your assigned delivery driver runs into heavy traffic along one of two given routes. Normally, your lunch would be delayed because the driver is simply stuck on that one congested route. By that same token, since previous wireless standards (and routers), including WiFi 6 and 6E, only allowed connections via one channel at a time, they were highly susceptible to congestion and other interruptions within that channel.


How WiFi 7 is different: In this example, it would be like the same driver is travelling along both routes at the same time, ensuring that your food reaches you on time even if one route is affected. MLO thus allows WiFi 7 to deal with this age-old problem in a simple yet elegant way, while also boosting the consistency and stability of your wireless connections.

Maximise Transmission via Multi-RU Puncturing

How Multi-RU Puncturing works.

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Multi-Resource Units (RU) Puncturing is yet another characteristic feature introduced in WiFi 7. Much like MLO, it also works to address congestion issues, but handles a different aspect of the issue.

Conventionally, when a connected device is using a channel, the entire channel cannot be used by any other devices on the network. Bringing back the lunch delivery example from before, this would be the equivalent of the driver having to select an alternative route because the van is simply too big to fit onto the main route with other cars.


How WiFi 7 is different: With Multi-RU Puncturing, the figurative delivery service is told to repack your lunch into a number of smaller vans, allowing them to fit on the main route with other cars such that your lunch is delivered as intended.

WiFi 7 vs. WiFi 6/6E vs. WiFi 5

positive and negative blocks on a scale

Understandably, it can be tough trying to sort through all of that information above, much less differentiating between the various wireless standards. With that in mind, here's a table to help you out. 

  WiFi 7 WiFi 6E WiFi 6 WiFi 5
Launch Year 2024 (expected) 2021 2019 2013
IEEE Standard 802.11be 802.11ax 802.11ax 802.11ac
Max Data Rate 46 Gbps 9.6 Gbps 9.6 Gbps 3.5 Gbps
Bands 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 6GHz 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 6GHz 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz 5 GHz
Channel Size Up to 320 MHz 20, 40, 80, 80+80, 160MHz 20, 40, 80, 80+80, 160MHz 20, 40, 80, 80+80, 160MHz
Modulation 4096-QAM OFDMA (with extensions) 1024-QAM sOFDMA 1024-QAM OFDMA 256-QAM OFDM
RU Multi-RUs RU RU -
MAC MLO - - -

What will I need WiFi 7 for?

Enjoy Stellar Gaming Experiences

Asian couple playing games in the living room

When it comes to gaming, there’s little room for debate - you want your data moving as fast AND as smoothly as possible. After all, losing an important match because you lagged out at a critical moment is probably one of the worst ways to go.

But fret not, because such problems can be nipped in the bud by securing a WiFi 7 router like the TP-Link EB810v for your home. Not only does it come with a sleek, edgy aesthetic (perfect for gamers!), but it also offers BE22000 (Tri-Band) speeds and FIVE different ports for users to connect to. Let's check it out.

The TP-Link EB810v router
Type of Router TP-Link EB810v
Dimensions 96 x 302 x 262.5 mm
WiFi Standard BE / WiFi 7 Ready
Max WiFi Combined Bandwidth 22,000 Mbps (Tri-Band)
Concurrent Transmission Streams

BE22000 (Tri-Band)

2.4 GHz: 4x4 @ 40 MHz, 1376 Mbps

5 GHz: 4x4 @ 240 MHz, 8640 Mbps

6 GHz: 4x4 @ 320 MHz, 11520 Mbps

Design 8 x Internal Antenna
Internet WAN Port 10 Gbps
Dedicated 10Gbps LAN Port 1
1Gbps LAN Port 0
2.5Gbps LAN Port 3
USB Port 1
Voice Support No

At first glance, having multiple ports might not seem revolutionary at first, but it’s worth noting that today’s gaming devices offer the best experiences when they’re hooked up to a wired connection.

Among other reasons, these promise better and more stable connectivity, and the EB810v comes with TWO more 2.5Gbps LAN ports than most options on the market. Needless to say, this doesn’t just benefit those intending to game on PCs or laptops – console and even mobile gamers will also get solid mileage out of a WiFi 7 router as more devices adapt to accommodate the new wireless standard in future.


Superb Uploads and Downloads

Even if they aren’t gamers, most folks today still interact with the Internet a great deal.

From streaming Premier League matches on TV, to uploading work documents online, and even connecting with loved ones over apps like Zoom, so much data travels to and from our devices every moment. In fact, content creators, influencers and other digital-centric occupations rely immensely on uploads to develop their profile and communities.

Now imagine being able to do all of these tasks not just faster, but more smoothly with WiFi 7. Putting this into context, a large file upload such as a photo collage that might have previously caused congestion on WiFi 6/6E now flows through the pipe a lot quicker. Pair it up with a super-fast connection like StarHub 10Gbps Broadband, and you’ll be able to get much more done within the same amount of time.

Never Compete for Bandwidth at Home Again

Asian family in the living room with smart devices

He’s watching the Smart TV, she’s working on a tablet, and everyone else is probably using their smartphones. All at the same time, no less.

Nowadays, smart devices have become so common that many of us probably own more than one, to say nothing of household appliances like smart TVs and refrigerators. In fact, as of the third quarter of 2022, research firm Statista estimated that a solid 94.4% of Singapore’s adult population already owned a smart device in some shape or form, and this figure is only expected to increase.  

But as the number of devices at home goes up, congestion issues will naturally follow, and that’s why features like MLO and Multi-RU Puncturing are so welcome on WiFi 7. They allow every user to enjoy the seamless online experiences that they deserve without affecting other people at home. Competing for bandwidth will become a thing of the past, and everyone gets to experience more of what they love, whenever they want to!

How can I get WiFi 7 in Singapore?

A Malay couple setting up their new TV

Make no mistake, WiFi 7 introduces some truly remarkable changes, and the best part is that you’re only one step away from enjoying all that it has to offer!

To celebrate the launch of the WiFi 7 standard, StarHub is proud to present a whole new value bundle from just $69.95/mth. Combining the unmatched speed of our proprietary 10Gbps Broadband and UltraSpeed Network with the cutting-edge TP-Link EB810v WiFi 7 router, it’s ideal for techies, gamers, and everyday homeowners alike.

Finally, if you’d like some (read: unlimited) entertainment to go with your shiny new router, you might also want to consider our WiFi 7-ready HomeHub+ UltraSpeed bundle!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Still got some questions about WiFi 7 left in the tank? Let's see if we can get them cleared up!

Is WiFi 7 faster than my current WiFi?

Thanks to Multi-Link Operation and a number of other upgrades, WiFi 7 offers a significantly higher maximum speed of 46Gbps than existing WiFi 6 standards, which cap out at 9.6Gbps. However, the actual speed of your connection is still largely dependent on the broadband plan you’re subscribed to.

How does WiFi 7 improve my smart home setup?

Having numerous smart devices jostling for bandwidth at the same time, especially when they’re streaming high-definition content can slow down performance across the board. WiFi 7’s Multi-RU Puncturing feature greatly enhances the reliability of connections, ensuring that they’re always connected and responsive.

Do I really need a WiFi 7 router now?

Seeing as WiFi 7 will become mainstream in future, it’s a fantastic investment for those who own (and run) loads of smart devices simultaneously at home, or if you’re already suffering from constant lag. Additionally, WiFi 7 technology is fully backwards compatible, meaning your new router will still work with WiFi 6/6E devices.