With technology evolving so quickly, we know it can be a little difficult to keep up with the various trends in wireless networking, so it's alright if you do not know much about Wi-Fi 6 right now. However, it's definitely worth learning about it - especially considering how much it stands to improve your day-to-day activities.
What's Wi-Fi 6 again?
Here's the rundown: Wi-Fi 6 routers are built-in with the latest networking technology, making it more efficient in handling data transfer, which in turn grants you faster speeds and better all-around connectivity. How does it do that? Well, think of the devices you have connected to your home Wi-Fi network right now. From computers and smartphones to game consoles and smart appliances, older Wi-Fi 5 routers could buckle when all these devices are concurrently demanding for internet connectivity.
Wi-Fi 6 routers, however, thrive in these environments. These routers are far better equipped to handle multiple connected devices at once via Multi-User, Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) technology, which ensures smooth and responsive connections to all devices and users throughout the house.
This combination of faster speeds, wider coverage and connectivity in Wi-Fi 6 technology is achieved through the dedicated 160MHz bandwidth and Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) technologies respectively. WiFi signals are now able to reach further and wider, ensuring stable connections throughout your house.
All of these key features come together to make Wi-Fi 6 a compelling package for an upgrade, especially when you have newer devices that support it like the latest gaming consoles, notebooks, TVs and smartphones.
There's a lot more to the entire "story" of Wi-Fi 6 which you can read in more detail, but let's talk about pricing now, and they don't come cheap. A decent Wi-Fi 6 router can cost between S$300 to S$800 on average nowadays, but fortunately, you can easily find one that suits your needs with Singtel. The telco is currently offering several routers as monthly top-ups to their existing Fibre plans, so customers can avoid spending lots of money to enjoy the sweet benefits of Wi-Fi 6 technology. Best of all, there's a Wi-Fi 6 router option catered for every user.
Home sweet Wi-Fi
The first entry on this list, the Linksys E9450 AX5400 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh router is the most versatile option out of the three, and it is designed with the modern family in mind, making it an excellent multipurpose workhorse that fits snugly into most homes.
Functionally, the Linksys E9450 is a Dual-Band Mesh-enabled router whose primary highlight is the 802.11ax wireless technology (otherwise also known as Wi-Fi 6). It's capable of delivering consistent speeds of up to 5.4Gbps throughput via its dual network bands and features a coverage area of up to 2,500 sq. ft, ensuring that your video streaming, downloads and games run smoothly everywhere in your house. This works well in tandem with its in-built MU-MIMO technology, which lets you connect up to 40 devices at any one time.
As the cherry on top, it also features next-gen WPA3 Wi-Fi Security, which provides robust password-based authentication algorithms to keep your connected devices safe.
If you're signing up for a Singtel 1Gbps Fibre broadband plan (S$49.90 per month) between 6 to 21 March 2021, customers only have to top up S$10 a month (down from S$16) to snag the Linksys E9450 mesh router. What's more, Singtel will also throw in the first four months of your broadband subscription for free - neat!
For more information, do check out the other T&Cs here.
Bigger homes don't mean bigger problems
Similar to the Linksys E9450, Singtel's next top-up router option, the Tri-Band Netgear Orbi Mesh WiFi 6 System AX4200 (RBK752) features mesh capabilities to maximise coverage. A single router-satellite pair can cover an area of up to 3,700 sq. ft., almost one and a half times that of the E9450, making the NetGear Orbi the ideal choice for bigger homes with 5 or more rooms.
To acquire a set, all you have to do is top up an extra S$33 a month on top of your 1Gbps Fibre Broadband subscription (S$49.90 per month), and just like the Linksys E9450, signing up also nets you the first four months of your subscription for no cost.
Additionally, if you think that you could use a bunch of extra units (for customers living in huge properties), you can opt to add a further S$15 a month per unit, up to a maximum of six per household.
Unlimited gaming with blazing-fast speeds
As for our gamer friends, they're going to need a completely different beast to handle the work, because whether you're busting down doors in Rainbow Six Siege or battling it out in Mobile Legends, one thing's for sure: an unstable connection can ruin a good match.
Enter the ASUS RT-AX86U - a gaming-focused router built to fill your gaming needs, though that does not mean it compromises on other features. With a built-in Mobile Gaming Mode, the router will be able to put your selected device at top priority. This in turn gives you a competitive edge and ensures the best possible gaming experiences. This pairs especially well with Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS), a nifty addition that lets you unlock more uncongested channels on the 5GHz band, freeing up even more bandwidth for gaming. In short, the ASUS RT-AX86U router is all about speed, and it brings more than enough to fuel your high-speed internet gaming and lifestyle needs. You can read up more about this capable router in HardwareZone's review too.
Singtel is currently offering two options for you to choose from. Signing up for their 1+1Gbps Fibre Pro Gamer Bundle (S$69.90 per month) gets you both the first three-months as well as the router for free. Alternatively, you can also snag the router for a top up of S$15 per month on the standard 1Gbps fibre plan, and first four months of your Fibre subscription for no cost..
For more information on these routers and promotions, check out the official Singtel Wi-Fi 6 page. Additionally, do note that all promotions and special pricings are only available from March 6 to 21, 2021.