Charter Communications and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. have collaborated to develop next-generation Advanced Wi-Fi routers for Charter’s residential and commercial Spectrum broadband accounts. These new network devices are planned to be made available in 2024.
Dave Rodrian, Charter’s Group Vice President of Wi-Fi products, said in a prepared statement that the upgraded Wi-Fi 7 offering will “enable our Advanced Wi-Fi service to continue delivering … ultra-fast Wi-Fi speeds.” Rodrian also anticipates that the new offering will “support the delivery of new experiences, such as fully immersive, ultra-low latency VR.”
Wi-Fi 7, standardized as IEEE 802.11be, promises a big boost in performance for the growing number and types of Wi-Fi devices being used by business and residential customers. As Charter and Qualcomm explain, Wi-Fi 7 can use all three Wi-Fi bands — 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 6 GHz — for channel size up to a peak of 320MHz. It also supports Multi-Link Operation (MLO) using multiple radios to increase bandwidth and reduce latency.
Along with meeting the Wi-Fi 7 performance standards, the Spectrum routers will provide customers with a mobile app, known as My Spectrum App, to control their networks, and Security Shield software that was developed to protect devices from online threats. Exclusive Spectrum Mobile features include Speed Burst and the Spectrum Mobile SSID, which is designed to support converged connectivity for clients, according to the Charter/Qualcomm press release.