Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phones first to be certified for Wi-Fi 6

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phones first to be certified for Wi-Fi 6
The Wi-Fi Alliance is the organization that sets standards for the Wi-Fi industry and also certifies Wi-Fi enabled devices, like smartphones for example. Nearly a year ago, the Alliance decided to simplify how it will name future generations of Wi-Fi. For example, the latest generation of wireless local area networking is now known as Wi-Fi 6 instead of Wi-Fi 802.11ax. The previous two generations have been retroactively changed to Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac technology) and Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n technology). The new naming convention makes it easier for consumers to understand that Wi-Fi 6 is an improvement over Wi-Fi 5.

Samsung announced on Monday that the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ phones are the first to receive certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance for Wi-Fi 6. The technology works on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands allowing for greater capacity. The manufacturer notes that Wi-Fi 6 will allow folks to simultaneously stream HD entertainment, manage smart appliances in the home, and support various Wi-Fi 6 enabled devices. The latest generation of Wi-Fi will also improve connectivity in high-population areas and will enhance health-care monitoring and e-learning.

Capacity improvements in Wi-Fi 6 will keep data speeds from declining at home and in the ballpark


Wi-Fi 6 transfers data 30% faster than Wi-Fi 5 according to CNET, but you'll need a Wi-Fi 6 router and a device that supports the new generation. And that officially includes the Galaxy Note 10 series. While the Wi-Fi Alliance has yet to certify the Apple iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, the trio does support Wi-Fi 6; it is just a matter of Apple and the Alliance going through the certification process.


If you wonder why Wi-Fi 6 is necessary when the previous generation was sufficient, consider that more and more products can be connected to the internet via Wi-Fi. Inside your home, you might have a number of devices that seek part of your Wi-Fi signal including a smart TV, smart appliances, refrigerators and more. With the expanded capacity available with Wi-Fi 6, you don't have to worry so much about your Wi-Fi data speeds dropping off as more and more devices are connected to your router.

Unless you pick up a router running on Wi-Fi 6, even if you own a phone that supports the new Wi-Fi generation you probably won't experience it until you're hanging out at an airport or stadium. You can imagine what happens to data speeds when a large number of fans at Yankee Stadium are connected to Wi-Fi at the same time; it's as though every fan is trying to exit the stadium all at once. So you should see upgrades to the Wi-Fi systems found inside airports, malls, stadiums, and even smaller arenas over the next year. And newer flagship handsets released from this point forward should be able to support Wi-Fi 6. Hear that Google?

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Galaxy Note 10
  • Display 6.3" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 3500 mAh
Galaxy Note 10+
  • Display 6.8" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4300 mAh

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5 Comments

1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1526; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Yankee Stadium!!!!

5. Alan01

Posts: 627; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

If you were the real Jeter I'd point out that your home is now Marlins Park Regards, Alan

3. Alcyone

Posts: 487; Member since: May 10, 2018

Oh, of course. How did I know that the article wouldn't be on Samsung long?

6. Carlitos

Posts: 673; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Thought the same thing. Forget about the fact that the Galaxy s10 series official certification is also arriving But let's shove the new iPhones in there

4. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

This isn't a big deal until it's fully certified on the apple device... then your phone is not up to standard

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