Internet, Networking, & Security 5G 104 104 people found this article helpful 5G Internet: The High-Speed Replacement for Cable? 5G Wi-Fi might be the best option in some areas By Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated April 01, 2020 The Wireless Connection The Wireless Connection Introduction All About Wireless What Does Wireless Really Mean? 802.11 Standards Explained The Range Of A Wireless Network Dual-Band Wireless Networking Explained How Bluetooth Works With Wireless Measure It: Wi-Fi Signal Strength What Is A Wi-Fi Hotspot? The Best Wi-Fi Channels For Your Network Access Your Router As An Administrator 5 Tips for Securing A Wireless Network How Many Devices Can Connect To One Wireless Router? 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Try This What to Do When There's No Internet Connection The Future of Wireless 5G Changes Everything How 4G And 5G Are Different Why 5G Really Is Faster All About 5G Cell Towers 5G Challenges: Why It Isn't Rolling Out Faster Is 5G The High-Speed Replacement for Cable? When 5G Is Coming to the US The 12 Best 5G Phones Coming in 2019 Tweet Share Email If you want fiber-like speeds without the cost or high-speed internet in an area that doesn’t currently provide it, then 5G Wi-Fi might be something to look into. While it isn’t available everywhere yet, there are several reasons to consider using 5G at home when it rolls out in your area. David Bruyndonckx / Unsplash 5G Wi-Fi in the context of a 5G network isn't the same as 5 GHz Wi-Fi supported by some routers. See 5G vs 5 GHz Wi-Fi for an explanation. What Is 5G Wi-Fi? Similar to how you get Wi-Fi at home right now, either through an existing wireless service like microwave or satellite, or a direct wired connection like cable or fiber, 5G is able to deliver internet to your home through a direct wireless connection. 5G Wi-Fi is simply Wi-Fi that's providing internet access from a 5G wireless network. One way this works is through fixed wireless access, which is a base station that wirelessly connects directly to an end-user’s location, specifically to a fixed wireless terminal on the premises, like your home or business. You can also use a 5G hotspot to turn the mobile network connection into Wi-Fi for your local devices like a tablet, iPod touch, laptop, etc. Why Get 5G Internet? For starters, it's really fast—at a minimum theoretical speed of 20 Gbps (2.5 GBs) per cell, it's over 10 times faster than 4G and most likely faster than many types of wired home connections. 5G Speed: How to Understand the Numbers Another aspect is the extremely low latency standard that 5G networks are required to abide by. This means that everything you currently do on the internet is a lot faster with 5G Wi-Fi, like when downloading files, sharing data, uploading videos, playing online games, streaming movies, etc. All your devices can connect to the internet without suffering from congestion, video buffering, random disconnects, and other bandwidth related hiccups, meaning even more bandwidth-demanding devices can be used at home like virtual reality headsets, augmented reality apps, etc. 5G is also capable of providing reliable internet in areas that don’t have the existing infrastructure to provide decent internet, or internet at all. Most likely to benefit are places where wired access is unavailable—like in rural areas, new construction sites, and developing countries. Another benefit to 5G Wi-Fi is its reduced cost. Lots of the expense related to network infrastructure, especially high-speed technology like fiber, is the hardware between the provider and the home or business. For conventional wired networks, this means lots and lots of cabling and other equipment, most of which goes away in a 5G Wi-Fi system. 5G mobile providers can offer massive improvements to existing fixed broadband (FBB) providers, so it's possible that this competition could lower FBB costs or provide existing FBB customers with comparable services to compete with 5G providers. Why Is 5G Better Than 4G for Wireless Internet Access? Most service providers are implementing 5G networks using relatively high frequency bands, a part of the radio spectrum unused by 4G networks. This opens up room for more traffic on the network, which translates to greater speeds and higher-capacity networks, to deliver everything described above. 5G also provides greater focus than 4G. What this means is that the radio waves provide a concentrated beam that can directly target specific users for ultrafast speeds on an as-needed basis, exactly what you want with a wireless internet service at home. 5G vs 4G: Everything You Need to Know When Will 5G Wi-Fi Be Released? 5G Wi-Fi is available in the United States, just not everywhere. You can’t get 5G Wi-Fi anywhere you are because not all companies have upgraded their infrastructure to support 5G technology. Its release date depends on many factors, including your location and service provider, but most are looking at 2020 to be the year 5G really emerges as the next big mobile networking technology. See When Is 5G Coming to the US? for more information on when Verizon, AT&T, and other providers are planning to implement 5G networks in your area. Others can get an idea for when 5G comes out in their country here: 5G Availability Around the World.