Windows 11 Embraces the Future: Introducing Support for Wi-Fi 7

Microsoft’s commitment to continuously enhancing Windows 11 takes another leap forward with the introduction of support for Wi-Fi 7 (IEEE 802.11be) in its latest build 26063, released within the Canary development channel. This update not only addresses various errors and improves aspects of the operating system but also marks a significant advancement in wireless connectivity for Windows 11 users. Wi-Fi 7, distinguished by its extremely low latency, superior reliability, stability, and notably higher connection speeds, represents the cutting edge of wireless technology.

Key Features of Wi-Fi 7

Wi-Fi 7 stands out for several technical advancements that promise to redefine wireless connectivity:

  • 320 MHz Channels: Offers broader channels for enhanced data throughput.
  • Multi-Link Operation (MLO): Enables devices to transmit data across multiple channels or frequencies simultaneously, optimizing bandwidth and reducing latency.
  • 4K QAM: Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM) with 4096 possible symbol combinations for more efficient data transmission.
  • 512 Compressed ACK Blocks: Improves network efficiency by acknowledging multiple packets simultaneously.
  • Multiple RYs in a Single STA: Enhances spatial streams for better performance.

Testing Wi-Fi 7 in Windows 11

The incorporation of Wi-Fi 7 into Windows 11 build 26063 allows users to experience internet speeds up to four times faster than Wi-Fi 6 and 6E, and even up to six times faster than Wi-Fi 5. This improvement is particularly noticeable in applications requiring low latency, such as video calls and game streaming.

Requirements for Using Wi-Fi 7

To take advantage of Wi-Fi 7 in Windows 11, users need:

  1. The latest Windows 11 build (26063 or later): Currently available to Insider program participants in the Canary development channel.
  2. Wi-Fi 7 compatible hardware: This includes both a Wi-Fi 7 adapter for the PC and a router supporting the new standard.

Backward Compatibility

Wi-Fi 7 routers are designed to be backward compatible with previous Wi-Fi standards. This ensures that devices not yet supporting Wi-Fi 7 can still connect to the network, albeit at the speeds dictated by their respective Wi-Fi versions.


The introduction of Wi-Fi 7 support in Windows 11 is a testament to Microsoft’s forward-thinking approach and dedication to keeping its operating system at the forefront of technology. This update not only enhances the user experience by providing faster and more reliable internet connectivity but also ensures that Windows 11 remains a competitive and cutting-edge platform. As the technology matures and becomes more widely adopted, users can look forward to a new era of wireless connectivity, characterized by unprecedented speed and efficiency.