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Qualcomm Dual Station technology reduces Wi-Fi 6 latency and jitter for games played on Windows 11

Wire-class responsiveness for Wi-Fi 6 connectivity (Image Source: Qualcomm)
Wire-class responsiveness for Wi-Fi 6 connectivity (Image Source: Qualcomm)
The new FastConnect chips from Qualcomm simultaneously harness two separate bands and can thus lower latency and jitter by a factor of four compared to Wi-Fi 6 solutions that only connect via a single band. This technology can benefit online gaming and live communication applications. It is currently offered on select devices from Acer and Lenovo powered by Windows 11.

Wi-Fi 6 is getting a performance boost thanks to Qualcomm’s new FastConnect chips with Dual Band Simultaneous technology that is now supported by Acer, AMD, Lenovo, Microsoft, Valve and the Snapdragon Compute Platform. While not exactly improving the data transfer speeds, the Dual Station tech can simultaneously harness multiple Wi-Fi bands and antennas in order to reduce latency and improve sustained speeds, matching wired Ethernet connections in these regards.

Windows 11 systems equipped with Qualcomm’s new Wi-Fi 6 chips are now able to leverage two concurrent Wi-Fi bands (2.4 GHz plus 5 GHz or 6 GHz), greatly improving user experience for latency-sensitive games and live communication software. Speaking of games, Valve is offering support for Dual Station directly in the Steamworks SDK, so games like DOTA 2 and CS:GO will now benefit from reduced latency and jitter-free responsiveness when played on Windows 11 systems sporting the FastConnect chips.

Tests conducted by Qualcomm reveal that the 4-stream Dual Band Simultaneous tech yielded 4x lower latency and sustained jitter-free speeds compared to other Wi-Fi 6 cards that can use only one band at a time. Beyond gaming, two-way data traffic applications like video calls, collaboration tools and remote management should also see noticeable performance boosts, especially now when remote work is seeing increased adoption.


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Bogdan Solca, 2021-10- 7 (Update: 2021-10- 7)