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How to get fast Wi-Fi 6E speeds on your iPhone

How to get fast Wi-Fi 6E speeds on your iPhone

iPhone Wi-Fi 6E Asus

While the latest Apple iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max come with Wi-Fi 6E support, getting it to work with your iPhone in Singapore isn't as simple as just turning on your Wi-Fi. The standard has already been adopted here, but your phone may not show Wi-Fi 6E's 6GHz channels just yet. Here's how to do so.

Sorting the basics

Before we begin though, we need to make sure some checkboxes are ticked first. You'll want a fibre broadband connection that's more than 1Gbps to take advantage of Wi-Fi 6E's higher real-world speeds. We are using Singtel's speedy 10Gbps broadband plan, which you can check out here.

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Then you'll need a Wi-Fi 6E router such as the excellent Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000, and turn on the 6GHz band. From the Asus Router app on your phone, head to Settings > Network Settings > and make sure that the 6GHz radio is enabled. Ideally, you want to have the same network names (SSID) across all bands for convenience. But if you want to test if the 6GHz bands are working properly, it's a good idea to separate it for now.

Changing your iPhone's network settings

Next up, head to your iPhone 15 Pro Max, and see if the band is showing up. If it's not, then you'll need to do a bit more work. For Wi-Fi 6E laptops, such as an Apple MacBook Pro 14, the 6GHz Wi-Fi network should show up without any further tweaks.

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Anyway, head to Settings on your iPhone, Privacy & Security > scroll all the way down to System Services, then turn off Networking & Wireless. The 6GHz Wi-Fi channel should now show up in the Wi-Fi list on your phone. Note that this step may not be needed in the future when Apple enables the 6GHz band by default. Wi-Fi 6E has only been made commercially available in Singapore in Q3.

Apple will prompt you to also join the 5GHz network, but choose Not Now for the time being. This ensures that you stay on the Wi-Fi 6E band to test if it works. Once you're sure that your Wi-Fi 6E is up and running, be sure to change all the SSID names to the same one to ensure maximum compatibility.

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Limitations

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One thing you need to know is that the 6GHz band has a relatively short range, so if you're too far away, your speeds will be affected. But that happens with the 5GHz bands too. But the Asus GT-AXE16000, like all routers, should still have you covered with its long-range 2.4GHz band. If you still have Wi-Fi issues, consider getting a set of two or three mesh routers. The AXE16000 also works as a mesh router (AiMesh) with certain models of Asus routers. It's handy if you already have an older (but still AiMesh compatible) Asus router.

Final note: Wi-Fi 6E isn't much faster than Wi-Fi 6 on paper. What Wi-Fi 6E offers is more consistent, higher average real world speeds, thanks to the additional 160MHz channels on the 6GHz spectrum. Not to mention that if you're an early adopter, you'll probably be the only one in your building using 6GHz. Which means less Wi-Fi interference. It's like travelling on your own special toll road, while everyone else is on the free, but congested highway.

Note: This iPhone Wi-Fi 6E guide is brought to you by Asus.

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