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WiFi 6 Security Camera: Unveiling the Next-Gen Surveillance Solution

WiFi 6 Security Camera

Surveillance technology advancements have revolutionized how we secure our homes and businesses in recent years. One such innovation is the integration of WiFi 6 technology into security cameras. The development of WiFi 6 security cameras has offered a more reliable surveillance solution for businesses and homeowners.

As a global security solution provider, Reolink also introduces its Reolink WiFi 6 product line-up. This guide aims to unveil every critical aspect of this next-generation technology, explaining how it works, its unparalleled advantages, and how to choose the best WiFi 6 security camera for enhanced security.

Basics of WiFi 6

WiFi 6, also known as 802.11ax, is the latest generation of wireless networking technology. It is an upgrade from the previous WiFi 5 (802.11ac) standard and offers significant improvements in performance and efficiency. With a maximum speed of 9.6Gbps per second, WiFi 6 is designed to handle the growing number of connected devices in our homes and workplaces while ensuring faster and more reliable connectivity.

As WiFi 6 gains popularity, more devices, including smartphones, laptops, security cameras, and other smart home gadgets, are being manufactured with WiFi 6 capability to take advantage of its benefits. In the world of CCTV, numerous manufacturers have introduced a unique package: a 6-camera WiFi security system comprising six WiFi 6 cameras and a central NVR.

Reolink WiFi 6 relies on several key technologies to achieve higher speeds and improve real-time connectivity. Here are some key features of WiFi 6 technology.


OFDMA stands for Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access and is a technology used to improve the efficiency and performance of data transmission in a Wi-Fi network.

In traditional Wi-Fi standards, such as WiFi 5(802.11ac), data transmission is based on a technology called OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing). OFDM divides the available frequency spectrum into multiple subcarriers and each of them carries a separate data stream. In OFDM, each subcarrier can only be allocated to a single device at a time, which can lead to inefficiencies when dealing with numerous devices in a crowded Wi-Fi environment.

As a result, the OFDMA comes out to compensate for its shortcomings. OFDMA allows multiple devices to share the same frequency subcarriers simultaneously. With OFDMA, a single transmission can be divided into smaller resource units, and these resource units can be allocated to different devices. Thanks to OFDMA, the router can serve multiple devices at the same time within the same frequency channel.

Full Duplex MU-MIMO

MU-MIMO, short for Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output, is a wireless communication technology used in WiFi routers and access point. MU-MIMO was first introduced in the WiFI 5. MU-MIMO allows the router to communicate with multiple devices at the same time and different antennas serve each device independently.

However, in traditional MU-MIMO, the router could transmit data to multiple devices at once (downlink communication), but the devices could only respond sequentially (uplink communication). And this communication protocol may influence the efficiency. Full Duplex MU-MIMO, introduced in WiFi 6 (802.11ax), builds upon MU-MIMO by enabling devices to communicate both ways simultaneously (full duplex communication), which means that devices can send and receive data in parallel with less waiting time and bandwidth consumption.


In the context of WiFi 6 (802.11ax), "BSS-color" refers to a feature that helps improve the efficiency and performance of wireless networks. BSS stands for Basic Service Set, a group of devices (such as client devices and access points) that communicate on a wireless network.

BSS-color is a feature introduced in WiFi 6 that helps reduce interference and improve overall network performance by using different colors to distinguish between various Basic Service Sets operating on the same channel. In other words, it's a way for multiple BSSs on the same channel to coexist more effectively.


WPA3(WiFi Protected Access 3) is the latest version of the WiFi security protocol used to protect wireless networks. Compared to WPA3, WPA3 improves its ability to protect networks from brute-force attack and offers individualized data encryption for devices connected to a public Wi-Fi network. And WPA3 makes it difficult for attackers to guess the WiFi password or crack the passphrase.


To enhance the efficiency and performance of wireless networks, WiFi 6 uses the Beamforming technology. Beamforming is designed to improve how signals are transmitted and received between a router(or access point) and the connected devices.

For example, in traditional WiFi systems, wireless signals are broadcasted in all directions. As a result, the end point(connected device) has to "hear" and "respond" the router from any direction. This situation can lead to signal interference and unstable Internet performance in a crowded WiFi environment. Beamforming optimizes the way signals are transmitted by using multiple antennas and advanced signal processing techniques to focus the signal directly towards the connected devices.

Note: Reolink's WiFi 6 cameras will be on display at CES 2024, so if you're interested, stay tuned for details on Reolink CES 2024!

The Power of WiFi 6 in 4K/8K Security Cameras

WiFi 6 security cameras combine the power of WiFi 6 technology with other cutting-edge surveillance capabilities and provide numerous advantages over traditional cameras.

Seamless 4K/8K Video Streaming

WiFi can help ensure seamless 4K or 8K video streaming due to its significantly increased data transfer speeds, reduced latency, and improved capacity compared to previous WiFi generations. With higher throughput capabilities and the ability to handle more concurrent connections, WiFi 6 ensures smooth and uninterrupted 4K and 8K video streaming, and at the same time, it can effectively reduce buffering and provide a seamless viewing experience. Moreover, many 4K WiFi 6 security cameras support for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands and users can choose either of them to stream high-quality and high-resolution video content.

Integration with Smart Home System

WiFi 6 (802.11ax) is designed to improve network efficiency and handle multiple connected devices, as a result, it is suitable for smart home setups that often involve numerous devices like smart lights, thermostats, security cameras, and voice assistants. You can connect your security cameras to your WiFi 6 router or access points and then control and manage them through your smart home system, mobile apps, or voice commands via platforms like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. The increased capacity and performance of WiFi 6 contribute to a smoother and more responsive smart home experience.

Improved Connectivity

The first advantage of using WiFi 6 security cameras is that WiFi 6 allows for multiple communications between routers and devices. Thanks to the advanced MU-MIMO technology, Wi-Fi 6 security cameras can connect to the network more efficiently even in busy environments with multiple devices. WiFi 6 ensures a more stable and reliable connectivity for security cameras, making the seamless control easier and more hands-off.

Higher Data Transfer Speeds

WiFi 6 can achieve peak data rates up to 9.6 Gbps, which is nearly three times faster than the peak data rates of Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), which reached up to 3.5 Gbps. This higher data rate allows for faster data transmission between the router and the security camera.

Furthermore, in addition to 20 MHz, 40 MHz, and 80 MHz channels available in previous standards, WiFi 6 also supports 160 MHz channels. More data can be transmitted through these wider channels simultaneously, thus increasing the data transfer speed.

Reduced Interference in Crowded Environments

Wi-Fi 6 uses technologies like OFDMA and MU-MIMO to efficiently manage and distribute resources among multiple connected devices. This ensures that devices in crowded environments can maintain a stable connection and reduces the impact of congestion and interference.

In order to reduce interference, WiFi 6 introduces another special technique called Basic Service Set (BSS) Coloring. BSS helps reduce interference between neighboring Wi-Fi networks. This technique works by distinguishing between BSSs with different colors to avoid overlapping signals.

Lower Latency for Real-Time Monitoring

In simpler terms, latency is the time it takes for a message or request to reach its destination and receive a response. It is typically measured in milliseconds (ms) and is a critical factor in determining the responsiveness and performance of a network connection.Low latency is desirable, especially in real-time applications like online gaming, video conferencing or monitoring.

WiFi 6 can significantly reduce the latency of security cameras. It allows users to access live feeds and receive alerts promptly and respond swiftly to any potential security threats.

Other Advantages of Using WiFi 6 in Security Cameras

In addition to its remarkable impact on 4K or 8K security cameras, WiFi 6 brings forth several other advantages when incorporated into surveillance cameras.

Better Range and Coverage

With the efficient use of the wireless spectrum and advanced signal processing techniques, WiFi 6 signals can reach devices located at greater distances from the router. The higher signal penetration helps WiFi 6 to penetrate obstacles more effectively, such as walls and partitions.

For IoT devices, IoT offers a feature called Target Wake Time (TWT), which allows these devices to schedule when they wake up and communicate with the network, enhancing their range in the network.

Compatibility and Upgrading

The compatibility of WiFi 6 security cameras is more excellent than old versions. On the one hand, Wi-Fi 6 is backward compatible, which means that it can work with older Wi-Fi devices, for instance WiFi 5 infrastructures. This compatibility allows users to integrate new Wi-Fi 6 security cameras with your existing Wi-Fi network and devices.

On the other hand, WiFi 6 security cameras can also be connected to an NVR. Users can choose from the different methods to archive videos or images according to their needs. With multiple options, they can relive the passing days and capture those precious moments without missing a beat.

Enhanced Security Features

Security cameras are vulnerable to all kinds of cyber attacks. With the latest WPA3 security protocol, WiFi 6 security cameras are protected against potential cyber threats. In the meanwhile, daily data transmissions are safeguarded against unauthorized access.

Top WiFi 6 Security Camera Picks

Reolink has unveiled a new product lineup that seamlessly integrates robust WiFi 6 technology with ultra-sharp 4K resolution.

As a high-performance security camera, E1 Outdoor Pro is designed to provide superior surveillance for outdoor spaces. With its advanced features, it ensures top-notch security and monitoring capabilities. The 4K Ultra HD resolution and 3X optical zoom delivers sharper and more detailed images for the video footage. Seamless dual-band WiFi 6 technology improves faster data transfer rates and allows low-latency real-time monitoring. You can select 5GHz for faster, smoother live views, or stick with 2.4GHz for longer range.

Reolink E1 Outdoor Pro

4K WiFi PTZ Camera with Auto-Tracking

4K 8MP Super HD, Smart Person/Vehicle Alerts, 355° Pan & 50° Tilt & 3X Optical Zoom, Auto Tracking, Color Night Vision.

You can also experience enhanced night vision capability, with three modes available, black & white, color and smart night vision. Moreover, with embedded AI algorithms, it automatically tracks people, vehicles, and pets, and records their entire movement path, making it an excellent choice to safeguard your home.

If you need more than one WiFi 6 security camera for your setup, Reolink's newest security camera kit, RLK12-800WB4, will be one of the best options. Unlike other 6-camera WiFi security system, this system has one 12-channel wireless NVR and four 4K 8MP security cameras. With dual-band WiFi 6, the system achieves long-distance streaming with faster speed and stronger signal.

Reolink RLK12-800WB4

4K Security Kit with Next-Gen WiFi 6

4 pcs 4K Ultra HD Security Cameras; Dual-Band WiFi 6; 2TB HDD 12-Channel NVR for 24/7 Recording; Peron/Vehicle/Animal Detection; IP67 Weatherproof.

The upgraded NVR has four high-gain external antennas, and these 2T2R MIMO antennas offer superior signal strength, providing a broader coverage. The future expandability of this kit is also ideal for large setups because it can be expanded with up to 12 Reolink IP cameras—plug-in WiFi or PoE—to cover every corner of your home, store, or factory. But remember that if you already have a Reolink PoE camera and you want to connect it to this NVR, you'd better use a PoE injector or PoE switch to power them on, and then connect them to the NVR or the same network as the NVR.

Note: Reolink has plans to introduce more WiFi 6 cameras in the future. New models will continually be incorporated into this product line as they are launched.

Setting Up WiFi 6 Security Cameras: Step-by-Step Guide

If you already have a WiFi security camera by your side, you’ll need to set up and install it properly. Common steps are as follows.

Check Compatibility

As a new technology integrated into security cameras, WiFi 6 has not been widely used for every wireless security camera. So ensure that both your security cameras and WiFi router support WiFi 6 (802.11ax) standard. Most modern Wi-Fi 6 cameras will be labeled as such, and you can check the compatibility of the router by consulting the user instructions.

Mount the Camera and Power it On

The next step is to position the camera in the right place. Make sure the place you’ve chosen has a clear view of the area you want to monitor and is within the range of your Wi-Fi network. After mounting the camera, plug the camera into a power source using the provided power adapter or through Power over Ethernet (PoE) if supported.

Install the Mobile App and Finish Initial Setups

Many Wi-Fi cameras come with a compatible mobile app for setup and management. You can download the app from the App store, Google Play Store or the manufacturer’s official website on your smartphone, tablet or PC.

And then open the app to create an account if required. You will need this account to access and manage the camera. The last part of the initial setup is to add the camera to your account, which typically involves scanning a QR code on the camera or entering its serial number.

Connect to WiFi

After the initial setup, the app will guide you through the process of connecting the camera to your Wi-Fi network. You will need to enter your Wi-Fi network name (SSID) and password. For Wi-Fi 6, ensure that you are connecting to the appropriate 802.11ax network.

Configure Camera Settings

If your camera has been successfully connected to your WiFi 6 network, you can stay in the app to configure customized camera settings. For example, you can set up your own recording schedules, notification preferences or motion detection sensitivity, etc.

Test and Regular Update

After setup, test the camera to ensure it's working correctly. View live footage through the app and check if the camera's positioning provides the desired coverage. And remember to check for firmware updates for the camera regularly. Manufacturers often release updates to address security vulnerabilities and improve performance.

Possible Issues with WiFi 6 Security Camera

While Wi-Fi 6 security cameras offer numerous advantages, they may also encounter some potential issues. Here are some possible issues with Wi-Fi 6 security cameras.

Battery Consumption

Wi-Fi 6 cameras might consume more power, especially because of their advanced features like high data transfer rates and advanced processing. Higher data transfer speed often supposes higher power consumption. This defeat can potentially impact battery-powered security cameras, since their battery life is relatively limited. To solve this issue, manufacturers have equipped their devices with other power backup, like power adapter and plug-in port.

Security Concerns

Although WiFi 6 offers several security enhancements over previous standards, it is not immune to potential risks. Like any network devices, WiFi 6 routers and security cameras may have firmware vulnerabilities that can be exploited by attackers. Moreover, weak or easily guessable passwords can be susceptible to brute-force attacks,


Users must consider their budget when choosing  WiFi 6 security cameras, since the initial investment could be higher. If users still have WiFi 5 or other old versions running at home, they must upgrade their entire network infrastructure to support WiFi 6. For example, Wi-Fi 6 security cameras might be more expensive compared to older Wi-Fi camera models.

Bonus Tips: How to Choose the Right WiFi 6 Security Camera

If you still don’t know where to start when choosing WiFi 6 security cameras, here are some important factors to consider.

Resolution and Image Quality

Resolution refers to the clarity and level of detail in the captured footage. It is an important factor to consider when choosing a WiFi 6 camera. Because WiFi 6 supports higher data transfer rate and advanced image processing capabilities, you can zoom in on footage without sacrificing quality. High resolution cameras, such as 4K Ultra HD ones, produce sharper and more detailed images and allow for better identification of individuals or objects.

Night Vision

Effective surveillance should not be limited to daylight hours. Therefore, it is essential to consider a WiFi 6 camera with good night vision capabilities. Cameras equipped with infrared (IR) LEDs can capture clear footage even in low-light or complete darkness, and some advanced cameras, such as the ones with spotlight or large sensor, also have the ability to capture colors at night. The color night vision capability can provide you with 24/7 surveillance.

Field of View

The field of view (FOV) of a CCTV camera determines the area it can cover. It is important to consider the size and layout of the area you want to monitor when selecting a WiFi 6 camera. Cameras with a wide-angle lens offer a broader field of view, allowing you to monitor larger areas with a single camera.

Smart Detection

Embedded AI technology, such as motion detection, enables cameras to detect movement within their field of view. When motion is detected, the camera can trigger an alert, such as sending a notification to your smartphone or email. Some advanced models of WiFi 6 cameras can track the movements of persons, vehicles or pets automatically. Smart detection is extremely useful for remote monitoring and can help you respond promptly to any suspicious activity.

Storage Options

Consider where you want to store your footage before buying WiFi 6 cameras. IP cameras store recorded footage either locally or through cloud-based storage. Local storage options include a built-in SD card slot or connecting the camera to a Network Video Recorder (NVR). Cloud-based storage offers the advantage of remote access to footage and protects against data loss due to camera damage or theft.

Smart Home Integration

It is also essential to evaluate the camera's connectivity options and integration capabilities with other smart home devices or platforms. Some WiFi 6 cameras offer seamless integration with smart home gadgets, like voice assistants and this integration allows homeowners to control and monitor the camera through their voice commands.


Are WiFi 6 security cameras worth it?

Yes, WiFi 6 security cameras can be worth it, depending on your specific needs and circumstances. WiFi 6 can improve the network connectivity, performance and data transfer rate of security cameras, which makes low-latency for real-time monitoring possible. Moreover, WiFi 6 technology makes the video compression for high resolution more stable and effective.

How can I boost my WiFi signal on my security camera?

To boost the WiFi signal for your security camera, you can reposition your WiFi router and place it closer to your camera. You can also install a WiFi extender or booster between the router and the camera to amplify the signal and extend the coverage area. If these two methods don’t work, you can add a dedicated WiFi repeater closer to the camera to create a stronger signal zone and enhance communication with the router

What are the benefits of WiFi 6 security cameras?

WiFi 6 security cameras offer several advantages including improved connectivity, reduced interference in crowded environments, higher data transfer speeds, lower latency for real-time monitoring, better range and coverage, compatibility with old WiFi versions and enhanced security features.

Are WiFi 6 security cameras susceptible to hacking?

While no device is entirely hack-proof, with the latest WPA3 security protocol, WiFi 6 security cameras are protected against potential cyber threats. At the same time, daily data transmissions are safeguarded against unauthorized access.


WiFi 6 security cameras have come out as a game-changer in the home security world. With unparalleled features like improved connectivity, reduced interference in crowded environments, higher data transfer speeds, lower latency for real-time monitoring, better range and coverage, compatibility with old WiFi versions, WiFi 6 security cameras have become a more reliable security solution for homeowners.

By setting them up properly, you can take your home defense to another level. When choosing WiFi 6 cameras, factors like resolution, night vision capability, storage options and smart detection should be taken into account. Do you know about WiFi 6 security cameras? What's the WiFi version you are using right now? Tell us about your opinions in the comment section below and share this article with your family and friends!


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