Why is my MLO network performance not as good as expected?

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Updated 02-23-2024 03:28:35 AM 7595
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Multi-Link Operation (MLO), is a key feature of Wi-Fi 7 (also known as 802.11be) technology. With MLO, Wi-Fi 7 supports establishing multiple links simultaneously between the Station (STA, such as the phone) and Wi-Fi access point (AP, such as the router).

Ideally, connecting to MLO network enhances throughput, reduces latency, and improves network efficiency. However, it's important to note that the effectiveness of MLO depends on the compatibility between the AP and the STA. While Wi-Fi 7 routers are equipped with MLO capabilities, the level of support for MLO on clients such as smartphones and network cards can vary.

For instance, through comparative testing, it is observed that when some clients work with Deco MLO Network, the actual throughput may not experience significant improvement as the clients don’t fully support MLO or have limited compatibility. In certain scenarios, the performance of the MLO network might be inferior to that of the single band Wi-Fi.

Note:

MLO is a rapidly evolving technology, and it is recommended to refer to the specific product documentation and manufacturer information for the most up-to-date details on MLO support and performance.

As Wi-Fi 7 technology becomes more prevalent, it is expected that newer devices will have improved MLO support. Manufacturers are likely to integrate MLO capabilities into their devices to take full advantage of the advanced features offered by Wi-Fi 7 networks.

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