Livebox 6 and Wi-Fi 6E: Reap All the Rewards of Very High Speed Broadband in the Comfort of Your Own Home

Une femme utilise la Livebox 6
After two years of design and development, in early April in France, Orange is unveiling the Livebox 6, equipped with the very latest Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi 6E.

The new Livebox 6 was designed to provide “even better connectivity and up to 2 Gbps throughput, while being easy to use, having limited environmental impact and boasting a design motivated by performance,” says Thomas Gosselin, Program Manager at Orange.

Its shell is made from 100% recycled and recyclable plastic, its packaging is made from recycled cardboard from sustainably managed forests, and its compact, vertical design provides it with natural ventilation. These features are part and parcel of an eco-design approach that aims to achieve Net Zero Carbon emissions by 2040.

With its Wi-Fi 6E, the Livebox 6 offers throughput of up to 2 Gbps, far higher than current levels.

Livebox 6 was designed to make installation simpler. The touch screen lets you follow the installation steps and link up your smartphone simply by scanning a QR code with the phone’s camera. The screen also lets you use QR codes to check the status of services, do a speed test or access advanced features in the “Orange et moi” application, creating continuity between the Livebox 6, your smartphone and the Orange et moi app.

Designed to Leave Little Trace on the Environment

Aside from its shell, made of 100% recycled and recyclable plastic and materials, the project team developed a standby setting that can be activated from the Livebox 6 screen or programmed in from the Orange et moi app. Light sleep mode keeps just telephony running, reducing power consumption by 25%, while deep sleep reduces consumption by at least 85%.

To cut consumption, the display uses low-power E-ink technology. It does not consume any power when displaying information, only when it is refreshing.

A Super-Fast Connection with Wi-Fi 6E

Another reason the box is so innovative is its high-performing Wi-Fi connectivity. Back when Wi-Fi 5 was rolled out in 2015, Orange was beating the drum at the Wi-Fi Alliance for a new Wi-Fi standard that would take into account the growing numbers of users, pieces of equipment and simultaneous uses in homes.

Livebox 6 brings users not just Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), but Wi-Fi 6E (“E” for “extended”). This new standard has the virtue of working not only with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands, but also 6 GHz, which the French government made available on December 1, 2021. Wi-Fi 6E reduces network saturation during simultaneous use and in places with a lot of traffic.

Having the latest generation of Wi-Fi components along with antennas built into its design gives the Livebox 6 extended Wi-Fi coverage and throughput of up to 2 Gbps — triple that of Wi-Fi 5.

The result is faster Wi-Fi even during simultaneous use, faster speeds to reduce load times, and lower latency for networked gaming and video calls. These use cases are guaranteed to have no interruptions, thanks to intelligent Wi-Fi, which automatically manages Wi-Fi and the use of different frequencies in real time.

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