Lumen introduces a Wi-Fi 7 capable device available to Quantum Fiber customers

Jan. 3, 2024
The new technology, which will be highlighted at the 2024 Consumer Electronics Show, delivers higher speeds and better home coverage than Wi-Fi 6/6E.

The launch of Lumen’s custom-built Wi-Fi 7 capable device promises faster speeds and an improved Wi-Fi experience for its Quantum Fiber multi-gig customers.

The Wi-Fi 7 capable device supports multiple users and gigabit bandwidth demands with 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz radios working together for high-speed data transmission, minimizing the need to run ethernet cable throughout the home. One device can cover up to 90% of a home based on square footage, significantly reducing the need for additional nodes.

Lumen reports that the Wi-Fi 7 device is Cloud Based Digital Twin enabled: built on carrier grade Open WRT standard with Easy Mesh and prplMesh with real-time orchestration and advanced level of device management. The device also offers less than three milliseconds of latency and seamless integration with Quantum Fiber's multi-gig network with symmetrical speeds up to 8 Gbps.

The Wi-Fi 7 device contains a built-in GPS chip, enhancing 6GHz range performance in line with upcoming FCC specifications, and is controlled through the Quantum Fiber app, through which users can unlock advanced parental controls, Wi-Fi performance diagnostics, and a security suite.

Development

Lumen partnered with AXON Networks to develop the Wi-Fi 7 device. Martin Manniche, CEO of AXON Networks, said, "Our Wi-Fi 7 capable devices support Standard Power with AFC and GPS, enabling new use cases indoors and outdoors. Our AXON Orchestrator supports end-to-end Real-Time Orchestration with Digital Twin support that is fully cloud-enabled. By leveraging our innovative technology, this clearly sets Lumen apart from other operators."

Quantum Fiber installed its first Wi-Fi 7 capable device for a customer in December 2023 and will make them available to new Quantum Fiber customers beginning in early 2024. Quantum Fiber is available to homes and small businesses in parts of 16 states (Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming).

“Lumen took a significant leap in improving home and business Wi-Fi when we internally developed this Wi-Fi 7 capable device,” said Maxine Moreau, Lumen president of Mass Markets. "We're proud of this accomplishment and are ready to install these devices in customer homes and offices. We believe everyone deserves a fast, secure, high-performing Wi-Fi experience."

The Quantum Fiber Wi-Fi 7 capable device will be featured at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Jan. 9-12 in Las Vegas at the Quantum Fiber exhibit suite in the Smart Home section, #35-209.

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Hayden Beeson

Hayden Beeson is a writer and editor with over seven years of experience in a variety of industries. Prior to joining Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, he was the associate editor of Architectural SSL and LEDs Magazine.