The Livebox 6 is starting to arrive at the first testers, Next INpact tells us. Currently known under the code name “Safran”, it has a particular design which “does not necessarily rely on compactness”. The site specifies that it does not have more details on the technical aspect for the moment and that this information concerns only the box (not the TV decoder).
This new Livebox should soon take over from the Livebox 5 presented in 2019. At the time, it ignored Wi-Fi 6: we hope that Orange has revised its copy for this sixth generation with why not Wi-Fi 6E for durability. This standard, which was recently authorized, makes it possible to use an additional band (6 GHz) in order to obtain higher speeds with less latency. We can also imagine that the Ethernet ports will allow for better speeds and we expect the box to consume less energy.
Update December 17: NextINpact has obtained additional information. The Livebox 6 currently being tested is equipped with a 2.5 Gb/s RJ45 port (LAN, for the local network) in addition to four others at 1 Gb/s. Will Orange take advantage of this to market an offer exceeding 2 Gbit/s? We don't know yet.
No stream tonight from me. Going to try and learn how to use Camtasia tonight.— Tenmar Sat Oct 03 23:54:58 +0000 2020
Wi-Fi 6 is, fortunately, present and compatibility with Wi-Fi 6E is there, although this new standard has not yet been activated. Another novelty, the router has an e-ink touch screen. As for the design, the box is described as small but thick, can be installed both horizontally and vertically, and has side panels with a fabric look.
The launch date of this brand new Livebox 6 is still unknown.