The latest version of Wi-Fi is here! With faster speeds and greater capacity, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) offers a more consistent wireless experience for customers who expect a great connection 24/7/365.
The transition to Wi-Fi 6 capable devices won’t happen overnight, and ax devices will continue to live in a mixed client environment (ac, n, b, g) for the foreseeable future. With that in mind, it’s important to understand Wi-Fi 6’s key features, how Wi-Fi 6 compares to its predecessor Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and where Wi-Fi technology is heading in the future.
“At Kyrio, we have made significant investments in Wi-Fi 6 testing capabilities to help network operators and their suppliers deliver the best possible experience to end users,” said Ike Elliott, President and CEO of Kyrio. “With these investments we aim to accelerate the industry adoption of this great new technology.”
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) vs Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
Wi-Fi 6 offers an array of benefits, yet the biggest differentiator from Wi-Fi 5 is the ability to support dozens of high-bandwidth connections at a time. With more and more people working, going to school, shopping and gaming from home, Wi-Fi 6’s upgrades come at an opportune time.
5 Key Features of Wi-Fi 6:
Coming Soon: Wi-Fi 6E
While the adoption of Wi-Fi 6 is here, a new frequency band has been approved for Wi-Fi use in the United States: 6 GHz. This is a LOT more capacity for Wi-Fi and will work with Wi-Fi 6. The use of Wi-Fi 6 in the 6 GHz band is called “Wi-Fi 6E,” but it is not a new Wi-Fi standard – it is simply an extension of the spectrum in which Wi-Fi 6 can operate. The extension of Wi-Fi into the 6 GHz band adds 1.2 GHz of new spectrum, a huge increase. And, because no legacy devices (ac, n, b, g) will operate on this band, there will be more free channels for Wi-Fi signals. Ultimately, both Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E will deliver more consistent and reliable end-user wireless experiences. Look for equipment that is designed to use the new 6 GHz spectrum and Wi-Fi 6E to start taking off in 2021.
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