By : Erik Graus
March 13, 2019 09:00 AM
Wi-Fi 6 - the next generation wireless and four reasons why it matters!
The demand for wireless access has shifted to a necessity. Both consumers and business users expect a fast and reliable Wi-Fi connection. There is a proliferation of connected devices, or even machines transferring data over a network. So, the challenge becomes how to deliver a quality network experience with high availability and speed and with a secure connection.
Wi-Fi 6 is the new standard that will enhance the efficiency of wireless in high-density environments. A high-density environment does not necessarily equate to a large number of clients, but it can refer to devices and applications running on the network. Wi-Fi 6 is expected to hit the market in 2019.
According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™, the industry certification program based on the IEEE 802.11ax standard, enables next generation Wi-Fi connectivity providing the capacity, coverage, and performance required by users—even in environments with many connected devices such as stadiums and other public venues. “ Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ networks enable lower battery consumption in devices, making it a solid choice for any environment, including smart home and Internet of Things (IoT) uses.”
Why a new standard and the four reasons why you need it
Let’s look at some of the features of Wi-Fi 6 and why you might need it:
In summary, the efficiency improvements in Wi-Fi 6 amount to a faster performing network and enhanced user experience for all the clients on the network including mission critical business applications requiring high bandwidth and low latency.