How to determine if Wi-Fi 6 is right for you

Wi-Fi 6 is on the horizon. Follow these steps to determine if your business should upgrade to the new wireless standard and how to prepare.

How to determine if Wi-Fi 6 is right for you

There's a lot of hype around the next Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ax, more commonly known as Wi-Fi 6. Often new technologies are built up by vendors as the "next big thing" and then flop because they don’t live up to expectations. In the case of Wi-Fi 6, however, the fervor is warranted because it's the first Wi-Fi standard designed with the premise that Wi-Fi is the primary connection for devices rather than a network of convenience.

Wi-Fi 6 is a different kind of Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi 6 is loaded with features, such as Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA), 1024-QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) encoding, and target wake time (TWT), that make Wi-Fi faster and less congested. Many of these enhancements came from the world of LTE and 4G, which addressed these challenges long ago. These new features will lead to a better mobile experience and longer client battery life, and they will open the door to a wide range of applications that could not have been done on Wi-Fi in the past. For example, an architect could now use virtual reality (VR) over Wi-Fi to showcase a house.

Wi-Fi 6 is due to be ratified in 2019, but some commercial products are available today. All businesses should eventually deploy Wi-Fi 6, but many will not need to do so immediately.

4 types of companies that should deploy Wi-Fi 6

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