Brown’s Bytes – The Future Of Wi-Fi
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With more organisations rolling out Windows 10 devices such as the Surface Pro, the reliance on the wireless network is growing. These devices are shipping without having network ports built in, which means the easiest way to connect to the corporate network is through the wireless infrastructure.
This seems simple and straight forward until the realisation sets in, the current 802.11ac wireless networks are already feeling the strain: most users already have at least one device connected, with other users having up to three devices. In medium to large organisations this means a substantial number of devices using the limited bandwidth.
So, what can we do? The 6th generation of Wi-Fi, 802.11ax, and new products based on the standard are here to help.
- Backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
- Increased capacity by up to 4 times over 802.11ac
- Improved efficiency on both 2.4 & 5 GHz
- Improved battery life on smartphones and other mobile devices by improving wake and sleep efficiency
- The latest version of Bluetooth, thereby providing extended connectivity options
- Support for both Indoors and Outdoors environments
Access points based on the 802.11ax are Ideal for environments with mostly 802.11ac (or newer clients), high performance/ high-density needs, using voice over Wi-Fi, and expecting to be using IoT applications soon.
When added to environments with updated switching infrastructure, supporting 1 Gbps+, they provide an uplift of available bandwidth for devices.