There’s a new Wi-Fi standard coming out, it’s estimated to be released in December 2018. It is formally named 802.11AX but will be referred to as Wi-Fi 6. Wi-Fi 5 is the previous version denoted as 802.11AC. This new standard of Wi-Fi will have upgrades to its efficiency, range, and throughput. Which means all around better wireless performance for your office and staff.
Wi-Fi operates within two frequencies 2.4GHz and 5GHz. You may be familiar with the term “5G” associated with new devices. The 5G distinction simply means your device can operate on 5GHz frequencies. The prior standard 802.11AC is strictly an upgrade to the 5GHz frequency. The 802.11AX standard will incorporate upgrades for both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Some devices do not offer support for both and will only choose one frequency to operate on.
What can you expect with 802.11AX Wi-Fi 6 networking devices? You can expect a 4X increase in user throughput from 802.11AC Wi-Fi 5 devices. Wi-Fi 5 brought us 1 gigabit per second connections, Wi-FI 6 will bring us up to 10 gigabits per second. You can also expect an improvement in the battery life of your personal devices. 802.11AX Wi-Fi 6 will have significant increases in transmission efficiency. Less energy spent transmitting data means less of a drain on your battery.
Should you upgrade now? The simple answer is no. The standard 802.11AX Wi-Fi 6 has yet to be finalized. It is predicted to be ready in December 2018. Going into 2019 we will see much more support for Wi-Fi 6 from hardware manufacturers. However, there are routers and access points available running a preliminary release of 802.11AX Wi-Fi 6. Your options are Asus’ RT-AX88U, Huawei’s AP7060DN, and Aerohive’s AP630, AP650, and AP650X.
If you have networking issues or complaints of slowness contact us today for a network assessment and or upgrade.