16. June 2020
WiFi 6 in business use
What does WiFi 6 bring to the company?
Wireless LAN is an IEEE standard that was originally adopted in 1997. The newest member is called 802.11ax – colloquially also WiFi 6. With this latest WiFi technology everything is faster and even real-time applications in production should work. The first devices are available, so it is worth taking a look at the WLAN standard in the coming years. In the past, WiFi was getting faster, especially since the breakthrough technology that can be traced back to the Linksys WRT-54. Here the maximum speed was 54MBit. Modern WLAN access points of the current generation 802.11ac have a theoretical 1,299MBit, the adjective “theoretical” is important here. The range that has a massive impact on the available WLAN speed must be considered. In modern office environments, there is always a WLAN access point every few meters.
Faster and better?
What needs to be considered when switching to Wifi 6?
Do I have to reschedule my access point infrastructure? No, as long as sensible planning and lighting has been done, the access points can be exchanged. It is only important that the higher bandwidth can also be switched in the network.
Today’s WiFi 6 access points like to have a combination of SFP ports for fiber and copper Ethernet ports for power supply. Only in most cases is fiber in an office installation near the WLAN access points.
Where does it get better with WiFi 6 now?
In environments with many devices that send and receive at the same time. Stadiums, train stations and airports are examples.
Do I need WiFi6 right now in the office or at home? As an early adopter with a high budget – logical! Access. The following applies to the rest of the users: First of all, stay relaxed and wait. New technology is always expensive and will become cheaper over time.
A few more details
802.11 WLAN – all IEEE standards at a Wikipedia glance.
- Aruba, Cisco und Huawei on WiFi 6