3 Benefits Derived by Customers from Wi-Fi 6
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3 Benefits Derived by Customers from Wi-Fi 6

By Enterprise Networking Mag | Friday, September 27, 2019

Wi-Fi 6, the next-generation standard in Wi-Fi technology, offers faster data transfer speeds, and can address the network requirements of the growing number of devices in the world.

FREMONT, CA: Wi-Fi Certified 6 notifies the emergence of a new era of Wi-Fi. It overtakes the current Wi-Fi accompanied by better performance in every user’s environment, higher network capacity with improved coverage, and new opportunities for advanced applications. Wi-Fi 6 is the most significant advancement to Wi-Fi and will deliver the best user experience with devices supporting 802.11ax. Wi-Fi Certified 6 supports many products and ensures that these products across the industry will deliver full potential. The various products range from those requiring peak performance in enterprise environments to those requiring low latency and power in smart homes or industrial internet of things (IoT) settings. Wi-Fi Certified 6 will deliver improvements in connectivity as in high-density locations and IoT environments. Here are three benefits of using Wi-Fi 6.

Better Throughput

By adding devices to a network, the speed of the network performance is increased in Wi-Fi 6 while the latency is decreased. OFDM (orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing) technology followed by the cellular world contributes to the efficient working of Wi-Fi 6. OFDM breaks a data stream across separate narrowband channels at different frequencies to avoid interference and crosstalk. This allows effective sharing of channels, thereby increasing network efficiency and lowering latency for both uplink and downlink traffic in such demanding environments.

OFDM is one of the innovations in Wi-Fi 6, attracting customers. Others like multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) improves support for concurrent users on the network. 1024-QAM (1024 quadrature amplitude modulation mode) enables more efficient communication and increases throughput in Wi-Fi devices by encoding more data in the same quantity of spectrum and target wake time especially, when it comes to power-sensitive devices like IoT improve battery life. Making some enhancements in OFDM, 1024-QAM, and MU-MIMO can improve efficiency and parallel transmissions leading to better overall network throughput.

Support Mesh Nets

Another advantage of Wi-Fi 6 is that it is designed for mesh networks, and can better serve when used at home. Because wireless fidelity(Wi-Fi) uses higher-frequency signals, they penetrate less and cover less distance. Therefore, signals have to repeat throughout the house. By using a mesh network, one router can be replaced by four. They can be chucked around the home, can identify each other, and set themselves as a network to exchange information in possible intelligent ways. But this requires a well-planned architecture. The multiple standards transmission in the past 20 years of Wi-Fi makes it clear that the mainstream for adoption is the client devices.

The Wi-Fi advancement relies on both technology availability and the multiyear refresh cycles of devices and infrastructure. Although it will take two years for Wi-Fi 6 deployments to influence more customers, it’s potential can be derived initially in selected verticals like higher education having very high device densities and is reluctant to take risks to new technology cycles.

Better Security

WPA3 is the latest security standard for Wi-Fi networks with several improvements over its predecessor WPA2 and is released by the Wi-Fi Alliance. It makes it difficult to crack a password with brute force attack and is easy to set up security in devices that have limited or no display interface. Although, there are flaws encountered with WP3 protocol as it makes it less resistant to password-guessing attacks and does not meet the standards of the modern security protocol. However, the defects would have been eliminated if the Wi-Fi alliance created the protocol more openly and is making attempts to address this.  Moreover, WPA3 is praised as an improvement over the existing protocol.

The above benefits can be reaped only if the devices support Wi-Fi 6. But still, not many devices have been upgraded, resulting in the slow growth on the current devices influenced by Wi-Fi 6.

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