Developments in Wi-Fi 6 to Watch for in 2022
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Developments in Wi-Fi 6 to Watch for in 2022

Enterprise Networking Mag | Thursday, July 28, 2022

Wi-Fi 6, based on the IEEE 802.11ax standard, provides users with the requisite capacity, efficiency, coverage, and performance in the most demanding Wi-Fi scenarios.

FREMONT, CA: In 2022, Wi-Fi customers will seek more efficient, dependable, and secure connectivity. Internet of Things (IoT) contexts, such as households with dozens or more connected devices and industrial settings, continue to increase demand for high capacity, low latency Wi-Fi. This is compelling the Wi-Fi community to incorporate new features and enhance their solutions' capabilities.

The capacity to add features and capabilities is partially facilitated by how the standard was developed and applied to the creation of products. In particular, the IEEE 802.11 standard is the foundation standard for Wi-Fi. Not every aspect of the standard is implemented in Wi-Fi products. In addition, the standard is not the only location where Wi-Fi technologies are specified.

Wi-Fi has been profoundly woven into the cultural fabric of daily life, enhanced education, business operations, entertainment, and much more for a considerable time. Therefore, Wi-Fi will continue to expand as the leading solution for secure wireless connectivity and enterprise mobility.

Construction of the 6 GHz motorway

Wi-Fi 6E, based on a 6 GHz superhighway, will continue to be adopted by nations worldwide. This superhighway provides a dependable route for the progress of workplace Wi-Fi, which is related to the ongoing expansion of cloud computing, mobile connectivity, big data, AI, and the IoT. These trends will continue to fuel demand for faster and more reliable enterprise Wi-Fi throughout the next decade.

Adapting to the fast expansion of IoT

Wi-Fi has long been the preferred technology for household and industrial IoT applications. For instance, almost every household device, such as thermostats, door locks, security cameras, and smart appliances, connects over Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi 6 offers capabilities like orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) that can enhance performance in congested areas. This functionality enables devices to allocate spectrum. This allows smaller packets to pass concurrently with bigger packets, such as those used for video streaming. It provides a significantly more consistent and deterministic network experience. Due to the efficiency, all devices can operate and fulfill their intended use cases without negatively impacting the network as a whole. Everything fits together harmoniously.

Target wake time (TWT) is another supported feature that allows devices to determine when and how frequently they wake up to broadcast or receive data. This enables access points to efficiently increase device sleep time, which reduces power consumption and extends battery life. Such a feature is crucial for IoT and smart devices placed in the field and left to operate independently.

Wi-Fi 6, based on the IEEE 802.11ax standard, offers the capacity, efficiency, coverage, and performance that customers seek in today's most demanding Wi-Fi situations. Its advantages over earlier generations of Wi-Fi include greater data speeds, capacity, performance in situations with numerous connected devices, and power efficiency.

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