Top 5 Recommended Practices for Wi-Fi 6 Deployment
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Top 5 Recommended Practices for Wi-Fi 6 Deployment

By Enterprise Networking Mag | Monday, September 30, 2019

For the past few years, new generations of Wi-Fi are rolling out. However, the deployment of Wi-Fi matters the most irrespective of the generation.

Fremont, CA: No matter what the technology it is, the best practice of deploying it matters the most. Undertaking a technology deployment is not a small task. In that way, proper planning will ensure smooth execution. Wi-Fi 6, the next-generation standard in Wi-Fi technology, is an alarm for the onset of the new era of Wi-Fi. It is expected to deliver the best user experience by supporting many devices. The most significant benefit of Wi-Fi 6 is that it handles more traffic efficiently and holds heavy loads than its predecessors. To top it all, the Wi-Fi 6 standard is backward compatible, requiring no unique adaptation and modification, preventing users from unnecessary investments. The more the effort IT managers and CIOs put into deploying the Wi-Fi 6; the more successful this technology will be utilized.

As vendors like Aruba, Broadcom, Asus, Cisco, Samsung, D-Link, and more, come up with Wi-Fi 6 products including access points (APs), and routers, enterprises should plan well for deployment. Here are five crucial things that CIOs consider in the Wi-Fi 6 Deployment Plan.

Address Network Congestion

Although Wi-Fi 6 offers the fastest data speed compared to the predecessors, it relies on the efficiency in wireless networks. The new standard addresses the network congestion that arises with the rise in the number of devices attached.

The two network technologies, orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA), and multi-user multiple input, multiple output (MU-MIMO) can overcome the network congestion. While the former increases efficiency and lowers latency for high demand environments, the latter allows the transfer of more data at a time, enabling APs to handle a large number of devices simultaneously.

Serve Business

Indeed, a new technology that brings a solid ROI is preferred. Evidently, Wi-Fi 6 delivers higher-speed streaming content services to consumers, at a price and with ads and sponsorships in media, healthcare, and sports verticals. An example would be the sports venue that has to keep up with fan demand for a wireless network to access and share information on social media. The new Wi-Fi version enables Wi-Fi owners to help meet increasing requirements for data, speed, and performance with its efficiency and congestion addressing features.

As the quality of experience matters the most in the hospitality industry, providing superior customer service can retain customers.

Device Support

As mentioned earlier, with the soaring of Wi-Fi 6 enabled APs and routers from vendors, devices such as smartphones, laptops, tablets, and smart home IoT-based devices, should be upgraded to enjoy the benefits derived from Wi-Fi 6 including higher efficiency, lower power consumption, and speed. The significant advantage of new Wi-Fi standards is that devices supporting Wi-Fi 5 or earlier standards will still work with the more modern infrastructure.

 Certification Period

As the certification testing by the Wi-Fi Alliance has been postponed from its original target to year-end, the duration of certification is not determined. Therefore, it is evident that certified products will not be available until 2020. While using non-certified products optionally consider checking WPA3 security required for Wi-Fi 6 certification, because it will not be included in unapproved equipment.

Design Considerations

Consider the following criteria while preparing for Wi-Fi 6.

Practice designing high-quality 20MHz channels.

Low power consumption for devices like mobile phones, laptops, or other IoT devices connecting to networks with improved efficiency, especially when it comes to sleep/wake time optimization.

Avail more power for Wi-Fi 6 that generally demands more for businesses and organizations deploying them.

During upgradation, save time for extensive field testing and validation to assemble high-quality and performance networks.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 devices would bring enhanced performance to emerging applications such as virtual and augmented reality used in e-Learning, healthcare, and telepresence. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 also provides carriers and public Wi-Fi operators with more capabilities to support advanced connectivity in retail, transportation hubs, and stadiums, including a growing array of location-based applications and services.

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