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Wireless (Wifi 6)

What is
Wi-Fi 6 is the latest generation of wireless standards just recently ratified as 802.11ax. In the past, Wi-Fi standards were also what the industry referred to as 802.11ac. With the latest version of Wi-Fi 802.11ax, it is being labeled Wi-Fi 6 since it is the 6th generation of Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi 6 uses both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands in comparison to 802.11ac (Gen 5), which only used the 5Ghz band in that standard.  

Wi-Fi 6 is the first standard that can transfer data over 1Gbps, compared to the recent standards where it was more theoretical but not implemented in the real world. There have been a few enhancements. The algorithm has changed, and both up and down links support MIMO (multiple input multiple output) instead of only download like in Wi-Fi 5. Because of the higher throughput, the ethernet port now typically supports 2.5Gbps to eliminate bottlenecks of the previous standard 1Gbps ethernet ports.  






Lower latency and higher user density are supported per AP due to the enhanced MU-MIMO design.  


Better battery life on devices and an increase in the new Target Wait Time (TWT) allows for devices to essentially sleep while waiting to receive packets from the AP. 

Wi-Fi 6 is not a great leap in new technology but has a few enhancements which have greatly increased the performance and efficiency of previous generations of wireless.    

Soon, an addition to Wi-Fi 6 will be here, referred to as Wi-Fi 6E. The FCC has opened more spectrum to increase the number of channels, allowing for higher speeds and less interference.  


As the world continues to go wireless, the demand placed on the Wi-Fi network intensifies. Organizations are increasingly relying on wireless and less on the wired network for mobility and the expanding increase in IoT devices.  


Schools, stadiums, cities, warehouses, factories, and more, are all going wireless, which increases the need for better wireless.   


Wi-Fi 6 adds mobility and is the next step in closing the gap to what a wired network can do. 


Benefit 1

More speed and capacity per AP than previous Wi-Fi standards   

We are here to help. 

Nth Generation offers teams of tenured experts that provide you the expertise and certifications needed to assist with your wireless networks.  

Partner with Nth to determine:

Does Wi-Fi 6 require a controller?  

Do you need to update all devices to reap the benefits of WiFi 6? 

Can WiFi-5 coexist with WiFi-6 in the same network? 

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