In our Latest Blog David Jackson Managing Director and CNIDP talks about the New WIFI 6/AX Standards and how it will affect clients and The Cabling Company;
“Wi-Fi 6 delivers the experience most end users and IT VARS are looking for with faster transfer speeds, better performance, a wider area of coverage and longer battery life”
The question being asked by both around the world today is—why should I upgrade to Wi-Fi 6? The answer is really quite simple—to improve your customer experience. After all, it should always be about your customers’ experience.
In a nutshell, Wi-Fi 6 promises faster transfer speeds, better performance in dense client environments, a wider area of coverage and longer battery life. That’s really everything you need to know.
However, if you are curious, you might be interested to learn that current benchmark tests indicate that Wi-Fi 6 is 40% faster than Wi-Fi 5 with transfer speeds of 1,320Mbps, and it delivers 1000% quicker download speeds than the average Wi-Fi 5 download speeds of 119Mbps. For networks with a large number of devices that tend to bog down the network, Wi-Fi 6 might just be what you’ve been waiting for.
If your customer base is in a high-density area and made up of a bunch of users who love to stream video, Wi-Fi 6 will be life changing for you and your customers. With more bandwidth on a wider channel, Wi-Fi 6 prevents fragmented and altered downloads even in highly dense coverage areas. And, faster connection between devices and access points can enhance your customers’ experience by as much as four times. As well, Wi-Fi 6 provides eight more data streams than Wi-Fi 5 which means more devices can be simultaneously connected to the same access point with higher bandwidth which enhances the quality of service on the network while reducing maintenance and operational costs. Fewer pieces of equipment means less to take care of, and less to repair.
The battery life of your connected devices on your WLAN, especially those devices in remote or hard to access areas is a very real concern. Wi-Fi 6 introduces an energy savings feature called Target Wake Time (TWT). This feature reduces energy consumption by maximizing traffic efficiency and avoiding duplication when sending information over the WLAN which can prolong battery life and durability. The latest Wi-Fi standard 802.11ax, which has conveniently been given the more user-friendly nomenclature of Wi-Fi 6, is set to make a big difference to the capacity of Wi-Fi networks. Note the use of the word capacity rather than speed. Wi-Fi users usually blame poor performance on low network speeds when what they really need is more network capacity.
That’s why when you plan a Wi-Fi network you need to survey for capacity, not just coverage and network speed. The previous generation of 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) wave 2 Access Points improved Wi-Fi speeds to over a Gigabit, enough for most applications, but they didn’t really address the capacity issue. While expert planning and configuration of the Wi-Fi network can ease a capacity constraint, it can’t eliminate it in high density environments like classrooms, halls of residence, meeting rooms, conferences, airports, railway stations, stadium and other public spaces. We have all been there – desperately trying to access a train timetable at the same time as a hundred other delayed commuters or uploading a ‘selfie’ at a One Direction concert (or maybe not!) – unable to upload or download despite having a solid 5 bar connection.
Wi-Fi 6 provides the much-needed extra capacity that will improve the performance of your Wi-Fi network.
However, one very important factor that IT Resellers and End Users alike are both doing and we see this a lot is investing in the very latest AX Standard Access points and Core Network Switches however forget about the most important thing to be able to use the latest standards; The Cabling Infrastructure! Even AP manufacturers don’t understand that for an AX AP to run at 10g it requires a minimum of a CAT6A cable to it, and also if the client has old/legacy type fibre optic cable then that as well will need to be upgraded.