Keep Wi-Fi 6 in Mind When Planning Network Upgrades

| November 6, 2019

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Wi-Fi 6, the next-generation wireless standard, isn’t just a step up in speed from Wi-Fi 5. The goal is to boost performance in densely populated areas, but that only works when both clients and access points play by Wi-Fi 6 rules. The nomenclature reflects the Wi-Fi Alliance’s attempt to add clarity to the IEEE numbering scheme (such as 802.11n) by assigning sequential names to the protocols. Each new number builds on the one before, with Wi-Fi 6 (based on IEEE 802.11ax) focused on high-density environments such as classrooms and stadiums. Wi-Fi 5, the IEEE 802.11ac standard approved in 2013, is now widely deployed and should coexist well with Wi-Fi 6 as it debuts.

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Article | March 29, 2020

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