Posted On: June 18, 2019
Topic: IT Hardware
There’s no denying it – the wireless network is the primary way we connect to the digital world. In fact, it’s so big, that traffic from wireless and mobile devices will account for 71% of total IP traffic by 2022, according to Cisco's Forecast and Trends for 2017-2022. But behind that wireless network is a mesh of complex technology, which to the general layman can be quite confusing.
So, here’s the good news for anyone who’s ever been confused by Wi-Fi naming conventions like 802.11ac, Wi-Fi now has version numbers to make them more user-friendly. Here are the versions of Wi-Fi you’ll be seeing:
The Wi-Fi Alliance also announced that they recommend these numbers appear in software so you can tell which Wi-Fi network is better when connecting your device, which could lead to you seeing Wi-Fi numbers on your phone, tablet or laptop soon.
The Wi-Fi Alliance says the key benefits include:
Sounds great for anyone who’s ever struggled with coverage at a public event. But what makes it really work? According to a recent Farpoint Group white paper, one of the key emerging themes with Wi-Fi 6 is concurrency. “Whereas Wi-Fi historically provisioned a serial connection between on a single transmitter and a single receiver on a given channel at a given moment in time, Wi-Fi 6 instead places the emphasis begun with Wi-Fi 5’s MU-MIMO on sharing and parallel/simultaneous access instead. The net result is precisely the optimal use of available capacity essential to meeting today’s – and tomorrow’s – traffic demands.”
It’s really an exciting time in the world of Wi-Fi, as it’s just getting better… If you’d like to learn more about Wi-Fi 6 and its important role in the future of wireless connectivity, download this informative white paper from Farpoint Group.
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