How (and Why) to Get Ready for 802.11ax
802.11ax will dominate the Wi-Fi-infrastructure landscape. Here's why--and what you need to do to get ready for 802.11ax.
With the steady advances in wireless LAN (WLAN) technologies during the past two decades--remember, the first 802.11 standard of 1997 specified just 1 and 2 Mbps throughput--it’s perhaps getting tiresome that we’re still having to deal with yet another new physical-layer standard. This time around it's the soon-to-be-official 802.11ax, now called Wi-Fi 6 by the Wi-Fi Alliance. After all, we’re seeing per-station throughput on the order of 1 Gbps with Wave 2 of 802.11ac (now a.k.a. Wi-Fi 5) and appropriate clients. So it’s fair to ask if we really need more--so much so that another rip-and-replace of access-point (AP) infrastructure should in fact be in the plans. Answering that question is precisely our mission here.
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