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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