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Wi-Fi 6 what's all the fuss about?

28 June 2019

Promising speed, bandwidth and latency opportunities, but what's the story behind Wi-Fi 6?

What’s wrong with the current Wi-Fi standard?

Wi-Fi is the predominant technology in the workplace for connecting users but compared to other developments such as Software-defined networking, it’s falling behind.

There has been colossal growth in the number of users, devices and traffic across wireless networks, yet we still expect the same speed and experience as before. As well as the volume strains on the network, new experiences such as VR and the size and variety of devices is also negatively impacting usability. The result; the current Wi-Fi standard just isn’t fast enough to support these new developments and to meet growing user expectations.


What are the driving forces behind Wi-Fi 6?

The new standard of Wi-Fi has been developed to gain back the speed, bandwidth and latency which has been lost due to the new demands on the network. Current IT trends such as cloud, IoT type devices being added to the network and automation are driving even greater demands on the network. Other culprits include changes in the way modern business operate, such as mobile and virtual working, which are putting further strain on the current Wi-Fi. The consequence is that the current Wi-Fi standard isn’t good enough, which has driven the need for an enhanced version.


So, what exactly is Wi-Fi 6?

802.11ax is the new standard of Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi 6 is built for a digital world delivering a secure, scalable and wireless architecture that is fast to deploy and simple to manage. From IoT to a growing inventory of business applications, Wi-Fi 6 provides always-on access and the performance to make sure devices and applications won’t slow down.


How will this benefit my business?

With the offer of higher throughput, enhanced reliability and happier users, Wi-Fi 6 could be a game-changer for your business:

  • Significant speed improvements for users. In perfect Wi-Fi connectivity situations, users can expect to see a theoretical 40% increase in connectivity speeds.
  • Faster communication routes. Wi-Fi 6 enabled routers will be able to pack more information into each signal they send, meaning they’ll be able to communicate with devices faster and more efficiently.
  • Predictable performance for advanced applications. Support modern business applications such as 4K or 8K video, high-density high-definition collaboration apps, all-wireless offices and the Internet of Things
  • Longer Battery Life. Through its Target Wake Time (TWT) feature Wi-Fi 6 supports IoT devices by achieving up to 67% lower power consumption than they currently use.
  • Greater connectivity and productivity. Unlike other standards which were just faster versions of the previous incarnation, Wi-F 6 is built from the ground up to support a world that is hyper-connected over Wi-Fi. Expect multiple users with varying bandwidth needs to be served simultaneously, with better resource utilisation and an impressive increase in efficiency.


What do I need to upgrade?

To embrace Wi-Fi 6 you’ll need access points and wireless controllers that support 802.11ax and that’s where we can help. Get in touch to learn how you can benefit from better speed and performance from your Wi-Fi.


Where can I find out more?

Take a look at our Wi-Fi 6 tip sheet to learn more.